1985 Honda CRX Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1985 Honda CRX HF 1.5L from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

Awesome fuel economy, but still a 'real' car, with great reliability

Faults:

Car would not stay running in cold weather, even with the choke adjusted rich. Rebuilt the carburetor, and still had problems idling, because of vacuum leaks at the throttle shaft. Bought a fully rebuilt Keihin carburetor, and now the car runs great, with much better fuel economy.

Driver's seat is worn through the bolster to the metal. Plan to install a used Del Sol seat.

General Comments:

Outstanding fuel economy. 55 mpg on the highway if I keep it below 65 mph, and 45 mpg all-around average.

Even though it's slow, it's fun to drive and easy to park.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2008

1985 Honda CRX SE 1.5i PMG-FI from Finland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5i PMG-FI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 kilometres
Most recent distance215000 kilometres

Summary:

Fast, fun, cheap, reliable, rusty, noisy, unstable

Faults:

Ignition cables broke (insulation had worn off).

Water pump and thermostat broke.

Two holes (because of serious rust) in bottom.

Wiper bearing broke.

Rusty all-around.

General Comments:

Very weak against rust, otherwise quite reliable, fast and fun. Extremely noisy though, and not stable on high speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2004

1985 Honda CRX DX D15A1 1.5 12 Valve SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission D15A1 1.5 12 Valve SOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired165736 miles
Most recent distance165736 miles

Summary:

I love this car

Faults:

The car doesn't run at present.

This review will focus on getting this car up and running again after an extended sitting time.

General Comments:

I bought two of these cars from a friend for two hundred dollars. This is, by far, the best two hundred dollars I have ever spent. Both cars are white. This means they're DXs (In 85, the only white model was the DX.). It's got the standard 1.5 leter D15A1 SOHC engine, and being a DX, it's got a carb. I live in the middle of the Mojove desert, so you can probably imagine the extremes in temperature. Yet, even after sitting unprotected in the sun for five years, both cares are in extremely good condition. The paint isn't faded or chipping, all (And I do mean all) of the seals are still perfect, all of the tires still hold air. One of the cars was a flash flood victim, so it's got a little rust, but not too much, and it's not even visable unless you're really trying to find it.

As said before, the engine hadn't been run in over five years. The flood had fried the ECU, and made the car inoperable. A few friends and myself pulled an ECU off of another CRX, installed it, changed the belts, put in oil and all the other vital fluids, sparked it, and she purred like a kitten.

Both cars still need a lot of work, but the fact that they're in such good shape after enduring such conditions in the middle of the desert for so long..it's a true testimate to Honda.

Burnin' Rice for Live.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd September, 2003

1985 Honda CRX 1.5L 3BBL from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5L 3BBL Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance275000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Van

Summary:

High performance, fun-to-drive, fuel efficient car

Faults:

Minor body problem - trim coming off, front air dam coming off. Cheap and easy to fix.

Seats worn a bit.

Clutch cable mounting plate at firewall broke. Caused clutch to become inoperable and had to replace plate and clutch cable.

New clutch at 240000 kms.

General Comments:

This car is really fun to drive, fast, comfortable for tall people (I'm 6'2") and very fuel efficient. (I get about 40 mpg)

Large cargo area in hatch is more than enough for anything you want to pack for a long trip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2003

21st Oct 2003, 20:03

That's crazy I had to replace my clutch at 241,000. these cars last forever!

30th Nov 2003, 20:33

We changed the clutch on our 85 CRX at 296,000 miles. Now have 445,000 miles on the car and it still runs strong.

6th Apr 2006, 14:06

I just replaced my clutch at... you guessed it, 242500.I had just bought the car so this 700 dollar repair was a bit daunting until I felt what the car could really do when it was tuned correctly. Amazing speed, control and fuel economy.

30th Apr 2006, 20:47

The clutch on my 91 just went... and it has... 236000 miles. ;)

1985 Honda CRX Si 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Sharp little nightmare.

Faults:

Brakes.

Alternater.

Clutch.

Starter.

Floor.

Exaust.

Battery.

General Comments:

Never should have bought was sitting in a cow pasture for two yaers.

Would not through one ounce of heat.

Hated brakes whitch ended up to be the cars demise and mine. Two broken legs.

New floor drove six months, was in junk yard another six and needed another new floor.

It probably would not have been a bad car the sitting for so long had a lot to do with everything. It was awesome on gas, quick off the line, handled great, looked great with the custom paint.

I was really glad to see her go especially not being able to walk for two weeks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 15 reviews