1986 Honda CRX Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1986 Honda CRX 1.5 carburated from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 carburated Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Be careful when shopping for a Honda!

Faults:

Things wrong when I bought it;

Several shocks were broken.

The drivers seat was damaged beyond use.

The radiator needed replaced.

Major body rust.

The subframe was bent, I thought it was the alignment.

Things wrong within two weeks of repair;

The pulley that that powers the alternator literally fell off.

The radio broke.

The radiator cap was broke, leaked and leaked all the coolant out. My brother drove it, overheated it and blew the head gasket.

Some how the idling system stopped working, unless your foots on the gas it will stall.

General Comments:

These cars aren't invincible like some people say, if its been abused it will die. I thought I could fix it so I picked it up cheap, I fixed it up and it immediately broke. I can't really blame the car, it was really the fact that someone beat the crap out of it before I owned it. During the short time I had it running it was an enjoyable car. The handling is truly legendary and the car is surprisingly peppy. The interior is spacious and of relatively high quality. I bought another CRX from the same generation of production and it is much nicer. I posted this review to warn people that Hondas can really turn to crap if someone has abused them so be careful when shopping for one. Always be aware of the head gaskets, they tend to blow easily on Hondas because of there design. Good luck finding a nice one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

1986 Honda CRX DX 1.5L SOHC 12valve from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5L SOHC 12valve Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired318900 kilometres
Most recent distance340890 kilometres
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

An inexpensive performance monster

Faults:

Absolutely nothing major has gone wrong with the car since I bought it except for the fact that when I bought it for $500 the transmission had to be replaced, and same with the distributor, and approx 3months ago the intake manifold gasket had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Wow, an amazing car, it's quick, nimble, fast and puts up a good fight with most cars out there, with minor mods it can be made to go fast, for example, I put in an K&N Filter-Charger and noticed that my acceleration and top-speed had increased noticeably

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2003

1986 Honda CRX 1.6 16v DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Pocket Rocket!

Faults:

Anti roll bar linkages, both sides.117K.

New battery, replaced original at 116k.

Brake pads replaced at 116k.

Brake piston on rear replaced at 115k.

Loads of welding for MOT @ 114K. Inner and outer sills both sides completely replaced. Hole by the fuel pump- tank had to be removed and cracked the fuel line. Welding in engine bay. Total cost of welding alone £450.

RUST! Around windscreen, rear quarter window and both wheel arches.

Sunroof packed up due to excess rust around recess and the sunroof tray has corroded to nothing almost.

General Comments:

Mechanically I have never owned a better built or more reliable car. The full service history I'm sure is important, but rare at this age.

The performance is superb even as standard. It will keep up with RS Turbos and anything else in it's class.

Officially recognised as a classic the mk1 CRX is just about the most fun you can have on four wheels. Sadly you just can't stop them from going rusty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2002

28th Oct 2003, 00:34

I have discovered that you can keep them from rusting. You simply must move to the desert. *grin*

1986 Honda CRX Si 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 miles
Most recent distance298000 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Fun little car

Faults:

Clutch, alternators (7), transmission input bearing, CV shaft (2), radiator, rust.

General Comments:

Lot of fun, very reliable, cheap to feed and keep. God help you in a wreck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2000

1986 Honda CRX 1.6i-16 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

This car has now done 123k miles. I have had it for about 18 months and all I have done is have a new clutch fitted and an alarm/immobiliser.

General Comments:

What a hoot! This was the '80s equivalent of the Ford Puma, the car for which the words "pocket rocket" were invented. Plus I can get all my weekly shopping for the family in the back by dropping the rear "seats". No worries on reliability but it's starting to feel a bit sloppy. Runs on unleaded without any changes. I have it serviced twice a year by a local ex-Honda mechanic as dealers are generally useless (use synthetic oil). A bit of rust here and there but that was to be expected from an '80s Japanese car. Why can't manufacturers make something like this today? (Apart from Ford and I don't like their design!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2000

14th Dec 2000, 14:59

How did you put back seats in your 1st generation CRX. I will really like to know or maybe just see some pics. I've wanted to do that myself but I really haven't figured it out yet. Any response will be very useful.

Thank you, Tony Gerl

P.S. Send email at tonygerl@netscape.net

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 14 reviews