1987 Honda CRX Reviews - Page 2 of 7

1987 Honda CRX Si from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance211000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

The best car I have ever owned!

Faults:

I am the original owner of my 1987 CRX SI. I have changed my oil every 3K. I have done regular tune-ups. I have had every part that was worn out replaced, such as the timing belt and water pump every 60K. At 180K, I had the transmission replaced. I still have the original engine in my car, and it runs like it did when I bought it.

General Comments:

I have taken excellent care of my car. The engine has been regularly tuned (see above). The body and the interior are in awesome shape. The car runs, and looks like new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2009

1987 Honda CRX Si 1.5 FI from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 FI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired151000 miles
Most recent distance182000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Poor Man's Mini Cooper S

Faults:

New Clutch at 165,000.

Rebuilt Transmission with new seals at 165,000.

A/C compressor died at 180,000.

Timing Belt replaced at 170,000.

Alternator died at 170,000.

Main Relay replaced at 160,000 (if your PGM-FI light will not come on and the car will not start, it's your MAIN RELAY) About $50.00 at Napa auto parts. Easy fix you can replace yourself.

New Ignition switch.

Regular Maintenance.

Paint does not hold up well over the years.

General Comments:

My 1987 CRX Si was purchased on eBay for $1200 back in 2005 when gas prices first started to top $4.00 per gallon.

These cars get 30mpg city 40+ hwy even if you tend to drive with a heavy foot and mine is no exception. I've saved about $3000 a year on gas because of this car.

I LOVE my CRX Si. It's the most reliable car I have ever owned. This thing is 22 years old with 180,000 miles and it still runs great, starts right up, and will still blow the doors off most modern cars.

The car is very light weight and corners like it's on rails, you can take highway on ramps at amazing speeds.

There are two ways that these cars get killed by the owners:

First is the timing belt breaking.

The timing belt is very important and you need to change it every 70,000 miles. If it breaks, you'll need a new engine when the valves are destroyed so it's best to change it if you have any doubts about it's condition. This is the #1 way most owners kill an otherwise perfect running CRX.

Second, Don't let the car overheat.

Many owners have a cooling system problem, see the temperature needle go into the red and think, oh I'll just get it home and worry about it then. This kills the engine. If you have ANY cooling system problem, STOP, Do not drive a Honda CRX hot or you'll need a new engine.

If you avoid these to areas and keep your cooling system in good condition, you'll have a Honda that will run for 300,000 miles or more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2009

30th Jun 2009, 00:37

I bought an 86 CRX Si for my wife a little over a year ago for 1100. Has been the cheapest and most reliable transportation I have ever seen. With an average of about 35 mpg it still feels quick when you step on the gas. Mileage on the dial - 267,000!

Makes you wonder why they don't just stick with cars that run like this one.

1987 Honda CRX Si 1.5 fuel injected from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired295000 miles
Most recent distance300000 miles

Summary:

Speedy, reliable and cheap

Faults:

Pipes cracked only because they were unused for about a year.

Burns oil, but after 200000 miles what car wouldn't?

The suspension has started to get stiff, and you can feel almost every bump on the road.

Some of the floor has been eaten away.

There's no real major problems with the car, I'm very glad to own it.

General Comments:

This car is awesome, I bought it from my dad's friend in January. He was going to donate it to get it smashed, but I heard about it and offered to buy it.

He bought it back in 1987 brand new, drove it like a maniac for 21 years. I offered him $50 for it and he said I could just have it. When I got it, it hadn't been driven in a whole year, so it needed a new battery, oil change, oil filter, air filter, new spark plugs, and a new window shield, all of which I did myself, and that cost me about $500.

Once I got it started, it's always ready to go. There is no squeaking, screeching or and strange noises (except for the bumps). It still gets about 27/45 mpg average, which saves me a lot of money.

This is my first car and I plan on driving it until it dies. It's fast, fun, handles turns great, and I can fit it anywhere. My friends always give me a hard time about how small it is, but I really don't care. Who else gets a reliable gas saver for $500?

The car hasn't had any problems, yet. I plan on getting some work in on it this summer. I've had some fun with it so far; on 250000 miles it's still able to do a burnout. The only bad part I have to say is that I can't drive my friends anymore, because it only has 2 seats.

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

Review Date: 21st May, 2008

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 29 reviews