1988 Honda CRX Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1988 Honda CRX Si 1.6 non vtec from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 non vtec Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance214200 miles

Summary:

Best car I've ever owned and driven bar none!

Faults:

Absolutely NOTHING!! its still stock just kept up the regularly scheduled maintenance. seats are worn a bit, but... i figure at 18 years old and 200000+ miles not a manufactured seat in the world would hold up any better.

General Comments:

Absolutely a blessing to own still get 'bout 40mpg on the highway, even at 2.30/gallon and running on fumes it takes $15 to fill up. no power steering, but corners and turns on a dime.

Kudos to Honda for building the 88 CRX Si.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2006

1988 Honda CRX DX 1.5 D16 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 D16 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired167235 miles
Most recent distance205047 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Awesome pocket rocket daily driver!!!

Faults:

The Head gasket on the car was blown when I got it, but instead of replacing it, I got a cheap used engine for the car for 150 dollars, so I put it in, and beat the car to death for about 9 months, and over that time, only one real thing went wrong, I had an after market amp for the stereo installed so the alternator went out. That's it... over 40K+ miles.

General Comments:

This car was used as a 'beat the hell out of it' car.

I drove it EVERYWHERE in California.

Gets awesome gas mileage, 30-35+ MPG.

NEVER Broke down, EVER.

Had decent pickup for a car that was a pocket-rocket.

Lost a lot of power when the AC was on...

Otherwise awesome, never thought I was going to be stranded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2006

1988 Honda CRX 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance224000 kilometres
Previous carHonda City

Summary:

Invincible

Faults:

Brakes were faulty. Required new disc brakes and pads etc.

Brake hoses were perished as well.

Needed all new valves, spark plugs, filter etc.

My radiator needed the seals replaced.

The temperature gage needed fixing.

Saggy boot struts.

C.V joints needed replacing.

Out of focus headlamp needed to be repaired.

General Comments:

This car is a fun wee car that I have become very attached to.

I think it is more suitable for driving alone or with a friend, but I am cautious about carrying backseat passengers because of the dodgy amount of room there. I don't think it is very safe.

This car is cheap to run, lots of km's for small amounts of petrol. Great reserve tank! I can run on empty for a few days and it never conks out (lucky).

I love the power that the car has for it's small size. Going up hills especially is fun and of little effort for the CRX.

Overall, honda cars are low maintenance and cheap cars to run once the car is running smoothly once the car is in good nick.

The only disadvantage of this car is that it is sporty and it does have a "reputation" for being associated with boyracers. My car was stolen last year by a group of thugs who were envious that I had such a fast, red car. My car is safe back with me now and I drive her daily, which is always a treat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2005

1988 Honda CRX HF 1.5 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carMercury Zephyr

Summary:

Beautiful design, reliability, and a classic appeal

Faults:

The arms holding up the hatchback have given out - so I have to have a stick in the trunk to hold the hatch open. Also, since new, the fuel guage has never read properly. It reads empty, or below (!!) but I still have 1/4 tank. Since the car gets 50 MPG most days, this has never been a real worry - just an annoyance.

General Comments:

I love this car! I got it new in High School and have had it ever since. It has NEVER broken down in the 15 years I have owned it (no kidding.)

It has nice torque off the line, but as it is tuned for fuel economy it has less go passing on the highway. The handling is great - direct steering feel and with upgraded rims (14") the car sticks to the road.

It still looks like a current design, which I find remarkable from a 1988 car.

It is a little buzzy on the highway, and the HF has no trunk cover, so don't leave unsecured items in the back!

I see the seats starting to wear in the shoulders, which is a design flaw. All CRX seats wear through there. I'll end up with seat covers.

This car is a cult car now, and will end up a classic. If you are reading this because you are thinking of buying a CRX, I say go for it! You will probably be swapping in a new engine at this point, but if you find a low mileage HF, I recommend it! I know, everyone would rather have an Si motor, but beleive me, the HF is reliable, and LOTS of fun. The car weighs only 1900lbs! Even with less hp it koves out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2004

30th Mar 2004, 15:50

Thank you for your comments - I have had my CRX since 1995, when I bought it for 5K - it had only 34K miles, but now has to be humanely put to rest - it has now 147K and the shocks and struts are gone, and the trans feels about to go (it's an automatic) - rear wheel wells need work as well. Your comments re cult classic are on target - I have never understood the 'love' of a car, till I owned this and my having to look for another car is very hard - I love this one dearly, but the money it will take to make it well is more than I have and am afraid of the next inspection..so, thanks for the cheery thoughts on my 1st car love...

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 21 reviews