1988 Honda CRX Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1988 Honda CRX DX JDM D15B VTEC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission JDM D15B VTEC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

Very fast!!!

Faults:

When I got it it was bad... seats started to wear out more.

I bought new tires every 4 months... knowing me.

I blow the motor when it hit about 234,000.

I love this car.

I put about 5,000 on it.

General Comments:

I think this car should be everyone's first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2003

1988 Honda CRX DX 1.5 16-valve from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 16-valve Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired183505 miles
Most recent distance191069 miles

Summary:

It was the right way to start my automotive ownership.

Faults:

I got this car at the bitter end of its existence for six hundred dollars.

The rear quarter panels had rusted out almost completely; the previous owner had done some very bad low-budget repairs on it. This led eventually to the car's becoming structurally unsound.

Got in an accident due to two incompetent drivers; one in front of me, one behind. The one in front jumped the brakes and dove to the right with her left turn signal. The one in back tailgated me preventing me from doing a full threshold-braking stop. He was in a large Ford truck and if I had jumped the brakes he'd have crushed me like a grape.

Clutch went at 190,956 miles. I changed it only to break the differential three days later. As it was due for inspection, which it would never have a snowball's chance in hell of passing, I sent it to Linders' scrapyard.

It had a unusual knock under braking due to a warn part in the steering linkage.

General Comments:

You'll always remember your first car. I'll certainly remember this one; it kept me warm in the coldest of my 17 winters, it got 40 miles per gallon day in and day out, and Soichiro Honda and Ayrton Senna got the ride and handling dead right. Even on cheap "Akuret Metric" tires, it handled like a go-kart. It inspired terrific confidence in its driver and never, ever betrayed it.

Sixteen hundred pounds is what this car weighed. That's what a car should weigh. There's no wasted space, no extra material anywhere, no last minute additions, and no "where the heck are we gonna put this" in the ergonomics.

It went like hell to its very last day. With my 200+ lb father and I in the car, it covered 27 miles in 15 minutes with a slightly slipping clutch over generally rising grades. It was capable of 117 MPH and felt more confident at that speed than it did tooling around town.

Unfortunately, Honda hadn't counted on New England winters. They don't salt the roads in Japan; therefore, they were still learning about corrosion prevention in 1988 and only got it right for the '90 Accord and '92 Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2003

1988 Honda CRX HF 1.6 ZC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 ZC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A truly economical sports car

Faults:

I've had no real problems with original 62 horsepower engine or the recently installed ZC engine.

General Comments:

I've always been a fan of Honda's superior engineering. I've previously owned a 1977 Civic and a 1980 Accord - both were great cars.

My CRX is fast and reliable, handles well, has plenty of interior space, and still gets great gas mileage. From time to time I think about replacing it with something newer, but always come to the conclusion that my CRX fills my transportation, and entertainment needs quite well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2003

1988 Honda CRX DX 1.5 Fuel injection from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Fuel injection Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance235000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Concorde

Summary:

The Best Car I've Ever Owned

Faults:

Brakes, Shocks, Seats, Tires, Cassette Player were in really bad condition.

General Comments:

This car handles great even though it is automatic, but I have defeated the Si's, It is so good in fuel consumption, I think ill keep this car until the motor dies and after it dies ill put a zc motor in there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

21st Apr 2003, 23:05

Any extra comments on the automatic tranny? I'm a bum who never learned to drive a stick, but I love the looks of the CRX. I'd love to drive it to work and back every day, and with my 20mi commute, I could go forever on a tank of gas.

Shoulda snapped up the one I saw for $1,000, but was fretting over the automatic, bit if they are even remotely as reliable as the sticks, I'll lay in front of the next one I see!!

If anyone else can help with reviews on the automatic transmissions in the CRXes, zap me an e-mail at Stevo4035@aol.com.

Much appreciated!

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