1989 Honda CRX Reviews

1989 Honda CRX 1.6 DOHC from Netherlands

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 kilometres
Most recent distance74000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

POCKET ROCKET! Underesimated classic; this due to the european classic bangers

Faults:

Just fit in being, 1.90 metres tall.

General Comments:

Still gives me great feeling driving, good handling no power-steering, no aircon, no electric windows, just the electric sunroof!

STILL DOING FINE AFTER 19 YEARS.

As from 2001, when not in use, stored at garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2008

1989 Honda CRX ED9 MK1 1.6 16v from Netherlands

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired171000 kilometres
Most recent distance206758 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Great car!

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

It's a great car to drive, I drive it every day with a lot of fun.

It's fast because of the great 131bhp engine (engine code: D16a9)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2008

1989 Honda CRX Si 1.6 SOHC from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired144000 kilometres
Most recent distance201000 kilometres

Summary:

A true classic in which we will never see the likes of again

Faults:

Aside from a muffler replacement and some brake pads, the only thing I did to the car was replace the clutch around 170,000 km.

General Comments:

This was my first car that I used as a daily driver. I bought it from a girl who was traveling. It was parked in here parents driveway for a year and she needed money. I paid $3,800 for the car when it was 10 years old with 144,000 km. Not bad. The car was in excellent condition. Bone stock with a flawless interior and only miner scratches on the body.

I used the car to go to and from school which was about 30km (20 miles) in each direction. I regularly put on 500 + km (300 miles) every week. I put the recommended premium gas in it, when it cost less than half of what it costs now, and that was my only expense. My mom had a 93 DX hatch back with the 1.5 motor, my CRX ran circles around that thing. It was crazy how much more performance there was. 108 HP moving 2000 lbs, not too bad. I did a lot of road trips one summer and the car easily cruised at 170 km/h (105 mph). I sold it 2 1/2 years later for $3,500 and about 60,000 km more.

You will never be able to find an untouched ex. these days but who know, there might be an old lady with a 91 Si in here garage with 50,000km.....

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2008

1989 Honda CRX 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Great sports car that Honda should have carried on with, like the Toyota MR2

Faults:

Had to change the driver side outer CV joint (I also need to do the passenger side as this is on its way out too).

* Good indication that mechanical parts on Honda wear evenly.

Had to replace radiator - well easy to do this.

Change tyres and brakes like on any car.

The heater does not work!!!

General Comments:

For a unmodified 1989 car, I have tried to see the fastest it would go (like what I do with all cars). I got over 130 miles per hour with the CRX - and it still had a little more to go - this is excellent for a a car that is nearly 20 years old, and all I did was change the spark plugs and air filter.

I have thicker tyres (205/45) rather than the standard 185/65. When doing speeds over 100mph I would strongly recommend you put the thickest tyres on to offer better grip and handling.

I bought this car cos the shape reminds me of the car in back to the future. Also I owned a crappy 1996 Rover 25, which has to be the worst car I even owned. This car is still faster than brand new cars on the road today - especially in the 1000-1600cc range.

** Bad points **

Rust.

Can be juicy in petrol if you put the pedal to the metal all of the time.

Insurance could be cheaper for a small car like this.

The car is a little flimsy - i.e plastic breaking inside etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2008

1989 Honda CRX 1.5x 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol 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 acquired165000 kilometres
Most recent distance192000 kilometres

Summary:

King of the small coupes.. no doubt!

Faults:

CV joints were cracking when purchased, probably due to the previous owner's hard driving.

Oil leak from fuel pump.

That's all.

General Comments:

Seriously underrated hot hatch. Even in 1.5 twin carb form, it's fast and amazing. Fuel consumption in the 50`s if driven sensibly (around 80mph).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2006

6th Aug 2006, 22:21

Oil leaking from the fuel pump?

8th Aug 2006, 11:41

YES.. oil leak from the fuel pump. the 1.5x is a twin carburettor engine with a mechanical fuel pump. the fuel pump has a small pinhole in the side in case the seal inside perishes, the oil is released from that hole to save it pressurising the diaphragm and blowing it.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 31 reviews