1991 Honda CRX VTEC 1.6 VTEC from UK and Ireland
A real pocket-rocket. and reliable too!
Boot struts are weak and have now collapsed. Replaced cheaply.
Front wheel bearings replaced.
New front discs.
Interior is staring to wear, especially seat edges, but nothing major, especially for a 13 year old car.
Other than that the car is like new!
This is an awesome car if you like fast, fun hatchbacks. The acceleration is blistering and cruises very well at speed too.
The VTEC engine is extremely powerful (150+bhp) for a 1.6 and very responsive to throttle input, but you have to keep the revs high to really use the power. The VTEC kicks in like a turbo at 5500rpm and sounds fantastic.
Handling is very good with excellently weighted power steering,- very pointable and hardly any body roll. Not much can keep up with you through the twisties! Perhaps would benefit from some bigger wheels than the standard 195/14s tho.
Fuel economy is good, but not amazing, can usually get about 35mpg, but start using the VTEC (and its hard not to) and this soon drops way down.
The interior is not bad either, comfortable front seats and electric everything. Don't try to fit people in the back tho!
I bought this car as I had heard how good the performance and reliability was and I haven't been disappointed. If your thinking of getting one, be patient and have a look at a few before you buy. I was lucky enough to find a low mileage example with one owner from new, but it took me a few months to find one in such good nick. There are many abused CRX's so be careful!
The CRX is an awesome little motor and huge fun to drive. Performance for a 1.6 is out of this world and if well looked after will never let you down.
Very highly recommended.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th June, 2004
17th Oct 2005, 17:09
Pretty good review, but power steering was only fitted to Japan-market cars (the SiR) unless you had one of the EXTREMELY rare ones with aftermaket-fitted PAS.
8th Nov 2006, 12:53
I think it is an sir because they came with 14's and vti's came with 15's.
26th Dec 2008, 03:29
Yes, I bought an abused CRX and have done it up. Now it's quite a beauty. Be careful; it's not wise to smuggle people in the boot through Serbian checkpoints or toll gates as the smuggled will get a cramp.