1992 Honda CRX Reviews

1992 Honda CRX 1.5X 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Multi-talented little stormer

Faults:

I had the timing belt replaced on the advice of my mechanic.

CV joints needed to be replaced. This appears to be a weak point on Honda's.

Driver side seatbelt unit has jammed and needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

I am currently on my 2nd CRX. About 3 years ago, in a moment of madness, I changed my 1991 CRX for a 1997 Peugeot 106 Gti. BIG MISTAKE! After living with rock-solid Honda dependability for years, this was a tad of a culture shock. In short, this french moneypit cost me in the region of IR £2000 in ‘repairs’ in 1 year and was still giving me problems when I sold it. Around this time, I realised what a fool I had been, and went looking for another CRX. I found a 1992 model (the last year for the Mk2) with 60,000 miles.

A year and a half, and 25,000 miles later, I can say that I am deeply in love with this little car. Although the styling has aged, I still love its unique looks and it still gets compliments when its clean and shiny. The body has a couple of very small dints and marks, but no rust after 11 years.

I am constantly being impressed with the performance from this car’s baby 1.5 16V dual carb engine. While the lack of fuel injection means that it does not offer the ‘grab you by the throat’ responses of a GTI at lower revs, the 108BHP more than makes itself felt over 4000rpm, after which the engine pulls eagerly right up to the 7000rpm redline. The power peaks around 5500rpm, at which point you get a very pleasant kick in the pants as the car really takes off. This, accompanied by a very fruity engine sound makes this an eminently repeatable experience.

Due to the peaky power delivery, 1st gear is quite hilarious in this car. At the lights, you can easily get ahead of cars with significantly more horsepower, due to the fact that around the time that their 1st gear is running out of puff, and they are changing up to 2nd, the peak power of the honda engine kicks in and hooshes you well out well in front, usually causing the other driver to give up in despair.

The upshot of this is that if you are the type of person that wants performance, but doesn’t like to rev an engine over 3500rpm, buy a good turbodiesel. However, If you relish pushing an engine to its limit, you will appreciate the typical honda characteristics of this engine.

In addition to the engine, the handling is also extremely impressive. I have been on twisty B-roads and had big BMW-5’s fly up aggressively behind me, and when the mood has taken me, I have dropped to 3rd gear, put the foot down though a few bends and watched these Exec-barges drop further and further behind.. They simply could not corner with the same confidence I can in this super little car.

The car is also surprisingly relaxing to drive on the motorway. However, the setup does mean a slightly choppy ride around town especially on bad roads, but as with the engine, it’s a question of what your own preferences are. If you want to be cushioned from the knowledge that you are in fact driving a car, buy a big Volvo and you can happily trundle over entire villages without being aware of it. If you like a car that wire directly to the road, you will find this car an extremely rewarding drive.

This car is very easy to manoeuvre in tight situations due to very light steering and a very tight turning circle. As this is an import model, it came with air-con, though I would have to say that when running the unit does murder the engines performance. Switch it off before attempting to overtake!

Fuel economy is at around 38mpg with a very light foot, dropping into the mid to high twenties when wellying it.

In April, having driven my CRX quite hard for over a year, I needed to bring me car for its NCT (Irish equivalent of the MOT). I nervously watched as it was checked over, and was delighted when the tester told me that this 11 yo, 85,000 mile car had passed with ‘no problems whatsoever’. WHAT A CAR!!! Thumbs up to Honda for having the reliability thing so well sorted.

I love this car and want to keep it for as long as possible. I can’t understand why Honda stopped making this little stormer of a car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

1992 Honda CRX Si 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles

Summary:

Budget Porsche 911

Faults:

Broke a tie-rod on one wheel (my fault)

Exhaust rusted through. That's all!

General Comments:

What an amazing little car. It was my first car and I put the thing through hell in high school and in college. Though it only has two seats I remember many times people squeezing onto the 'parcel shelf' or even putting people in the trunk for short 2am hops to Dennys. The two seats were occasionally limiting, but it was amazing how much stuff I could squeeze into the hatch area.

Bulletproof reliability. At the time I owned the CRX I was racing an SCCA Spec Racer in the Northeast. During that time I'd drive the 'rex' like a madman through the PA hills. Even once caught air (by accident) near the Summit Point race track in VA. Drove the wheels of the thing, or at least tried to, and it never failed to start and nothing ever went wrong.

Late one night at a shopping mall I was practicing hand-brake turns in the snow, doing doughnuts, and generally goofing around. We started a very nice long reverse slide and hit one of those low concrete spacers that marks the end of parking spaces. The tie rod broke and I limped the car to a Honda dealer the next day.

Aside from that, the only thing to fail was the exhaust which rusted through after several harsh winters. I didn't hurry to replace the exhaust, though, as the sound reminded me of the SCCA stock cars running on the weekend. After lots of parental complaints a new exhaust was put on.

Great performance for such a little engine. Not many horses, but the horses there are very spirited. Handling, partly owing to its kart-like dimensions, is fantastic.

I have very fond memories of this car. It never let me down and I have a bias towards Honda products after my good experience. I bought a Prelude when I was at graduate school and loved it too, but the CRX was something special.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2002

3rd Jun 2005, 11:41

I'm not doubting the performance from the Honda's 1.6 engine, but even in VTEC form, 150 or 160bhp, or even with a turbo, ~200 BHP, it has nowhere near enough power to challenge, let alone match a Porsche's performance. 320 BHP comes as standard on Porsche 911 Carrera, that's the baseline car. Anyone who thinks the CRX VTEC will beat the Boxster, is sadly daydreaming. 240 BHP is standard on the baseline Boxster; the 1.6 non-VTEC will be beaten before it even moves with its 108 BHP!

Face the facts guys, stop dreaming, and face reality!

Raziel.

24th Oct 2005, 00:10

I don't think this person considers his CRX to have been like an actual porsche. Its just a title. He is simply stating that a CRX is a great car for what it is and how much it costs. You need to relax.

23rd Jan 2006, 10:20

The exhausts on the CR-X have a lifetime guarantee, look into that one matey, p.s. CR-X's RULE!

4th Apr 2006, 23:37

The 1992 CRX is a package of pure joy. It is one of those rare combinations of performance, handling, practicality, reliability and economy that no other car can reach for twice or even three times the price. Believe me brothers and sisters the 1.6 VTi with 160hp (that's over 100hp/litre) just begs to be driven. Keep the revs above 5500 rpm, listen to the VTEC wail and realise there are only 3 cars on the road. The cars you have passed, the cars you have (yet) passed, and of course you in your CRX. Sheer driving enjoyment at a budget price. Yes, there are Porsches and other exotics, but they cost so much their mainly all driven by poseurs. Go for CRX!

5th Apr 2006, 11:57

Which country sold this VTi option? Here in America the car was always the 108 horsepower version until it was discountinued in 1991/92.

30th Apr 2006, 06:23

I have to agree. I have a UK spec 1992 CRX 1.6 VTEC 160bhp, and it really is the best car I have driven; handles like it is on rails.

30th Jul 2008, 16:51

This is an amazing little car. Handles well, great gas mileage... good car to own, people! One of the coolest cars,...ever. Can't go wrong! A gem of a ride.

1992 Honda CRX x 1.5 dual carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 dual carb Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 kilometres
Most recent distance102000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Style, speed and handling for those who can't afford a Porsche..

Faults:

Small leaks - that's about it.

It got new timing belt and a good tune after I bought it - just in case.

Fantastic reliability.

General Comments:

She's a Japanese import - no 1.5's were sold anywhere else. She's only 108 Bhp, but she's a bit lighter than the 1.6/VTEC's.

I've never driven a car that handles as well as this one. It just sticks to the road. The design is a good compromise. I look at it as a two seater with a huge boot, and room for 2 more people in an emergency. You wouldn't want to spend more than a few miles sitting in the back.

She does about 30mpg which is reasonable.

Fairly quick in a straight line - but unbelievable around corners.

If I ever have to buy a family car, I hope I can keep my baby too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2001

8th Aug 2001, 06:39

Does anyone happen to know of performance specs on the 1.5X Dual Carb CRX, particularly the 0-60 time?

From my own tests, I'd estimate it's in the low 9's, but I don't know for sure.

I've searched high and low, but can't seem to find this information. Can anyone help?

1992 Honda CRX Vti 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing, but I have crashed it twice.

General Comments:

Excellent car. It is practical as I can get two suitcases in the boot with room to spare. It is sporty with 160 bhp on tap. It is also a 2 seater. And the hard roof comes off when the weather is good. What more could a single person ask for?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 1998

6th Jul 2005, 06:36

If you've crashed it twice and it's your fault than it's too powerful for you drive a 1.2 or a 1.4 if you can handle it!

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews