It USED to not start on hot days, or when the motor had been running for a while, but I did some research on other Honda's that may have had the same problem. It turnes out the Prelude did the same thing. The fix was the main relay. Replaced, and Fixed. Works Perfectly.
A few issues with the interior, but anyone with a nack for tools and a level head and patience can fix them. I did so, and now interior is in better shape than factory in my opinion.
The engine is starting to leak oil out of the head gasket, but this is to be expected. It's an original seal. In fact the engine has never been opened up. I just recently started to paint difrent engine components, and did the valve cover, and I replaced the seal in between the valve cover and the head for good measure and happy dreams.
It's started losing compression in the cylinders, but it is an old motor, and as said above, stock seals and have a oil leak inbetween the head and block. Easy fix for me though.
It has the trademark Del Sol rust on the rear wheel wells. That's the only thing that has me worried. I can't afford to have it fixed. And it will spread and is spreading. To all Del Sol owners, remove the rubber Crap on the ledge of the wheel well. It just collects salt and water.
I LOVE this car. I am 17 years old, and this is the car my parents bought for me to drive. They payed $2300 for a near perfect condition Del Sol. It runs GREAT and looks good. It has real potential. I have wanted a Del Sol since I saw one at a car show 7 years ago.
If you like effective sun visors and convienent cup holders, don't buy a Del Sol. HAHA.
I have big plans for the car. I am talking bigger motor, lighter body parts, racing seats, small roll cage, coil over suspension, and bigger brakes. If only I had the money.
The Del Sol is a great starter car, and perfect platform for speed and handling, Good winter car, Great for cruising, nice for dates and such, prolly not for the family of 4, but small enough you can stash it in the garage for safe keeping until a sunny day. It's a very good car for gas mileage, and in town traffic. The only thing that consirnes me is the thought of being in a wreck, not only because it would more likely than not be a death trap, but because I almost cry over door dings, and have panic attacks about my car sitting in the parking lot of Wal-mart.
One other thing that is an issue is I am a bit taller than the driver of a Del Sol should be. But I plan on getting some bucket seats, and I can drop the seat down a bit, enough to give me head room for the rollcage once I get around to it, and figure out how to put it in around the roof latches. :)
Timing belt has never been changed, and the odometer is at 175000 miles, it makes me have ulsers because I can't afford a new motor, but it's a good sign that the motor is still in one peice. I am GOING to get that fixed before colledge.
The Del Sol is a very easy car to drive and understand. I don't have anti-lock brakes or traction control, but have had no problems on snow rain, or dry conditions. Results may vary from driver to driver, but overall, I found its hard to get the back end to come out from behind you, it will shove the front if you push it too hard. But that's why they put airbags in the front right? HEHE.
The Del Sol is a bit slow for my taste, but speed is relative... And if I wanted to Go fast I would have bought a Ferrari. If I wanted to be quick, comfortable, avoid speeding tickets, save gas, not fix my car all the time, park at walmart without having armed guards, pay lower insurance rates, and enjoy the sun on more than just my left arm hanging out the window I would buy a Del Sol. And that's what I did.