1993 Honda del Sol Reviews - Page 3 of 12

1993 Honda del Sol Sir 1.6 VTEC b16a from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC b16a Manual
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance86000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Might upgrade to an S2000 if it's as good

Faults:

The ignition pack gave up the ghost one day.. just stopped. Not too expensive to repair

Roof has the typical CRX del sol rattle…there are a couple of ways of repairing this, but I haven’t had time to do them.

I knocked the steering out of line on a kerb and stuff a tyre.

Also bent the front bumper on a ledge in a car park. Required repainting the bumper.

General Comments:

As a small sports car it is

· economical,

· has good room: a nice big boot (compared with something like an MR2).

· handles like a dream especially on seal. (I have used it in competition in a grass Autocross.. easily won the production class and finished amongst the 4wd rally cars),

· motor is a real joy (especially compared with my B4 Subaru or Mitzi VR4) reminds me of a motor bike the way bit revs. There is no low down torque, but that doesn’t matter around town, but on the open road once above 5,500 rpm it just flies.

· Brakes are brilliant (no ABS, but in a car this light they are not necessary)

· Someone thought it was a small Porsche.

Bad things:

· the scuttle shake with the roof off

· the rattly roof

· my wife doesn’t like it

· my kids love it (and keep using it)

· cops seem attracted to it (don’t wear your cap backwards)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2006

13th Jul 2006, 12:54

In the past two years I bought a 1993 and a 1994 Del Sol, and I also believe that cops pay special attention to me in my Del Sols. I've not gotten any tickets yet, but I always slow down when I know the police are near. I never get tired of driving the car, though.

I do wonder how most people get the roof on and off by themselves. I am 6 foot 2 and fairly strong, and it is a bit of a pain for me to do it by myself. Once you take that roof off, though, you can't help getting ohs and ahs from people.

26th Jan 2008, 09:13

Mine is a electric targa top called transtop.

It attracts lots of people when transform. :)

20th Apr 2011, 03:04

One additional multiple comment to your original comments:

1. I do not particularly find that the police watch me that much unless I am speeding.

2. Many people do not consider/realize that even the del Sol S version can be quite good with regard to acceleration. The Si automatic is not as good on acceleration but better at top speed.

3. Concerning roof lift-off and the later return to the roof frame, always remember which end is front and which end is back.

4. Keep your removable top rubber lining lubricated (actual top as well as the frame of the car where it fits) with silicon (available at your Honda dealer at a reasonable cost). This will help reduce the squeaks.

Best Regards.

Svelte and SvelteSi*

*Svelte = 1993 del Sol S 1.5 five speed with added performance.

*SvelteSi = 1995 del Sol Si 1.6 automatic with four wheel disk brakes.

1993 Honda del Sol Si 1.6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Neon

Summary:

A perfect car that I want to keep my whole life!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong after 9,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love this car!

I get a consistent 35 mpg in a mix of city and highway.

The performance is good, but it's not designed to be a race car.

The car could use a few more places to put things like cell phones, or real functional cup holders. You can't use the ones the car has if you want to store anything in the center console.

During the cold months the car is pretty noisy with squeaks and rattles.

But during the summer the car is a great cruiser.

Imagine a warm summer night with the top off and the radio on. Just you and the road...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2006

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 44 reviews