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1993 Honda del Sol Si from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

This car is cute, fun, economical, and reliable

Faults:

The distributor had to be replaced at 100,000 miles; and again at 125,000 miles.

Replaced clutch at 150,000 miles.

Roof and trunk leak in heavy rain (though this only started when the car was 11 years old).

Weather strips had to be replaced at 130,000 miles (this did not stop the leaking however).

General Comments:

I have driven this car for 7 years, with an average daily commute of 100 miles, and it has held up wonderfully.

It still runs great and is nearing 200,000 miles.

The gas mileage is great, and driving it is fun.

The only downsides to this car are:

1. It is not comfortable for tall people (which thankfully I am not).

2. It is so small that it has been backed into 3 times by big trucks and sport utility vehicles who did not see it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2005

1993 Honda del Sol Si 1.6 VTEC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

Not a sports car, but can't be beat for its money and gas mileage

Faults:

Timing belt was replaced at 100k (i didn't own the car then)

Hole in the air filter, dirtying up the head gasket.

Holes in the seat.

General Comments:

This car is a great car. I have only had one single problem, although it was a little bit of work. The screws on the intake were stripped and punched holes in the filter box. I needed to replace the intake and clean the throttle body.

That being said this is a wonderful car. It drives better than any domestic with half the miles. I consistently get 39 mpg on a car wtih 150,000, although that's when my foot isn't heavy. Driving the car hard I get more like 29.

The great fact about this car is when you want it can be quite passive, with good gas mileage. But if you get past 5200 rpm the VTEC (Variable Valve Timing Electronic Control) kicks it in to be as fast as any v-6 I've seen.

The car handles phenomenal for a front wheel drive car (leading to expected under-steer). It's no Porsche, but has grace. Plus you can look good doing it. People always ask me how I afforded a car like this, till they see the Honda tags.

On a final note this car is wonderful for a person to learn the physics of driving in. Its powerful without excess, and won't spin out on you, while still having good road holding. Great for a high school student, or autocrosser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2004

1993 Honda del Sol S 1.6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance211000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

I'm curious to see when this car will finally die!

Faults:

I had to replace the clutch at 180,000 miles.

I had to replace the radiator at 210,000.

The seats wear badly.

The roof leaks when it rains hard.

You have to buy an aftermarket radio since the one in the car has no power.

General Comments:

This is the most fun car I have ever owned. I bought it for $2000 with 152,000 miles on it four years ago. I currently have 211,000 miles. I have done nothing, but routine maintenance on the car. I beat the car regularly by driving it hard and speeding often. The car won't die. Even with this many miles on it, I average 35+ mpg. Make sure you add a K&N air filter because it definitely increased my gas mileage.

If you're considering this car I say buy. By far the best car I've ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2004

3rd Nov 2006, 18:23

Thank You for the review of your del sol.

Looking at your posting is similar to looking into the future of my del sol! I expect mine to last as long as yours has so far!

The answer to your question as to how long your car will survive I suggest that most vehicles outlive their current owners.

As to which of you will last longer I have no idea! Never-the-less, good luck to both of you!

Svelte Bat (name of my del sol)

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