1993 Honda del Sol Reviews - Page 6 of 12

1993 Honda del Sol S 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Overall excellent

Faults:

Roof began squeaking from the very start. Problem occurs in warm weather. Dealer attempted fix three times to no avail. Honda gave up. I live in Northern California, where the weather is mild, so I don't have a problem with leakage like other reviewers do. A friend with exactly the same model has the same problem.

Driver's seat is torn. Bought seat covers, which raised the seat position by an inch or so. I'm six feet tall, so now my head scrapes the interior roof. Workaround for this is to recline the seat slightly. I prefer a straight back sitting posture, but have adapted to this position.

Other than that, only regular maintenance.

General Comments:

This is a great, fun car. Average mileage 31 mpg (roughly half city and half highway.)

For a small car, it's heavier than you would think. Handles very well. Steering responsive, tight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

1993 Honda del Sol Si 1.6 DOHC VTECH from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC VTECH Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

A fun, rare car to own

Faults:

Changed the timing belt at 75,000 miles.

Changed the water pump at 75,000 miles.

New radiator at 80,000 miles.

Small leak of oil from the oil pan screw, had new threading on oil pan.

Water leaks in from driver and passenger side rooftop.

General Comments:

Previous owner did not take care of this car, but after the oil pan leak I've had no problems.

I have this car supped up for summer fun, with body kit, short shifter, intake and exhaust. Very fun car to drive.

Not to good for winter city driving in Chicago though. I've been through two front body kits already.

Great speed, the DOHC Vtec is a monster after 5000 rpm. This car has great pick up and is very light weight.

And to top things off it's a convertible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2004

1993 Honda del Sol from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Cabrio

Summary:

Overall, a very well made car

Faults:

There is really nothing wrong with it, except what I have done to it.

The driver seat is worn, but with 230000 miles, that's to be expected.

I have taken good care of it. The oil is changed regularly. I've been proactive with repairs such as replacing timing belt every 75000 miles, I've replaced the clutch at 150000 miles, and I've also taken to changing spark plugs every second oil change.

General Comments:

Great car. I guess that's why you never see them for sell.

I wish they still made this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2004

3rd Nov 2006, 20:51

Your car does not really need to have its spark plugs changed that often because it is fuel-injected.

Because it is fuel injected it does not put as much burden upon the spark plugs as regular (non-fuel injected) engines and those spark plugs may last for 100,000 miles!

Oil and filter change should be made every 3,000 miles to ensure that the engine pistons and piston walls are not worn.

My personal Honda mechanic friend tells me that the fuel filter does not need changing that often, at all, contrary to what other repair locations will attempt to make you believe.

The timing belt should be changed every 70,000 to 90,000 miles.

Older model Honda Civic del sol owners should keep particular attention upon their radiators and watch out for leaks. And, I might add, most all Honda Civic del sols are older models!

Also, keep an eye on your brake seals and your head gaskets to ensure that there are no leaks.

These maintenance inspections will allow you to keep your del sol on the road longer than a Model T!

Most Sincerely.

Svelte Bat (name of my del sol)

1993 Honda del Sol S 1.5L SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

The perfect car for the roaming single

Faults:

The battery cable came loose twice and it would not start.

The clear coat started to peel and dirt got between the layers of the paint and left spots.

General Comments:

Very cheap and reliable.

The engine is very efficient and once you reach the power band that starts at around 4,000 rpm, it can hold its ground with most cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2004

16th Sep 2004, 13:45

I also have a Honda Del Sol. Mines cursed though. I've had it a year and its been hit at a bar, my house, my work, blockbuster video. How can people not see the Bright green Car. I put a skull and cross bones on the back bumper after that. Now that all that has happened. The transmission is slipping. I think mines done for. Oh yeah after being hit at my work the hood was never the same. Wish I knew who the 3 people that did the most damage were. HIT AND RUN! Fun car other than that. Just doesn't like me I guess.

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