I've only have to replace a few things since I've owned the car.
1. The master cylinder was going, so I replaced that myself; it was about $60 from the local auto parts store.
2. The CV axle went on me in the 5 o'clock traffic; that sucked and ran me about $120.
3. The CV axles boot had went again, so I had them replaced yet again along with new tires; that was around $500 (I bought sport tires).
4. The last thing I've had to replace was the battery.
My project will be replacing the rubber around the roof, because like all convertibles, it does leak water when it rains, but it's only a few drops here or there.
I own a 1995 Honda Del sol S. It has a 1.5L 4 cylinder with the 5-speed transmission.
I love the way the Honda Civic del Sol (CRX) looks. I think Honda really did well when they brought out the del Sol (CRX). I think it has one of the sportiest looks for a Honda from its time. My car is 12 years old now and it still turns heads when I drive down to the beach or just sit in traffic. Like I said, I own a del Sol S, so it didn't come with much for looks, but the optional trunk spoiler and up graded rims look great. It has a low stance and mean look. I wouldn't trade my car for the world.
The interior is beautiful in the del Sol. The seats hug while you pull tight turns like you would not believe for being stock from the factory.
The lighting is not all that great, but it does do the job; if you need more light, there are a few options...
1. there are map lights that you can buy and install for cheap; maybe around $120. Now keep in mind these are not an option for the American model Civic del Sol, so $120 might sound like a lot for some added light, but it does give your car a JDM (japanese domestic market = JDM) look, and when people see things like that it really raises hype for your car.
Or option 2. just take the top off; once again living in America we don't get the option where the top comes off and is taken into the trunk by the car. We in America so have to unlock the top, lift it up and put it in the trunk, but it's really not that bad.
Behind the seats you have two small compartments where you can store items... I love this option with the del Sol because they really help keep your car looking clean, and I am a very messy person.
Now once again, let me remind you I do own the base model del Sol, so it only has a 1.5 SOHC non-vtec, so it is by no means a race car, and if you're thinking about buying a del Sol for performance, the 1.5 is not a good option.
BUT.. the 1.5 is also not the worst. My car does have some performance parts on it, so it is a little faster than a stock del Sol, and I have won a few races, but it's no Lamborghini.
There are other options out there for the del Sol though.. there is the del Sol Si which has a 1.6L SOHC v-tec that will give you a little more get up and go for your buck, or you can buy the del Sol Si vtec, which has the motor that just about every Honda lover wants; a 1.6L DOHC v-tec. This is one of, if not the best motor produced by Honda so far. It put out just around 160 horse power, which will throw you back in your seat like you would not expect.
The handling is great on these little cars. Even with the stock 13" tires, you get really good cornering ability and agility. I've taken my del Sol on a frequent road trips here or there; nothing big; and when on the highway it rides like a dream. And the suspension is pretty stiff, so you really don't feel that much in the road.
The del Sol looks mean and handles well
Unless you buy a del Sol with a 1.6 SOHC or bigger, you're not really having fun in a del Sol.
There are tons of upgrades for the Civic del Sol, and lots of options. If you just want to keep it stock, buy upgrades just a little bit
The roof will most likely leak just because it is a convertible.
Keep in mind it is a Honda. If you take care of it, it will last you a long time (NOW I'M NOT SAYING EVERY HONDA EVER MADE BECAUSE THERE ARE LEMONS OUT THERE)