1997 Honda del Sol Si 1.6 from North America
Fun to drive and practical too
I needed a new catalytic converter and O2 sensors at 153,000 miles. The mechanic said the catalytic converter was almost totally clogged up.
This is one fun car to drive. This car had 142000 miles on the clock when purchased and it felt like a newer car. I bought it from a used car lot so wasn't expecting much info about the car's history. It must have been well cared for by someone in the past. The interior was perfect, but the body had some dings fixed with bondo and then the car was repainted fairly well. This car is a "poor man's Porsche". Really is lots of fun, like riding in a go cart, acceptable power and great gas mileage. 35 to 37 highway and 30 around town thrashing around corners and zooming about. The removable top doesn't leak and stores in the trunk on a kind of locking frame arrangement that can flip up and still have access to the LARGE trunk. My favorite feature is the electric rear window. My least liked feature was the stupid temporary spare. I had to drive 300 miles on the darned thing one sunday night to get home. Had to do 50 on I-95 as other cars and trucks zoomed by at 80. I ditched that donut spare and got a full size tire which fits in the same place, but now I have a bit of a lump in the trunk floor. No big deal. All in all, this has been one fun little car. Did several 500 mile trips with it and it can get cramped and since the seats are hard, my butt tends to get numb, so frequent stops are necessary after a coupe hours, but it may just be me as I'm 58 and have a bad back anyway. I'm very happy with this little car and plan to keep it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd May, 2006
17th Mar 2007, 13:43
As an update to the above review, I was in an accident with the Del Sol. I was on a rain slick off ramp just a little too fast and the front end started to slip. In a rear wheel drive this would have been no problem, but with the front wheels doing both steering and traction duty, I spun out and hit the inner curb of the ramp and bent wheel suspension components on three wheels. Cost to fix over 2 grand! This car does have it's traction limits! It's still fun to drive. A man's got to know his limits...and the car's limits too!