1988 Honda Legend Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1988 Honda Legend K3 2.7 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.7 petrol Automatic
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

I love it, but everything seems to cost $3000 to fix

Faults:

The problem I have got, is that the car feels like it is in 3rd gear when I take off, so I put it into 2nd gear, then as soon as I am rolling, I put it into drive, and all the quotes I get are 1500 to 3000 dollars to fix the problem. So can any one help me out here? I have been told that the gear box solenoids (the lower one) can get a build up of muck on it and make it difficult to operate properly, does any one know how to take these solenoids out?

The tappet noise problem, may be fixed by removing the sump off the engine and cleaning the oil pick up filter/mesh, as this is very fine and can get blocked easily over time.

General Comments:

The Legend is a great car, and one day I would like to fit a DVD screen in the upper dash compartment, plus do a few other treat add ons, even a twin system that looks standard. 4 pipes out the back... yum.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2007

1988 Honda Legend Coupe gas from Japan

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

A large sports car with a back seat and a trunk

Faults:

The ABS (anti-lock brake system) never worked, but it didn't keep the car from stopping well. In fact, the stopping power was great. I only found out that it was a problem when I had a "clicking" sound that only appeared when in motion checked out.

A few interior trim pieces were broken when purchased.

The alternator and battery needed replacing at about 95000 km.

The defroster quit working just before I traded it in on my current car.

General Comments:

I sold my previous car with the idea that I was going to replace it with a big, flash convertible. However, before I found the perfect car, I found the perfect house and bought it instead. This meant that I had to put off the purchase of my dream car for a while, and so I bought this Legend as a "bridge" car. I got it for about $300 U.S. and even though I had many more problems than I would have liked, it was the best $300 car I ever bought. It served me well until it was time (and I was able) to move on.

This car was extremely comfortable and surprisingly fun to drive for a large, "personal coupe."

It was very fast off the mark and handled quite well.

However, whenever I drove it like the performance car it secretly was, the gas mileage suffered tremendously.

I loved the lines of the coupe model, but it was often inconvenient to live with just two doors. This was especially true in parking lots where the longer doors could not always open far enough to permit easy entrance or exit.

The leather seats got extremely hot in the summer sun, so we had to put seat covers on during hot weather.

The trunk was incredibly large and probably held more cubic feet of cargo than my '76 Corolla wagon that I had when I was a student.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2004

1988 Honda Legend 2.7 injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7 injected Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Pajero

Summary:

High-performance and reliable

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong.

The Anti-lock brakes made a strange noise periodically whenever the car was in motion. It didn't seem to hinder performance at all. Apparently it is a problem with many Legends of this age, and is fixed (or avoided) by disconnecting the anti-lock brake fuse. You won't have anti-lock brakes, but you get rid of the noise.

General Comments:

As long as everything is in working order, this car is a pleasure to drive.

Considering its age and the amount of kilometres on the engine, the Legend still shows plenty of life.

The only real problem I have is that the Legend is front-wheel drive, and also the wheels spin very easily under acceleration. The accelerator barely needs to be touched to give a sufficient amount of acceleration off traffic lights, and you need to be aware of that if you want to conserve your front tyres.

The car isn't the best as far as economy is concerned, and parts aren't the cheapest in the world, but in the end, it's a very fun car to have. These cars are getting quite cheap to buy these days as well...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2002

1988 Honda Legend Exclusive 2.7 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 kilometres
Most recent distance174000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

Best money I've ever spent

Faults:

This car is faultless.

General Comments:

I love this car. It does everything for you except make coffee. Damn I love electric everything.

It's got good pick up.

It's economical.

It's comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2002

1988 Honda Legend 2.7 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance240680 kilometres
Previous carHolden Calais

Summary:

Affordable luxury

Faults:

Transmission was sticking in 3rd gear but it was quite easily fixed. A few little things like the carpet are worn in some places.

General Comments:

The car is quite luxurious considering it is over 10 years old. It has all the luxuries of German Marquees like leather trim, wood veneer, sunroof, electric seats and cruise control.

The seats are very comfortable and there is a large amount of room in the rear. The car has very good build quality.

The car has a very smooth ride and the engine is quick and responsive. The styling has the lines of a big swooping coupe. It is a long car at almost 5 metres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2001

1988 Honda Legend SE Coupe 2700 ccm from Germany

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2700 ccm
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

No major problems. Some people are afraid of 2.7L engine hydraulic lifter "ticking"... don't panic, it will not harm you! Use good synthetic oil and everything will be OK.

General Comments:

Drivers car. Exceptional performance and handling for luxury coupe. It feels to be a true Legend in automotive history.

You can't buy more car for your money!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 8 reviews