1996 Honda Legend Reviews

1996 Honda Legend Exclusive 3.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102300 kilometres
Most recent distance257140 kilometres
Previous carHonda Legend

Summary:

Superb value for money, and great reliability

Faults:

Starter motor brushes needed replacing at 232,000 kms.

Thermostat needed replacing at 241,000 kms.

The rear window demister has two heater lines that take a bit longer than the others to demist.

General Comments:

Bought this car against strong advice from my friends, only to see two of my friends purchase the 1997 and 1999 model. Not as nippy as my previous 1991 model.

These cars grow on you, and once you get used to them, parting company can prove very difficult.

Around Auckland city, I get on average 560kms out of 65 litres, so economy is not too bad for a 3.5L 1996 car that weighs nearly 1800 kg!

The ride is superb, but you must get good matching tyres. The real value of these cars is on the country roads.

Contrary to my friends various reservations about transmission reliability, I have had absolutely no problems. The auto transmission and diff oils must be changed every 40k. The engine is very smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th March, 2012

1996 Honda Legend 3.2 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 miles
Most recent distance179000 miles
Previous carFord Scorpio

Summary:

A hard car to beat for the money

Faults:

Head Gasket replaced at 160000 miles.

Front headlight bulb.

Reversing light bulb.

General Comments:

I have owned quite a few big cars, but the Legend is a legend in motoring. Being that the car has just gone through its 7th MOT without a single failure, I think this speaks for itself.

Very rare, very fast, very reliable, and a very good looking car. I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2005

20th Aug 2008, 04:38

You just love Hondas more than your wife. All Legends are expensive to run/repair. Nobody wants work on them cos the mechanics are complicated and special tools are required. I had 3 Legends in past 7 years and I know what I'm talking about.

21st Jun 2010, 20:00

Three? You kept buying them though eh? I think YOU love Honda, and why not, they are reliable, and all cars need fixed sometime - cars are like Forrest Gumps box of chocolates with consumer reviews.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews