1997 Honda Legend Reviews

1997 Honda Legend 3.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Fantastic, but watch for the gearbox problem - they all get it sometime

Faults:

Shady dealer sold it to me with a gearbox problem. Took it to B'ham for repair - cost 1800 quid.

Back brake discs knackered - 500 quid.

So, I've spent 7500+ in total to get it up to scratch.

General Comments:

It's a V6 with a bloody big engine. It sounds like a V6 and growls when given some juice.

It looks like an ordinary Honda, so people don't know you have 210bhp waiting to be put to use. Awesome power and really is overpowered.

It's basically a rebadged American car, the Acura RL (as stated on the cover of the driver's manual). It even has daytime running light sockets on the lights for the USA. That's why it's a big luxurious ride for the larger gentleman.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2007

1997 Honda Legend 3.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carBMW M3

Summary:

Much, much better than you would think

Faults:

A slow puncture was not noticed and over about 2 months caused excessive wear on the ball joints for near front wheel. Cost £200.

A/C wasn't used over the first 6 years of the cars life and when finally switched on the compressor packed in

Cost £800 (not fixing)

Back box rusted (Honda exhausts are no worse than any other manufacturer, but they age faster than the car)

Cost £150.

The rest of the car is absolutely faultless. These are the only faults in 8 years.

General Comments:

I replaced an Esprit SE and an M3 with the Honda.

The interior is extremely roomy and quite comfortable, in a grannies sofa type way. There are basic electric gadgets and the switchgear is Hondas best attempt at being upmarket.

The engine is smooth to 2000rpm (you don't need more) but a bit strained above. Acceleration at any speed is ample, but MPG is about 20 in town rising to 29 if an effort is made to be frugal.

The ride is fairly smooth, but the handling is poor. This is the critical weakness compared to Mercedes and BMW.

I have grown to really like the car. It was never the top of its class or particularly good at anything and that, plus a ridiculous reliability compared to its contemporaries, gives it a quirky character.

Best Bit? £100 for a full 48k service, huge comfort and reliability.

Worst Bit? Poor image and physical size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2006

1997 Honda Legend KG 3.5L from Panama

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.5L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1920 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

An excellent car, but not quite a Lexus

Faults:

Electric door locks keep clicking down long after locks have been set.

A/C evaporator/condenser had to be replaced after 3 years (US$800!).

Front fog light-bulb sockets melt and have to be replaced often.

My model (a KG) lacked some features expected of a US$42,000 car: for instance, it has no power door lock in the passenger's side, or a standard CD player.

General Comments:

This car is a pleasure to drive. The 210-HP, 3.5L V6 oozes power effortlessly up the RPM curve with minimal engine noise.

Handling is excellent for a car this size. Road feel is a bit too high for my taste; I switched the original 205/55R16's for 225/60R16's and both handling and ride improved dramatically.

Cabin not well-insulated; both road and overall exterior noise levels are high for a luxury car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2002

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews