2005 Honda NSX VTEC 3.2 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Noise on par with Modena

Faults:

During my 12000 miles of ownership, I must say that buying this car was a little bit of a gamble. If it went wrong and I had bought a lemon, it could have done me some serious financial harm.

But this is the beauty of the Honda NSX, it has UNRIVALLED reliability for a car of this calibre. Nothing has gone wrong, touch wood, however I have gone through two sets of rear tyres which were 200 quid a shot.

To my shock though, it was only £165 for its 9,000 service. Obviously with extras on top it was more, but for a service alone that is fantastic.

The next service (the third one) might sting me though, as it's due its spark plugs and brakes changing.

General Comments:

The car itself is like a piece of art. In stunning dark turquoise blue, with 17s all round, it looks unreal.

The 6 speed gearbox is as light as a Civic, although I heard a new clutch is £1600! Same goes for the steering as well.

The 24 valve 3.2 VTEC V6 engine needs to be heard to be believed. When it goes through VTEC it has an unrivalled deep V6 howl to it which is so addictive, we're talking about on a par with the noise a Modena makes!

Inside, well it's not edge of your seat stunning, but it is very refined and extremely well built. The NSX was hand built apparently (that's what the salesman said anyway!!). Nice to have cruise control as well, two buttons on the steering wheel.

In summary, this car is built to be a super-car in the city, but then dominate on the track. Ever so easy to drive and live with. I'm so in love with mine, and now I know why there was such a fuss made about that stunning engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

15th Dec 2005, 20:24

I agree with you, I'm on my second NSX, after owning a 95, I bought a 03. Test drove 911 C4 and just can't stand the way P car's interior is set up. Good decision:)

24th Jan 2006, 21:23

Sorry you do not like the NSX what do you drive that is better?

24th Jun 2006, 18:48

A Honda can't be a Ferrari, a Seiko can't be a Rolex! But then again! Vice-versa! I love Ferraris, I love comfort, I love speed, I love reliability and I love being unique. One full hour on this site. My decision? I am buying a Mercedes E350 or BMW 530i to commute each day and guess what? I am buying the Honda NSX as well for those days we speak about now!

Satisfaction is a thing of the mind. To me, it's a better Ferrari. They all race in the F1 world, and almighty black prancing steed is tailing aside "monsieur a". Right from when old Enzo (may his gentle soul RIP), Societa Anonima Scuderia Ferrari and Battista Pinin started out coach building for sport cars, Ferraris were meant to be race cars and even then not all who could afford a Ferrari could unleash all its potentials.

God bless Nobuhiko Kawamoto and the VTEC team. They deserve the accolade. Honda started out with bikes and then trusty grocery and school run cars, and now we have a discussion on the table with Honda and the "il cavallino rampante"

Very few cars have a soul, (automobile aficionados know what this means, not the human or living soul in context), not all Ferraris have souls, but a lot of them do. To me, the NSX and S2000 have souls. I can't mention names, but stronger manufacturers have tried and spend $$ billions $$$ to achieve this with very little success.

On these grounds, both manufacturers should be treated with respect, everyone could air their own notion and raise their motions, but personal rash conclusions should be avoided.

Happy motoring and thanks again to the Car Survey web team.

I love this website.

25th Mar 2007, 01:09

2 words:

Aryton Senna.

25th Mar 2007, 16:25

"2 words:

Aryton Senna."

He died in 1994 dude then the NSX died in 2005. It is now 2007 and the NSX is now old under-performing news.

2nd Aug 2007, 13:45

This isn't a plain Accord or Camry. I drove my bosses and then could only afford a new Legend and then a new TL in time. If you have a mere $75,000 plus the NSX has been a nice vehicle. I'd buy the Viper though... in this price level.

17th Oct 2010, 22:10

They had a chance to kill Ferrari and blew it, it should have been a V8.

1999 Honda NSX 3.2 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Forget badges - this is the real thing!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Comfort and ride are excellent.

Very cheap to run, although tires only last approximately 5,000 miles.

Pretty economical on fuel.

Reliability par excellence.

Good boot space, but little inside cabin.

Compact spare tire saves space.

I have been driving NSX's for 13 years and would never change.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2005