Excellent value in its class for a 10 year old car
Nothing went "wrong" with the car. It was neglected by myself and the previous owner who really raced this car. Before I sold it:
Timing belt/water pump were changed.
It needed a new cat to pass SMOG.
Valve cover gasket was leaking.
Shocks/springs were dead - replaced.
Excellent car for the money. Handles great when lowered and on Z rated tires, otherwise feels like you are in a boat and understeers like crazy. Fat, heavy car, but once you engage the VTEC system, you open up the fun!
Seats are OK - and not meant for long trips, somewhat econo seats. Car ran perfect with no problems whatsoever, except that it burned a little oil (1 qt every 1000 miles). It even ran out of oil, car shut off, I put in a qt and it ran fine thereafter.
Transmission started to give at 160k, needed new syncros and would grind going into second gear. But I completely understand why it came to be - I REALLY drove this car hard I must say, and any other car would have definitely been done.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th December, 2008