Review of used Honda CRX cars
The Honda CRX will make a wonderful comeback when the Hybrid CRZ is released around the world this year. It’s a long time between drinks for Honda’s compact sport range.
The early 90s were a time when manufacturers were looking for diversity in their product lines with something for everyone. The 3rd generation CRX coupe (sold overseas as Del Sol), has replaced the successful ED Civic based on ED Civic, filling Honda’s sports car space.
The new shape was introduced to compete directly with Toyota MR2 and Mazda MX5. The overall appearance of the car made many people think it had the engine in the middle. Excessive curves are a departure from the previous expanded form of its predecessor.
The 3rd generation CRX has electric windows, power steering, ABS with four wheel discs, a swing bar for the front and rear, and a hardtop roof top. Power rear windows give a real breeze in the hair conversion experience, unlike other Targas like the Nissan NX Coupe and Toyota MR2.
The roof opens on both sides easily and stores in boots on rails. This bracket allows multiple boot compartments without having to remove the roof to gain access to your pocket. An easy job for two people although it is very difficult.
CRX features a revitalized B16A Twin Cam V-Tec 115kw engine, which is a brand new product for the Australian market. Unlike more modern iV-Tec engines, the main premise behind the previous V-Tec was strength rather than economy.
There are plenty of storage compartments behind the seats and a reasonable center console with cup holders. A convenient folding lid for the dash head unit dispels prying eyes when the roof is off at the beach.
In recent years, several examples of the Gray Import of Trans-Top Rooftop models have entered the Australian market. Trans-Top, never sold locally, automates the CRX aluminum roof with a platform that rises from the boot area. This unique automatic hardtop was a miracle at the time but susceptible to expensive engine failure. Vehicles delivered in Japan also have 1.5L lower-spec engines and a 3-speed automatic transmission.
IN THE STORE
The previous examples are getting tired with most clocking over 200000ks. Look for models after 1994 with an upgrade to the driver’s side airbag, an improved roof sealing design, an improved seat cover fabric and small engine tweaks. Close to every CRX there will be roof leaks, so it is expected to draw at some point to replace seals. The recovery in the mid-90s solved some roof noise and leakage issues, although this was not mandatory.
The CRX is still a popular vehicle for male P plater riders with a lot of modifications to it. Search as close to the original condition as possible. The factory seats are low and the ride height is often exaggerated by lowering so much that the cars are difficult to drive and often illegally modified.
Closely check for rust on the door, mold smell in the boot and cabin, and previous accident damage. A worn clutch is common, although the gearbox and engine are Honda bullet proof.
Like all Honda vehicles, a full service history is required, with these engines requiring frequent oil changes and not being covered by standards. Service costs are reasonable though with filters etc. shared with the more modest Honda vehicles.
Maintenance of roof seals is necessary regularly because they are sensitive to cracking. A good level of lanolin oil will do that.
ON THE ROAD
CRX is an agile performer but needs a bit of right-footed excitement to get to its sweet spot. The V-Tec cam lobes operate at a speed of 4500 rpm to the limit of 7600 rpm. Lower in the rev range it needs a bit of encouragement, but will happily pull you through rush hour comfortably.
Based on the Civic (EG) chassis, hitherto hailed as one of Honda’s greatest sports cars, the CRX is not afraid of corners. The coil shocks on all the swinging and appreciated bars give the small coupe a fairly balanced handling with few wheels, typical for front-wheel drive sports cars. Braking is best enough, with responsive steering and a short ratio transmission helping the engine pop out that the V-Tec howls nicely.
AT THE PUMP
In the city, CRX will help you achieve about 9-11 L / 100 km depending on how often you reach V-Tec. On the highway, you look at about 8 L / 100 km.
IN A CREDIT
According to older convertibles, CRX was ahead of the game with its built-in scroll bar. This adds to the vehicle’s structural integrity and also reduces flex in the body. Later models had driver airbags and all models had ABS.
As the owner of this model for 3 years, I find it to be a quick and easy daily drive. The predatory shoe is great for shopping, though not practical for trips to Bunnings. Two seats are useless to carry more than your unfortunate partner. With performance like go-cart, they are a wretch with fuel with low maintenance costs, but watch out for leaky roofs.
· Honda builds quality and reliability
· The miserable gasoline
· Rev motives for happiness
Well built and sporty convertibles with looks and fuel economy too. But stay away from heavily modified examples.