1985 Honda CRX: 1985 Honda CRX 1.5 HF Sporty little car
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Purchased this 1985 Honda CRX 1.5 HF with 132k from Cali. It has been a one owner car, locally owned, and I am very satisfied with its condition. This is a carbureted, High Fuel version with a 5 speed manual tranny. Everything works well including AC. I have paid $3750. It is completely rust free, unmodified, well maintained, original paint, wheels and radio/cassette. Here are my impressions:
Body and exterior: For a 25 year old car, mine held pretty well. It has no rust. I looked at the famous areas (the rear wheel wells, around the windshields, the hatch area, licence plates and gas cap. I looked underneath the car but have not lifted it up yet. It has a Honda marked muffler and given the miles and origin, it might be the original one. No rust so far. Rust will inevitably affect all CRX's driven anywhere except in the southwest or very dry climates and even there except if regularly cleaned and detailed. I think it has to to do with the sheet metal and the paint ... Light weight and cost control was the goal in these cars maybe they used a lighter sheet metal and this is also the reason they tend to dent quite easy. Paint also matters and it takes 4 or 5 different coats for a quality job (eg primer, paint, tints, clear coat etc). Maybe they skimped on some to save weight (paint adds weight). The 84-87 model also has quite a bit of plastic panels to save on weight (front fenders, front nose panel and lower side moldings are all plastic. These scratch and dent easily. Overall they look ok but with age plastic will crack particularly at the pressure points where they attach to the frame. The 88-91 CRX's have less plastic but their sheet metal is also thin and dents and rusts easily. Mine has a few cracks on the front nose panel and front fenders. Bumper and side panels have a few scratches.
Engine and drive train: These engines run well, are well built and reliable. They are made mostly of aluminum rather than steel to save weight including the head and lower block. The camshaft is also lighter with a hollow core. The cylinders and rings on the HF models are designed specially to increase fuel efficiency (eg fewer rings per cilinder to reduce friction and hence mechanical work). The overall power is reasonable even for the HF models maybe a bit less than what I would like but this trade off brings greater fuel economy. Clutch shifts nicely and grabs well. The HF model has an indicator arrow on the instrument panel which prompts you when its time to shift up to maximize fuel efficiency. Cornering on this older CRX's are reasonable although not quite as good as on the newer models 88-91 which have four wheel independent suspension. This 85 model has a torsion bar in the rear with the springs attached to it. The electrics work well, there is a good array of options except no power steering (none needed), no cruise control, power windows or locks. Interior has a slight cheap feel to it but can grow on you. Seats are light and manual, ok for light driving, can get uncomfortable for long rides. All seat side bolsters will wear on these cars (mine have been re-upholestered). Driving position is low almost feel like driving a go kart.
Overall impression: great little sporty car, performant, agile, economical, reliable, cheap to buy and maintain. Very happy with my find. It is very rare to find one without rust and well maintained. CRX was so succesfull that Honda is introducing a hybrid CRX successor the CR-Z this summer.
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