Friday, April 24, 2009

Completely Stock 1991 Honda CRX Si - eBay Find

There are so many reasons for me to write about this car. First of all, the owner pulled it out of a junkyard. It was there because of a blown headgasket. Anyone who rescues an old car from a junkyard is a hero in my book. Secondly, it's not modified. So many old CRX's are now in the hands of kids who lower them, throw body kits and big chrome wheels on them, drop different engines in them, etc., etc. This one is bone stock and there's nothing wrong with a stock CRX Si. Thirdly, I'm very familiar with these cars. My one time significant-other bought one brand new in 1991. She was a sales rep at the time with a huge territory. She took it everywhere, sometimes loaded to the roof with samples and display racks. It never once let her down.

The second generation (1988 - 1991) CRX Si came with a 16 valve SOHC 1.6 liter engine. This is an amazing engine. It's smooth, loves to rev and propels the CRX Si to 60MPH in just over 8 seconds. It easily gets over 30 MPG on the highway and 25 around town. The suspension is a fully independent wishbone style suspension (the first generation CRX used torsion bars). The Si is a bit prone to torque steer, but that's part of its charm.

It's a Honda, which means it's well screwed together and well laid out. My ex significant-other's Si needed nothing but brakes, tires and exhaust; the usual consumables. She also replaced the timing belt periodically and did the water pump at the same time, which is good preventive maintenance for these cars. When she bought the car it had 8 miles on it. When she sold it had gone over 265,000 miles (and still had the original clutch in it). Even though it sat outside for a year (unused and unstarted) before we got around to selling it, the car started right away (with a new battery) and the buyer was able to drive it over 200 miles to his house in NY without a problem.

CRX's do rust. Check the rear wheel well area, the door bottoms and floors. The car being offered on eBay is a California car and recently painted, so rust shouldn't be a problem.

The newest CRX Si is now 18 years old, but you're still able to find parts for it at your local Honda dealership or Auto Zone type store. Parts that can't be sourced at those places can be found on the web.

If you're looking for a quick, fun, reliable, drama free 2 seater, the Honda CRX Si is tough to beat.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this CRX Si. It's a well done listing with a lot of clear, detailed pictures and a video.

Crxsi.com has some useful information although it's frustrating to navigate.

HondaClub.com has an active forum and some interesting reading material.

7 comments:

hoov23 said...

You say it's unmodified, but the first picture in the eBay ad CLEARLY shows a terribly gaudy roof-mounted spoiler.

Just A Car Geek said...

I don't see it. Are you possibly looking at the sunroof? They slid back over the roof and not into the roof (like most cars) on the CRX.

Dave

hoov23 said...

haha I meant the plane... reminded me of this: http://jalopnik.com/5162205 ;)
I actually really like to see a car like that in such great unmolested condition, also the volvo coupe from last week. actually thought about buying the volvo because of it's proximity to me but i didn't have time to check it out before the end of the auction.

Just A Car Geek said...

I'm an idiot... I didn't even notice that the plane seems to be attached to the car until you pointed it out.

The Jalponik photo is great! I love that site.

Dave

Jay said...

Honda repalced this with the del Sol. What a mistake! They should have kept building this car. It's nice to see one this clean and original.

Anonymous said...

http://crxcommunity.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27932

Jay said...

There seems to be a lot of discussion on that board about the merits of this car.
It's on Craigslist for $5500.00, which seems a little high.
My GTI has a salvage title. The only time a slavage title is a problem is if you want to sell the car. I plan on driving it until the wheels fall off, so who cares?
If you want to do the smae with this CRX the slavage title won't be a problem.