About Honda CRX
Originally launched as the Honda Ballade Sports CR-X in Japan, Honda CRX was manufactured by the Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation Honda from 1983 to 1991. Its name "CRX" was short for "Civic Rally Cross" or "Civic Renaissance model X". The first American version of Honda CRX was introduced in 1984 as an economy sport Kammback with room for two passengers. Before replaced by Honda CR-X del Sol, Honda CRX was produced for two generations and won many awards and accolades. It was Motor Trend Magazine's Import Car of the Year, made Car and Driver Magazine's Ten Best List and so on.
The first-generation Honda CRX was produced from 1983 to 1987 but went on sale in the North American market as a 1984 model. It came in two versions: economy and sport but three trim levels: base DX, CRX HF (High Fuel efficiency) and Si. Honda CRX then was powered by the 1.3 L 60 horsepower I4 and 1.5 L 60 horsepower I4 engines; both engines sent power through a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. The second-generation Honda CRX started in 1988. Three trim levels got carried over from the previous generation. But the 1.5 L I4 engine could produce 62-92 horsepower and 90 lb-ft of torque and CRX got a new 1.6 L I4 engine rated at 150 horsepower. The available transmissions were still same as predecessors'.
Honda CRX Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Thanks to its compact body and good fuel economy, many Honda CRX owners like to use it for commuting. But as time passes by, some auto parts in it would still wear and tear, in case you get yourself stuck in some nowhere, you had better be prepared for these common problems on Honda CRX:
First, starting issue is the most complained problem about Honda CRX. This actually is an engine issue, starting issue is only the final result of it. Some Honda CRX drivers said before that, they could hear metallic sounds or see white or grey smoke, the engine performance would also plummet so that lost power while acceleration; sometimes, the Check Engine Light would be activated. But in the end, the vehicle would suffer from starting issues such as hard starting or inability to start. So, as long as you sense that your CRX is consuming excessive oil, you had better inspect the oil filter, timing cover, rod bearing, piston ring set, and throttle cable.
Second, suspension failure is also a very troublesome problem for Honda CRX owners. As a system that has a decisive function in making sure comfortable driving, the suspension system should be kept in the good condition all the time. But some Honda CRX drivers told that after a while of driving, they could hear clunking noises from the tire area, and the sound may cause uneven tire wear, which is often the main reason of tilting vehicle. At the same time, the intense car vibration, bouncing or bottoming out make it harder for drivers to handle the vehicle. If your Honda CRX is also experiencing these symptoms, you are highly advised to inspect the steering knuckle, ball joint and coil spring insulator.
Knowing how to deal with above situations is not enough for a best-shaped Honda CRX, taking preventative measures to stop all kinds of sudden events is the smart move. Electrical part speedometer cable and braking part brake drum need your more attention as they are rather vulnerable. As for parts such as trunk latch, emblem, headlight, wiper blade and so on need to be maintained on a regular basis for a safe and comfortable ride.
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