About Honda Del Sol
As a replacement for the cult-favorite Honda CRX, Honda Del Sol, also known as Honda Civic Del Sol was manufactured by the Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation Honda from 1992 to 1997. Built based on the Honda Civic platform, Honda Del Sol did not drop the "Civic" name until 1995 model year. Its name derives from Spanish, meaning the Sun also refers to its opening roof. But in 1997 model year, the production and sales of Honda Del Sol ended in the United States and it was replaced by the Honda CR-Z and Honda S2000 in the end.
Honda Del Sol made its debut in the United States in 1992 as a 1993 model, it came with two trim levels: base S and upscale Si as a 2-seater front-engine, front-wheel drive Targa top car. Honda Del Sol then was powered by a 1.5 L inline 4-cylinder engine making 102 horsepower and a 1.6 L inline 4-cylinder engine cranking out 125 horsepower. In this initial period, both engines were mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Then for the 1994 model year, Honda Del Sol added a VTEC model powered by a 1.6 L I4 engine yielding 160 horsepower. Only in Japan and Europe, the option of an automatic top mechanism called the TransTop was available.
Honda Del Sol Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Honda Del Sol features a removable aluminum Targa roof panel and a retractable rear window, with tons of personality, it is very well received by young people. But as time passes by, Honda Del Sol also could not withstand natural wearing process, once you have one, you had better be prepared and know about these common problems in advance:
First, engine failure could be the most serious and common problem Honda Del Sol drivers may meet while driving. In case you encounter this issue in the middle of driving, you had better learn about some signs of engine failure first. According to experienced Honda Del Sol drivers, at first, they could hear squealing, loud knocking sound from the engine, or hear a burning oil odor in the compartment, and they could find oil puddles under the car. No wonder the gas mileage becomes worse and worse. The most terrible sign would be the engine performance reduces to misfire and hard starting or no starting, overheating. The smart move is to replace the Del Sol rod bearing, oil filter, drive belt, water pump, timing cover, valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket once the Check Engine Light comes on.
Second, steering failure is another common problem on Honda Del Sol. Steering system undertakes the duty of directing driver operators to the direction that they want to. But some Honda Del Sol drivers complained that the steering would vibrate intensively and even pull to the left or right unintentionally. At the same time, due to a pulsating, shaky and loose steering wheel, the handling of the vehicle becomes worse, which poses potential dangers for drivers. As a driver without much technical background, you should care more about the clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, as they are often indicating you to inspect the Del Sol control arm, tie rod end, shock and strut mount, control arm bushing, and coil spring insulator.
To sustain your Honda Del Sol's overall excellent quality, you need to perform routine maintenance on some vulnerable parts that could not last as long as the vehicle could. Emblem could fall off if the adhesive becomes useless; headlight switch, window regulator, door lock actuator, brake light switch, power window switch, mirror switch as electrical parts are easy to wear out due to a high frequency of usage. Thus, they all need to be maintained on a regular basis.
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