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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:04 pm
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Default how reliable is the honda del sol?

i am looking into getting a honda del sol, probablly a 97, the last year they made them, but im worried about the reliabilityengine, transmission, all other important parts?anyone here have experience with del sols?i am hoping to get a del sol and achieve at least 300,000 miles with it, possible?
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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:08 pm
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to be honest, i haven't seen many of these on the road. i also don't see you getting 300,000 miles out of it. i found a site that gave it a 3/10 for 'value in its class'.just to get an idea of what that rating meant, i tried my car (94 sentra) and it got a 6/10. so i would say that the honda del sol doesn't look so good. check out the only reliability ratings that i could find:http://auto.consumerguide.com/Auto/U...lity/hopefully someone can help you withe personal experience.
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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:10 pm
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Honda engines are extremely reliable. Unfortunately, you'll be buying a used car, reliability will depend on how the previous owner treated the car. Honda 4 cylinder engines are known to run well over 300,000 miles. As with any type of vehicle, on-time maintenance will prolong the life of any car. First thing you should do when you do find the candidate is to replace all the fluids, get a tune up (spark plugs, wires, cap & rotor). Replace the timing belt and water pump because Honda engines are interference engines which means that if the belt breaks, that usually causes bent valves in the cylinder head which can lead to an expensive repair. In a nutshell, find out the maintenace records on the car you're buying and perform all maintenace requirements early. When in doubt just replace all parts accordingly to manufacturer recommendations. That'll save you money in the long run.
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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:18 pm
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well, honestly del sol is a tough car. durable engine, superb body styling, speedster & most of all, high resale value!
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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:28 pm
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Its all about maintenance. As long as the car has been taken care of, and you do the same, then there should be no problem getting that kinda mileage out of a del sol. The engine/tranny combos are pretty much rock solid as long as you don't try to add any poweradders [nitrous, turbo, supercharger] to them. I've seen more than a few with well over 200K on them and still running like new. Just keep it maintained.EDIT: Just want to add that the engine in the del sol is NOT an interferance engine, and most honda engines are not, so timing belt failure in 90% of cases, will not cause major issues, unlike most mitsubishi engines.
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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:36 pm
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i own a repair shop,and the del sol is a pretty reliable vehicle plain and simple ratings don't really mean much,its the car its self,,if its been took car of it should be ok,,everyone says one car is better than the other,,but in reality all cars are good to a point,,to where the owner stops taking good care of them,then they all become a car that gives trouble,look it over good if you like it and it runs good buy it,,that's what i always tell my customers buy what you want,,worry about problems later as they pop up this is the best way to be ,,good luck hope this help,s.
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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:40 pm
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I have a delSol and it has been the most reliable car that I have ever owned. If the previous owner took care of it and you do the same it should last you forever. Common Honda problems include some oil seepaeg that turns into small leaks over time, the seals around the targa top leak, and the synchros in the manual transmissions go if you tend to shift hard. I run Castrol GTX High Mileage in my car and it stopped the oild seepaeg completely. I also shift gently which takes care of the transmission. The delSol is just a Honda civic with a shorter wheelbase and different body. Civics have proven to be the most reliable cars ever made. Be careful though Toyoguru is wrong. The 1.5L, 1.6L, and 1.6L DOHC engines offered in the delSol ALL have interferience engines. If the timing belt breaks you will destroy the top end of your engine. If you get the car with over 100,000 miles on it and an original belt replace it immediately and then every 100,000 miles after that. Check out my delSol here http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j149/boarder700/
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Old 14 Sep 2007, 02:44 pm
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I guess not because its pretty much getting 10 years old now
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Default Re: how reliable is the honda del sol?

for me it is one of the most reliable car when it comes to speed and performance style. some say it is economical yet it was that cheap for a fast car.
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