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Old 26 Jan 2009, 06:16 pm
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Default Is a Honda CRX-Civic Del Sol a good car for a 16 year old?

Hi I'm 16 and I'll be needing a car to go to school because the bus is killing me with being so late. I love cars and when I saw the Del Sol I was amazed at how nice it looked. I just wanted to know whether it was a good first time car and I was also wondering what insurance might cost. Best answer will get 10 points.I probably won't get the car till i'm 17. Will my insurance go down because of being a year younger and if i put the insurance in my parents policy will i get a good discount?I'm looking for a stick-shift del sol btw
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 06:24 pm
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Default Re: Is a Honda CRX-Civic Del Sol a good car for a 16 year old?

Honda makes a good, reliable car that can be made into anything you want it to be. Most models provide a good platform to start with if you intend to modify.

The problem is, with no offense or insinuation intended to be directed to you, too many people your age get the idea that Fast and Furious is how driving and car modifying is. This could not be any more wrong.

Your insurance is going to be rediculously high regardless of whether you get your own policy or get insured through your parents. You can get discounts if you are a good student, have taken drivers ed, or if you belong to certain organizations, but ultimately, your age is going to make your insurance astronomical.
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 06:31 pm
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First off, holy shit, I'm red lightning, too! Well, Del Sol wasn't a very good car. Not fast or reliable. The original CRX would be a much better choice.
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 06:46 pm
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First off, I had 3 different Hondas when I was young and broke! My 1st was an 1980 Civic cvcc 1500, it went to 230,000 miles. I payed $300 LOL!My 2nd Honda Civic (83) purchased when it had 157,000 smashed up at 201,000 miles My cousin had a Del Sol bought new and sold still running fine @ 140,000 miles.This year I have purchased a 2008 Honda Odyssey we love it.If the engine is not smoking and if still has good compression in the cylinders (mechanic will check for less than $50) I might buy it. However, consider the asking price and overall condition before you buy. If the car has been even reasonably maintained, it should be ok...(it's a HONDA) As for insurance, your 16 year old driver. Translation $$$. Sorry. good luck
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 07:01 pm
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best car u could probably get would b a civic 93-95 fo cheap if u willing to put more money a 96-99 ex models only anythign else sucks and the del sol actually I found a 94 with 106XXX on craiglist RARE DEL SOL WITH THE B16 best engine for civic/del sol thats a Si ingines in it it dint have a swap it was a stock 1 for like 4500 i would have bought it but im broke laid off f0ing sucks if u really do like the del sol get the d16 version if u can get a b16 and u have the money buy it in ling run its the best negine and u can supp it up sogood that its not funny because they way less thasn a civic bout the same as crxSO TRY TO DFIND A DEL SOL WITH B16 engine ull b set for lifeO they only come 5speed (B16) Sorrygood luck hopefully u live in kentucky cuz thats where its at
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 07:16 pm
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Its a great car dont let anyone tell you different. Just make sure you have a mechanic check it over before you buy it. Its nice to know that the car you just got wont crap out on you 10 miles down the road. There great cars mines got 175,xxx on it and she purrs like a kitten. If you can get an Si model with the d16z6 engine.Its quite suprisieng what that little single cam vtec can do. That should be plenty of pep for a first time driver, but if you find a VTEC model with a b16 it'l be well worth it in the long run, just make sure you can handle it! Insurance wise its gonna cost you lotsa $$ cuz your a young first time driver. Being on your parents will knock it down a bit just make sure you dont get alot of tickets tho cuz then they'll most likely drop you so there premiums dont go up. good luck with it man!
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Old 26 Jan 2009, 07:31 pm
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One of my friends asked me this sort of questions before,she found helpful here http://www.CarInsuranceTip.info/free-car-insurance.htm
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A CRX is going to be the older of the two, requiring more work to be done or things to go wrong, they are also pretty slow stock. The del sol's are newer look better and also I'm pretty sure have 4-wheel disc brakes. So i would say hands down a del sol for your first car. Only downside is its a two-seater but you gotta love the removable targa top in the summer. And like everyone else said if you are lucky to stumble upon one with the B16 thats the one you want!
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Old 27 Jan 2009, 10:04 am
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Default Re: Is a Honda CRX-Civic Del Sol a good car for a 16 year old?

Both the Del Sol and the CRX are two seaters. Although it is rare, you can find back seats for the CRX, but good luck finding them for cheap, or in good condition.

As for the Del Sol being a bad car--explain your logic. I would love to hear how the same motor in a Del Sol is worse than in another car. There aren't special motors made for the Del Sol that didn't come for the rest of the 92-95 Civics, with the exception of the B16.

Any motor can be swapped into either of these chassis. It's a matter of how much money you want to spend and how much power you are looking to create. Another factor in deciding is what you are going to do with the car. There is a plethora of parts available for either chassis, and the sky is the limit as to the modifications that can be done.

Both cars are fun and reliable, but just like any other car, if it is not maintained, it can be a headache to deal with.

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