I am extremely lucky to find a 1997 Honda Del Sol VTEC. Not only is this car impossible to find, it's even more rare to find one that is manual with very few previous owners (mine had 2) For a 17 year old car, it is very impressive and Honda has won my respect from here on. Everything about this car makes sense, and it has a lot of features for a 97. The engine is 1.6L ;I always heard people say it is a gas saver but wow!! about 500 mpg and it costs about $40 to fill a tank. The car is light,fast & lets you take control of the road.It turns heads everywhere I go, and even those with brand new cars are stunned! If you find one, get it! Best investment I ever made.
1.6 L engine
The only issue I have is the light inside the car which is behind the seats which makes it hard to see especially when I am leaving my underground parking lot. I only wish the light was right above my dashboard but really it's no biggie.
I just purchased this car and I can see it is not going to be my summer, weekend, beach car but will replace my CRV as my daily commute car. A small step down, but as someone mentioned it is a fun car to drive. As a guy, I couldn't care less that it's labeled as a "chick car" or some people call it "cute". Fun trumps cute 8 days a week and then some. I did a search and looked at comparable cars like the Mazda Miata and the TR7, both two seaters, but Honda quality and the fact that it was a hard top won out over my other choices. Even though I would have preferred the manual drive, the automatic is no slouch. If you have the chance to drive one and buy it, do. You won't be sorry
Hard top roof, compact size, gas mileage, it's a Honda.
Instrument panel layout is awkward. Interior light is not very bright.
This is an automatic car. The drop down menu only has choices for manual.
I bought mine for $3000. It is an automatic Si but man is it quick. Sure It's not a 12 second car but it is really fun to drive and that's the point. The mileage is great. Only problems I have are that the suspension is rough and the interior is kind of bland.
I was impressed to find two cup-holders in a car this size. The trunk was also very sizable, I fit more in it than my Civic EX
The '97 also doesn't leak like previous models. It has 170K on it and runs perfectly fine except for my one tie-rod that is wearing out ($15 part)
All-in-all if you want an economic car that is actually fun to drive, This is the car to get.
T-Top, good gas mileage, lasts forever, large trunk, fun to drive, cruise control
This car could use some better sound-dampening. It gets pretty loud. Also the interior light should be over the visors not in the back.
I just bought this 1997 Honda del Sol a few days ago.
So far, I am enjoying driving it.
The seats are a little narrow, and are not adjustable in that regard (no lumbar adjustments).
I am somewhat disappointed at the cup holders.
Also, the dome light doesn't really light up much of anything, making th einterior very dark, even with the dome light on.
There are no lights around the floor area either.
Locking the doors is kind of a hassle.
You have to hold the inside release latch open and then lock the drivers door, otherwise you have to use the key from the outside to lock it.
Gas mileage is 30+, even while I'm driving it like a race car!
Performance and exterior styling
Better cupholders, lumbar support adjustments, better interior lighting.
A '93 Del Sol is my daily driver. I beat the HELL out of this car. I drive it like I stole it, take turns like a maniac, and perform the bare minimum for maintenance. In the last 80K miles the only thing to break was the distributor cap. At 190K miles the car is still on its original clutch. This is unheard-of. The car keeps going and going, and absolutely will not die, sort of like that dude in that movie. Girls think it's "cute," which is okay I guess. It also goes for about a year on one tank of gas. Okay maybe not a year, but you get the point. It's ridiculously reliable and pretty fun to drive. Buy one.
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