I owned one for 5 years, servicing every 3 months.
In that time:
1. Need to replace cat converter ($1,200).
2. Need to replace IMA ($2,700).
3. Need to replace transmission ($2,200).
4. Need to replace flywheel.
5. Wheels randomly seize up almost causing an accident.
Dealer doesn't know why ($100 diagnostic).
6. Need to replace engine ($3,800).
7. Need to replace transmission ($2,200).
8. Need to replace IMA again ($2,800).
9. Need to replace wiring ($550).
Used/aftermarket parts are hard or impossible to find.
2 of 3 dealers had extremely poor workmanship (I was a mechanic).
Car never lasted more than 3 months w/o something breaking, and every part on it is EXPENSIVE.
When everything was working properly, it averaged 60mpg in 50/50 city/highway driving.
Even with the IMA out, it still averaged 40mpg.
Honda dealers that hire qualified mechanics, not screwups.
Seats don't go down, extremely uncomfortable on road trips.
I have a 2002 and have been relatively lucky so far.
Worst was having to replace the IMA for $2500.
I keep it well maintained and it still runs like new.
Frustratingly, the previous owner must have lived on a really dusty road or out west cause the paint on the hood is covered with small pits.
Most of the plastic shielding is gone from the undercarriage.
I was on the interstate recently and the front part came loose and folded up under the car...dragging on the road.
I had to pull over and cut it loose before getting back on the road.
I get a lot of fun looks and comments about the car.
Its a real rarity now.
I almost never seen one on the road.
I do share the parts concerns both mechanically and body parts.
I need a passenger side rear fender skirt.
The previous owner scraped it and I would love to replace it.
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