Films: Honda Original Fanboy Becomes Twenty-Seven-Year Original Owner

Honda Original Fanboy Becomes Twenty-Seven-Year Original Owner

Yesterday, we asked you which Japanese cars helped improve Americans’ opinions. But perhaps it wasn’t the cars as much as the people who bought them. At the young age of fourteen, Mr. Christopher Hoffman helped convince his mother to buy a ’77 Honda Civic wagon. That was just a small, first step in what would become a life-long infatuation with Hondas.

They went on to take over their local Honda club (they wanted the club to include more driving events) and ten years later, Christopher bought his first new car ever, this 1987 Honda Civic CRX Si. He fell in love with the car on the drive home and vowed to keep it forever. And although he’s owned the car for 27 years now, it’s never broken down and Christopher can count on one hand how many repairs he’s had to make (two of them are bulb replacements, it is a Honda after all).

Being a Honda, the CRX is also blessed with a very light, short shift that Christopher loves in addition to its sound and how freely the 1.5L four-cylinder revs. It may only have 91hp but in car that weighs about 1900 pounds, it’s enough to leave Christopher smiling through the twisties.

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MINDY
MINDY
1 year 6 months ago

Bought my 90 Si new February 1990 at 22. At 48 and 311000 miles later same engine, it’s still BOMB. A perfect storm in a tiny pod. Almost supernatural the way this car runs-so quiet and smooth-gearbox like butter and excellent braking. Good lord, I never considered I needed another vehicle until I needed extra room for my family. Will never sell it. Much much love to Honda for making such a supreme machine. XX

Royce
2 years 5 months ago

Great job on the video and congratulations to the owner for sharing his story with us! I agree with the owner when he says by doing nothing to the car actually makes it stand out at a show. I’ve owned my ’90 Corrado g60 for 22 yrs and I have only done tasteful mods to it, and the same thing happens to me when I take my car to shows, people ask many Qs about how they never see any unmodified etc.

Arvel Perry
Arvel Perry
2 years 9 months ago

Parallel universe! My first new car was a black 1987 CRX Si. I still own it today, though unfortunatley it is nowhere near the great condition his car is in. But I have also been stockpiling parts and look forward to the day when I can tool around town in it.

Ray Beltran
Ray Beltran
2 years 9 months ago

HA! How funny! I traded my Scirocco for the SAME REASONS.
My fiancé had a Civic that ran like a watch. After my Scirocco left me stranded AGAIN, I made the switch. Bought a “poor man’s 928”; a Gen. 2 Prelude. Great car, but when I saw the CRX Si, I just had to have it.

“… fun quick car. Didn’t need a lot of power…” that’s always been my preference as well!

This is one of my favorite videos by far. Thanks SO much.

Ray Beltran
Ray Beltran
2 years 9 months ago

Mine was a ’91, as I recall. Black, like this. Si. 108hp. Looked like a bullet with that cool Kamm tail. Big sunroof. Suspension Techniques springs, Tokico adjustable shocks. Lowered about 1-1/2 inches or so. And with Yokohama AOO8’s (lasted about 15K miles, worth every mile), she cornered like she was on rails. Very fun to drive. Not enough room for a new family though. Had to say good-bye.

George Martens
George Martens
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the video I enjoyed watching you .it brought back memories of when I had my CRX the car was very enjoyable and easy and fun to get around in downtown Chicago.;)

Chris Saddler Sam
Chris Saddler Sam
2 years 10 months ago

+1 😉

Chris Saddler Sam
Chris Saddler Sam
2 years 9 months ago

RESPECT THE CRX

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman
2 years 10 months ago

a fantastic little car.
iirc it was the late ljk setright who commented that cars with the same bhp/torque numbers were inevitably sweet revving and smooth in power delivery.

RdS
RdS
2 years 10 months ago

[i]Really [/i]fantastic video, and a beautiful little CRX. I love stories from long-term car owners.

Antony Ingram
Antony Ingram
2 years 10 months ago

Likewise – the long-term owner stories are always my favorites. Does make me jealous I’ve not yet found a car that I could drive for the rest of my life, but it’s also inspiring. Good to know some people still keep their cars standard too.

Chris Stack
Chris Stack
2 years 10 months ago

Great video. The CRX was one of my favorite cars as a young boy. One of the happiest days of my childhood was when my dad brought home a brand new red 1994 Integra, which I saw correctly as a cousin of the CRX. I hope in 2027, I’m making a similar video about my 2003 S2000.

Alexander Bermudez
Alexander Bermudez
2 years 10 months ago

The CRX was my first car, I loved it and still miss it a little…

JB21
JB21
2 years 10 months ago

I was a teenager back then, and I thought those large tilt/slide sunroof (Si only feature, I think) was one of the best thing ever. A couple of years later, I had 86 Mr2 and my best friend had 89 CRX Si, and we had a lot of fun street racing up in the mountain. It is true, that cars were cheap(er) and exciting back then.:p

Paul Pegg
Paul Pegg
2 years 10 months ago

Excellent piece

I ran a 1988 1.6 CRX for 10 years , bought it at 14 months old with 5k on the clock sold it with 165k on it and loved every minute of it . I’d seriously think of swapping my alfa GT for another one

Glen Kantziper
Glen Kantziper
2 years 10 months ago
I enjoyed this video as I have all the others. My first, new car was a white/grey 1984 CRX 1.5, the “mighty” 76bhp upgrade from the HF model. The CRX was one of the best cars I’ve ever owned, very few problems. I had it 11 years, the later years I had “replaced” it with a larger vehicle out of necessity, but couldn’t bare to part with it even though I could’ve really used the money. I remember picking it up as I’d ordered it sight unseen and seeing the US spec. version had no back seat as I’d seen… Read more »
Raman Dooman
Raman Dooman
2 years 10 months ago

The CRX was almost my first new car. There was a dealer demo with after market rims and other items I can’t remember. They were asking full sticker plus rims etc. My father kept saying its has 2k on it, you can’t ask full price. Fed up, we left the dealership and ended up at another Honda dealership where he bought a Prelude for me instead.

I agree Gianni, Honda’s designs have no passion these days. They’re computer designs, efficient, without any quirky factors.

Gianni Burrows
Gianni Burrows
2 years 10 months ago

Nice video. My first new car was an ’87 CRX Si as well, except mine was red. Still miss the car every so often, but don’t regret selling it in ’92 to buy an Alfa GTV that I still have.

This car and the other Hondas in the video really serve to remind one how far Honda has strayed with the bland-tastic bloat-mobiles they build today. We had such high hopes for the CR-V to be the CRX reborn…

Gianni Burrows
Gianni Burrows
2 years 10 months ago

Ugh, I meant CRZ not CRV…

Johnny B
Johnny B
2 years 10 months ago

What a nice story and a sweet little car. Thanks for bringing it Petrolicious and compliments to the owner for keeping it in such a good shape 🙂

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