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I'm sure this is an absolute statement in redundancy, but I'll say it anyways.

I love my CRX. It's a POS, looks and [almost] drives like a POS. I tell you what though; everytime I walk into my garage to go somewhere, I smile big.

I paid too much for it, it's got many[!] things wrong with it, it's going to cost muy bu-koo to fix. Not only that, but it absolutely make me broke this month.

It all makes up for it, because I know the image I have for her in the end. She will be a spotless classic. This car is going to supply me with so much knowlegdge and experince, I'm antsy for the future. The day after I got it, everyone tell me this: "Don't put any money into it! It won't be worth it."

I scoff at them. I have no clue as too what direction I want too take concerning the motor itself. I do have a one-up though. The wealth of information and community surrounding this car. I have learned more than I ever thought that I would just by reading the posts through this website, and a couple of other forums.

I just wanted to thank you veterans for the welcome, and let you know that I'll be around for a long time. Money and space permitting, in the next couple years I plan on picking up another one. Only time can tell though :).

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welcome to your obsession. sounds just like me when i got my first 88 DX.
I never understood the facination with cars. Nor working on them & such until I bought it. Now I'm scared for my wallet. :shock:
 

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I'm the same way man. Sometimes I get really depressed about my CRX, especially the rust, and the dents, and the squeaks... And yes, it does take all my money. I too paid too much for mine (try finding an Si in
New Hampshire though), and it came with a load of problems. Whenever I drive it though, I'm happy, it's amazing. I honestly like it better than my roommate's RSX, which was one of my favourites before. Nothing else feels the same. The CRX is raw, manual everything, shakes your fillings out, gives you a nice view of the underside of all the SUVs on the road, and I love it. Even though my car is bad like yours, I still get looks and comments about it when I'm out, and it feels good. I actually had a friend tell me a couple of weeks ago that he was surprised at the good condition of my car. I literally laughed in his face. Then we went for a ride, and he wants one now. Yes, someday when I can throw more money at it, I will have a rust free perfect CRX, but right now all the money has to go under the hood and between the control arms ;)
 

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I second that. when i got my car, it was missing a fender, and the bumper was held on with a bungie cord. I couldnt get it to go faster than about 50. I also had no clue what to do mechanicaly. Its an expensive hobby, but IMO, one of the best ones you could have. There are tons of ppl here and on other sites that willl be able to answer any queston you have, and teach you anything you need to know. downest helped my through my first rebuild, and i would never have been able to do it if it wernt for ppl like him. I hear ya about CRX love. I will never sell my car car, it will be with me untill either I, or my car, dies. welcome to your new life!
 

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I'm the same way man. Sometimes I get really depressed about my CRX, especially the rust, and the dents, and the squeaks... And yes, it does take all my money. I too paid too much for mine (try finding an Si in
New Hampshire though), and it came with a load of problems. Whenever I drive it though, I'm happy, it's amazing. I honestly like it better than my roommate's RSX, which was one of my favourites before. Nothing else feels the same. The CRX is raw, manual everything, shakes your fillings out, gives you a nice view of the underside of all the SUVs on the road, and I love it. Even though my car is bad like yours, I still get looks and comments about it when I'm out, and it feels good. I actually had a friend tell me a couple of weeks ago that he was surprised at the good condition of my car. I literally laughed in his face. Then we went for a ride, and he wants one now. Yes, someday when I can throw more money at it, I will have a rust free perfect CRX, but right now all the money has to go under the hood and between the control arms ;)
:)b . I'm so broke from buying it that I'm on my last tank of gas for the month. I'd go get another job... and I'm seriously thinking about buger flipping to scrape by this month... but I won't pass no test >.<. Stupid me!

I get sad, then I just think about what it's going to be like in the end. I think that getting the body fixed is going to be even more expensive than the motor. I've got an HF motor in my DX. I don't even wanna put any money into it. I think my alternator may be going. Looking through "Mini-Me"'s becuase I want some v-tek[vtec] to plays with on my rixxer, yo!.

I just went through H-T posts about some hideous(sp?) widebody on this absolutely spotless exterior. It made me angry. Go for stock! (exterior anyways >:})
 

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My first rex was an 88 DX Automatic, arguably the most crippled version of the CRX ever made. But I loved that car! And when I sold her for a newer Civic EX with VTEC and all the power accessories, I badly missed the CRX. So I sold the Civic, bought a 90 Si, and I'll probably hold on to it until I die. Or until some grandma's Crown Vic smashes it into a million pieces. I love these stupid little cars. And I don't care that I get made fun of at work for driving a 16 year old Honda. There's nothing I'd rather be driving. And yeah, I smile every time I walk up to my car, and I miss it every time I walk away. I do love it. :roll:
 

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There really is no possible way to describe the feeling of having a car like the CRX. It's been an empty hole in my soul for a long time, and now that i have another CRX for the street, i'm really excited once again about cars... I knew i missed -something- in my life.. hehe.

By the way, Mah boys Jonny and Jason found you a speedo cable in great shape on the last junkyard trip ;)

Swing on by, and we'll get it in there for ya 8)
 

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ComposiMo said:
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By the way, Mah boys Jonny and Jason found you a speedo cable in great shape on the last junkyard trip ;)

Swing on by, and we'll get it in there for ya 8)
Fucking sweet!!!! Hah, thanks! hopefully I'll be able to stop by tomorrow.

`John
 

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I never understood the facination with cars. Nor working on them & such until I bought it. Now I'm scared for my wallet. :shock:
I have a theory about people who don't "get" car obsessions and enthusiasm: They're driving the wrong cars! I mean, think about it; if you were stuck in a Saturn or a Crown Vic (I think Mark can confirm that last bit for me) as your daily driver, would YOU be interested in working on it? Would you enjoy driving it, and would it make you try to be a better driver?

Me neither.

I guess I've always been a "car guy", but it wasn't until I got my first CRX that I found out how deep that sentiment can go. Here was a car with so much fundamentally RIGHT with, that just needed a little tweaking here and there... and suddenly you have a full-blown obsession born. :)

I still have that first CRX, along with two others, and I've had a couple others as well. It *must* be love. That, or some kind of deep-rooted mental problem.

Lately, I haven't been so much with the obsession or the project ideas. Lack of a decent job and money can do that to ya, y'know. But I still drive the CRXs when I get the chance, and they're still horribly addictive. A simple run to the video store always seems to end up with me swinging the car's ass out just a bit around a corner, running it to redline through at least the first three gears, and just having way too much fun in general for it to be legal.

Mike
 

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Kwico, your CRX's rear will swing around?! Wow man, I wish mine would do that :)

They're driving the wrong cars! I mean, think about it; if you were stuck in a Saturn or a Crown Vic (I think Mark can confirm that last bit for me) as your daily driver, would YOU be interested in working on it? Would you enjoy driving it, and would it make you try to be a better driver?
Actually, the president of the student autoshop here has a crown vic. He used to have a really nice Mustang, mildly built with a suspension that made it very... well un-mustang. It got totalled, and he was broke so he got one at a CHP auction really cheap. Here it is:

and yes, he has a set of slicks on it. Our classes for the RPI autocrosses are GT, A and B. They are sorted based on car and driver, with about 30 cars usually it comes out pretty evenly. He runs in B, and usually takes first or second place. He also makes a little money for the club taking 3 passengers in a fun run.
 

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ya the crx bug is terrible everytime i walk near the car i have to look at it from a ton of different angles, and when i walk away i always find myslef popping back from around the corner to get one last look at it, or i keep glancing over my shoulder as i walk away as if it is going to change in 2 mintues lol

i wouldn't trade my honda for any car on the road
 

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I've realized that when I'm not making the money to fix/upgrade the CRX, i'm browsing the internet deciding how I'm going to spend the moeny I haven't yet made to upgrade/fix the CRX!

I think I'm going w/ the deep-rooted mental problem on this one Kwicko!
 

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Kwicko, your CRX's rear will swing around?! Wow man, I wish mine would do that
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It will, Tom. You just have to convince it a bit. :) How do I know yours will if mine will? Easy - mine's a '91 DX! Arguably the least nimble CRX ever sold in the US. That means no rear antisway bar to help the rear rotate. I'm running all-stock suspension, brakes, etc. on that particular car ('91 CRX DX), the only mods being to the engine and transmission.

So how do I get the arse end to step out? How do you get your CRX to put a li'l hip-sway into that sexy butt? Like this - it's called a "Scandanavian Flick", and I learned it from watching and reading about rally driving (I know, watching and reading about rally driving is like dancing about architecture...).

Okay, you're coming up to a turn, so you're slowing down. Say it's a 90-degree bend to the left. What you want to do is, just as you're ready to enter the turn, flick the steering wheel about a quarter-turn to the RIGHT, *then* turn in for the apex of the corner. This causes a sudden weight transfer to the side of the car that's on the outside of the corner - I mean, a MORE sudden weight transfer. The car's suspension starts to move the car right, then suddenly you're turning back the other way, which helps unsettle the rear of the car.

Only practice this kind of stuff in large parking lots where you can't hit any curbs. It's pretty easy to get the tail to wag just a bit. It's definitely NOT the quickest way through a paved corner, but it's a bit of fun anyway. As you get more comfortable with it, work with the gas and brake pedals as well. I'll often use a combination of lift-throttle oversteer and-or trail-braking along with The Flick™ to REALLY get the back end sliding. And by "really" sliding, I'm talking about it stepping about six inches out at the rear. :) Hey, I said it was a DX...

I learned this maneuver back when I had my '88 CRX Si. Lighter weight, rear sway bar, and more snap-oversteer were that car's hallmarks. On a good day, I could hang the tail out a couple of feet through the corners, and hold it that way through most of the turn. I find that if you explain to your passenger EXACTLY what you are going to do beforehand, they can even control their terror and enjoy it a bit. :) Just so they know you're not completely out of control and trying to kill them.

As I said, this is NOT the fastest way through a corner (unless it's dirt, gravel, or snow-covered, as most rally courses are); it's just a way to have a bit of fun with the car and practice car control. There's nothing quite like the feeling of playing "toss and catch" with the car through a couple of turns. And there's nothing quite as bad as the feeling when you completely botch it. That's how my beloved '88 Si died. :( Fortunately for me, I'd sold it, and it was the new owner who oversteered it into a guardrail and totalled it (he wasn't hurt, just his pride. And his car.). And like I also said, do this in empty parking lots. After LOTS of practice, maybe you'd like to try it on a deserted road. I don't condone doing this in traffic; it really tends to freak out the SUV-driving populace, who think you're out of control (nope, perfectly IN control, thank you very much!) and careening toward them at breakneck pace. And contrary to popular opinion, cops are usually just not impressed with your car control skillz when they see you doing these kind of stunts. Trust me on that one. ;)

Mark: I'm with ya, brotha. I don't hate working on my cars; I hate HAVING to work on them. Nothing will take the love out of a car affair faster than having to work on it 'til 3am just to be able to get to work the next day. When I found my CRXs, I discovered that I worked on them because I *wanted* to, not because I had to. That changes the landscape a bit, in my view.

Technically, though, everyone who told you not to put money into was right. You'll never get it back if you sell it. Then again, since you don't ever intend on selling it....
That's the way I look at them. They're not an investment, they're a hobby. Investments should be "safe" and guaranteed to return you money. Hobbies are just for sh*ts and giggles. CRXs are perfect for that.

Mike
 

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Check my sig. It is the truth. I have owned like 5 or 6 of them. And everyone that I have bought from said they were going to miss the crx and didn't want to get rid of it. People I sold them to, couldn't wait to put the money in my hand.
 

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I love my CRX, almost more than my fiance, but she loves it too, so I guess I'll love her more, lol
 

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Addiction Warning : The Honda General has determined that CRX's can become addicting, and even second hand experience can cause side effects. If you are not yet addicted to the CRX, consider heroin instead. It is easier to kick, cheaper in the long run, and considered slightly more respectable by your friends and family. No one will ever question you on why you are addicted to heroin - but EVERYONE will ask you why you have a pathological love for a decade old "grocery getter" with 150,000 miles on the odometer.
 

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Paul, that looks very very familiar...

When I showed that to my roommates over the summer they died laughing because it's true. I think my CRX love has rubbed off on them.
 

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You guys are awesome..

I'm soo happy! I got that speedo cable from John today. Slipped it right in... well, figuratively. It was really simply. Just I forgot to put the things into the dash side of the firewall. MY SPEEDO WORKSSS!!!! YAY!!!!

Since I had my cluster out... I fixed this:




Now they're all stock. Those nasty covers kept the real thing underneath nice and black. :lol: I would show you pictures of the fixed cluster, but you all know what they lok like stock.

I want to punch who ever owned my freaking car before... stupid "rixxor"s!

One more step for me, One... um... small step to the orignal!
 

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I bought mine new in 1989. I have always loved her and still drive her daily. I feel every bit of her when I drive. I sense her aches and pains. I feel her exhilaration when I put the pedal to the floor. She spins up smoothly and growls at the wind. She begs to be driven with spirit but also with respect.

I love my rex. And the one in the garage is growing on me.

 
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