Tow It Home: 1988 Honda CRX Si

Somebody the other day was lamenting the death of cheap project cars, but I think the discussion may have been premature. This next car is about as cheap as you can get for a classic Honda CRX, and I am intrigued despite the multiple issues it faces. And yes, it will need to be towed. Find this 1988 Honda CRX Si offered for $1200 in Palmdale, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1988 Honda CRX si
condition: fair
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 230520
paint color: red
size: compact
title status: salvage
transmission: manual
type: hatchback
For buyer looking to work on the car as a project car only. Car does not run well and has suspension issues. It is drivable for a short distance but starts to have heating issues and stalls out.

Essentially I am selling this as a shell for someone to work on. Interior is removed (but will be included as I removed it to replace carpet but never got around to working on it).

Car has a salvaged title.

I purchased this car in 2018 for $3500 and it ran well, however after 3000 miles, it started to have overheating issues. Tried to fix, but unsuccessful. It is an interesting issue that I was not able to pinpoint how to fix. The idle would fluctuate until the car warmed up, then after a short distance (maybe 5 -10 miles) the engine will have trouble and stall out. Replaced Idle control valve, but it did not fix the issue.

Previous owner states that motor is a JDM ZC motor.
Car includes a short shifter, Injen cold air intake and bluetooth stereo.

Suspension needs work as well. I believe tie rods need to be replaced. If you leave the steering wheel unattended, car will veer strongly to the left. Also these cars don’t have power steering, so it’s a nice little workout when getting out of parking spaces.

I really enjoyed the car while it was running. It was a head turner for sure. The red car and white wheels is a nice combo in my opinion and car was not too obnoxiously loud.

In the pictures on the driver side it shows that a little piece of the black plastic trim is missing, but I do have that piece but never got around to fixing it.

If purchased, you will need to arrange shipping or have a way to tow car to your destination.

See a better way to start a project?