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eBay Find - Low Miles 1991 Honda CRX Si

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If you're a fan of Hondas like I am, than you'll want to take a minute and look at this eBay listing for a 91' CRX Si with only 39k miles.

If you're not a fan of Honda, than you'll still want to check out that listing, as the car seems poised to sell for upwards of $15k (perhaps more). Sound crazy to you? Me too.

What's the Deal With These Old CRX's?

This isn't the only CRX I've seen with an incredible asking price. I recall an 89' listed on eBay with an $11k buy it now price, and that car was yellow (a color that usually doesn't help sales). I've also been told by people in Honda collector's circles that a CRX in good condition is likely to fetch considerably more than a Toyota Corolla or Honda Accord in the same condition.

The question is, why? I'm a fan of Hondas, and I've never understood the love affair with the CRX. There's nothing wrong with the car, but there's nothing remarkable about it either.

  • It shares the same engine and transmission found in a Honda Civic from the same period.
  • While nimble, it's not particularly fast...the engine in the model shown was rated at 108hp. That's not bad for a 2,000 lbs vehicle, but it's not exceptional either.
  • As for the "Si" model, the big feature is a sunroof.

Perhaps the reason for the CRX's value is the critical acclaim the car enjoyed. Motor Trend, Road and Track, and Car and Driver all loved this little car, awarding it 10 Best status, "Car of the Year" status, and even "Import Car of the Millenium" status...all notable praise. The car's relative scarcity may be a factor as well. While there aren't any official sales figures available, it's estimated that about 75,000 CRX models were sold between 1988 and 1991.

But still, $12-$15k buys a lot of car - especially if you look at other vehicles from the early 1990's on eBay. BMWs, Mercedes, Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros...all with very low miles, all of which cost more than a CRX brand new, and all of which have bigger engines, nicer interiors, more prestige, etc.

Perhaps it's the quirky nature of the CRX. Perhaps it's an homage to the genius of Honda engineering. Perhaps it's just a fad. Regardless, I don't get it. Please comment below if you can shed some light on why.
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  • CustomRacing
    CustomRacing Tuesday, 12 March 2013

    The CRX has always been the car that Honda owners always seem to forget about. Now, I never really liked these things. Sure they looked unique, but it was too wide, too big, and definitely too slow. You're right, there is nothing remarkable about it and you'd be better off using that $15,000 on a brand new car!

  • jlancaster
    jlancaster Tuesday, 12 March 2013

    I never liked them much either, especially considering an Integra from the same time period is faster and easier to tune/customize.

  • HondaBM
    HondaBM Tuesday, 12 March 2013

    The key point here is the 39k Miles that's going to be near impossible to find and if you are a Honda CRX fan SWOOP!

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  • jlancaster
    jlancaster Tuesday, 12 March 2013

    That makes some sense, but it still doesn't explain how a 3-series BMW convertible with lesser miles can by bought on eBay right now for less than this CRX.

    Don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to argue or anything - I just don't get the premium for this car. $7-$8k seems like market value (to me).

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  • civichatch
    civichatch Tuesday, 12 March 2013

    Its's Clean I must say that

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    Rob James Wednesday, 03 July 2013

    40-45mpg. Hybrids don't even get that. I have one and the mpg is very accurate.. NYC to Atl. Cost less than $70 in fuel.

  • Guest
    Rob James Wednesday, 03 July 2013

    40-45mpg. Hybrids don't even get that. I have one and the mpg is very accurate.. NYC to Atl. Cost less than $70 in fuel.

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    Jeff Tuesday, 02 December 2014

    The Honda CRX in particular the Si model (added features of the Si is the 105-108hp engine, upgraded interior including sport seats, power sunroof, 5 speed only, the DX and HF models had much lower hp but higher gearing so they got better mpg. The CRX was many a kids first sports car in high school or in college. The car is selling for emotional value, just like 66 mustangs, 55 Chevy's, ect.. People are buying back their youth, read some reviews by people who have owned one of these.

    They are sporty, fun, economical and nearly indestructible as far as mechanics go..300k on an original motor and tranny is very common. The Si model got around 33-44 mpg depending how you drove. Rarity is the other factor, they have a notorious rust issue, they have a ridiculously low bbk value and so they get totaled at an alarming rate, they don't produce many of the oem parts for them so the cars are cannibalizing themselves, they are also one of the most frequently stolen cars.

    Want a new oem hvac control panel so you can adjust your heat/cold (they almost all are cracked) get ready to pony up $895 for a NOS one), you can get a cracked but repaired one for $200+ want a set of used oem fog-lights? $300..Want original floor mats in good condition? $650...

    They are economical so they were driven a lot, they were fun to redline and race around corners so they were crashed in high numbers, add in that very few people had the foresight to preserve any and you have a truly rare car that a lot of people love. Simple supply and demand going on here.

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