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Honda CRX 3rd Generation (1992-1997)

March 8, 2011
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Honda CRX 3rd Generation (1992-1997)

The 3rd generation CRX was a significant departure from the pervious 2 CRX generations. Still based on the Civic chassis the 3rd generation CRX was badged as the DelSol in Japan and the US, in the UK its also often referred to as the DelSol to assist with model identification and avoid confusion with the 2nd generation CRX.

The 3rd generation CRX dumped the rear bench seat to become a 2 seater. The rear boot hatch is also lost and the cabin space ends abruptly with a vertical glass window behind the two seats, the boot lid has now become a horizontal, giving a side profile similar to the Toyota MR2. The lightweight aluminium roof panel is easily removed and stored within the boot area, making the car a hard top convertible. Honda gave buyers the choice of manual roof conversion or electric TransTop conversion. Manual requires physical lifting of the roof panel and placement on a frame in the boot, these cars have a conventional boot lift action and have about 30% more boot space than the TransTop cars. TransTop cars have a vertical lift boot lid and the roof panel stores within the boot lid, the whole process is controllable from the drivers seat and takes about 45 seconds.

There are 2 UK specifications, the VTi, getting the latest incarnation of Hondas B16 DOHC VTEC engine and the ESi, powered by Hondas new D16 SOHC VTEC engine. Both models are available with either manual or TransTop roofs.

On the inside, all UK CRXs have electric windows (including the rear window) and electric wing mirrors. The bucket seats all have a central stripe which matches the colour of the car. Behind the seats, there are two lockable storage units.

On the safety side, Air Bags and ABS is fitted as standard to all cars, body rigidity is increased and doors have beams in them.

The UK market had the following engine options available to customers;


Chassis Code EG1
Engine Code D15B
Engine Spec SOHC VTEC
Engine Management PGM-FI
Engine Capacity 1493cc (91.1 ci)
Bore and Stroke 75×84.5mm
Max PS 130 @ 6800 rpm
Max Torque 101 @ 5200
Rev Limiter 7200
Compression Ratio 9.3 – 1

Gearbox Specification

Gearbox Code
1st Gear Ratio 3.250
2nd Gear Ratio 1.900
3rd Gear Ratio 1.250
4th Gear Ratio 0.909
5th Gear Ratio 0.750
Final Drive Ratio 4.250
Reverse Ratio 3.153


Chassis Code EG2
Engine Code B16a
Engine Spec DOHC VTEC
Engine Management PGM-FI
Engine Capacity 1595cc
Bore and Stroke 81×77.4mm
Max BHP 158 @ 7600 rpm
Max Torque 114 @ 7300
Rev Limiter 8300
Compression Ratio 10.4 – 1

Gearbox Specification

Gearbox Code
1st Gear Ratio 3.230
2nd Gear Ratio 2.105
3rd Gear Ratio 1.458
4th Gear Ratio 1.107
5th Gear Ratio 0.848
Final Drive Ratio 4.400
Reverse Ratio 3.000

Body Details

Length 3995mm
Width 1695mm
Height 1255mm
Wheelbase 2370mm
Track Front/Rear 1475mm / 1465mm
Ground Clearance 140mm
Turning Circle 10.2m
Curb Weight 1030-1160 (plus 20 for ABS)
Max Weight 1310-1380kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 45l (9.9 gal)

Other Common Details

Steering Rack and Pinion
Clutch Dry, single plate, diaphragm spring
Suspension Double wishbone
Toe-In (front/rear) 0mm / 2mm
Camber (front/rear) 0 deg / -0 deg 30 min
Caster 2 deg 59 min
Suspension Double Wishbone front and rear
Tyres (Esi/VTi) 175/65R14 82H / 195/55R15 83V

Service Details

Service Interval 6000 Miles or 6 Months
Engine Oil SAE 10W-40 spec API SG/SF
Gearbox Oil Manual SAE 10W-40 spec API SG/SF
Gearbox Oil Automatic Dexron / Dexron II
Engine Oil Change Occasionally an Engine Oil change may be required after 3000 miles or 3 months
Cam Belt Change 60,000 Miles or 6 Years

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