1990 Honda City:
The Honda City was basically a plus sized version of the Honda Today Kei car. This particular City is a CR-i, a “performance oriented” trim level, with the 1.3L fuel-injected D13C 4 cylinder and a 5-speed manual. Think of it as a City GTI of sorts. From what I’ve gathered, this is 1/3 GA2s in the US (a yellow CR-i and a blue CG). To answer the inevitable question, NO THIS WASN’T THE ONE WITH THE MOTOCOMPO!
I bought this City in Japan around October/November 2017 and imported it myself, with it landing in January 2018. It was legally imported with all the proper paperwork and has a clean Washington title. I’d be more than happy to provide potential buyers with all the proper paperwork. Starting off with the negatives, cosmetically this car isn’t a total winner. It’s a 15 footer. The hood and roof were repainted due to clear coat fade, however there is still paint fade in other places. There are a few scrapes. If you want a show quality car, it needs a repaint or a wrap (I was going to go for a pistachio green wrap and leave the roof blue at some point in the future). As with any 90s Honda there are plenty of squeaks and rattles.
For the good things: The car only has 98,000 miles on it (157,000 kilometers, verified on the export certificate) and runs very well! The timing belt was just replaced 30,000 kilometers ago. The clutch grabs well and it shifts smoothly. The 1.3L has decent power and a surprising amount of torque! It is rust free and from what I can tell has been in no accidents. The body is straight with only a few dings. It is totally stock minus an aftermarket stereo and extra speakers on the rear parcel shelf, along with EF Civic seats (much grippier than the stock ones). In my eyes, this is a more reliable alternative to a classic Mini or MkI GTI. It handles great! If I was keeping it I’d install some coilovers and sticky tires and have a brilliant canyon car. These are very popular cars for gymkhana in Japan and have plenty of aftermarket parts availability. It’s been a great daily driver for me and it’d be a great daily driver for you too!