Used Car of the Day: 1988 Honda CRX DX

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Yes, it's true -- there are still Honda CRXs out there.

This one has been garaged for a good chunk of its life, the seller says, and it's on its third owner. It is, also, apparently, stock. And the seller is asking just $8,000. Apparently, the only modification is a modern Kenwood audio system.

The seller says that the tires, brakes, radiator, fuel pump, and fuel tank have been replaced recently.

Only $8K for an in-shape CRX sounds like a good deal.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • AMcA AMcA on Jan 16, 2023

    Since you're asking for car truths, here's my CRX truth: I once had some very athletic sex in one. Was young and flexible at the time.

  • Djkenny Djkenny on Jan 30, 2023

    How on Earth is $8000 for a CRX DX a “good deal”!? Sorry, its a lot of $. Maybe to a trust fund baby or someone with mountains of disposable income? Its a CRX. These were $2000 (tops) all day in 2006. $8000????

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