1993 Honda Domani Vi
Honda made its way as a brand designing efficient, inexpensive, and reliable cars and motorcycles. By the early 1990's showrooms were filled with top-tier compact vehicles, such as this 1993 Domani. Finished in a stellar Vogue Silver Metallic (NH-550M), this sedan is set off by a set of OEM rainguards, stylish rear trunk pole, and 14" six-spoke Asiss alloy wheels. Aside from some light dings and chips, the paint is in good nick and it appears this lovable five-seater cared for a prior life overseas. Fresh off a recent service, this Honda boasts only 13k verified and documented miles and is turn-key ready to roll. The whole car feels barely broken in, and this affordable and frugal stickshift Vi model is a surefire winner. For those looking to daily drive something practical and unique, this period-correct Honda is the right Japanese Classic.
The cabin is in far above-average condition. It includes the OEM maintenance booklets, manuals, and the OEM carpeted mats, which in our opinion, is a clear sign it was loved overseas. The dash is low-lying and promotes forward visibility and the driver benefits from an SRS airbag and an adjustable steering column. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and the center stack includes a simple-to-use automatic digital climate control system and a Panasonic OEM headunit. Both work and the former delivers cold A/C and piping hot heat for those who intend to use this platform year-round. The gray cloth upholstery is in fine shape and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. They are comfortable on longer trips and are made of durable cloth. There are a few storage areas for the driver and passenger to store a cell phone or other accouterments, but that is expected from the thoughtful team at Honda who designed the cabin with great ergonomics. There is a surprising amount of electric equipment including power folding mirrors, locks, and windows. These all work in typical Honda fashion and make daily use enjoyable. The carpets and headliner are in good nick and have resisted major abuse over the years.
The first thing we noticed is how spritely this little sedan is to drive. The 2400lb curb weight and zingy single overhead cam ZC engine. The 1.6L is fresh off an oil and filter service and benefits from a new 12v battery. While up on the lift one of our trained techs has replaced the oil pan gasket to keep this four-banger topped up on lubricant. Powering the front wheels, the little saloon gets up and moves thanks to a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox. It's rewarding to shift and lacks any hitches or grinds. The Honda drives nicely at higher speeds, too and the suspension is predictable and tight. The lack of squeaks and rattles is largely thanks to the fact this one wasn't modified over in Japan. The steering is on point and the brakes are tight and tidy. New Falken tires have been mounted and balanced at all four corners so that the Domani properly adheres to the road, even in less-than-ideal driving conditions. The new rubber also quiets down the ride even further and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
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