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ignition switch

This indicator light comes on when the is ON (position II), the headlight switch OFF and the parking brake set. This indicates that the "Daytime Running Lights" are off. The indicator light goes off when the parking brake is released. If the parking brake is reapplied without switching the ignition off, the indicator light will remain off. See page 51. If the light does not go off when the parking brake is released with the ignition ON, or if it comes on while driving, it indicates a burnt- out high-beam bulb. Have the bulb checked and replaced by your Honda dealer.

Safety Indicator Lights:


Door and Trunk Lid Warning Lights If a door or the trunk lid is open when the ignition is switched on, the appropriate indicator will light, and stay lit, until the door or trunk lid is closed.


Brake Lamp Warning Light

If a brake light does not work, the BRAKE LAMP indicator will go on when you push the brake pedal with the ignition on; the indicator will stay on until you have the lamp repaired or replaced. Have the brake lights checked as soon as possible.

It is hazardous to drive your car with a problem in either the brake electrical or hydraulic system; have your dealer check both systems if you suspect brake trouble.

Checking the Safety Indicator Lights The door, trunk lid and brake lamp warning lights should come on for about two seconds when the ignition switch is turned on. If they don't, have the system checked by a Honda dealer.

Maintenance Indicator

When the total mileage of your car approaches the specified maintenance interval for engine oil change, oil filter change or other required service, the indicator will change from green to yellow. The indicator will change to red if it is not reset before you reach the mileage interval. The indicator marked MAINTENANCE REQUIRED is to be used as a reminder that there are items in addition to the engine oil and filter that require service each 7,500 miles (12,000
km). See the maintenance schedule on page 102. After the maintenance is done, be sure to reset the switch below the tachometer by inserting the ignition key in the slot. The color of the indicator will change to green and repeat its cycle.



Do not reset the maintenance indicator while driving; your hand may impair steering which can result in an accident.

The steering wheel position can be adjusted to suit the driver preference.

Tilt Steering


left side of

1. Push the lever located under the dash, on the steering column, all the way down and hold it while adjusting the steering wheel the desired position.


2. Hold the steering wheel in the desired position and pull the lever all the way up to lock it in place.

Push down

Pull up

Do not adjust the steering wheel position while driving. After adjusting the steering wheel position, make sure it is securely locked in place by "rocking" it up and down slightly.

Windshield Wipers/Washer/Defogger

Windshield Wipers Switch the wipers to INT for inter- mittent operation, LO for low speed operation, and HI for high speed operation.

In fog or very light rain, push the lever down to the MIST position for temporary high speed operation of the wipers. The wipers will return to the rest position and the motor will shut off as soon as you release the lever.

Push down

Washer Pull the wiper switch lever toward you to turn on the washer.

(Except US: DX) The windshield wipers will sweep when the washer is operated. Check the washer fluid regularly, especially during bad weather, or whenever the washer has been in frequent use. The float in the neck of the reservoir indicates the fluid level.



US Cars: 2.5 Canada Cars: 4.5

(2.6 US q t, 2.2 Imp qt) (4.8 US q t, 4.0 Imp qt)

Use a good quality commercial washer fluid for all-weather cleaning.




Do not use radiator antifreeze in the windshield washer; it will damage the paint. Do not use a vinegar/water combination in the windshield washer; it will damage the pump. Prolonged operation of the washer without fluid may damage the pump.

In freezing weather, warm the windshield with the defrosters before using the washer. This will help prevent icing which could seriously impair visibility.

Rear Window Defogger Push the switch to turn the de- fogger on or off. The indicator will light when the defogger is on. The switch will turn off automat- ically 25 minutes after it is turned on.

CAUTION: When cleaning the inside of the rear window, be careful not to damage the printed heater wires on the rear window. Wipe the window horizontally along the wires, not up and down.



Rearview Mirrors Keep the inside and outside mirrors clean and adjusted for best visibility. Be sure to adjust mirror angles before you start driving. The inside mirror has day and night positions. The night position re- duces glare from the headlights of vehicles behind you. Flip the small tab on the bottom of the mirror forward or backward to select day or night position.


Manual Mirrors (US: DX, Canada: LX) The outside mirrors can be adjusted by moving the knob located on each door (driver's side only for US cars).

Power Mirrors (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) With the ignition switch in the " I I" position, move the main switch to L (for driver's side) or R (for passenger's side), then use the adjustment switch to adjust the outside mirrors to the correct angle. After the mirrors have been adjusted, return the main switch to the center (off) position.

NOTE: Be sure to adjust mirror angles before you start driving.






Turn Signals Push the turn signal lever down to signal a left turn, and up for a right turn. The indicator and appropriate signal lights will blink. The lever will return automatically to its original position when the steering wheel is returned to straight ahead. For lane changing, you can signal by pushing the lever part way up or down (to the first stop) and holding it there; the lever will return to its original position when you release it. If either turn signal indicator lights up but does not blink, blinks faster than usual or does not light up at all, check for a burned out bulb or fuse.


Headlights Turn the light switch to the first position ( ) for taillights, side marker lights, position lights, license plate lights, and instrument panel lights. Turn to the second position

) to add the headlights.



If the driver's door is opened when the light switch is turned to either " o n" position, a chime will sound to remind you to turn off your lights.


High Beam/Low Beam Switch The headlights may be switched between low beam and high beam by pulling lever toward you. The blue high beam indicator light will be on when the high beam is on.

turn signal


Headlight Flasher To flash the headlights, pull lightly on the turn signal lever and release.

Pull and release


Lights (cont'd)

Hazard Warning System This system should be used only when your car is stopped under emergency or hazardous conditions. To activate, push the hazard warn- ing switch ( ). The front and rear turn signals will blink simultaneously and both indicator lights will flash. Push the switch ( ) again to turn the system off.

Panel Brightness Control When the light switch is in either of the two "on" positions, the inten- sity of the instrument lights can be adjusted. Push the button so it pops out, then turn the panel brightness control knob.

Ignition Switch Light (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) This light will illuminate the switch for several seconds after the driver's door is closed.



Interior Light The interior light has a three posi- tion switch. The light is off all the time in the OFF position. In the mid- dle position, it goes on only when a door is opened. In the ON position, it is on all the time.



Daytime Running Lights (Canada Cars) With the ignition ON (position II) and the headlight switch OFF, the high beam headlights will come on at one-half power when the parking brake is released. This type of lighting is called "Daytime Running Lights" or DRL. The DRL turns off when you turn the ignition switch off.

If the parking brake is reapplied without switching the ignition off, the "Daytime Running Lights" will remain on.

Cruise Control (Except US: DX)

Cruise Control The Cruise Control system allows you to set and automatically maintain any speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) without keeping your foot on the accelerator. As its name implies, it is meant for cruising on straight, uncongested highways or is not recommended to be used in traffic, on winding roads or in bad weather conditions where the driver should have total control.




To Set the Cruise Control: Push the CRUISE CONTROL master switch on the dash; the indicator light will come on. Accelerate the desired speed, then push and release the SET switch on the steering wheel. The Cruise Control light on the instru- ment panel will come on. The speed you were going when you released the SET switch is the speed the Cruise Control will hold. You can then "fine-tune" the set speed by briefly holding and releasing the SET switch to decrease it a few mph or pushing the RESUME switch to slightly increase it.



To Cancel the Cruise Control: Simply push the CRUISE CONTROL master switch and indicator light will go off (this also erases the memory of the set speed). If you must temporarily disengage the system (but you wish to retain the memory of the set speed): tap the brake pedal, or the clutch pedal (5 speed transmission) or move the automatic transmission shift lever to N (Neutral). If you are still going above 25 mph (40 km/h), you can return to the set speed by simply pushing the RESUME switch. If the car has decelerated below approximately 25 mph (40
km/h), you can return to the set speed by using the accelerator conventionally until the speed is above 25 mph (40 km/h) and then pushing the RESUME switch.


To Change the Set Speed: To a faster speed — For gradual acceleration with your foot off the accelerator, push and hold the RESUME switch until you reach the desired speed; release the switch and the system's memory will be re-programmed to the new speed. For faster acceleration, push the accelerator until you reach the desired speed, then push and release the SET switch to re-program the system.

To a slower speed — push and hold the SET switch and the car will coast; when you reach the desired slower speed, release the switch and the system will be re-programmed.

For temporary acceleration above the set speed, such as for passing, use the accelerator pedal conventionally. When you want to return to the set speed, take your foot off the accelerator and coast without applying the brakes.

The Cruise Control automates the function of the accelerator pedal to maintain your car at a constant speed. This can be a convenience on long trips, but it can also be a danger if there are many other cars on the road or if the road is unfamiliar. Pay strict attention to the responsibility of driving whenever using the Cruise Control.

CAUTION: Because the Cruise Control directly activates the accelerator pedal, don't rest your foot under the pedal when the Cruise Control is on; it may pull the pedal down onto your foot.


With Cruise Control on, your speed will still vary slightly, particularly when going up or down hills. Do not ride the brake or clutch (5 speed transmission), as this will cause the Cruise Control to disengage.

Hood and Parking Brake

Hood To open the hood, pull back on the handle located under the dash on the driver's side.

Pull to release

The hood latch is spring-loaded, so the hood will pop up slightly. Release the safety catch under the front center of the hood by pushing the rubber-tipped handle up. Lift the hood and prop it open with the support rod. To close, take the support rod down, place it back in its holder, lower the hood until it is approximately one foot from the closed position, then let it drop. Be sure the hood is securely latched before driving away.


Pull up

Parking Brake To apply the parking brake, pull up on the lever. To release it, pull up slightly, push the button, and lower fully released, the BRAKE (US cars), or (Canada cars) warning

lever; when


light will go out.

Power Windows (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) The power windows can be oper- ated only when the ignition switch is in the "II" position. The operation of the windows is controlled by the main switch located in the master control panel on the armrest of the driver's door. When the main switch is off, only the driver's door window can be opened and closed. When the main switch is on, both door windows can be opened and closed by the appropriate switch the master control panel, and the passenger window can be opened and closed by the passenger, using the switch located on the passenger door. When opening or closing a window, push and hold either the " u p" or "down" side of the switch until the window reaches the desired posi- tion, then release.

the driver, using


Power Windows





NOTE: The driver's window can be opened fully, without the driver having to hold the switch down, simply by pushing the switch past the first "stop."

Power Window Key-off Operation The power windows can still be operated for about 10 minutes after the ignition is turned from the " I I" to the " I" or " 0" position as long as neither front door has been opened.

Be sure, before closing any window, that all hands, arms and other obstructions are clear of the window frame and glass; severe personal injury could result. Always keep the main switch in the off position when children are in the car; injury may result from unintentional window operation.

Rear Quarter Windows and Clock

Rear Quarter Windows To open, pull the latch toward you, then push it outward and lock it in place. To close and lock the window, pull the latch toward you, then push it backward until it snaps shut.


Then push

Digital Clock The time is displayed continuously when the ignition is switched to II or III. At all other times, push in on the lid to display the time. To adjust the time: 1. Lower the lid. 2. Push the minute button (M) and hold it until the numbers advance to the desired minutes.

3. Push the hour button (H) and hold it until the numbers advance to the desired hour.

4.The RESET button allows you to synchronize your clock to the closest hour. If the time on the clock is before the half hour, pressing the RESET button will return the time to the previous hour. If the time is beyond the half hour, the RESET button will change the time to the next hour.


NOTE: Be careful not to push the H, M or RESET buttons accidentally. Pushing any of them will change the clock's time setting.

Glove Box and Beverage Holder

Glove Box Open by pulling the handle. Close with a firm push. The glove box door can be locked by using the master key. The glove box light will go on when the glove box door is opened and the headlights are on.

Do not drive the car with the glove box door open; it could cause injury in an accident.




Beverage Holder (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) Your car is equipped with a beverage holder for use while the car is stopped. Drinking while driving or driving with a beverage in the holder may be hazardous. Open the holder by pushing it.

NOTE: Use only lidded cups or containers that fit snugly in the beverage holder.

Spilling even a small amount while driving, especially if the liquid is hot, may distract the driver's attention from the road and could result in a serious collision. Alcohol and driving don't mix. For your safety, and the safety of others, please do not drink and drive.

Cigarette Lighter and Ashtrays


Cigarette Lighter Push in the lighter to heat up. It will automatically release when the element is hot. DO NOT hold it in while it may overheat and damage the lighter and the heating element.

is heating up,


NOTE: The cigarette with the key in the " I" or " I I" position.

lighter will operate

Front Ashtray Open the ashtray by pulling its bot- tom edge toward you. To remove it, pull it out further while pushing down on the spring loaded plate inside.

Rear Ashtray The rear ashtray is located at the It rear of the center console. is opened by pulling out the top edge. To remove it, open the ashtray and release its bottom edge by pulling up, then out. To the removal procedure.



CAUTION: Do not use the ashtrays as trash containers; use them only for extinguished cigarettes. Putting lit cigarettes or matches in an ashtray with other combustible materials may cause a fire.

To remove, pull up and out.

Heating and Cooling

The vents, heater and air conditioner are combined in one system; adjusting four basic controls to different settings can provide a full range of interior temperatures for safe and comfortable driving. (Air conditioner is optional on US: DX, Canada: LX.)

Ventilation The flow-through ventilation system can provide fresh air to the interior when the car is moving or stopped, even with the windows closed.

NOTE: For proper air flow, the flow-through vents must not be covered. Keep the air inlet at the base of the windshield free of leaves or other debris.



You can adjust the controls to direct cool or warm outside air throughout the car for defogging windows, heating, or cooling by turning on the fan.


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

Dash Vents The corner vents can be used for flow-through ventilation, or during the heating and air conditioning operation. The corner and center vents can be tilted up or down, and their louvers turned right or left, to change the direction of air flow. The amount of air flow from the corner and center vents can be regulated by the control located beside each vent.



Open HALF Close


Open HALF Close



Open HALF Close


What the Controls Do: (US: DX, Canada: LX)






(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)







Fan Switch Turning the switch clockwise will increase the fan speed, and the fan will circulate warm, cool, or outside air, depending on where the temperature lever/control dial and function lever/buttons are set. Whenever the fan is switched on, air flows from the dash corner vents regardless of function lever/button position.

Function Lever/Buttons Slide the lever (US: DX, Canada: LX) or push the appropriate button (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) to direct air to and from the heater, defroster and vents. There is an indicator light in each function button that comes on when the button is pushed.


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

Temperature Lever/Control Dial Slide the lever from left to right or turn the dial clockwise to make air warmer when the appropriate function is selected.

Air Conditioner Switch (opitonal on US: DX, Canada: LX) With the fan on, push the A/C button to operate the air conditioner. The indicator light will come on. Push the button again to turn the air conditioner off.

) Buttons

) and Recirculation (

button's indicator light is out, outside air will be

Fresh Air ( (US: DX, Canada: LX) When the allowed to circulate inside the car. When the on, outside air is shut off and the air inside the car is recirculated. If the heater or air conditioner is on and you want to warm up or cool down the interior more quickly, or keep smoke or dust out of the car without losing the heat or cool function, simply push the

button is pushed in and the indicator light comes

button is pushed, the indicator light will go on and

(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) When the outside air will be allowed to circulate inside the car. When the outside air is shut off and the air inside the car is recirculated. If the heater or air conditioner is on and you want to warm up or cool down the interior more quickly, or keep smoke or dust out of the car without losing the heat or cool function, simply push the

button is pushed, the indicator light comes on,



(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)

NOTE: The windows may become fogged if the system is in the set- ting for an extended period of time with the air conditioner off. As soon as the interior is warmed, switch to


How to Use the Controls To Ventilate

(US: DX, Canada: LX) Move the temperature lever to the left, select the and push the Switch the fan on and outside air will flow through the corner and center vents. To change air distribution, switch to the posi- tion and outside air will also flow from the heater ducts at the floor level.

button off.


(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) Turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise, and push the buttons. Switch the fan on and outside air will flow through the corner and center vents. To change air distribution, switch to the position and outside air will also flow from the heater ducts at the floor level.



Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

To Cool with A/C (optional on US: DX, Canada: LX) To cool the car down quickly, start the engine, turn the fan to high, push the A/C button and open the windows briefly. Then close the windows, slide the temperature lever all the way to the left or turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise all the way, select the button on, so inside air will recirculate to the air conditioner for maximum cooling. When the interior has cooled sufficiently, switch the fan to the desired speed, then change to the setting to direct fresh (outside) air to the air conditioner.

position and push the

(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)

When using the air conditioner in heavy traffic, or while driving up long hills, watch the coolant temperature gauge: if the needle moves near the " H" end of the scale, turn the air conditioner off by pushing the A/C button; leave it off until the needle goes back into the middle of the scale.

To Heat Switch the fan on, slide the temperature lever to the right or turn the temperature control dial clockwise, select the position, and warmed air will begin flowing from the floor outlets.

(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) A small amount of warmed air will also flow from the windshield defroster vent.

(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)

To warm up the interior quickly, push the inside air will be recirculated to the heater. If the windows begin to fog while heating in the switch to

to allow outside air to enter.

button so the



Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

To Dehumidify with A/C (optional on US: DX, Canada: LX) Because an air conditioner dehumidifies as it works, you can use it in cool or cold weather to help defog the windows. Just switch the fan on, push the A/C button on, select the desired function and adjust the temperature lever/control dial to a comfortable setting.

NOTE: This setting is desirable for most operating conditions in ambient temperatures above approximately 32°F (0°C).

(US: DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)

To Defrost To defrost or defog the windshield and door windows, slide the temperature lever to the right or turn the temperature control dial clockwise, select the If there is actual frost on the windows, first select the tion. If the windows are fogged, select to the air will then flow from the windshield and side defroster vents.

function, and switch the fan on.

setting. Warmed


(US:DX, Canada: LX)

(US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)


Heating and Cooling (cont'd)

For extra door window defrosting or defogging, select either the the

function, switch



setting, and turn the fan on.

Air will flow to the side door windows from the vents at each end of the dash when the vertical fins of the dash corner vents are pointed toward the windows, and the horizontal fins are moved upward.





After the windows are sufficiently defrosted, you may wish to select the mode for more comfort. Sliding the temperature lever to the left or turning the temperature control dial counterclockwise will reduce the temperature of the air exiting the dash corner vents without appreciably affecting the heat to your leg and foot area. Continue to adjust the temperature and fan speed to find the most comfortable setting.

To Turn Everything OFF Slide the temperature lever to the left or turn the temperature control dial counterclockwise all the way, turn the fan switch off and push the

button on.

NOTE: This setting should only be used in cold weather for the first few minutes of driving to prevent cold air from blowing into the cabin. Under normal operating conditions, the fan should always be kept ON to prevent the accumulation of stale air in the system.

Moonroof (US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

To open or close the moonroof, push and hold the switch. Release the switch when the moonroof reaches the desired position. Do not hold the switch on after the moonroof has fully opened or closed, or you may damage the moonroof motor.




Do not allow any part of your body to extend through the moonroof while the vehicle is in motion. In the event of a collision or sudden application of the brakes, severe personal injury could result. To avoid the possibility of injury while closing the moonroof, never allow any part of your body to extend through the opening.

CAUTION: Operating the moonroof in severe cold or when it is covered with snow or ice may cause damage to the moonroof.

Sunshade As well as the moonroof, there is a sliding sunshade which you can adjust to let in light with the roof closed, or to block out light entirely. The sunshade automatically opens as you open the moonroof.



Moonroof (cont'd)

If the Moonroof Won't Close The moonroof can be closed manually, if the control switch will not close it. 1. Remove the round plug near the

rear center of the headliner.

2. Insert

the moonroof wrench (from the tool kit) into the socket. the the closed

the wrench until


moonroof seats position.


4. Replace the plug.

Remove plug


Maintenance Periodically pour a little water down the drain holes to make sure they are not plugged. If they are free, water should drop on the ground behind each front wheel.


CAUTION: Do not put weight on the moonroof or force it open or closed, you may damage the mechanism.

Stereo Sound System

(Canada: LX)

Tone Control

(US: LX)

Bass Control

Treble Control

(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

Treble Control

Bass Control

ON/OFF Switch

Turn the switch clockwise to turn the unit on; turn it counterclock- wise to turn the unit off.

NOTE: The antenna will rise or retract automatically when the unit is turned on or off. It will also retract automatically if the ignition is switched off.

Volume Control

Turn the ON/OFF switch clockwise to increase volume and counter- clockwise to decrease volume.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

(Canada: LX)

Frequency Display

(US: LX)

(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

Frequency Display

Balance Control

Balances sound between left and right speakers. (Except Canada: LX) To use the control, push on the knob to get it to pop out, adjust the balance to your liking and push the knob back in when you are done.

NOTE: (Except Canada: LX) When the headlights are on, the radio panel illumination is on, even if the radio is turned off. The panel lighting can be turned off by first pushing the Balance Control knob to its out position and then pulling it out slightly further.

Fader Control

Balances sound between front and rear speakers. (Except Canada: LX) To use the control, push on the knob to get it to pop out, adjust the sound to your liking and push the knob back in when you are done.

Radio Operation

AM/FM Band Selector

Push to select AM or FM band. The corresponding band indicator will light.

Manual Tuning

button to tune to a lower frequency station. button to tune to a higher frequency station.

(US: LX, Canada: LX) Push the Push the (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) Push the TUNE/SEEK switch up to change to a higher frequency, and down to change to a lower frequency. To change the frequency up or down a single increment, push and release the TUNE/SEEK switch.

NOTE: (US: LX, Canada: LX) If you hold either button for more than half a second, the tuning frequency will count up or down rapidly. (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) To go to a frequency that is farther away, push the switch and hold it. You will hear a beep and the frequency display will begin to count rapidly.

Seek Tuning

(Canada: LX) Each time you push this button, the tuner will automatically seek the next higher frequency station. (US: LX) Each time you push this button up or down, the tuner will automatically seek the next higher or lower frequency station. (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) Depending on which way you push the TUNE/SEEK switch, the system searches up or down from the current frequency. Push the switch until you hear a beep, then release it. The system searches until it find a station with a strong signal, then stops.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

Preset Station Selection

1. Make sure the Band Selector is on the band you want ... AM or FM. Then, find the station you want by Manual Tuning or Seek Tuning.

2. Press and hold one of the Preset Buttons. 3. In a few seconds, a beep will sound and the light in the button will come on. The station is now preset in the memory. You may preset 1 AM and 1 FM station per button, (total, 6 of each on US: LX, Canada: LX). (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and t wo on the FM band by pushing the FM1, and FM2 switch. You can store a total of 6 stations on AM and 12 on FM.

4. You can tune to a preset station by pushing its corresponding

preset button.

NOTE: (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) The Auto Select Button must be off before the Preset Station Selection can be used.

Auto Select Button (US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

If you are visiting a new broadcast area, you can quickly enter into memory the stronger stations in that area by simply pushing the Auto Select Button. The radio will then automatically scan both the AM and FM bands and temporarily memorize up to six stations in each. With the Auto Select Button on, these stations can then be tuned by pushing the preset buttons. Manually-preset stations remain memorized for use when you return to your normal broadcast area, but are only selectable with the Auto Select Button off.

Stereo Indicator

This lights up when a FM broadcast in stereo is being received. It will flash when the signal strength diminishes. If it flashes, good stereo reception cannot be expected. Stereo reception is available only for FM stereo broadcasts, not for AM stereo broadcasts.

Tape Operation

(Canada: LX)

(US: LX)

(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

Tape Direction Indicator

Load the cassette into the slot with the tape opening to the right. The ( ) will light when the bottom side is playing.

) will light when the upper side is playing. The (

Program Selector (PROG)

Push to change the direction of tape play. Auto Reverse Feature: The tape direction automatically reverses when the end of the tape is reached in play or FF mode and plays the other side.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

(Canada: LX)

(US: LX)

(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

Fast Forward/Rewind (FF/REW)

Note which Tape Direction Indicator is lighted, then push the appropriate button to rapidly wind the tape in the same direction (FF) or in the opposite direction (REW). (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) To rewind the tape, push the FF/REW/TMS button down then release it. You will see REW in the display. To fast forward the tape, push the button up then release it. You will see FF displayed. To stop rewind or fast forward, press the PROG/PLAY button or push the FF/REW/TMS switch again.

Play (PLAY)

Push the PLAY button to resume tape play and stop rewind or fast forward operation. (On US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R, the indicator will light.)

Repeat Button (REPEAT) (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)

Push the REPEAT button (indicator on) to return to the beginning of a song or section of programming and repeat its play. Push the button again (indicator off) to cancel the repeat function and resume normal play.

TMS function (US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

The TMS function lets you skip to the beginning of a song or other passage. The tape skips forward or backward, depending on which direction you push the FF/REW/TMS switch. Activate TMS by pushing the FF/REW/TMS button and holding it until you hear a beep. If you push the button down, you will see REW blinking in the display as the tape rewinds. If you push the button up, you will see FF blinking in the display as the tape fast forwards. When the system senses a silent period on the tape, it goes back to PLAY mode.

NOTE: (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) The REPEAT and TMS functions use silent periods on the tape to find features may not work satisfactorily on tapes that have almost no gap between songs, a high noise level between songs, or silent periods in the middle of songs.

the end of a selection. These

Dolby® Noise Reduction (

(US:LX) Push when playing tapes recorded in Dolby NR (the Dolby NR indicator will light). Push again when playing tapes not recorded in Dolby NR. Use of the wrong setting will affect high frequency response. (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) Dolby noise reduction turns on when you insert a cassette. If the tape is not recorded with Dolby " B" noise reduction, turn it off by pressing the button.


The Dolby NR circuit will not operate during radio reception. Dolby noise reduction system is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. "Dolby" and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

(Canada: LX)

(US: LX)

(US: EX, Canada: EX-R)

Skip Button (US: LX)

The circuit senses silent passages between songs or programs on a tape. Push upward to automatically advance to the beginning of the next song, or downward to return to the beginning of the song just played.

NOTE: Tapes that contain short silent passages between songs, a high level of noise between songs, or silent passages within a song may not be suitable for this function.

Metal Indicator (METAL/MTL) (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R)

Most metal or Cr02 cassettes are coded with slots on their back edge. If such a cassette is inserted, the player will detect the slots and automatically switch full enjoyment of metal/CrO tapes. The indicator light will go on when coded cassettes are played.

the proper equalization



Eject (EJECT)

Push this button to stop and eject the tape. Ignition Key-OFF Eject: The cassette being played will be automat- ically ejected when the ignition or the unit is turned off.

NOTE: When one side of the tape ends, "Auto-Reverse" will automatically begin playing the other side, therefore, you must push the eject button to stop or remove the tape.

CLEAN Indicator Light

(US: LX, Canada: LX) After 50 hours of cassette tape play, the light will come on as a reminder to clean the tape heads. If the light comes on and the tape heads were not cleaned at the recommended 30 hours of usage (see maintenance section in the next page), they should be cleaned immediately. To reset, push the indicator with a pointed instrument such as a ball-point pen until the light goes off (about 3 seconds).

(US: EX, Canada: EX-R) After 30 hours of cassette tape play, the CLEAN indicator light will come on as a reminder to clean the tape heads. If the light comes on and the tape heads were not cleaned at the recommended 30 hours of usage (see maintenance section on the next page), they should be cleaned immediately. To reset, push the indicator with a pointed instrument such as a ball-point pen until the light goes off (about 3


Stereo Sound System (cont'd)

Defective Tape Eject The tape player includes a protection mechanism to automatically eject defective tapes (warped housing, loose label, faulty tape movement) immediately upon insertion. If a tape malfunctions while in play, the tape direction will change back and forth and then eject the cassette. Tapes ejected before play should be considered faulty and discarded; tapes ejected during play may only be unevenly wound and could be re-usable if fully rewound, manually, outside the player.

NOTE: The tape player may repeat cycle through the loading and unloading motion several times in an effort to eject a faulty tape. During this process the tape will either eject fully or rise to the loading level and have to be pulled out manually. In either case, discard the tape; re- use may damage the tape player.

Maintenance The head in the cassette tape player can pick up dirt or tape deposits each time a cassette is played. The result is low or "muddy" sound from one or both channels, as if the treble tone control were turned all the way down. To prevent this, you should periodically clean the head with a commercially available cleaning cassette. As preventive maintenance, clean the head about every 30 hours of use. If you wait until the head becomes very dirty (noticeably poor sound), it may not be possible to remove all deposits with a simple cleaning cassette. The use of 120 minute tapes is not recommended.

CAUTION: Storing cassettes out of their cases, or touching the magnetic tape with your fingers will increase the amount of dirt that gets to the tape head. Using low-quality "off-brand" tape will increase the amount of tape deposits that get on the head. Both of these practices may eventually lead to damage of the head and playing mechanism.

Theft Protection (US: EX, Canada: EX-R) Your stereo sound system is protected by a code number. The system immediately disables itself whenever the radio/player unit is disconnected from the battery. To make it work again, you must enter a five-digit code with the station Preset buttons.

Your dealer should have given you two copies of your audio system's code number with your car. Keep one of these copies at home, and the other in your wallet or a concealed place in the car.

If your car's battery is disconnected or goes dead, the audio system will disable itself. The next time you turn on the radio you will see "Code" in the frequency display. Use the Preset buttons to enter the five-digit code. If entered correctly, the radio will start to play.

You will then have to store your favorite stations in the Preset buttons. Your original settings were lost when power was disconnected.


Your Honda operates most effectively on premium unleaded gasoline with a pump octane number of 86 or higher. Use of a lower octane gasoline can cause a persistent, heavy metallic rapping noise in the engine that can lead to mechanical damage.

We recommend gasolines containing detergent additives that help prevent fuel system and engine deposits.

Using gasoline containing lead will damage your car's emission controls. This contributes to air pollution and can void certain parts of your warranty.

Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions.

If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement.

Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel's contents. Some states/provinces require this information to be posted on the pump.

The following are the EPA-approved percentages of oxygenates:

ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) - You may use gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol by volume. Gasoline containing ethanol may be marketed under the name "Gasohol."

MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) - You may use gasoline containing up to 15% MTBE by volume.

METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol) - You may use gasoline containing up to 5% methanol by volume as long as it also contains cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors to protect the fuel system. Gasoline containing more than 5% methanol by volume may cause starting and/or performance problems. It may also damage metal, rubber, and plastic parts of your fuel system.

If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline

Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of oxygenates given above are not covered under warranty.

Operation in Foreign Countries

In order to comply with U.S. and Canada Federal Emissions Regulations, you must use unleaded fuels of the recommended octane rating. These fuels may not be available in other countries. If you intend taking your car outside the U.S. or Canada, write to Honda (stating the year and model of your car) at the address shown for information regarding modifications you may need to have done. U. S. Owners:

Canadian Owners:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Consumer Affairs 1919 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501-2746

Honda Canada Inc. 715 Milner Avenue Scarborough, Ontario M1B 2K8

Gasoline (cont'd)

Fuel Filler Door and Cap

Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain conditions. Perform this operation in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. Do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks in the area or where gasoline is stored. The fuel filler door is opened by pulling up on the lever at the left side of the driver's seat. The door will lock automatically when closed; push it until it clicks. CAUTION: You may hear a hiss when you open the filler cap. This sound is residual pressure escaping from the fuel tank. Open the cap slowly and remove the cap after the hissing stops. Fuel spray may cause injury. Do not overfill the tank; fill only until the gas pump clicks off automatically and never top off. NOTE: The filler cap is a screw-in ratchetting type. Tighten the cap clockwise until ratchetting clicks are heard.


The removed filler cap can be placed on the inside of the door.

Fuel vapor is extremely hazardous under certain conditions. Always stop the engine before refueling, and never refuel near sparks or open flames. CAUTION: If you replace the cap, use only a genuine Honda replacement part or its equivalent. Failure to use the proper part could cause serious fuel system problems.

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage:

Drive at a smooth, steady pace to avoid unnecessary deceleration and stops — accelerating back to speed uses more fuel. Plan trips to avoid rush hour traffic if possible. Make sure the parking brake is completely released. Consolidate trips whenever possible. Keep vehicle weight to a minimum by removing unnecessary items from the luggage area. Whenever possible, use fresh air from the dash vents to keep cool when driving; open windows, or use of the air conditioning both affect fuel economy. (Air conditioner is optional on US: DX, Canada: LX.) Keep the tires adjusted to the recommended pressure. Tire Pressure(measured cold):


US: DX/LX, Canada: LX US: EX,

Canada: EX-R

200 kPa (29 psi) 220 kPa (32 psi)

Condition of Your Car You can only get maximum fuel economy if your car is in top running condition. Have all required maintenance done at the proper intervals. Check tire pressures and tire wear frequently. If tire wear is uneven, have the alignment checked by your Honda dealer. Proper alignment saves gasoline and prolongs tire life.

Ignition Switch

The combined ignition switch/anti-theft lock is located on the right side of the steering column and has four positions:

0-LOCK position: The key can be removed or inserted in this position. To remove the key, push it in at position I, then turn it to 0 and pull it out. When the key is removed, the steering column will lock.

NOTE: On cars equipped with automatic transmissions, the transmission must be in Park before pushing and turning the key to the 0-LOCK position.

Never turn the ignition switch to the lock position or remove the key while the car is in motion; the steering wheel can lock causing a loss of directional control, and an accident could result.

I-ACCESSORY position: In this position, the accessory circuit is on, but the ignition circuit is off. If the key is difficult to turn from the 0 to the I position, turn the steering wheel slightly to relieve pressure on the lock.

II-ON position: This is the normal running position.

Canada Cars: The"Daytime Running Lights" will come on in this position (See page 51).

III-START position: The starter will engage when the key is

turned to this position.

To remind you to remove the ignition key when leaving your car, a beeper will sound if the key is still in the ignition when you open the driver's door. The beeper system is deactivated when you turn the ignition to 0 (Lock) and fully remove the key.

Starting the Engine

Before Starting When starting in cold weather, keep all unnecessary electrical circuits off (lights, defogger, etc.) for the best battery output.

Manual Transmission: 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Push the clutch pedal all the way in (see NOTE below). 3. Shift the transmission to neutral.

NOTE: On cars equipped with manual transmissions, the engine will not crank unless the clutch pedal is fully depressed.

Automatic Transmission: 1. Make sure the shift lever is in Park (P). 2. Apply the parking brake and the foot brake.

Starting the Engine During the following starting procedures, do not crank the engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. If the engine won't start, wait 10 seconds before going to the next step. 1. With your foot off the accelerator, start the engine by turning the

key to the III position.

2. If the engine won't start within 15 seconds or starts but fails to continue to run, push the accelerator pedal halfway, and hold it there while cranking the engine. If the engine starts, release the accelerator gradually.

3. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal down to the floor and hold it there while cranking. If the engine starts, release the accelerator gradually. If it doesn't start, repeat step 2.

Cold Weather at High Altitude Starting 1. When starting in cold weather at high altitude (above 8,000 feet), push the accelerator pedal about halfway and hold it there while cranking the engine. If the engine starts, release the accelerator gradually.

2. If it doesn't start within 15 seconds, push the accelerator pedal down to the floor and hold it there while cranking. If the engine starts, release the accelerator gradually. If it doesn't start, repeat step 1.

NOTE: If the outside temperature is below freezing, or if your car has not been driven for several days, warm up the engine for a few minutes before driving.

Safety Items

Before driving away, check that: The doors are closed properly. The mirrors are properly adjusted, and the windows clean. The driver and passengers are wearing properly adjusted seat belts. The front seat head restraints are properly adjusted. The warning and indicator lights are operating properly. The brake pedal feels normal. All luggage and cargo is secured. Nothing is interfering with the driver's feet or blocking vision to the rear.

While driving remember to:

Always drive defensively; expect the unexpected. Reduce your speed during night hours and bad weather. Follow at a safe distance; don't tailgate. Get off the highway when you are tired; stop and take a rest.

When stopping for repairs:

Park the car well off the road. Turn on the hazard warning flasher. Use flares or other warning devices to warn other motorists.

After parking your car:

Apply the parking brake and shift to first gear if your car is equipped with manual transmission, or PARK on automatic transmission equipped cars. Make sure the moonroof and windows are closed and the doors are locked. (The moonroof is standard for US: EX, Canada: EX-R.) If parked on a hill: 1 .Turn the front wheels away from the curb if facing uphill. 2. Turn the front wheels toward the curb if facing downhill. Never leave children unattended in a parked car. Take your keys.

Engine Exhaust Gas Warning

A properly maintained car is your best protection against exhaust gas entering the passenger compartment. The exhaust system should be thoroughly inspected by a compe- tent mechanic whenever:

The car is raised for oil change. You notice a change in the sound of the exhaust. The exhaust system or the rear or underside of the car is damaged.

Avoid breathing exhaust gases. They contain carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause loss of con- sciousness and eventual death. If you suspect that exhaust gas is entering the passenger compartment, have the cause deter- mined and corrected as soon as possible. If you must drive under these conditions, drive only with all windows fully open. Do not drive with the trunk lid open. An open trunk lid may draw exhaust gases into the passenger compartment. If you must drive with the trunk lid open, drive only with all the windows wide open. Do not run the engine in confined areas, such as garages, any longer than necessary to move the car in or out. If you must sit in a parked car with the engine running for more than a short time, adjust the heating/ventilation system as follows: 1. (US: DX, Canada: LX)

and push the


Slide the function lever to ton off. (US: LX/EX, Canada: EX-R) Select the



2.Set the temperature lever/control dial for best comfort. 3.Turn the fan to the highest speed.

NOTE: To insure proper operation of the car's ventilation system, keep the front air inlet clear of snow, mud, leaves, or other obstructions.

Shifting the 5 Speed

The fully synchronized manual transmission is very easy to shift up or down. When you slow down for traffic, steep hills, or corners, shift to a lower gear before the engine starts to labor. When de- scending steep grades, select a lower gear to help maintain a safe speed and to prevent the brakes from overheating. When shifting, depress the clutch pedal fully, shift gears and then release the clutch gradually. Do not speed-shift; allow time for the gears to synchronize. To prevent grinding the gears when shifting into reverse, hold the clutch pedal depressed briefly before shifting, or shift the lever into one of the forward gears before selecting reverse. A safety lockout prevents accidental shifting straight from 5th to Reverse.

Avoid rapid acceleration or sudden deceleration when either or both driving wheels are on a slippery surface. Decreased traction could cause loss of directional control.


Do not drive with your foot on the clutch pedal as this will cause premature wear of clutch components. Do not shift into reverse while the car is moving.

Recommended Shift Speeds For best fuel economy, and effective emission control, shift at the speeds shown:

Maximum Allowable Speeds The speeds shown are the maximum at which the car can be driven or downshifted in each gear without over-revving the engine.

Shifting the Automatic

The automatic transmission shift lever has a locking mechanism to prevent accidental shifting into Reverse (R), Park (P), 2nd (2), or 1st (1). Also, an Automatic Shift Lock prevents you from shifting out of Park unless the brake pedal is already depressed and the ignition switch is in the II position. Push the button on the shift handle to shift into 2nd, 1st, Reverse, or Park; depress the brake pedal and then push the button on the shift handle to shift out of Park.

: Depress the brake pedal first and push the button, then shift.

: Push the button, then shift. : Shift as desired.

Depress button

If you cannot shift out of Park with the brake pedal depressed and the ignition switch in the II position: 1. Turn the ignition switch off and

remove the key.



2. Insert the key in the Shift Lock Release located to the right of the shift lever.

3. Press and hold the key down, then push the button on the shift handle and move the shift lever to Neutral.

4. Return the key to the

ignition switch, depress the brake pedal and restart the engine.


NOTE: If you encounter any problem shifting out of Park, have your authorized Honda dealer check the system as soon as possible.

Operating Tips For smoother operation, apply the brakes when shifting from Neutral or Park to a forward or reverse gear. When parking: bring the car to a stop with the foot brake, hold the brake on, and shift into Park, set the hand brake and then turn off the engine.

NOTE: Your 4 speed automatic transmission is equipped with a torque converter lock-up clutch. Because of this, you may notice what feels like an extra shift as the clutch engages.


Shift into P only after the car has come to a complete stop. Shift into or out of R only after the car has come to a complete stop. Do not "rev-up" the engine when the brake is on and the shift lever is in D4, D3, 2, 1, or R. When stopped on a hill, use the brakes to hold your position, not the accelerator pedal. Do not shift from N or P into D4, D3, 2, 1, or R when the engine is above idle speed. Before shifting into gear, make sure your foot is firmly on the brake pedal. Do not rest your hand on the shift lever or push the lock-out button while driving.


Shifting the Automatic (cont'd)

Driving Technique

D4-4th Use the D4 range for normal in-town and highway driving. The car will start off in 1st and shift automatically to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The further down you push the accelerator, the later the transmission will shift and the faster the car will accelerate.

D3-3rd Use of D3 will allow the transmission to start off in 1st and shift automatically to 2nd and 3rd. Use D3 when climbing grades to prevent the transmission from "hunting" between 3rd and 4th gear; or when increased braking is needed.

NOTE: If rapid acceleration is necessary, depress the accelerator to the floor; the transmission will automatically shift down according to load and engine speed. This applies to both D4 and D3 ranges.

2-2nd Use 2nd gear for increased engine braking when driving downhill, and increased power when driving uphill; also for driving on slippery roads, and freeing the car from mud or sand, where 1st gear could provide too much power and cause skidding or wheelspin. The maximum recommended speed in 2nd gear is: 69 mph (110km/h).

1-1st This position is to be used when stronger engine braking is needed. The maximum recommended speed in 1st gear is: 31 mph (50 km/h).

R-Reverse CAUTION: Shift into or out of reverse only after the car has come to a complete stop; the transmission may be damaged if you shift while the car is moving.

P-Park CAUTION: Use this position when starting the engine, or when parking. Shift into Park only when the car is COMPLETELY stopped.

N-Neutral Use when starting the engine or during prolonged idling in traffic.

Towing a Trailer

Your car is designed primarily to carry passengers and a normal amount of luggage. Although your car is capable of towing a trailer, there will be an effect on handling, performance, braking, general vehicle and tire durability and fuel economy.

The weight of the trailer plus its cargo must not exceed a total of 1,000 Ibs. (450kg). The gross vehicle weight must not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) indicated on the Certification label (see page 150). The gross vehicle weight is the total weight of the car, driver, passengers, luggage, hitch, and trailer tongue load. The total weight supported by each axle must not exceed the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). The front and rear GAWR's are shown on the Certification label (see page 150). The distribution of luggage and passengers in the car, as well as the tongue load and hitch weight should also be considered in terms of the GAWR, which is the maximum amount of weight that should be supported over the front and the rear axles. You should have your car and trailer weighed at a commercial weighing station to check both the GVWR and GAWR's to confirm that the total weight and weight distribution are within safe driving limits. The maximum trailer tongue load must not exceed 100 Ibs. (45
kg). Cargo should be distributed so that the tongue load is approximately 10% of the total weight of the trailer and its cargo. This is done by distributing approximately 60% of cargo weight toward the front of the trailer and 40% toward the rear.



Maximum: 1,000 Ibs (450 kg)

Maximum: 100 Ibs (45 kg)

Never load the trailer so that the back is heavier than the front. This will seriously affect vehicle handling. Be sure the cargo is secured so that it will not move during driving.


Towing a Trailer (cont'd)

Hitches Use only a hitch recommended by your Honda dealer. The hitch should be bolted securely to the car and installed by a qualified technician. Do not use a hitch designed for temporary installation and never use one that attaches only to the bumper.

Trailer Brakes and Safety Chains The Honda Automobile Division recommends that trailers equipped with brakes should conform to any applicable federal and state/ provinces regulations. When using a trailer equipped with electric brakes, a trailer brake controller that connects to the car's electrical system is recommended. Installing a brake controller that connects to the car's brake hydraulic system could result in brake fluid contamination or leaks. A safety chain must always be used between the car and the trailer. Leave sufficient slack in the chain so that it does not bind in sharp turns. The chain should cross under the trailer tongue to prevent the tongue from dropping to the ground.

Tires Make sure your car's tires are properly inflated. Adjust tire pressure to the recommended tire pressure indicated on the label attached to the driver's door jamb. The trailer tires should be of the proper size, load rating and inflated to the pressure recommended by the trailer manufacturer.

Trailer Lights Trailer lights must comply with federal, state/provinces and local regulations. See your local recreational vehicle dealer or rental agency for the correct type of lighting and wiring for your trailer. Check for correct operation of the turn signals and stop lights each time you hitch up. A trailer lighting connector is provided behind the left garnish by the taillight access door in the trunk. The wiring color codes are described on the next page.







To connect your car's taillights to a trailer, an electrical converter must be installed in the car. Your car has separate bulbs for brake (red) and turn signal lights (amber), while most trailers use the same bulb for brake and turn signal lights. A converter, available at most trailer supply stores, should be installed according to the instruc- tions supplied by the converter manufacturer.

For information regarding trailer hitch and trailer electrical wiring availability, contact your Honda dealer or American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (for US cars), or Honda Canada (for Canada cars). See page 83
for American Honda and Honda Canada addresses.

CAUTION: Connections to your car's electrical system should be made by your Honda dealer or a qualified electrician. Improper installation may damage your vehicle's electrical system and cause a malfunction of the lights.

Break-in Schedule Do not tow a trailer during the 600 miles (1,000 km) break-in period: see page 2.

tow a

Maintenance If you frequent maintenance due to the additional load. Refer to the "Maintenance schedule under severe driving conditions" on page 104 for specific information.

trailer, your vehicle will require more


Towing a Trailer (cont'd)

Before Towing With the car and trailer completely loaded and parked on a level surface, confirm that the tongue loading is correct. If the car has an abnormal nose-up or nose-down attitude, check for improper cargo distribution. Check also for excessive cargo weight, worn suspension or other causes and correct the problem before driving. Be sure the cargo is secured so it will not shift while driving. Check that your rearview mirrors conform to any federal, state/provinces, or local regulations. If not, install rearview mirrors designed for towing. Before towing a trailer, practice turning, stopping, and reversing with a trailer in an area away from traffic until you learn the technique.

Towing Safety

Stopping distance will be increased when towing a trailer. For each 10 mph (16 km/h) of speed, allow at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle ahead. Avoid sudden braking which may cause trailer jackknifing and loss of control. Avoid jerky starts and rapid acceleration. If your car has a manual transmission, always start out in first gear and release the clutch at moderate engine rpm. Avoid rapid lane changing and sharp turns. The trailer could hit your car in a tight turn. Slow down before making a turn. Remember, the total length of your car plus trailer will require a wider turning circle. Crosswinds may adversely affect handling of your car and trailer. Use the rearview mirrors frequently to warn you of approaching large vehicles that may pass you causing your car and trailer to sway. When being passed, firmly grip the steering wheel and be prepared to reduce speed immediately but gradually. Never increase speed. Steer straight ahead. Towing a trailer in bad weather will magnify any difficulty in controlling the car caused by the weather itself. Avoid sudden maneuvers: slow down and use extra caution. Be careful when passing other vehicles. Passing requires considerable distance because of the added weight and length of your trailer.


Before starting out, check the operation of the lights and all car/ trailer connections. After driving a short distance, stop and recheck the lights and connections. Reversing is difficult and requires practice. While backing-up, the trailer may pivot off-course. To correct for this, grip the bottom of the steering wheel and move your hand to the left to move the trailer to the left; or to the right to move the trailer to the right. Turn the steering wheel a little at a time, and keep the speed very low. Have someone guide you when backing. To help prevent overheating of the brakes, shift into a lower gear to make use of engine braking before descending steep or long grades. Do not make sudden downshifts. Pay strict attention to the coolant temperature gauge when going up hills. Because of the added load of the trailer, your car's engine may overheat on hot days. Turning off the air conditioner will reduce the load on the cooling system. On cars equipped with automatic transmission. — Do not hold the car stationary on an incline by using the accelerator pedal; this can cause the transmission fluid to overheat. Instead, use the handbrake or footbrake.

— When towing trailers, avoid high transmission fluid

temperatures (caused by the transmission frequently shifting between 3rd and 4th gears) by driving in D3.

NOTE: Be sure to check state/provinces and local laws concerning maximum speed or other driving restrictions for cars towing trailers. If you are driving across several states/provinces, or countries, check each state's or country's requirements before leaving home, because restrictions may vary.

Parking with a Trailer Whenever parking your car on an incline with a trailer attached, place and seat chocks at each wheel of the car and trailer. This is in addition to the normal parking preparations of firmly applying the parking brake and placing the transmission in first or reverse (manual transmission) or P (automatic transmission). CAUTION: Parking on an incline is not recommended and should be done only if it cannot be avoided. Follow all precautions mentioned above and turn the wheels to point towards a curb if facing downhill, away from a curb if facing uphill. When leaving an inclined parking place, move the car slightly to unseat the chocks. Then while keeping the foot brakes firmly applied, have an assistant remove the chocks.

Maintenance Schedule and Records

Your Honda automobile must be properly maintained to ensure that it is in peak operating condition and the emission levels are within the standards set by the Federal Clean Air Act**. The following instructions and maintenance procedures are based on the assumption that your car will be used exclusively for the purpose for which it was designed: 1. To carry passengers and cargo within the load limits shown on

the label on the driver's door jamb.

2. To be driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal limits. 3. To generally be driven daily over a distance of several miles


4. To use gasoline from pumps labeled unleaded, with a pump

octane number of 86 or higher.

NOTE: Failures which occur due to a lack of maintenance will not be covered under warranty.

The Required Maintenance Schedule* specifies all maintenance required to keep your car in peak operating condition. Work should be done by a Honda dealer but may be done by any qualified service facility or individual who is competent in this type of work.

US Cars: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of emission control devices and systems may be done by any automotive repair establishment or individual using parts that are "certified" to EPA standards.

After the maintenance has been done, be sure to have your servic- ing dealer complete the Maintenance Record on pages 103 — 105. All required maintenance is considered normal owner operating cost and you will be charged for it by your dealer.

* For vehicles sold in California, maintenance operations indicated by *3 on page 102 are recommended by the manufacturer. Other maintenance operations are required by California regulations and condition the emission warranty.

** In Canada, Schedule E (S1101, S1102, S1103, and S1105) of the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, legislated in 1971 and as amended.

Check the following items at each fuel stop: 1. Engine oil level. 2. Radiator coolant level.

Check the following items periodically: 1. Brakes: for braking efficiency, brake pedal travel and hydraulic

fluid level.

2. Lights: for operation of headlights, taillights, side marker lights,

stoplights, turn signals, and back-up lights.

3. Tires: for correct pressures (including spare), inspect for cuts and uneven or excessive wear. Rotate every 7,500 miles (12,000 km) in the pattern shown on page 130 .

4. Steering: for excessive play or vibration while driving. 5. Exhaust system: for leaks or loose mounts. 6. Wipers: for operation of windshield wipers and washer, and

7. Seat belts: for condition of fabric and buckles, and operation of

condition of wiper blades.

the restraint mechanism.

8. Battery condition.

The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) must be inspected by an authorized Honda dealer ten years after the date of manufacture printed on the certification label attached to the left rear door jamb. To serve as a reminder, note the date of manufacture and SRS inspection date here:


SRS Inspection:

(add ten years to date of manufacture)


Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd)

Check oil and coolant level at each fuel stop. Under severe driving conditions, service these items more often. (See page 104)

Required Maintenance Record

Have your servicing dealer record all Required Maintenance below. Keep receipts for all work done on your car.


Maintenance Schedule and Records (cont'd)

Severe Driving Conditions CAUTION: The following items must be serviced more frequently on cars normally used under severe driving conditions. Refer to the chart below for the appropriate maintenance intervals.

Severe driving conditions include: A: Repeated short distance driving B: Driving in dusty conditions C: Driving in severe cold weather D: Driving in areas using road salt or other corrosive materials E: Driving on rough and/or muddy roads F: Towing a trailer

R-Replace I -Inspect

After inspection, clean, adjust, repair or replace if necessary.

Non-Scheduled Maintenance Record Record additional maintenance for severe driving conditions or non- scheduled maintenance on this page. (See page 102)

Fluid Locations






CLUTCH FLUID RESERVOIR (Manual Trans- mission Only)


ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK (Orange marking)



Engine Oil and Filter

Checking Check the engine oil a couple of minutes after shutting the engine off, with the car parked on level ground. Remove the dipstick (orange marking) and wipe it clean. Re-insert it all the way down, then pull it out and read the level. The level should be between the upper and lower marks.






Adding If the level has dropped close to the lower mark, add oil until it is even with the upper mark. 1.Turn the oil filler cap counterclockwise to remove. Add oil, then

check the level again. Do not overfill.

2. Reinstall the cap and twist clockwise until it stops.

CAUTION: Be sure the oil filler cap is correctly replaced before starting the engine.

Recommended Oil Oil is a major contributor to your engine's performance and longevity. Always use a premium-grade detergent oil. You can determine an oil's SAE viscosity and Service Classification from the API Service label on the oil container. It should look like this:


Engine Oil and Filter (cont'd)

The numbers in the middle tell you the oil's SAE viscosity or weight. Select the oil for your car according to this chart:

Ambient Temperature

An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is preferred for improved fuel economy and year-round protection in your Honda. You may use a 10W-30 oil if the climate in your area is limited to the temperature range shown on the chart.

A fuel-efficient oil is recommended for your Honda. This is shown on the API Service label by the words "Energy Conserving II." This oil is formulated to help your engine use less fuel.

The API Service label also tells you the service classification of the oil. Always use an oil that says "API Service SG." This service rating may also include other designations, such as CD. These additional classifications are not a problem, as long as the label also carries the SG classification. An oil that is not recommended.

is only classified SF

Changing Oil and Filter Engine oil and the filter should be changed together every 6 months or 7,500 miles (12,000 km), whichever comes first. The filter is located on the engine block, below the intake manifold.

CAUTION: The oil filter cannot easily be removed from above the engine. For this reason it is recommended that the oil filter change be done by a skilled mechanic.

1. Start the car to warm up the

engine, then shut it off.

2. Remove the engine oil filler cap

and drain bolt, and drain the oil.

A warmed-up engine and the oil in it are hot; be careful not to burn yourself.


3. Remove the oil filter and let the

remaining oil drain out.

4. Install a new filter according to the instructions on or with the filter.

5. Reinstall the drain bolt with a new washer and tighten it securely. Refill the engine with the recom- mended oil, to the upper mark on the dipstick. ENGINE OIL CHANGE CAPACITY (including filter): 3.8

(4.0 US q t, 3.3 Imp qt)


6. Reinstall the filler cap securely. 7. Start the engine and make sure oil is not leaking from the drain

bolt or the filter.