1980 Honda Prelude Review from Australia and New Zealand

1980 Honda Prelude 1.6 EL CVCC

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 EL CVCC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres




Head gasket perished at 98000km.

Window trim peeled off at high speed.

Mystery carburettor problem.

General Comments:

Awesome little car, utterly fantastic. Extremely reliable, extremely light.

I don't know where a 28 year old 1.6 got any power from, but when pressed the thing could go.

Handled very nicely.

Additionally, amazingly good with fuel, both in terms of economy and blowing high octane odours into the cabin.

An old banger, but what a banger...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2008

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review