1980 Honda Prelude Review from North America

1980 Honda Prelude 2 door 1.8

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Fun, sporty, and eccentric

Faults:

Replaced the original struts (23 years old) in 2003 at 130,000.

Seats are very worn, getting them re-upholstered.

Has a slight hesitation on take off.

Replace the transmission o-rings last year, was getting hard to shift.

General Comments:

I find all the faults acceptable for a 23 year old vehicle. The car originally was sold in Georgia and made its way to Vermont (poor car!).

We bought it from a kid who painted over the spiffy red color and its now a dull spray can black, but not for long.

I am in the process of restoring the car to close to its original condition this year.

The car is very fun to drive as it has rack and pinion steering, a power sunroof and rides very low to the ground. After replacing all four struts (with OEM Honda of course) and tightening up all of suspension components, the car handles really well and has more power than my 99 Civic.

The black paint comes off this year and the seats are going to be be re-upholstered... hopefully I will be able to do some minor fixes as well.

Thanks for reading.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review