1980 Honda Prelude Reviews

1980 Honda Prelude 1.6 EL CVCC from Australia and New Zealand

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

Summary:

Awesome

Faults:

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

1980 Honda Prelude 2 door 1.8 from North America

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

1980 Honda Prelude 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles

Summary:

The best car I'll never own again

Faults:

Burnt a litre of oil a month before valve seals were replaced.

Uneven tyre wear and tracking a nightmare.

Key snapped off in boot lock.

Blew rear stop lamps every month.

General Comments:

I bought this car on a whim for &330 (pounds) and loved it from the first moment.

In silver and good condition this really turned heads mostly because people wondered what it was.

I drove the car for 18 months and only saw another 4 in the whole country.

I loved the sunroof and high lined doors you could only just see over. It had orange cloth seats and a strange in-built radio with no FM.

Steering was hard work, but the performance was okay for a heavy 17 year old car.

I had various things done - new shocks, clutch, ball joint and even rebuilt the cylinder head myself and sprayed the rusted bonnet.

My car was written off for the sake of a new door. Someone hit it when parked. Ill never forgive them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2002

1980 Honda Prelude Mark One (oldest style) 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carNissan 200SX

Summary:

The oldest style Prelude - funky little number

Faults:

Off-side brake caliper seized due to perished rubber seal.

Bulb in tail light blew.

General Comments:

How cool was this car! If only I'd kept it. I bought it as an "Emergency Run-around" as my piece of crap Nissan 200SX kept breaking down and was back at the dealers for over 2 months.

Some features of the car which really impressed me: Aluminium engine, electric sun roof, in car electrical fault display, wicked old style radio built into the dash, bonnet vents.

The car was not very powerful (80 mph max comfortably) and the handling was crap. It would under-steer everywhere, I had to drive it so slowly that people behind used to get up my back-side a bit.

All in all, a brilliant little motor. I was sad to see it go and still wish I'd never sold it. I paid £180 for it and sold it 2 months later for £450.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2001

9th Sep 2002, 15:52

I have a 1980 Honda Prelude and it is the best little car that I have ever had. It handles like a dream never has failed me I took a road trip of 2000 miles and it did great . The car has 88,000 miles on it no known rollover and I am the 2nd owner. I really regret it, but I am going to sell her soon. I just had the interior redone and the engine has been gone though new timing belt and valves she is an awesome car to own.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews