1984 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1984 Honda Prelude 4W-ALB 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

A pleasure that cannot be expressed in horsepower

Faults:

Paint was worn on roof and boot when I got it, and there are minor dents and scratches on various parts of the body work.

Front suspension was worn and the car squeaked when going over humps or uneven surfaces.

Temperature climbed to new heights at every idling due to radiator leaks.

Steering is off center due to wearing of steering rack. The steering rack and mounts have to be replaced.

General Comments:

It's a decent car for its age, but fixing it up cost me a lot in time and money.

The handling has been improved due to the change of suspension and lowering of the car.

Changing the radiator and cleaning the engine has resulted in dramatic improvements in acceleration and response, but power is something still to be desired.

Overall, I am happy with the car as I got it at a bargain and do not mind spending the time to lovingly restore it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

1984 Honda Prelude 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired185000 miles
Most recent distance187000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Great 5 speed honda.

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This is a classic Old Honda school.

The engine is one of the best Honda ever built.

I have 3 cars right now, so I would actually sell this one.

It has 4 wheel disk brakes, sunroof and a five speed. Perfect project for performance update or just driving.

I am asking $1800 for it. While having the car I installed new timing belt, new NGK spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor. Both drive belts. AC works.

Needs paint, the original red one is fainted... few other things. Car also had clutch and drive axles recently replaced. I put new air filter and adjusted the valves. Engine is unbelievably smooth.

If interested, send e-mail to pont331@yahoo.com.

Great car, recommend it. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

1984 Honda Prelude EX 1.8 12v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 12v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

Japanese Knight Rider

Faults:

When bought needed a new exhaust, tyres, and other sundry bits.

Bonnet (hood) has faded red paint which is getting worse, and now the roof is going blotchy.

Driver's seat torn.

Electric sunroof wouldn't close properly, tracks needed greasing.

Also under a streetlight the rear quarters look a different shade of red, indicating a possible respray.

Oh, and the key doesn't operate the boot or glovebox lock.

And one brake light bulb keeps failing intermittently, causing a load of warning lights to show on the dash.

General Comments:

Great cheap car. Cost £900, with a full service history (mostly main dealer) from new.

Car looks good (no rust, although starting to go round the sunroof and in rear wheel arches) but is let down by faded paint and tarnished alloy wheels.

Goes like a rocket, although it is the most powerful car I have ever owned, will wheelspin viciously in 2nd in the wet.

Has only let me down once, when the (original) alternator failed. Regular maintenance the key. Why buy new?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2000

20th Sep 2006, 10:09

I live in Toccoa, Ga ( U.S.A). I would like to see a picture of the car. I am interested in the car. The price is good and I think it is a nice starter car.

17th Jan 2007, 21:13

I am interested in this car. It sounds like a good car to start off with. I am expecting a baby in May 2007 and I am really desperate.

Please send me some pictures of the car to my e-mail address: wishukud0420@aol.com.

Thanks!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 15 reviews