1985 Honda Prelude Reviews

1985 Honda Prelude LX 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

It handles like a rally car.

Faults:

This car needed new valves/seals.

-replaced flywheel

-replaced brake pads

-replaced alternator

-replaced water pump

-replaced headlights

-transmission noises when shifting from Reverse to Drive

-Carburetor problems in cold weather

-Serious overheating problems.

General Comments:

This is a very sporty vehicle. The seating position is low to the ground.

This car had a nice interior (liked the steering wheel).The sits were comfortable and sporty. If you wanna buy one, buy one in good a condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2004

1985 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 Fuel Injected from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Fuel Injected Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance240000 miles

Summary:

Fast and Fun

Faults:

Mechanically, nothing.

Inside the dash board came a little loose and the seat are worn badly. It is an '85 thought.

General Comments:

My favorite car I have ever driven.

Performance-You came put 4 people in it, and still take V8 camaros off the line.

Reliability-Honda's 2.0 Fuel Injected engine. Bulletproof. My sister got it when she started college and sold it when she graduated. In those 4 years nothing went wrong with the car.

Comfort-Great for three (two in front, one in back), though the back seat is a little small for the three seat belts that are back there.

Dealer-Never had to take it to the dealer.

Running cost-Driving it easy you could get around 30 mpg and only have to do the scheduled maintenance(oil change, timing belt).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2004

13th Sep 2005, 22:16

The Prelude is not particularly reliable. The suspension easily rusts and the interior is quite bland. At higher rpm's engine smoke is a serious problem and servicing may be needed on a regular basis. Also, it is very noisy for a 2.0 litre engine and for it's 196 horsepower is quite slow.

1985 Honda Prelude S 1.8 CCVC Dual Carb from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 CCVC Dual Carb Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired329000 kilometres
Most recent distance391900 kilometres
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Easy on the eyes and the pocketbook

Faults:

When I got the car, it was in bad shape. However, only paying $200 Canadian for it I can't complain.

The seats were torn, as well as the lower door panel carpeting.

It was missing a starter, the steering column cover, the ignition, a headlight, and a driving light.

The interior carpeting and upholstry were stained quite badly, but it was easily fixed.

Most of the interior and "bells and whistles" were taken off, as well as the mirrors.

After putting the car back together, installing a starter and ignition, and performing a thorough detailing of the interior, though, it's been an excellent car.

The only things I've had trouble with are finding parts (aftermarket), treating the rusted body (as the guy I bought the car off of didn't look after it), and keeping a starter in it without melting the actuator and shorting the entire system out.

I've installed two starters within the past six months, and now I'm waiting on another.

General Comments:

All around, a good investment.

Lots of legroom, comfortable seats, a very accessible set of controls, and easy to sleep in.

I have found, though, that it is slightly lacking of headroom for taller people, and that my back seat is useless as no person I know could fit their feet in behind my seat (I have taken it out and customized the space slightly for stereo equiptment).

The stock speakers are decent quality, although it seems a difficult task to install aftermarket stereo equipment without tearing the whole car apart (This is my next big project).

This car is quick, light, and comfortable. It is decent on fuel, and seems to run forever with proper maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2003

1985 Honda Prelude XX 1.8 dual carb from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 dual carb Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 kilometres
Most recent distance137500 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Sprint

Summary:

I love this car!

Faults:

The fog lamps don't work.

The choke is erratic.

The stereo has only AM and FM (and has no frequency display) and the cassette failed.

General Comments:

I purchased this car from a Japanese importer so this is a Japanese model. It has right hand steering and NO rust.

Generally this car is in exceptional condition.

The paint looks brand new, under the car as well as on the top. Even the little yellow paint dabs on the chassis look fresh.

The previous owner looked after this car, although, I guess all of the cars driven in Japan avoid rust.

I love the handling of this car. It feels like I can pitch it into corners at any speed and it stays neutral.

The motor is smooth and responsive. It's too bad I have an automatic. However, in the middle (three speed) position it is still fun to drive.

I am a little disappointed with the fuel economy (30mpg) but I'm getting used to it.

I love this car!

Write me at jerrywayne2000@hotmail.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2003

3rd Oct 2003, 03:14

Yeah, I have a 1985 Honda Prelude XX sports model... Unfortunately I crashed it, punched in the front end and I had to get a chopped front ordered in from Japan.

I'm looking at about $4,000 for repairs heh. Note to all, Hondas are very sweet rides just don't crash them or prepared to be milked dry heh.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 14 reviews