1985 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1985 Honda Prelude DX 1.8 dual carb from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 dual carb Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort


Very fast, sporty, somewhat cheap, dream car


The floors were rusted badly and had to be patched a lot before inspection.

When I got it the brakes were in bad need of replacing front to back.

The exhaust needed replacing at 130,000.

The drivers seat was torn.

The body had to be repaired VERY badly.

The trunk leaked.

CV boots needed to be replaced.

Brake lines were rusted badly.

General Comments:

The body and floor were very bad and needed a lot of patching to look good again, but they are not by any means very good.

The car was cheap to operate (if you do the work yourself).

The car only left me stranded 2 times. The first to go was the voltage regulator located on the passenger fender well (little black box). The second time the alternator went.

The Honda performed very well and could handle like a dream. The fastest I ever had it going was 200km. It would beat most stock 6 cylinders.

If the car has carb troubles do not buy it. The carbs can only be set by the dealer and is very costly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2001

1985 Honda Prelude DX 1.2 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.2 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired229644 miles
Most recent distance230310 miles
Previous carHonda Accord LX


I feel like I got gypped by the previous owner


CV boot.. replaced at $250.00.

Thermostat, replaced at $50.00 (still overheats, think it needs a radiator rotout).

Brakes need work.


No compressor fan, A/C inoperable.

Hazards out.

Back up lights out.

Needs a tune up.

Need to work on right front axle assembly.

The list goes on and on and on and on.....

General Comments:

It seems to me that this car is going to be a lot of trouble for me in some areas. It is expensive to fix and and while some aspects of it are great, (good pick up, runs good, sunroof STILL works), there are some areas I'll really have to consider in repairs.

I'll continue to drive the car till it dies, I guess.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2000

17th Jan 2001, 14:26

If you're going to buy any used car I suggest you get a mechanic to look it over and do a replacement parts check. Also just doing a test drive you could tell if the CV boots needed to be done.

10th Sep 2001, 11:25

You bought a used car with 227,000 miles, and you are complaining about the maintenance? Next time, buy aHhyundai with the 100,000 warranty, and have the dealer chain the hood shut and keep the key. You can't be smart enough to do your own maintenance.

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