1986 Honda Prelude DX 1.8 Dual Carb from North America


An absolutely perfect starter / commuter car


I had to replace the Master Cylinder at about 165000 miles.

I had to replace the Vacuum Advance at 180000 miles.

Brake booster blew out at around 185000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is unbelievably durable.

While lacking in overall quickness, it handles very well at high speeds and is very stable while cornering at high speeds.

Gas mileage goes down like 6-7 MPG if you drive in a 70 MPH speed zone and nose-dives to around 22-23 MPG if you go any faster than that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2008

1986 Honda Prelude from Australia and New Zealand


Fast, handsome, but EXPENSIVE to maintain



I purchased the car at 210,000 and have not thrashed it, and to this day have spent close to 10k on it. I purchased it for 3k AUD, and 3 months later needed to re condition my alternator after 3 break downs. Then a timing belt snapped, and finally the killer, I blew the head and the radiator formed a crack in it.

General Comments:

Although all these things went wrong.. the car has its definite strong points. it is a fast 4, and for its age, it does kill other cars in its weight class.

I have fitted custom extractors, and it sounds like it's ready for the dirt track!

In the way of comfort, it is fantastic; the stock bucket seats hug the body and provide great lumbar support.

It has been good to me, and for that I thank it, but I am now ready to move on and leave the Prelude behind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2007

1986 Honda Prelude 1.8 carb from North America





I have replaced everything from the engine to the metal.

But I had the time and money to do so.

General Comments:

I love my honda, which is why I wanted to make her run right. I restored the car to better than former glory with up grading everything or fixing everything. I have to sell it because I can't afford to keep two cars right now. But I made my car look stock, while upgrading everything. Not a sleeper car, I must have got pulled over one or twice a week not because of my driving, but because I was going the speed limit in a honda prelude.

It handles like you wouldn't believe.

It has more power than my v6.

I created new seat mounts because I found the seats were too low.

Yes, I am a girl. Yes, I did most of the work myself. I know more about cars from getting under the hood of my prelude than I did from watching my father work on his cars. Honda Preludes are really easy to work on, if you know how to treat them right.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2006

20th Sep 2006, 01:16

This is the author again. I just wanted to add that the work on my prelude didn't "need" to be done, but because I had the time and energy and money to do it, everything was done.

1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 liter 12 valve single over cam from UK and Ireland


She has her downs, but way more ups


The stater finally went at 235,000.

The clutch and the clutch cable were replaced at 232,000.

General Comments:

This car has never let me stranded. It has always stared when I needed it to. It handles like a dream, but the off the line performance could be better. The transmission and the clutch work together beautifully.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2005

1986 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Great fun car if you can afford the parts


Oxygen sensor failed.

ABS light turns on in the rain. Suggesting water seepage into braking system evident when in the wet.

Automatic gear box reconditioned at 210000 Km.

Water pump failed at about 240000 Km.

Power steering wheel rack replaced twice. Once at 220000 and then again at 230000, which was just outside the warranty time. After that the rack failed again at 250000, this time I did not replace it, instead I topped it up with fluid.

Serious rust around rear window Sills, requiring approximately $1500 (AU$) to fixed. This was not fixed.

Rust around the sunroof area.

General Comments:

When I first bought this vehicle, it had 172000 km on the Odometer. The car drove fantastic, having sensational handling, low ride and excellent seat comfort. Even though the power output was reasonable, the car was light and handled well, meant that the car could get out of tight spots.


Excellent seats, unlike some cars, this has good lumbar support.

Fair to good acceleration.

Light and nimble. Got out of accidents.

Excellent visibility through all windows.

Large side mirrors. Having large side mirrors meant that you could "flip the mirrors out" to capture the drivers blind spot in the left side mirror (Right hand drive vehicle).


This model Automatic was not made for tough driving, I had to replace the automatic transmission within a year of driving. I converted the vehicle to a manual gear box. Never had a problem with it since.

You have to be careful with the water flow along the rear window sills. Any clogging due to dirt or mud would stop water from leaving the window sill area. This caused rust.

Honda parts are expensive, and substitute parts are not much better.

You have to be an athlete to get in and out of the car. Especially the rear seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2004