1987 Honda Prelude EX 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Unprecedented in looks, performance and style
Little has gone wrong.
Maybe wheel bearing is worn now on one side.
Wear on driver's seat - not surprising though.
Some rust by the sunroof.
Superlative car.. the best I have ever owned or driven, and I have owned many.
I have even bought another, which I garage, and am also looking at another in France next week.
They drive superbly - like a real sports saloon - low on the ground - fast - unbeatable handling and steering.
I drive my wife, son and friend crazy, extolling the virtues of this MK 2 Prelude, from its looks to its performance.
I pay about £350 for each one... would I trade it for a £15,000 new car... no. Really, no!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th February, 2011
7th Sep 2013, 17:09
I drove a new 1986 Honda Prelude S when it was, well, new. In late 1988 arsonist thugs in Oklahoma City targeted the apartment complex (in a nice neighborhood) and the radiant heat caused the car to explode quite nicely, just in time for cameras to capture the event for the evening news.
I always missed that car. It remained my favorite car over the next 25 years of adult driving. After I graduated law school, the comparisons included Lexus, BMW and Mercedes. But I always missed the Prelude.
Recently I located and purchased a 1987 Honda Prelude Si with only 58K miles on it. Obviously the prior owner took excellent care of it. All the mechanicals are in flawless condition, the exterior paint is original and shiny, and the interior is almost flawless.
The point of this response is that my memories served me well. This 1987 Prelude Si is still an AMAZING automobile. I sneak out in it every chance I get. No, my wife does *not* know I purchased it yet...
If you can find one in excellent condition (they appear somewhat regularly in the USA on eBay and classic car auction sites), or if you are interested in restoring one, I do not believe you would be disappointed. But... avoid the cars with rust. Mid-80's Honda automobiles fall to rust as quickly as Superman succumbs to Kryptonite.