1988 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 10 of 12

1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2.0 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired171402 kilometres
Most recent distance182600 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A reliable car with good handling and performance

Faults:

Since it is an old car the driver seat was slightly worn when I purchased it. Other than this I have had no problems in my 6mo of ownership. Unfortunately I hit a curb last month (Oct) and it was written off.

General Comments:

The 4ws provided excellent handling and tight u-turns. It was a real joy to drive.

The interior is well designed and comfortable. However, if you are over 6ft tall you would find it very small.

Performance was good in the higher Rpms (basically anything over 3000).

In all it was a reliable car. Apart from routine maintenance and changing the thermostat ($10) I did nothing to this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

1988 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

A great car

Faults:

In the process of fixing up the car. It was a drag car. Just replaced engine with a stock engine. Took fuel cell out. Took nitrous out. Trying to put passengers door back together. Need instructions to, but window back in.

General Comments:

If anyone can help with the door.

Please email me Playazsara@aol.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2002

1988 Honda Prelude S 2.0i from Sweden

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0i Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Best sports car that little money can buy

Faults:

Busted engine after having running it dry from engine oil.

(very much my own fault)

General Comments:

Good acceleration (0-50 kilometers/hour across a 2 lane road).

The 4 wheel steering is wonderful, you can do just about anything with the car, and I do mean that.

Beware of rust besides the gas lid.

(Rust there have eaten through on 2 of my 3 preludes).

Excellent comfort, my friends just love to join me for a ride, but who could blame them ;)

Just too bad the Si model don't have heated seats, rear fog lights and headlight washers. (The S model do).

There's no feeling in the world, well almost anyway, then to bring this baby up to 7450 RPM on each gear and just enjoy the nature flying by.

It'll ignite your soul in flames of passion for this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2002

1988 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance144568 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Old reliable..

Faults:

A/C compressor and switch was replaced around 100,000 miles.

Both front axles were replaced at 110,000 miles.

The clutch has begun to slip and will need to be replaced soon.

Rear passenger side upper control arm has been replaced.

General Comments:

This is one of the most reliable cars I have ever owned.

The car just keeps going and purrs like a kitten.

I commute a total of 110 miles a day for work and this car is much more reliable than the 1998 Cadillac Catera that I also own.

I really like the exterior and interior styling.

The car is comfortable and great on gas.

I feel Honda is one of the best auto manufacturers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2002

1988 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A high performance, high maintenance car

Faults:

Leaking moon roof

I was driving to a meeting in a suit 1 week after buying the car, and it was raining outside. The water accumulated inside the roof cavity and splashed down on me. The very next week, we sealed the roof permanently.

Both head lamps dropped out after 2 months.

Timing belt replaced at 120000 miles.

Alternator died two months after timing belt repairs.

Hand brake is dead.

General Comments:

This car handles very well, if you can get it to start. There are so many times in the morning when we wake up to a wonderful day just to have it destroyed by the failure of yet another part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th April, 2002

1988 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 16v from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired320000 kilometres
Most recent distance331000 kilometres

Summary:

All around great car - Chicks dig it!

Faults:

New front rotors - $175.

Power steering pressure hose - $500 using an after-market part.

Had water in a taillight lens - drilled holes in the bottom to drain.

Air conditioning is empty.

Starting to rust away.

General Comments:

This car handles like a dream - 4WS rocks!

Quick enough, but could always be faster.

Great styling - interior and exterior.

Does everything very well especially parking. My next car must have 4WS (240SX maybe?)

Good on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2001

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 51 reviews