1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2.0 DOHC from North America
Every car I've driven after this one has felt like a tank
A car built in the 80's has a right to have things go wrong with it.
Worn CV joints, brakes, ie. general preventative maintenance.
I did however miss the cam seal leak which lead to the jumping and destruction of the timing belt.
ANYONE who argues with a mechanic about replacing the timing belt and water pump (at the same time) is going to get what's coming to them.
It is the heartbeat of the engine.
I rebuilt this engine minus a bore job in the engine compartment: pistons, rings, bearings, head completely rebuilt, water pump, belts "timing" cap rotor la la la.
$1,200 later it emerged from my garage again with a sweet purrring sound.
No one has $1,200 to throw at a problem that could have been avoided, no less $3,000+ if a shop fixes it.
Let my mistake be you guide to happiness.
The previous owner was my wife. She got this car in 1990 from the original owner. This car has been from Florida to California to North Carolina.
It has such a sweet four wheel glide up and down the interstate ramps.
Low end power of the Si leaves many behind at the lights.
The sway bars have this thing glued to the ground.
The interior is race ready with the lumbar supports in the seats and the acoustics of the car make for a wonderful sound chamber.
Whatever this car has taken from my pocket, it has given me back everything I want from a car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th August, 2001