1988 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 11 of 12

1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2.0 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Every car I've driven after this one has felt like a tank

Faults:

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.

afn34680@afn.org

General Comments:

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

1988 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

GET ONE, treat her well, blow all your money on her, and she'll repay you in her own way!!! :)

Faults:

Needed all new rotors, calipers, pads and oxygen sensor within the first week of owning it.

My driver side axle snapped right in the middle at 210000 km.

The front driver side spring broke at 225000 km and needed to be replaced so I went with an all around 2.25" drop spring set.

My front lower control arm bushings wore out at 225000 km.

General Comments:

My car is the best vehicle I've ever owned, despite the things that have gone wrong with it.

This car will teach you all about what loving a car means. Every cent spent on this car is worth the outcome.

My engine is at 230000 km and still purrs like a kitten. That in itself says a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2001

1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance166000 miles

Summary:

A great surprise of a car

Faults:

CV joint needed replaced. $300.

Thermometer died, car started to overheat. $165.

Timing belt broke and bent the valves. Had the engine rebuilt. $3000.

Brake caliper stuck and wore the brake and rotor down. $375.

General Comments:

If I didn't love this car so much I wouldn't have put the work into it.

I can beat people off the line with little or no effort.

4WS has spoiled me for other cars. I love this feature.

If you take regular care of the car and have your timing belt replaced when they tell you, it's a great first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2001

1988 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance142000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Nice ride

Faults:

Had to replace rear brake pads at 130,000 k's.

Small bit of rust in the boot just above the right rear light.

General Comments:

4WS is awesome, handles like a dream.

Good acceleration, leaves most cars behind at the lights.

Paint is in excellent condition and still looks brand new after 13 years.

Nice car to cruise in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2001

1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership1992
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired234000 kilometres
Most recent distance237752 kilometres
Previous carLincoln Continental

Summary:

An affordable, sporty performer that keeps punching for more gears!

Faults:

My right CV unit needs replacement.

Both fog lights are blown.

Fuses & horn.

General Comments:

1988 was definitely the Prelude's year!

Excellent handling, performance and exceptional gas mileage. The 4WS is incredible when parking and cornering at higher speeds.

Overall, the Prelude has an extremely comfortable cabin/cockpit with an "eye candy" appeal.

Maintenance free (for me anyways)!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2001

1988 Honda Prelude 4WS Si 2.0 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance0 kilometres

Summary:

An excellent first sports car with a fun ride

Faults:

I had a power steering fluid leak that was easily repaired.

My alternator just went.

General Comments:

This car turns on a dime.

Looks amazing, even after 12 years it looks brand new.

I love this car, it was my first import and I fell in love the first time I saw it.

Recommended to anyone who can afford Honda's ridiculous repair and maintenance bills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2001

28th Jan 2001, 13:01

I have the same problem with leaking power steering fluid under the hood. The dealer is trying to tell me that I need a steering rack based upon the leaking fluid only. I really doubt this assumption, though. Can you tell me what went wrong with yours and how it was fixed???

29th Jan 2001, 22:29

Remember there's a recall on the power steering pipe that goes over the exhaust manifold. I had this replaced for free a couple of years ago, and I wasn't the original owner.

Having a problem now, 2 years later, with the top blowing off the power steering fluid reservoir. Not sure what the fix is.

Happy with the car otherwise.

Michael

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