1988 Honda Prelude Si 4ws 2.0 from North America
Honda makes the best cars in the world
I bought this car with a blown head gasket $400, fixed the head 400 and timing belt, rear upper control arm bushings seem to be a common repair around 180000 miles.
The temp sensor in the radiator was bad and the stereo was non existent. I found another car for 100 for spare parts... and now the car hauls ass.
I have fallen in love with LUCY. The 4 wheel steering is an amazing engineering feat. When you are in a tight corner you can push the car harder with no bad results..
140 mph; I have not tried this yet. I will lower the car 2 inches, add bigger sway bars & strut tower bars, 15 inch wheels & 50 series performance tires... this should complete my midlife sports car crisis cravings...
The car is amazing in its stock form. I can't wait to see how much performance can be hidden in this amazing engineering feat... Honda makes the best cars in the world, and the 88-91 Preludes are right there with the Acura NSX as the worlds most reliable performance cars... THANK YOU HONDA...
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Review Date: 24th May, 2009
I have had my 1988 Prelude 2.0 Si 4WS since I bought it new -- that is 25 years ago -- and it is indeed a marvelous car.
The handling is superb. It beat out every expensive sports car (Lamborghinis, Ferraris, etc) in a slalom test.
The ergonomics is also superb. The 5 speed transmission is a dream, shifting smoothly up through 100 mph plus. Downshifting is a pleasure. I never use the brakes coming off the interstate onto a cloverleaf.
EPA estimates for this car are bad, very misleading. I consistently get 30 MPG at 70 mph highway and 22 MPG mixed city and highway.
The only major problems:
1) A rear steering box defect, steering box replaced and never a problem since. THE REAR WHEEL STEERING CAN BE LOCKED IF NECESSARY. ALSO NOTE THAT THIS 3G PRELUDE IS THE ONLY 4 WHEEL STEERING CAR WITH A MECHANICAL LINKAGE in the world. The next generation Prelude came with a computer driven real wheel steering.
2) At 50,000 miles the water pump froze and snapped the timing chain, and this blew the engine, so that needed new valves and a re-milled head (this was covered by my insurance).
3) After 130,000 or so and 15 years, it needed a new power steering pump and some other things.
1) A LITTLE UNDERPOWERED, BUT WORK ON THE CAR OR REPLACING WITH ANOTHER ENGINE MODEL CAN FIX THIS. I HAVE FOUND AMSOIL to be the best oil for this car. You can feel the difference in maybe 10 HP more power.
2) The A/C is a bit weak.
In short, if you love cars, and can work on them and do not have much money, LOOK FOR THIS CAR!