1988 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 litre, 16v, DOHC from Australia and New Zealand
I wouldn't drive anything else
Soon after I got the car the transmission seemed to slip.. It would be going fine in 1st, then it hit second and the revs would fly up and yet the car had no power, then go to third and take ages to accelerate.. Took car back to dealer (twice) and ended up doing a gearbox reconstruction.. feels pretty much perfect now..
Busted CV joint at about 100,000k's.
And the rubber thing around the CV joint tore at about 101,000k's, my mechanic said a rock must have flew up and did it.
Seems to be a lot of road noise from the interior.
Lots of chips and scratches in body (don't know what the hell the previous owners did to it) but apart from that the body looks as new.
Replaced timing belt at 102,000k's.. I've heard too many stories of the timing belt brake and the car needing a new engine. Cost me about $400 (aust) plus some oil seals in the engine were replaced (just to be safe)
This is my first ever car, and I have to say I'm very pleased with it, I don't think i'll drive anything, but a Honda from now on.. I treat this car better than I treat myself.
I couldnt believe I found a 15 year old car with only 96,000 clicks (confirmed). I payed a little over $6500 with a 3 year warranty.
Sleek look on the outside and excellent Interior and dash. (People love the pop-up lights for some reason) Plenty of room in the front (I'm about 6'4) but the backseats are pretty much non-exsistent. Heaps of boot space.
Having all the power options in the prelude I don't think I could handle anything else (sunroof, windows, mirrors)
Great acceleration from start too, can beat pretty much any other 4 banger (within reason) at lights.
Great feeling when your coasting at about 60k/h and decide to gun it.. The gear kicks down and you shoot off like a rocket. The Sports mode is a bit of a rush too, your flying along hitting about 6500 rev's (in an automatic mind you) then you decide you better do the sensible thing and put it back into drive.
With all these things combined with the 4 wheel steering, driving never gets boring, I sometimes make excuses to go out and drive it "err, don't we need more milk"
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th September, 2004