1989 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 DOHC 16v from North America


A pocket rocket that won't empty your pockets


Well to start off: both CV joints had to be replaced, transmission went at 101k, same as CV joints.

Alternator failed at 111k, and replaced twice now.

Timing belt broke, causing serious damage (but I love this car so much!!!), rebuilt head at the same time.

Clutch went bad at 101k.

Headlight motors got stuck (don't know how to fix).

Door handle always got stuck at 140k.

This was normal wear for the miles at the time.

It runs like a dream now (after about $4,500 in work).

In 2003, rebuilt the entire car inside and out, changing interior from tan to black, and the exterior from black to green and blue.

General Comments:

I love this little car.

It handles so well.

I just built a turbo kit for it using a T3/T4 compressor housing turbo.

Had to do a lot of other mods to the car.

But otherwise without the turbo, it still had a lot of umph in it.

With 4WS it could not get any better than this in the 80's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2004

1989 Honda Prelude Si 2.0Si from North America


Poorly put together death trap


The fan motor burned out at 200,000 miles.

The transmission sticks in 2nd gear.

The engine cooling fan will not turn off.

The paint is peeling badly, despite being waxed constantly.

Black trim has begun to crack.

General Comments:

This was my first car, my stepfather gave it to me when I got my license at 16. Two years later the car is almost undrivable.

The transmission shifts at random and the whole car smells like burning clutch now. I can't say I'm terribly impressed with the old preludes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2004

1989 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Suburbanite Fairy Floss


After a week the brake master cylinder failed and almost killed me. Repairs were at a cost of $400AUD.

Full of oil leaks.

Clutch was slippery from the start.

Cruise control switch starting to fail.

General Comments:

This car was horrible; it drove and handled like a go-cart and had absolutely no torque. It was like driving an expensive and over-tuned Civic. I sold it and bought an '84 BMW 323i after two months- it is much more fun to drive and a real car.

Although fairly quick, the lack of substance was devastating, and the front wheel drive just spoiled the whole experience. The four wheel steering is also an unnecessary, glaring gimmick.

I also resented the looks I got from undesirable car hoons.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th November, 2003

14th Jul 2004, 08:11

Dude how can you complain when about repairs on a car that had almost 200,000 miles on it?

5th Nov 2005, 14:29

Perhaps that's almost 200,000km...which is very low for a car of this age!

6th May 2007, 16:29

I whole heartedly agree with this reviewer. I owned an 89 Prelude for just 6 months and it was the worst car I had ever owned. Please see review for details.

8th May 2007, 13:15

I have seen some Preludes with over 500,000 miles on them. Either you guys got a bad one or did not take care of yours. 200,000 KM not a lot of miles? Well for one thing, once a car ages it loses a lot of luster sometimes and it can have a hard time putting on miles than a newer car. Try buying a 20 year old car with 70,000 miles and driving it to 140,000 miles without trouble. I bet you no matter what you drive will give you problems. Even a 25 year old car with 20,000 miles... I inherited one of them and I can say it was just as reliable as a car with 7 times the miles.

15th May 2010, 12:22

To original reviewer.

You missed 4 things that you should have noticed when you checked the car out.

I'm sincerely sorry for your trouble. Before you buy another car, check out car buying tips at some of the auto buying consumer WWW sites.

I'm not being a smart ass. I made a similar mistake once. I now use a system when buying a car (10-15 steps). Works really well.

I hope this helps somebody.