1989 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 3 of 14

1989 Honda Prelude S 2.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired191000 miles
Most recent distance191000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C1500

Summary:

Best car I've ever owned

Faults:

Antenna mysteriously broke off. Didn't bother me much though since I just use CDs in the car.

Somehow, the bottom of my gas tank was punctured. Can't say for sure if it was before or after I got the car. Regardless, I was wasting gas, and thought I was getting terrible mileage for a Honda. That was until someone smelled the gas leak and pointed it out. (the puddle of gas)

Nothing a little Green putty couldn't fix for like $3.

Speedo doesn't work. The only gauge that works is the RPM gauge, and gas meter is somewhat accurate. Can't track the miles on car either. Temp. sensor says it's always overheated, even when motor is cold.

Seller sold it without a passenger window. (broken)

General Comments:

I bought the car from some guy in mid 2008 for $700. It ran beautifully. Despite it had the B20A3 motor, it pulled hard. Granted the car looks like it was just painted with primer, but it has no dents. After receiving the car, I started to bring the car back to life. Replacing passenger side window, replacing axles, tires, tie rods, etc.

Now the car handles quick and sharp. It has been a night and day difference. I love the fact that when you hit the gas, it revs up slowly till like 4000 RPM's, then the motor just kicks, and revs hard and fast, like VTEC.

The gas mileage is magnificent, I can fill it up with $18 and it will last me the whole week.

The car is manual, so it's even more fun, efficient and easier to control. It doesn't have AC, but at least the interior does not get that hot, I just open the windows, even sunroof and cruise away.

Inside is pretty roomy for a 6'4" driver, despite the low sleek looks of the car. And for a passenger it offers even more room. But anymore people inside the car in the rear seat and it will be extremely uncomfortable. My seat is already hitting the rear bench.

Though the car is 20 years old, it still looks great and turns heads wherever I go. Now since I added a new exhaust without a cat, it sounds like a true sports car with a mean note. (NO FART CAN!!!) just straight piping.

I love it. Best car I've ever owned. Proud to say I'm a Honda owner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2009

1989 Honda Prelude EX 2.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Automatic
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance86000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Great car, I'll drive it till it stops

Faults:

Things gone wrong? Nothing.

General Comments:

This car performs well, it rides like a new car (I do have another car).

This is a 19 year old vehicle, and there is NO rust in this vehicle and it's in "as new condition".

I get better than 10 litres per 100 km.

I use it daily and it just does what it's supposed to do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2008

1989 Honda Prelude S 2.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance134657 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

I love it and it's 19 years old. It's almost a classic at 134,000 miles

Faults:

Nothing yet.

Needs brakes.

Minor things.

I have a problem with the driver's side front wheel. It makes a very loud noise like it needs brakes, but it doesn't.

It gets worse when you hit the brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2008

4th Mar 2009, 20:56

It sounds to me that you may need to check the CV joints or CV axles on the front of your car. I had to replace the driver's side CV axle on my Prelude.

1989 Honda Prelude 16 Si 4WS 2.0 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carRover - Austin P6

Summary:

Unbelievably fantastic. The best car I have ever owned, by a very long way

Faults:

Cam belt replaced when we bought it.

Rear oil Seal.

Drive shafts.

Seats have started to wear.

Headlight raising switch.

General Comments:

What a fantastic car! When you read the above, please remember that this car has now done 260,000 kms (161,500 miles).

We replaced the cam belt as the previous owner, when quizzed about the cam belt said "what's that?" Oh dear, we said, better safe than sorry.

The rear oil seal went after 230,000 kms. We replaced the drive shafts at the same time, as the left one had begun to knock. Please note, this was after 230,000 kms. I regard this as extremely minor maintenance on a car of this age and mileage. Our mechanic charged us $850 AUD inc. parts (about $650 USD).

It has only let us down once, when the headlight raising switch failed. I have since heard that this is a common fault, and that it is very rare to find this model of Prelude still with the original switch. The RAC repairman had us going again in 20 min, though, and it was replaced for $40 AUD at our local auto electrician's.

They are the negatives, now for the positives.

What a car! It literally handles like it is on rails. The 4ws system is intuitive, unobtrusive and "just works". The brakes are unbelievably powerful. It gets 8l/100km (30mpg) consistently, and more on long trips.

It NEVER goes wrong. EVERYTHING still works in the way intended. The cruise control is the best I have ever used. The auto box is as good as a manual - and I NEVER thought that I would say that about ANY car.

It lacks some torque when compared to a V8, but there is more than enough power to get you into serious trouble with the Police. I have had it up to 180 km/h often, and there is much more on offer. This car can really get up and boogie. It can cruise all day at 160 km/h (100 mph). I cruise across the central plateau of our State at 150 km/h - and that's on bumpy, twisty road.

The ride quality is unbelievable for something that goes around corners like this. Every passenger comments on how smooth and quiet it is. Honda really DID get it right. We have owned many sports cars. Very few of them went around corners even 80% as well, and NONE of them rode like the Prelude.

To sum all that up - fantastic, affordable fun. I am now so thoroughly spoiled by this car that I am having real trouble finding a car to replace our aging Mercedes. I judge everything by Prelude standards, and find them all extremely lacking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2008

7th Apr 2011, 14:56

I agree! I bought mine in 2005 and it's my favourite by a mile of all cars I've driven. I will keep it as long as I possibly can, and if/when I have to buy another car, I don't know how I'll be able to find anything else I'd like so much.

Cheers!

11th Jul 2013, 04:00

Try a VW Bora/Jetta, an e30 or e28 BMW from the 80s, or any Alfa post the 75/Milano. You'll like them all way better!

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 61 reviews