1989 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 6 of 14

1989 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles

Summary:

It looks like there are screws missing, but its beuitiful!

Faults:

This car has been through a lot. I mean the body looks really bad.

The trunk doesn't close, and it takes a few tries to get the passenger light to actually pop open.

But this car runs great. It'll give a good little scratch in second, no problem!

General Comments:

I bought the car in Texas and drove it to North Carolina. I think I was in Georgia when a really nice red Saturn started MESSING with me (you know what I'm talking about). Anyway I was trying to make good time so I was in fifth just cruising at about 80 when it happened. I slammed into fourth (at 80) and left him. I did this afew times because he wouldn't give it up.

Its quick, reliable and drives just wonderful. I thought I would write my review about high speed performance for the curios type.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2006

1989 Honda Prelude 4WS 2.0i-16 2 litre petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2 litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Lexus and Porsche in one car

Faults:

The transmission will not change from 2nd to 3rd until the red line. Also the car must have equal traction on each tyre to track as smoothly as possible.

General Comments:

0-60mph in 8seconds using only 2nd gear then straight into drive cuts the red line nonsense. Other than the above minors this car is excellent. I paid £700 for it and it looks and goes like a £40,000 new car. 80mph-120mph is lightning and will keep up with the BMW's and Mercedes'. Beware of head gasket as these cars are known to have poor ventilation and low water reservoir pressure capacity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2006

1989 Honda Prelude Si 2.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

It's a nice car

Faults:

I think my car has a transmission problem. evertime I accelerate the car will give a kick when shifting gears. Is there a problem or are they all like that? Some info on this would be appreciated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th January, 2006

8th Jan 2006, 15:01

Can you describe it in some detail? I assume it's an automatic. Does the engine rev too high before it shifts, or does it feel like the transmission slips and suddenly catches? Is it all the time or only under heavy acceleration, like pedal to the floor? Is it all gears, or only the top gear? Any problem with reverse? Have you checked the transmission fluid level, or ever changed the fluid and filter? You can't check it cold, the engine has to be warmed up; then you shift through all the gears, reverse through drive, and leave it idling in neutral. Pull out the dipstick (not engine oil, which is different from the transmission dispstick) and check the fluid level. It should be between lines or crosshatch engraved on the dipstick. If it's low, or the dipstick isn't wet, that could be your problem. Also, if the fluid looks brownish or orangeish, that's another problem--it should be pink. These are all things you'll need to be able to answer before anybody can give you much help.

29th May 2006, 23:44

No manual should "kick" when the clutch in engaged in a higher gear unless (a) you already have your foot mashing the peddle, or (b) the engine winds up to very high RPM in neutral (which it shouldn't do).

I suggest laying off the gas for a half-second; it'll save years on the clutch.

1989 Honda Prelude Si from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carGMC Suburban

Summary:

This is an amazing car

Faults:

Cracked radiator right after I bought it.

Had to rebuild transmission (kind of my fault though) at around 80000 miles.

4 new tires at 82000 miles.

If you get an oil change regularly, you should have no problem with this car.

General Comments:

This is an amazing car for me. My first car was a hand-me-down GMC Suburban. I bought this car off my aunt. She lived in Chicago so the car was barely driven. I love this car though.

I say the transmission was my fault because I was stuck in the snow delivering pizzas (wonderful car for that) and I had to keep moving the transmission from drive to reverse all the time, and after that it had to be fixed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2005

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