1990 Honda Prelude Si 2.1 4-cylinder from North America


A reliable and well thought piece of engineering


At 160,000 miles the car needed a new timing belt.

Corrosion appeared on exhaust system at 159,000 miles.

The cooling compressor started to become weaker, this was noticed at 145,000 miles.

Front and rear struts were replaced at 161,000 miles.

The variable speed sensor failed at 153,000 miles.

A new water pump and alternator were installed at 159,000 miles.

The pan gasket and crank seal were replaced at 156,000.

General Comments:

The car sounds more powerful than it really is.

The design is classy for it's time.

The car handles extremely well, especially in bad weather.

The low profile and wide wheel base hugs the road.

Over 3,000 RPM's you really hear the engine putting out.

The engine is slightly louder than most cars, but is overall an awesome piece of machinery.

It can really move out on the highway and has excellent gas mileage. (Decreased severely by use of the air conditioner)

*When the air conditioner runs it severely hinders the car's overall performance.

The seats are nice and hug your back, but are very uncomfortable after long rides.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2002

12th May 2003, 11:51

Sometimes mistakes are made about the HONDA PRELUDE the 1989 2.0S is A auto trans type with A speed chip & the criuse control works very well plus long distance traveling is wonderful= 2 cross country trips from NY to UTAH with tons of comfort makes this car a winner in my book. Only bad thing is you can't get high performance racing parts for this model yet.

1990 Honda Prelude Si 2.1 2.1 from North America


A very fun car to drive that never fails to take you where you need to go


The car's clutch burned out at 160000 miles. The local Honda dealer beautifully fixed it for 900 dollars.

At approximately 150000 miles the car's cooling fan motor burned out. I fixed this myself, the part cost around 100 dollars.

The right CV axle had to be replaced at 160000 miles.

Although the air conditioning works fine now, it is getting weaker, experts tell me that the compressor is getting weak.

The car was driven for only two years of its life in a region that has its roads salted during the Winter. The exhuast is almost entirely new at this point, due to corrosion. Replacement exhaust pipes always have to be ordered from far away and they are not cheap.

General Comments:

This car is a blast to drive. The handling is first rate. It is now even better due to the addition of Potenza RE92 tires. These were the most sporty tires available for the stock wheels.

The powertrain of this car is very good. The 2.1 engine has plenty of power for a car of this weight. With 166000 miles, the engine burns no oil. The engine is not as smooth as that in later Preludes. Below 3500rpm it is smoother and slightly torquey. About 3500, it opens up and dashes to the redline.

The transmission linkage is balky, not as good as that in previous or subsequent Preludes. An engine as good as this deserves a better transmission.

Steering feels is excellent, there aren't many front drive cars that I have driven with steering this good.

The car feels very energetic, it sounds and feels faster than it really is.

The car is most reliable. The major problem with it has been exhaust corrosion, which is very irritating.

Parts for this car usually always have to be ordered from a warehouse, making the few repairs necessary last for days rather than hours. Also, the parts are always expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2002

1990 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2.0 from North America


A wonderfully built car from Honda, You will fall in love with this car


The only thing that is wrong with the car, and that is still wrong with it, is that it has a few oil leaks on the bottom.

General Comments:

This car has been a very good car for me.

Even with all the miles I have on it still runs well.

The 4ws is wonderful it really makes a big difference.

For being a 4 it has a lot of power.

Too bad Honda doesn't make cars with the 4WS option.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2002

1990 Honda Prelude Si ALB 2.1 from North America


High performance, peppy, lots of potential


I blew a radiator hose. No big deal, it was a small one. Fixed it in the parking lot it broke in.

Burns oil, anyone know why?

General Comments:

I love this car. I am having it painted right now.

I shaved all the badges and antenna.

I lowered it 4 inches (reactive coil-overs).

Arospeed Bomb

Custom Weapon-R intake

Killer Kenwood system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2001

18th Jun 2001, 12:21

I have a '90 prelude as well. I have done some things to it like painted it, stereo, and wheels. I am getting ready to do some mods to the engine but not sure what yet. I am going to start with an upgrade to the exhaust system, any suggestions on which one I should use?


1990 Honda Prelude Si 2.1L from North America


An old car with a lot of balls...


Starter died right away the same week I got the car, all the busing were shot, suspension very weak, clutch was slipping, engine was burning oil, but not a lot.

General Comments:

My friend and I rebuilt the motor, shaved engine head, thin head gasket (copper), iridium spark plugs, MSD 8.5 mm wires, K&N cold air intake, Tokico struts, Eibach 1.5 inch lowering springs, poly bushings, 2.5 inch exhaust, DTM muffler, DCsports header 4 into 1 piece dual friction clutch.

Overall, everything that I did to the car cost a lot of money, but it's worth the ride. The engine has so much power, for a 4 cylinder it's unreal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2001

7th Apr 2001, 01:49

Where in the world did you get poly bushings?


15th Nov 2004, 11:44

I found polly bushings at jcwhitney.com.

24th Feb 2007, 08:26

I need to know where I can find aftermarket parts for my 1991 Honda Prelude.

Thanks Joe


5th Jun 2007, 15:12

If you still care (this review is 8 years old) where can I get a DCSports header for my B21?