1991 Honda Prelude Si 2.2 DOHC VTEC from Australia and New Zealand
Great bang for your buck
Water pump died at 145K, easy fix.
C.V. joints needed replacing as well.
The back seats are tiny (but it's a 2 door, so its what you would expect).
If you're in Vtec, gas will be guzzled like crazy.
The Prelude is a seriously awesome car, I bought my car for 3K (NZ), which was a good deal.
The engine is simply amazing; the 2.2 DOHC VTEC pulls, and pulls hard from about 5000rpm all the way to redline. However if you change from 1st down to 2nd, you must take the car to 7800-8000rpm so you're not out of the VTEC range when you hit 2nd.
My car had a few mods done to it; intake, headers and exhaust.
Another surprising aspect of this car is the torque. A lot of people think it's the horse power that wins races, and it's not generally true. Horse power sells the car. Torque wins the races. And for a 4 cylinder engine, this car has a lot of torque; 217NM.
If you want to feel the true potential of this car, you have to be on the move; 3rd gear at 5500rpm, you can keep up or even beat some turbo cars. I have taken out many turbo cars that have a lot more power than me.
Brakes are fine; I had no issues with brakes. The handling in my car was a bit sluggish (I had factory springs), but it can be easily fixed with a set of aftermarket coil over suspension.
Overall the Honda Prelude is one of the fastest cars in its price range, and has no problem keeping up with some cars double its price. If you want a cheap car with a lot of go, the Prelude is the one to go for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th December, 2009