1992 Honda Prelude Si 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable, well built, economical, sporty and nimble! Kudos to Honda!
Faulty door catch - fixed with a bit of oiling.
Oscillating idling speed - tightened the plunger seat of the fast idle valve (searched online). A 2 minute job.
Intermittent cabin lights - stuffed some paper under the switch contacts.
Stiff gear change (due to wear).
Some mysterious plastic squeaks behind the fascia.
Just acquired the car. Amazed at the overall condition. Although it is yesteryear's design, the shape is quite stout and sexy, and except for the aerial, all the electronics, including the sunroof and cruise control, works.
Throttle response is still sensitive, and the engine is most lively from 3.5k on. For a 19 year old car, acceleration is quite impressive. Speed build-up is rather throaty, and the suspension is quite taut and is good for cornering, but the ride is quite soft, not like a horse cart.
I've just slotted in a new battery and the car fires up instantly every time. Fuel economy: 8.5 - 8.9 on my regular suburban commute. 100kmh would come at 3000rpm, so it would not be an ideal highway cruiser.
Complaints: terrible rear view visibility, lack of a rear wiper and the low cabin entry, but then, this is part of the deal.
This car is the best used car I've ever owned. If I were to buy a new car, it will have to be a Honda. For now, I just indulge in the fact that I have picked up a reliable and economical sports car for next to nothing!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2011