1994 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1994 Honda Prelude 2.2 VTEC Si 2.2 VTEC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Beautiful, reliable, fun and great value!

Faults:

Alarm has a mind of its own sometimes, hardly the car's fault though.

General Comments:

This is without doubt one of the best looking cars Honda have ever produced. Even at nine years old, after some TLC, the car still looks absolutely fantastic. This is the first car I've owned that people have come up to me and commented upon.

The metallic silver finish looks wonderful on a sunny day and shows off the (some might say womanly!) curves of the bodywork. The standard polished alloys look good too - I had planned to replace them, but they've definitely grown on me.

Inside, it's surprisingly small - the backs of the comfortable front seats almost touch the rear seats which are a bit of a joke. All of the gauges and warning lights are set behind a dark, sweeping pane of perspex - which light up like a space ship when turned on. Even the ventilation/air con is digital - a super climate control system, which is also very easy to use.

Driving the car is easy when you just want to get from point A to point B - and yet it can also be extremely involving when you want to "drive". This is a Honda that doesn't need to be thrashed to make decent progress, although all hell breaks lose at around 5200RPM and up to the redline! My car is an automatic which I love, although many people prefer this car as a manual - to better exploit the VTEC engine. I suggest you try both if you're looking at one of these.

At low revs and cruising speed, the engine is almost inaudible. As the revs rise, it starts to make the most beautiful noise - I have been known to turn the stereo off just to listen to it!

Steering is sharp and cornering fantastic. Mine is a BB4 model, which does away with the four wheel steering system found on earlier (and UK) models. As a result, the turning circle is surprisingly large considering the car's size.

For a 2.2 sports coupe, the fuel consumption is not bad at all. 20 around town, a little over 30 on a run. This is just an estimate however - if I was bothered about MPG then I wouldn't have bought this car.

Excellent value for money these days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2003

13th Jan 2004, 11:39

I must say I am the partner of the Honda Prelude fanatic and only now have I come to realise how mens minds actually operate when thinking about their preludes.

As a woman I feel quite impressed, but rather jealous about how a man can express so much emotion about a car!

It is however nice to hear a man say such nice things, I now know that men can be affectionate! there is no excuse any more boys!

1994 Honda Prelude Si 2.3 h23a from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 h23a Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

A serious performer for a small fraction of the cost

Faults:

The Honda radio in my prelude was not working when I bought it. It was being replaced with a CD/mp3 player anyway.

General Comments:

The car is great! It runs very strong and will upset many new model's. A 2003 Cellica gt, 03 dodge stratus rt, and ford probe have all fallen victims already. I put a cold air intake, racing muffler, and coil-over springs on it. The springs give it a lower ride hight and it has made a night to day difference in the already impressive handling.

The fact that it is at the age of death for most cars is amazing. It still rode more smooth than my 2002 explorer sport before I put on the stiffer springs. When you hear people talk about the legend of Honda's believe it. I never did until I owned one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2003

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 15 reviews