Bought this car as my first car during HS, (3rd owner)... put $1200 in maintenance in it the day I got it to get everything to par... radiator was replaced ($550), did the timing belt and water pump ($600), as well as all belts all fluids. Since the initial purchase costs of the car and repairs... I have replaced both CV Boots, brake rotors and pads, tires, master cylinder in the brakes, and the auxiliary fan, as well as the radio speakers (blown). I've also added Free-on to the AC system (1) and done the spark plugs (2)
The people who owned the car before me said they had done nothing, but change oil/fluids... and well... things break on 80-115k mileage cars^^
This car has been VERY reliable... always started, never acts funny, idles fine, EXCELLENT HIGHWAY CAR and still has about the same power and drive from the first day I got it.
If you treat a HONDA right... it will treat you right... I have loved driving this car... with the 140 HP stock, it has PLENTY of acceleration and speed... I've gone over 100MPH in it... if you're a bigger person.. you might have trouble gettin in and out of the car because its so low to the ground.
I would probably reccommend a Civic, insead of a prelude... because my car is more expensive to fix than a civic, simply because there are thousands more civics than preludes! ( (PLUS-- preludes take PREMIUM GAS ONLY) ) -- Its worth the extra.20 per gal... runs better... AND better on the engine.
It's look for a 1995 is still good... nice body... and agressive look. The electronic Gauges inside are nice... people comment if they've never been in a 92-96 prelude.
There is virtually no backseat terrible car to have if you have kids (No Room)... just enough room to throw books...clothes, ETC... I have only had people in the back seat on a RARE occasion.. because I have to move my seat all the way up.. and hump the steering wheel colmn in order for them to put their legs 1/2 way down... you could fit someone in the right rear seat if there were 2 tiny passengers.
I like the size of it, although it doesn't have 4wd, or much of a back seat, and is very small compared to others on the road...
I've dodged MANY accidents due to its sporty suspension and AMAZING handling in turns and in quick decisions!!!