1995 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1995 Honda Prelude VTEC 2.2L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

If I could go back, I would buy my Prelude all over again

Faults:

I am very picky when it comes to working on my car. Therefore all repairs are done personally, by a Honda dealership, or by another specialized professional.

Dealership jobs include:

-Transmission fluid flushed at 104,000 miles, correcting shifting problems in transmission, cost $70.

-Timing Belt and water pump replaced at same time as transmission fluid flush, cost about $950.

-Clutch master cylinder blew a seal at 108,000 miles, cost $250.

-Clutch replaced at 122,000 miles due to a problem with the clutch pressure plate not engaging clutch, cost about $1,100.

Jobs done by myself:

-Rear brake pads replaced at about 106,000 miles, cost about $60.

-Radiator replaced at about 115,000 miles, cost about $120.

-Front driver's axle half shaft replaced at about 124,000 miles, cost about $50.

-leaky exhaust manifold gasket replaced at about 125,000 miles, cost about $30.

Other:

-Front leather seats cracked out and reupholstered by a local upholsterer at about 118,000 miles, cost about $1,000.

General Comments:

One of my high-school cars was a Si Prelude with the 2.3L 160 horse engine. The Si was a good car with a lot of pep, but the VTEC Prelude blows it out of the water. The VTEC Prelude is very responsive over 3-5k rpm, and flies at about 5-7k rpm. It has fairly strong torque over 3k rpm, but hits most of its power when the VTEC kicks in at 5-7k rpm.

It is a great every day car as it is quite reliable around town, or out on the road. It also provides enough performance to keep up with or pass any Mustang, 240sx, Civic, or Integra.

It is a very comfortable car, if you ride with no more than 2 people. The back seats are useless, except to lower my insurance rates. The body is sleek, and is about as close as you can get to a fastback without actually having a 60's Mustang.

I have had several "upkeep" repairs, however, I don't have any payments that come with a new car, and accept some of the problems that come with any car that is built with performance in mind. Even with the maintenence, it is still a Honda, and performs excellently, and reliably.

I also enjoy the ability to upgrade the car with ease. There are a phenomenal amount of performance parts made for Preludes as with any Honda. Although I like the stock look of this car, I have installed a AEM ram air intake, Jet chip upgrade, and dynomax muffler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2006

1995 Honda Prelude Si 2.3L DOHC from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Torque 'n Style

Faults:

Both CV boot seals needed replacing. Road debris wrecked the condenser for the air conditioner (critical in Arizona). Always replace Honda timing belts after 60,000 miles.

Stock sound system (cardboard speakers!) had to be torn out and seriously upgraded.

External rubber rear window seal rotted away; so I stripped what remained with a razor and carefully painted the metal black: almost looks like new!

General Comments:

After appropriate after-market performance upgrades (larger air intake, cat-back exhaust, ceramic coated headers, front strut bar, light 16" wheels, Potenza tires) car handles better than it ever did! Nearly (barely?) a real sports car. Though not classic 'muscle', it should still run 15's in the 1/4 miles (400m to World).

Snappy acceleration, great torque above 3000 RPM, fantastic cornering, tight feel, loud road roar though.

Got the weight under 2800 lbs (without the passenger seat) ; if I lose the amp, sub-woofer, and spare tire, and add a carbon fiber hood, light weight battery and fly-wheel, I could probably get under 2700! A professional (warrantied?) turbo install (and attending engine rebuild) to push the HP over 250 is currently too rich for my blood.

Comfortable, but not roomy inside. Rear seats are for groceries only, but the single flip down rear seat is great for stowing skis, etc. Small cabin space means even moderate (500+) watt sound systems can damage hearing.

Great Italianesque styling (92-96). Milano Red needs re-painting after 10 years.

Th' only car I ever loved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2006

31st Jan 2006, 15:10

Yes, it is a lovely car. Someone said, if he could make love to a car, it would be a honda prelude 92-96. That is very true. The build of this car is absolutely timeless. I regret exchanging mine for a newer car ;o (

Now I am always on the lookout for a good prelude, but it is not practical for me to keep 2 cars, and my current car is more practical for my expanding family I have to admit.

One day maybe I will relive that prelude moments again.

25th Mar 2006, 09:32

You're so right. Since I was young I have always wanted to own a 92-96 Prelude and last year I got my hands on one. Then last week the engine blew up in it. apparently it was on it's way to being broke when I bought it. I don't think I've ever cried that much about anything in my life. Can a car actually be your best friend? If so then it's true of me and my car. But not to worry, I am in the process of locating another engine and it will be good as new!

15th Oct 2007, 22:04

I have had my Prelude for just over a year. It's a black '95 Si and I love it. When I bought it, the rear window rubber had also worn off and it was just rusted metal. I was shocked to see you had it too. I also had a civic before this.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 13 reviews