1996 Honda Prelude Type S 2.2 VTEC from Australia and New Zealand


My best bud


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

You know that person you dated way back when. They had to leave because the family relocated. But you guys were together for a while. You still think about them sometimes. That's how I feel about my Prelude. It was black and reminded me of Kitt from Knight Rider.

That's what that car was. My Kitt. Never ever let me down. Always got me out of jams and was able to beat down much bigger bullies. I will never forget him.

The car was reliable, fast when you wanted, cruisey when you wanted. He took my then fiance (now wife) on all sorts of adventures. I'll never see you again, but at least I can tell people about how great you were. Maybe it will encourage someone out there to buy their own Kitt. Miss you buddy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2019

1996 Honda Prelude Si from North America


After 12 years it's still very dependable and I love it!


ABS entire system shot after extended (5yr) warranty ran out. A $2500+ repair that I never did. I highly recommend the extended warranty due to what I've typed below.

Sorry but don't remember exact dates or mileage. Antenna motor failed, driver side window motor failed, O2 sensor failed, but thankfully still covered under ext. warranty at the time.

Other: 3 cracked radiators, 2 new alternators, 2 new clutches, 2 or 3 CV boots replacements, and all oil seals leaking after 10 years.

Everything else is probably normal wear and tear, and the oil seals is probably included with that. i.e. breaks, timing belt, 4 sets of tires, new sunroof (due to rust).

General Comments:

Overall, I'm happy with my Prelude Si and will run it to it's grave.

I've owned it for almost 12 years and still get compliments on it. Other people can't believe how old it is! Even the original paint looks decent other than on the trunk spoiler (its color is "heather-mist metallic").

Some negatives: road noise, feel every bump (no matter how small), tiny back seats (no foot or head room), curve-handling not as stable as it was in its earlier years (I feel like I'm going to fly off the road!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2008

1996 Honda Prelude SiR 2.2 vtec from UK and Ireland


It's fast, powerful and Mine!


The automatic transmission needed to be overhauled at 138000 kms, revs were flaring before banging into gear, very costly repair.

The 4 wheel steering had electrical problems which was repaired at low cost.

Also i replaced engine mounts and rear wheel bearings.

General Comments:

The Honda Prelude is a seriously quick car, it responds to anything I expect from it.

My car is fitted with a sports flywheel, gear cams, V2 induction kit, sports fuel injected intake manifold, ceramic 4-2-1 exhaust manifold with a strait trough exhaust system, vtec controller and the ECU is chipped to give out 400 bhp.

The interior is full black leather seats, steering wheel and gearshift knob.

Included is wood trim, digital climate control, 3 TV's, DVD MP3 CD player.

The performance on this car is second to none. Honda knew what they were doing when they built this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2006

19th Apr 2006, 09:14

400 bhp, I don't think so, I have spend 6500 pounds on my 2.2 vtec engine and it's only running at 280 bhp.

19th Oct 2006, 09:33

I think what he's saying that the ECU is chipped and capable of 400bhp which doesn't mean its the exact figure.

23rd Jun 2007, 12:23

Yeah I also have a sir prelude, I've put €2600 into it and it's running at 393bhp. Sorry to that other lad who spent €6500 but you want someone who knows Honda's to do the work on it!!!

So 400 bhp is very possible my friends...

6th Sep 2007, 06:27

I have a Prelude and the 4ws light is on; I can tell that the rear wheels are not turning. Is this going to be costly to fix? Is it just a sensor?