1997 Honda Prelude Reviews - Page 3 of 7

1997 Honda Prelude Si 2.2L VTEC from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2L VTEC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Excellent value in its class for a 10 year old car

Faults:

Nothing went "wrong" with the car. It was neglected by myself and the previous owner who really raced this car. Before I sold it:

Timing belt/water pump were changed.

It needed a new cat to pass SMOG.

Valve cover gasket was leaking.

Shocks/springs were dead - replaced.

General Comments:

Excellent car for the money. Handles great when lowered and on Z rated tires, otherwise feels like you are in a boat and understeers like crazy. Fat, heavy car, but once you engage the VTEC system, you open up the fun!

Seats are OK - and not meant for long trips, somewhat econo seats. Car ran perfect with no problems whatsoever, except that it burned a little oil (1 qt every 1000 miles). It even ran out of oil, car shut off, I put in a qt and it ran fine thereafter.

Transmission started to give at 160k, needed new syncros and would grind going into second gear. But I completely understand why it came to be - I REALLY drove this car hard I must say, and any other car would have definitely been done.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2008

1997 Honda Prelude SiR 2.2 DOHC VTEC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 DOHC VTEC Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 kilometres
Most recent distance129000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

Best performance for dollar vehicle on the road

Faults:

Primary oxygen sensor needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car has a lot of power for a 4 cylinder!

Keeps a reasonable fuel economy as long as the driver doesn't use vtec too much.

Handling is amazing for a FWD and ride height is low as standard.

Seating is average, leather is a better option if you can get it.

Not really a four person car, three people can be comfortable though.

Car looks great from every angle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2008

1997 Honda Prelude Base 2.2 DOHC from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

A slightly underpowered Grand Tourer that was way ahead of the game 10 years ago

Faults:

Had to replace the entire rack and pinion system when the power steering pump went. Luckily I purchased an extended warranty from the dealership. Also the real wheel barrings went and needed to be replaced. Don't know exactly how much these to repairs cost but I know it wasn't cheap. Thank goodness for warranty's.

General Comments:

I bought this car when I graduated University. I was moving up from an89 CRX SI. This car was a blast to drive. Not necessarily the fastest car off the stop but more of a touring machine. I use to routinely drive from Windsor Ont to Toronto (about 350 km) and looked forward to every trip. I don't think there has ever been a better handling car for under $30,000 Cdn. It definitely could have used a 6th gear. The car was not very fuel efficient when driving over 135 km/h. But that aside, I loved to drive the car. My brother had a 2000 celica GTS at the same time and we use to race all the time. The GTS was definitely quicker, and a lot lighter, but it could not compare to the fit and finish of the Prelude.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2008

1997 Honda Prelude 2.2 Vtec from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 Vtec Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

I would get another, I love this car so much!

Faults:

I have had very few things wrong with this car. One being that the brake light tends to stay on when the brake is off. This usually only happens in cold weather.

The rubber on the drivers and passengers windows has dried up and peeled off.

First Gear doesn't engage nicely, because of a safety feature on the car stopping you from going into first on mistake.

This car has held up amazing even when I have pushed it to the limit.

General Comments:

If you are looking for a nice little sports car that won't get you a few too many tickets, than this is the one. This car will get up and go, when dropping it down a gear and the Vtec kicks in this thing will cook it. It has a very strong pull for such a little engine. Handles like a dream. Very fun to drive. It is sometimes hard to see because the A-pillars are so wide. All the seats are very comfortable, and has a very good looking dash configuration. A lot of Bang for the buck, and it looks a lot more expensive then it actually is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 21 reviews