1998 Honda Prelude VTI 4WS Motegi 2.2 from UK and Ireland
A great looking car with an engine to die for, with reliability to match. It's won me over!!
Rear shock absorbers have just been replaced, and upper front ball joints needed for the MOT, although I mainly blame these problems on the bad road conditions and my style of driving!
Just had all the brakes replaced, but these are just serviceable parts, and needed doing after I done a track day.
So far.. touch wood the car has been really reliable and isn't giving off any signs of deteriorating. This car has lots of positives, and am finding it very hard to think of things to fault it on.
It handles really well at both high and low speeds (low due to the 4ws).
The power is good, although it feels like it could handle more. Below the VTEC zone it's fairly dull, but when you hit 5,500rpm it starts to shift all the way to just over 8. It does need to be a little ragged to get anything out of it, but that's typical of a VTEC engine. I have an induction air filter on it, and the noise you get when in VTEC is beautiful, and this for me is what gives this car its character!
The interior is good looking, although I was lucky to find one with cream leather upholstery and carbon effect surrounds. Unlike others, I don't find the seats particularly uncomfortable, but I'm sure the person sitting behind me does!!
Exterior... hmmm. I loved the look of this car the moment I saw it in the classifieds, and since buying have had it lowered and replaced the alloys. Now I just think it's the best thing since sliced bread, proper eye candy!
This car (and most 5th gen Preludes) are a bargain, I still can't get over how much of a car I got for my money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2010