1999 Honda Prelude Base 2.2 Vtec from North America
Great sporty car for enthusiasts
Rear strut knocks. This is actually a TSB with Honda. I fixed the problem by replacing the strut mounts and the old bolts with new ones.
Stock CD player is lousy. I fixed this by installing an after-market Sony head unit and the stereo sounds infinitely better.
Had a few issues with interior buttons. Replaced them and work great now.
When I went to test drive this prelude I didn't know what to expect. The only other Honda I had driven was an old CRX. My previous car, an Eclipse GSX was giving me too many problems and wasn't reliable enough for someone trying to make it through college. I was pleasantly surprised with the Lude. It offers a great ride and handles better than most fwd cars. The engine revs all day and while it lacks low end power, once you get going it moves pretty well. I'd say it's almost as fast as my Eclipse was, and that ran 14.6 at the track. My prelude has an exhaust and intake. The exhaust will be coming off when the car comes out of storage because this car revs at 4k rpm at 80 mph. It's way too loud on the highway. Shoulda had a 6 speed or a better geared 5th gear, but what can you do?
I love the styling of the prelude. Sure the headlights are a little odd, but the shape of the car is downright gorgeous. It's sleek and I like the coupe body better than all the hatchbacks you see rolling around nowadays. My car is holding up great. It has no rust and the paint looks amazing. Of course neither I or the previous owner drove the car in the winter so it avoids all the salt here in michigan. Overall I love this car and will keep it til it dies, even as a 3rd or 4th car. Hey, it's a honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2006