2000 Honda Prelude Type SH 2.2 Vtec from North America
Boy street racer
Nothing much, the car was pretty reliable (I would expect that from a Honda with low clicks).
When I sold the car one of the CV joints needed work and brake pads needed replacing. Minor.
One of the main reasons I sold the car was: I drive in a busy city and it is unbearable that when you need to make a simple U-Turn.. And you CANNOT, the car seems to love the 3-point turn.. POOR TURNING RADIUS.. You would think it's a minor thing but it's not.. this means that the car is not the best parker either.
2 doors is a pain.
Loves oil! I changed my oil every 4,000 Kilometers and the oil still looked BLACK!
It is high-rev happy and offers plenty of torque when you keep the car above 4,000 RPM, otherwise it's a bit sluggish. Remember, when the car is kept at high RPM's it uses more gas, burns oil and is freakin' loud.
Honda's are reliable, and they are a good bang for your buck. Low depreciation means fairly high re-sale value. My previous car was an Acura 1.6EL and that car lasted a LONG time without needing anything substantial. Now from owning both an Acura and a Honda, I would pick the Acura for its build quality and some "extra" details.
I bought my car from a girl that took the car through one too many car-washes and therefore scratched the heck out of the paint job. I knew what I was buying, it was stock, well serviced and did not need any work. I overpaid a little ($15000 in 2007) but got a piece of mind with it. What I am trying to say is that it is very hard to find a clean Prelude, most have been owned by teenagers looking to mod and to show off their rides, they drive the crap out of them and many have been modded. Watch out.
It's a bit of a "boyish" car, the car carries this "racer" mentality. Yes, the police are on the lookout, the 2 doors are a pain, and the Insurance is a PAIN.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th November, 2008
Your posting has many good points, however your comparison to Acura being better than Honda does not make sense at all. Especially the comparison of the 1.6el!
The 1.6el has no guts whatsoever, and it's just a rebadged Civic that's over priced!
Preludes are amazing cars, inexpensive to maintain, and they have very good feel to them when it's driven properly.
I agree with everything I just read here!