2001 Honda Prelude Reviews

2001 Honda Prelude from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27 miles
Most recent distance61450 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

The car seems okay, except for low power and oil consumption

Faults:

The car is burning or consuming too much oil, even in normal driving conditions. It was addressed to the dealer after purchasing the car within a few weeks. But service adviser stated that it's normal for the car to burn oil. Not convinced, I asked another repair shop, and I was informed that something is wrong with the engine.

General Comments:

The car doesn't have enough power going up hill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th August, 2011

2001 Honda Prelude from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A sporty coupe that's easy on the wallet

Faults:

Exposed wire caused alternator to fail twice before finding the cause. Easy fix.

Other than that, regular maintenance.

General Comments:

I had my heart set on an S2000, but decided I needed something more practical for everyday use.

I found the car on Ebay in the local area and took it for a drive. It handled and drove very well, and was much more comfortable than my Maxima.

I love the simplicity of the layout. Everything seems well placed. The 5 speed transmission shifts smoothly and was very easy to get used to.

The car had a little over 100,000 miles, but looked and felt like it had half that.

Since I have had it, I wouldn't hesitate to drive it anywhere. It's very nimble and a blast to take out in the country on winding roads.

I paid 8,000 for it and it holds its value well, even for the mileage. The gas mileage is not as impressive as I would expect, and only gets me around mid to high 20s on the highway, but considering I don't do much driving, it hasn't been a real problem.

For a 4 banger, it's pretty quick. It won't throw you back in your seat by any means, but has plenty of power to have a little fun with on the open road.

The main downside to the Prelude is the unwanted attention you get from the 'import crowd'. I get a lot of questions about what 'mods' I have done or whether I want to race. It's not a fast car and the only mods I have at the time usually consist of a fresh tank of gas or new air filter to replace the dirty one.

I've noticed that dressing these cars up seems to destroy the resale value and gets even more unwanted attention. If you want a sporty, reliable car that handles like a big go kart, then look no further.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2008

17th Jul 2009, 14:38

I purchased a Honda Prelude and I love the car. It has a sleek design and is really quick for a 4 cylinder engine. I recently turned it into a street ready race car. (would not recommend doing this unless you have the money and the time)! It's quite fast with the stock 200 horse power it comes with. The ride is smooth and the car glides like ice everywhere it goes. It is also a very safe car has stock airbags and you feel like you have a lot of control. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants to spend under 10K, and get incredible performance. I have seen these cars go til about 250,000 miles before something major breaks. I wouldn't trade this car for the world! I owned a Toyota and a Honda civic wasn't a big fan of those cars, but they were extremely reliable.

2001 Honda Prelude non SH 2.2 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles

Summary:

A fun, attractive car disproving Honda quality

Faults:

Oxygen sensors replaced at 40000 miles after trouble code set.

Front brakes and rotors replaced at 41000 miles due to warpage.

General Comments:

This is a fine piece of sporty driving equipment. It has a smooth shifting five speed transmission, well balanced feel, liquidy smooth and powerful engine, and a great view to the front. It is fun to drive, and looks absolutely beautiful. The climate control is outstanding.

Now, the faults: It runs rich, and has a smelly exhaust; under full throttle in VTEC, the exhaust is black; this is NORMAL according to Honda. The paint is beautiful, yet soft, and is very easily scratched and stained. If you're slow in washing off bird droppings, it will quickly etch the paint. This car absolutely requires high octane fuel from a reputable dealer only, and this gets costly at times.

Replacement parts from the dealer are very expensive. The stereo is mediocre at best. Some people may say the seats are too hard, but well suited to this car's personality. They get uncomfortable on very long trips. Some squeaks and rattles have developed in the sunroof area when it is closed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2006

2001 Honda Prelude Base 2.2L DOHC VTEC from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L DOHC VTEC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Honda has created a masterpiece

Faults:

During the five months I have owned my Prelude I have had to replace the entire clutch assembly and shift linkage system.

I had to take the car back to the dealer due to a defective throwout bearing. It was replaced under warranty.

The 2nd and 3rd gear syncros are beginning to go.

The sunroof rattles constantly.

The dashboard has recently begun to rattle as well.

On warm days the back seat dash rubs against the rear window creating yet another rattle.

General Comments:

My previous car, a 1995 civic SI, was a beautiful car. It never gave me problems like these. I understand though that these problems have arisen either due to previous owner neglect or just age itself.

Still, the 5th generation prelude is a great car. I love its performance and its willingness to do what I ask of it. With proper care and routine maintenance, a Honda will last forever.

One last comment. because Preludes are in general a "rare" car, repair costs tend to be more than average.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

11th Oct 2004, 08:48

I own a 2001 Honda Prelude and have had no problems with it (so far). It sounds like you have a lemon and if I were you then I would be very upset with the dealer. I have not heard of anyone having the problems that you descibe. Better luck in the future.

Cheers.

2001 Honda Prelude Base 2.2L H22A4 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2L H22A4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Best handling car under 30k

Faults:

Stock ride height looks a bit high for my taste. The h22a burns oil if you engage V-TEC (5200+ rpms) all the time.

General Comments:

I haven't had any problems at all. I use Castro syntec oil and change it every 5000 miles. Upgraded suspension. Handles great stock, but I just wanted to lower it 2 inches. Great car for auto-cross stock if you're interested. Overall a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2003

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews