1988 Honda Prelude Overview


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4.35 stars

Based on 30 reviews

Just A Really Fun Car To Drive by Jake
 — Ok well looking objectively, I can say that overall it's just a solid car. Mine has over 200,000 miles on the engine and still runs like new. The car hasn't needed any major maintainance at all (just ... Read More
Overall Very Solid Car by Milo
 — Why have they changed it? The 88' Lude is one amazing car. I have the 4WS model and I love it. The cornering is truly amazing. The look of the 88 is by far the best of all the preludes. The car has a ... Read More
I'll Never Sell It, Even After Plenty Of Offers. by Octane
 — I dislike nothing except it's not driveable. It's a 1988 Prelude with 4 wheel steering and it handles like a lotus. 2.0 tuned port injection dual overhead cam.... yeah, she's quick. Oh well.... som... Read More

1988 Honda Prelude Overview

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1988 Honda Prelude

The 1988 Honda Prelude ushered in the third generation of Honda's popular sporty coupe. The Prelude retained its appearance for the most part, growing just a little longer and wider. All Preludes got a bigger engine, and Honda introduced a new four-wheel-steering trim, which was designed to improve handling, especially around corners.

The 1988 Honda Prelude came in three trims: the base S model, the midrange Si, and the 4WS. The S had a 2.0-liter, 104 horsepower engine. The Si and the 4WS both came with a 2.0-liter, 135-horsepower engine, which was Honda's most powerful engine to date. The Si and 4WS were both well-equipped with things like power windows. All Preludes had a sunroof. Fuel economy was about 23/27.

The 1988 Honda Prelude has many fans who still drive them today. They say the car is a blast to drive, handling corners at high speeds with ease. They also say they are extremely reliable, and in the event there is a problem, they are very easy to fix. There are some complaints about the tiny backseat, and while some drivers find the four-wheel-steering interesting, most find it unnecessary.


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Honda Prelude Questions

Austin Mills

Trying To Identify A Leak.

I have a leak and with no previous car experience, I am unable to identify where from. Sitting in idle the rpms will randomly shoot, and the car seems to be over heating. I put water into the radiat...

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My Car Completely Shuts Down And Then I Can Start It A Few Minutes Later We...

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i pull the fill bolt again to check and fluid gushes out again and smells kinda like gas..how is my transmission gaining fluid? the engine oil is fine. how could gas get past the whole engine and i...

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Angel Fessler

Where Is The Tensionor On The Serpintine Belt On A 1988 Honda Prelude Si 5 ...

Trying to replace the alternator and can't find the tensionor to release the serpintine belt

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