1997 Honda Prelude User Reviews

1997 Honda Prelude Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 38 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 19 reviews
"ride" 18 reviews
"handling" 12 reviews
"reliable car" 11 reviews
"speed" 9 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Connor writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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no one spec about this car is amazing, but put them all together and you have a very fun well built car.

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none

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I Love It! — I loved my prelude! it was a pretty fast little car! about 200hp wasn't bad. definitely not a rocket but a great vehicle. very inexpensive compared to its competitors. It was a blast to drive! i would by another one in a heartbeat!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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kcondosta writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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4

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Sporty, reliable

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small backseat.

kcondosta
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When Is Honda Going To Make Another Prelude?! — I love this car! Such a reliable, fun car. The 4 cylinder, vtec is just enough power for a little car. If Honda would start making this again, I would be the first in line to purchase the Prelude!! The Prelude is ageless!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Looks, Speed, Comfort, Almost Everything

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Automatic

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Amazing Japanese Engineering — My Honda Prelude is absolutly amazing. It is very fast, and looks so beautiful. Unfortunatly it is an automatic, but even that is ok since it gives me the option of driving it as a manual. The VTEC is awesome when it kicks in at 5500 RPM. Best Car Ever.

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Conner writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Sporty, comfortable, reliable.

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Front wheel drive, heavy to be racing.

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One Of The Best Cars Honda Has Made. — Mid level Performance Luxury coupe. 200hp stock from a 4 cylinder, what more to say? No squeeks. Interior looks the same as it did from the factory years ago. Exterior is mild but nice. Parts are somewhat cheap, and gets high 20's gas mileage.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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junkspeach writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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Honda reliability, Very fun and good looking, great stock sound system

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If your tall do not buy without sitting in it

junkspeach
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One Of Hondas More Amazing Cars. Too Bad About The Headroom — Performance- Deep gears for cruising the freeway, very light for braking, amazing handling for a FWD, precision engine design so no worries about driving without warming it up, great power for a NA engine. Build Quality- In its entire life it has only needed the typical repairs. No surprises minus when a high school kid ran him over. Zero head room though if your tall. Hopefully you have a sun roof to drive with your head sticking up through. Appearance- My personal opinion is beautiful for a 97' Cost of Ownership- Cheap on the repairs. Rough on the gas with premium and all. Fun Factor. If you like sport compacts and you want a FWD look no further.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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HBreck writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Decent power, amazingly sure handling, excellent brakes. Rewarding and entertaining to rev and drive hard. Fairly comfortable considering the size and purpose of the car.

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Average fuel economy for a 4 cylinder car. Had an automatic transmission (already a bit of a con) that needed replacement at 90k miles. Weird issue with headlights and tailights needing replacement 3 times a year that I could never figure out.

HBreck
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1997 Honda Prelude — Owned from March 2003 to April 2005. This was my second car, purchased as a replacement for my '88 Prelude which was wrecked after 3 months of ownership. Overall it was very reliable. Had to replace the transmission in late 2004 which cost me $2700 - the only major repair needed - but what a repair! Car developed some squeaks and rattles around that point as well. Started to consume oil a bit in the final 6 months I had it, though only about a quart a month. Purchased at 70k miles, traded in at 112k, so it received a fair amount of wear and tear from me. Great handling, made every commute entertaining. Great engine sounds at the VTEC crossover point at 5000 RPM. This tended to encourage, um, shall we say, spirited driving, which may have contributed to so-so fuel economy. I observed 17-20 city mpg and 25-28 highway mpg for the time I had the car. Eventually traded the Prelude in for a 2002 Acura CL. The Prelude felt less solid and was slower in a straight line than the CL, but it was easier to drive fast, and was more fun to whip around corners and have fun with.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Hunter writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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Fun, clean, and nice

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ehhh only if u have a big family

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Buy One! — It is a stick shift. FWD car. Really sporty and has an awesome stock Acoustic sound system in it. It has a Vtec engine in it, which is really nice. Really fun to drive. It is just an awesome car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Robert writes:
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EVERYTHING!!

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ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

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Awesome!! — I finally found another one again. Its a ''97 but its still awesome. i bought it from the first owner who took great care of the car. It never has been in a wreck and it has been very well maintained. I cannot argue with anything about this car. I wish it were stock RWD but it dont matter.

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Chris writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Fun

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Automatic sucks.

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Good Car Get 5 Spd. — Good car but don't ever get it in automatic form. Always get it in 5 spd manual. It like has vtec yo. You can't go wrong with Vtec haha... Very fun to drive and sounds pretty freaking great for a honda :D.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tasha writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Good Power and Good Handling

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Its not very roomy, should be a 2 seater

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Not To Bad! — Well the performance is good, Except when she gets up there in KMs ahahah. Breaking well everyone knows its about the kind of brakes ya got where you live if its better to have disc brakes of Drum. We Completely redid the car over but must be done again, it was Black at one time with no wing, rims or lip kit. Its not that Great on Gas because it Revs so high Especially for Highway Driving, if you had a loud Exhaust it would Probably drive you Crazy. I Got a Borla Exhaust on it and Have a sub and Aftermarket speakers and Stereo in it. So yeah thats all i got for now! ahahah

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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