1997 Honda Prelude User Reviews

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Alex writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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5

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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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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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Conner writes:
1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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5

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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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4

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Honda reliability, Very fun and good looking, great stock sound system

Cons

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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4

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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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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!

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2001 Honda Prelude Reviews

Amazing Car! By Drouse

This is an awesome car. I cannot say enough about the Prelude. I've been after a clean/stock Prelude since I was about 17. While out shopping with my gf I was playing on Autotrader and came across ... Read More

I Am Extremely Impressed By Its Power And Looks By Dirtbiker

I like this cars power and looks and how I can tune it to my personal driving standards. I also like how it handles on the tarmac. This car is a great car for the price you pay so you can't go wrong. Read More

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2000 Honda Prelude Reviews

Sporty And Nice By tony95301

This car is fun to drive i have had it for 4 years and the only down side is that it takes premium fuel. The car runs smooth and is reliable. If you want a car with great handling and a sporty look th... Read More

Reliable And Quick But Not Fast Enough To Break Itself , Good Buy By Zachary

Over all this car is pretty nice it never breaks and it looks like a very sharp car as well, its 200 hp 2.2 l vtec is pretty quick but you have to wait till 5000 rpms before its fast could have used a... Read More

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1999 Honda Prelude Reviews

Fun And Fast By photofinishstudio

I will miss my little fun car that I just sold. It was very quick and easy to maneuver and park. A sharp looker that all the young people love. Just got tired of squeezing laundry bags in and out off... Read More

Wow It Looks Nice. By tsupra411

Overall stay away from the Honda Prelude unless you really have alot of engine experience and dont mind expensive, hard to install parts mainly due to engine clutter. Trust me reviewers on here have a... Read More

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1998 Honda Prelude Reviews

Loved Mine For Over 2 Years! By Jonathan

This is a great car! It was my first car that I got in high school and has served me very well and needed minimal maintenance! Sad to see it go, but I got a new Honda that needs my attention! Read More

An Experience! By Ryan

I love the engine (DOHC VTEC kicks hard), the suspension, looks, build quality, and features. The Sportshift transmission is fun, but fragile as glass and unreliable without strict maintenance.. M... Read More

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1996 Honda Prelude Reviews

Nice To Drive, Not Fast But Has A Nice Kick....not For Everyone By Paul

like the styling (always have)...but hate honda transmissions and brake systems. isnt easy to work on being that every thing under the hood is so freakin close together...but with a little patience it... Read More

A Snake On Wheels By Mat

blue fast low and loud. she was a boomin bass queen before she tore up the track. due to my inexperienced hands she was on the fritz alot but that would be diff these days. one day i will have another... Read More

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