1998 Honda Prelude User Reviews

1998 Honda Prelude Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 36 reviews

  • Performance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"power" 21 reviews
"ride" 14 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"exterior" 6 reviews
CONS
"heavy car" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"fwd" 3 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews

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Ryan writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Styling. Performance. Engine note. Fun Factor.

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Cost of replacement parts. Insurance. Will make you miss the good 'ole days of Honda.

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5th Generation Honda Prelude: What Honda Used To Be. — This is Honda. Everything about the Prelude, all generations, is quintessentially Honda. Everything from the sharp styling and the satisfying thuuummp the doors make when you shut them to the savage Vtec crossover and 8k rpm. Anyone who thinks current Honda models are good cars should go back and remind their selves what Honda was in the late '90's. Admittedly the car is a bit heavy and if you really want just performance the 4th gen with the H22a is a better choice. But as a daily driver that can transform into a roaring hunk of sexy styling at 5800 rpm there is nothing like the 5th gen. Build quality is up there with the best of them. Driving position is where it should be. High enough to not be dangerous and low enough to make your stomach clinch in the corners. Gas mileage is mediocre. I, personally, averaged 22-24 in mixed 'spirited' driving. I've gotten as high as 28 and as low as 18. But as far as sporty cars go, its in the right ballpark. When something did break I had trouble finding parts and they were always expensive. But thats the story with any car that didn't sell in huge numbers. Bottom line though? To truly appreciate this car you should take off from a stop light. Give it about half throttle and shift into 2nd at 4k...Then just slowly ease the throttle into the floor. As the rpms rise so will the tent in your pants. When the Vtec crossover hits at 5800 rpm and that 2.2 Liter is at full song you will appreciate every last detail and all the cups of coffee that were sacrificed for that beautiful noise...it's a beautiful thing. It's a soul thats missing from modern day Honda. With no S2000, RSX, NSX and current TL type-S's with slushboxes and a focus on hybrid technology and the Accord Crosstour in existence, Honda is slipping quickly. I'd like to take Honda's current CEO and smack him in the face with the Crosstour drawings and make him drive a 5th gen Prelude. It's the only chance we've got.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Frankie writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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Amazing performance, Fuel Efficient, Sexy car, DOHC VTEC motor

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Front wheel drive. So low to the ground that getting in and out of it everyday turned in to a workout. This was because of the coilovers though not the factory's fault

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Honda Prelude Type Sh — Sick fast and it has the "super handling" package so it cornered like it was on rails. It had performance Intake, header, exhaust, coilover suspension, strut bar...great car to modify. It looked gorgeous, got good gas mileage and halled ass. Great "driver's car" It wasn't fun to get in and out of, but once you were in it you never wanted to get out.

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Tige writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Fell the pull

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Fast

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A Great Car If Bought From A Reputable Source — Performance- Acceleration is excellent though grip is sometimes an issue, brakes well, handles even better Build- The car was built well, but because of abuse needs some work Appearance- Exterior would be gorgeous, needs body work, interior is immaculate Cost of Ownership- Does well for gas mileage as long as you stay out of v-tech, has needed that much standard maintenance Fun Factor- Ridiculous fun to drive!

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

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Anthony writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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5

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VTEC!!!

Cons

problems come at worst times

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Prelude's Are The Best — Performance is amazing braking and handling is well balanced the cars looks outstanding i get props for it everytime im on the road and its an all around great car smooth,sporty, and fun as hell to drive bless honda cars and Vtec

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Matt writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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5

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power, performance and looks

Cons

tickets and dangerous speeds (140mph top out)

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Love It Too Death — acceleration is great for it being stock, the car looks great and has an exaust kit, AEM cold air intake, 17" racing rims projector headlights, premiere audio system, 7 color L.E.D. underglow with a remote and many other great fixes. 2.2 vtech dohc. Ive topped out the speed on this car at 140 mph down the highway

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

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Mike writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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4

Pros

Handling, cost of ownership, looks

Cons

Wish it had more truck space and rear seast space, but that's the nature of the beast for this category.

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A Gem — This car has held up great over the almost 15 years I've owned it. Very low cost of ownership. Handles great, is comfortable on long trips. Rear seat folds down for hauling long items. VTEC kicking in at 5000 RPM is like having a turbo...without the maintenance costs of a turbo, as it's a naturally aspirated engine. Gotta love that.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Darin writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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4

Pros

the honda prelude was the best car built by honda, bar none!!!

Cons

they stopped building them

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Vtec Baby — the only thing about the "lude" i don`t like.. the engine is strong and lots of torque but the potential for a spun rod bearing..... remember to keep a extra litre of oil on hand at all times. SICK

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

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Uruwishi writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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4

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Nimble and manuverable, easily upgradable exterior with a pleasant interior make this a great coupe enthusiast's car in its current price range.

Cons

Not so great if you already don't like speed bumps or need to haul around more than a passanger or two on a regular basis.

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I Wasn't 100% Sure I'd Love Or Like It, But I'm Defenitly A Prelude And Honda Lover For Life! — Performance: Although a bit heavier than its Acura Integra and Honda Civic cousins, the Honda Prelude still has decent acceleration in the low end and good high end performance (5k RPM or higher w/ VTEC (sure its no turbo, but its way better than not having it). It also has excellent 4-wheel braking which contributes to its overall comprehensive control. The Prelude's low center of gravity and low profile are awesome for tight turns and sharp handling despite its weight. Build quality: No excessive squeaks or rattles. After 200,000 miles the only major work needed has been to its notorious transmission. Other than that, just regular maintenance. Appearance: The plain Jane 5th Generation Honda Prelude took me a while to get used to. Before I owned it I didn't like the headlights at all. But after I installed the optional front lip, side skirts and rear lip, along with some new headlights, the car definitely turns some heads and looks really clean. I absolutely love the way it looks and can't wait to get a fresh paint job on it. The stock rims are pretty cool, but I really like the Black w/ Silver lip Enkie rims I had mounted. This car has many great aftermarket options due to the nature of its enthuseist following. Cost of Ownership - Decent mileage (21 - 28 mpg) and good maintenance costs are only slightly offset by the fact the car requires premium gas. Otherwise the cost of ownership is on the good side of what was a 25 - 30 thousand dollar car at retail. Interior Build Quality: You can have the sexiest ride ever on the outside, but its no fun unless your car's interior is just as enjoyable for the owner. Since it came out in the late 90's there aren't alot of the nifty features you'd see in a new car nowadages but with comfortable seats, power everything standard, and great views of your surroundings the Prelude is very good for 1 -2 passengers, but the rear seats are very small and not too great for 3 - 4 passengers on long trips. Overall fun factor: This car is great to own and very fun to drive. The only other thing worth mentioning is that it can be a little nerve wracking to in an area with excessive speed bumps/pot holes/railroad tracks due to the Prelude's low stature. Otherwise its very nimble and aims to please.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gabe writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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Great handling for FWD, good power, very nice looking ride

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FWD.

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1998 Honda Prelude — Awesome handling for a FWD car. Interior was very nice. Back seat could have used a tad more room. I slightly modded this car and took it on many fast dries around the hill country. Fun car, but FWD really kills it. Still, if I had to have a FWD sporty car, I would choose another Lude over a Integra Type R (or RSX) or the other turbo varieties out there.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jonathan writes:
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Awesome car for someone who is looking for a project and wants to build a car they can race in!

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Very small back seat!  Other than that, a great car.

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Loved Mine For Over 2 Years! — 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!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Honda Prelude Reviews

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

Great Bachelor Car Or For Someone With No Kids. By Ferras

i love that its small and has amazing handling and you can add lots of mods to it. but back seat wont be able to hold anyone of full size unless they sit sideways lol. its just an amazing car though. 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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1997 Honda Prelude Reviews

When Is Honda Going To Make Another Prelude?! By kcondosta

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!!... Read More

1997 Honda Prelude By HBreck

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 ... 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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