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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1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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4

Pros

Handling, cost of ownership, looks

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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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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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Jonathan writes:
1998 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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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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Ryan writes:
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Looks, Performance, Comfort (front seats), Rarity (not every day you see another one on the road).

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Transmission and parts cost/availability.

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An Experience! — 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.. My Prelude is still on the original at 204K (drain and fill once yearly, very limited use of manual gear select) but is showing signs of wearing out. Reliability has been unimpressive for a Honda, in the last two years I've replaced the ecu (fried itself), key, ignition cylinder, ignition switch, immobilizer and harness, transmission ecu, radiator, starter, distributor, O2 sensor, cap, rotor, ignition control module, plugs, wires, brakes, battery, alternator, and probably more that I can't remember. It's a serious love/hate relationship but I do love the compliments I get on it wherever I go. :)

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

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

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

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power, performance and looks

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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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Anthony writes:
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5

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VTEC!!!

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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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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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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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Matt writes:
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everything

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not much

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My Review Of My Car — young dudes try to buy it from me all the time yet I always deny them. I also worry it could get stolen for the same reason. this car handles beautifully. It might be impossible to lose control of the road with this car even if you take corners at high speeds. Out of the 4 hondas I have owned, this has been the most unusual in that it has cost me a lot of money to keep it running nicely.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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