2001 Honda Prelude User Reviews

2001 Honda Prelude Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • 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:4.6 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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PROS
"power" 12 reviews
"handling" 11 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"fwd" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"seat" 2 reviews

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2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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5

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I love this car.  From everything to power/handling to the looks.  Great car.

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Back seat.  Doesn't really matter much to me as I don't plan on driving anyone around in this car.

Drouse
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Amazing Car! — 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 this gem. I Immedately called the seller and told him consider it sold. I drove 4 hours to pick it up that weekend. Absolutely love this vehicle. Only think I hate is I live in PA so I won't drive it in the winter. Another month or so and she'll be back on the streets!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dirtbiker writes:
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4

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Its a fast and reliable car if you are looking for a car to tune and upgrade this is ur car

Cons

I personally feel that front wheel drive is its con

Dirtbiker
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I Am Extremely Impressed By Its Power And Looks — 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.

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

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Stephen writes:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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The engine springs to life after about 5000 rpm as the valves take larger breaths of air (yes, in order to have the most fun with this car you basically "drive it like you hate it"...but even during sedate driving around curvy roads, the handling is very good for a car in this class). On the highway, you rarely need to downshift in order to pass slower traffic.

Aside from a new clutch at 50000 miles and periodic brake work, absolutely no surprises when it comes to unscheduled maintenance (my Accord, on the other hand, needed a replacement automatic transmission before 60000 miles, and the alternator died about 10000 miles later while I was on Route 280 near Newark).

Cons

Premium fuel is required (nothing that I would even complain about except for the recent skyrocketing in gasoline prices).

The engine runs well over 3000 rpm at highway speeds in 5th gear (would be nice to have a 6th but I can't complain).

There is not much pizazz in the interior compared to the previous generation (I once had a '96 Prelude Si and the interior design was definitely more attention-getting). But I got the optional imitation carbon fiber trim and it helps a little.

In cold conditions (below 45 degrees F), noticeably more squeaks and groans when stopping and moving from a stop.

Maybe it's just me (or having to drive in NJ/NY) but I find myself in need of brake maintenance every 1-2 years.

Honda discontinued this model and I'm still trying to figure out what to replace it with when that time does finally come around.

75

Behold, The Batmobile! — I remember purchasing one of the last available 1996 Preludes (a Milano Red Si)before the next generation arrived (at the time, I really did not care for how the new one looked). Although I loved it, after three years and 80,000 miles I traded it in for a 2000 Accord coupe...which was nice, but not as athletic as the previous car. In August 2001 I found myself adding a 2001 Prelude (base) coupe in Nighthawk Black Pearl after I heard that the 2001 was the last year for this model (I wound up alternating between using it and the Accord because I had to commute a total of 80 miles per day to/from work). I was trying to get it in silver or blue, but did not complain at all when the dealer tracked down a black one. And my opinion about the styling was changed - the tall headlights do look a little menacing in someone else's rearview mirror -- and I almost feel like a certain DC Comics superhero behind the wheel. Consider the credentials of this car, based on a early/mid-1990s Accord platform: a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 200 horsepower (thanks to variable-valve timing derived from Honda's Formula racing technology), a fairly slick 5 speed manual transmission, and steering that almost makes this feel like a rear wheel-drive car. It manages to get anywhere between 24-29 mpg (25 in mixed driving). I certainly don't do clutch/tire-burning launches but I've seen 0-60 mph acceleration times (published in various auto magazines) ranging between 6.9-7.7 seconds. Not too shabby, ehh? I paid this car off in five years, and considered maybe replacing it with something newer and more practical. But after 114,000 miles it is still running nicely, and I get so much fun out of it that I think I'll be holding on to it for awhile longer. If Honda revives this car someday I'll definitely have to check it out.

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Ferras writes:
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4

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great for driving and great handling. great view from inside at all angles.

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not a lot of back seat space for very much of anything or anyone.

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Great Bachelor Car Or For Someone With No Kids. — 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.

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

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Jennifer writes:
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5

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what is there not to like?

Cons

only five gears

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Preludes Are Awesome — this car was the best car, performance and handling wise, I have ever owned. The only donw fall of it was that the manual transmission only had 5 gears....if it had a sixth gear it would have been better

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

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Alex writes:
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cost/speed ratio, appearance

Cons

less gas mileage that I would like, but still decent.

75

Great Car — Awesome car for the price. I think this is one of the most overlooked Hondas out there. You can find em for 5k-10k ish which isn't bad for a 200 hp car. Decent handling. Reliable, easy to work with. 22-30 mpg. Unique

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Cipriano writes:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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head turning looks, killer performance & handling, one of a kind

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Gas guzzler in VTEC mode, insurance rate

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01 Prelude Sh — Great performance, sick engine, one of a kind car. My insurance has been through the roof (high theft rate car) but SO worth it & she retains value exceptionally well. Car has high visibility & plenty of after market performance parts available.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kelli writes:
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great handling, sporty for a 4 cylinder, not bad on fuel economy

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nothing

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Bad-frickin-@ss — I love everything about it! It's sexy, a thrill to drive and fun to work on! She is currently under construction..suspension upgrades in the works! She needs some minor body work, but it's gonna get a hellava makeover when the finances are right!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mike writes:
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Amazing performance for the price! Wish they made more!

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Nothing

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Prelude — Performance is amazing, nothing like the V-Tec kicking in and revving up to 7400 rpms...it's so much fun to blow the doors off people! haha Only downside would be the back seat which, as a driver, doesn't matter to much and a small trunk.

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Donny writes:
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Power, handling, acceleration and style baby.

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Most stolen vehicle in the US

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I Want One More! — Gotta love that 200+HP 5-speed H22 2.2 DOHC VTEC Baby!!!!!!! So fun... Cuts corners, Rolls out! Satin Silver Metallic all day. Not much done to it tho... just a short ram air intake... its a work in progress... what do u expect... i just got the LUDE!

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

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