1997 Honda Prelude User Reviews

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    1997 Honda Prelude Review
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    Oh WOW...this one looks Amazing....and there are very few to compare. Sure it is just an upscale Honda...but man...slung low...handles on rails...VTEC to 8000+...gets the chics attention!
    Handling Ranked 1997 Acura Integra worse.
    "Sits lower and has a longer wheel base. Weight is kept close to the chassis, and there is no massive high mounted rear glass...."
    Would Buy Ranked 1997 Acura Integra worse.
    "I love them both, but the Prelude is so unique and distinct...it also got the performance edge."
    1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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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

    Pros: Sporty, reliable

    Cons: small backseat.

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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

    Pros: 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.

    Cons: 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.

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    1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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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.

    Pros: EVERYTHING!!

    Cons: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

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    1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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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.)

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

    Cons: If your tall do not buy without sitting in it

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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

    Pros: Fun

    Cons: Automatic sucks.

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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

    Pros: Good Power and Good Handling

    Cons: Its not very roomy, should be a 2 seater

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    Amazing — Performance: Great acceleration from a 2.2L 4 cylinder engine, especially once you rev it up to 5,700+ RPM and VTEC kicks in. It'll pin you against your seat when your not ready for it. Stock brake system is fantastic but larger calipers wouldn't hurt when you need some hard braking. Handling is pretty good for a FWD car, the SH model handles a little bit better with a slightly different suspension setup but the stock base model has a very rigid frame and is low enough to the ground that it'll hold through those corners pretty damn well. Build Quality: My car being 12 years old now has 243,000 miles on it. When I acquired it the engine was broken. Bottom end had just been rebuilt with all brand new seals. Acquired a cylinder head that only had about 18,000 miles on it. Engines together now and feels strong. Only other thing not working right now is the stereo broke. Was planning on putting in an aftermarket stereo anyway. Appearance: Interior is very simple done, terrible cup holders. Looks very nice on the inside. The black interior is wonderful and very comfortable. Exterior styling is one of the main reasons I bought the car. Just looks very sleek and beautiful. Cost of Ownership: Gets about 28 mpg driving around town as long as you stay out of VTEC. Maintenance for me has been very cheap as I can do my own oil changes and brakes. It's a Honda so it's pretty cheap for parts and I do the labor myself. Fun Factor: This car is very fun to drive, definitely a great cheap car to get some nice performance out of. Zero to sixty stock in 6.5 seconds.

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

    Pros: Fast, Fun, Beautiful

    Cons: Bad Cupholders, Speeding Tickets

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    1997 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe Review
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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

    Pros: no one spec about this car is amazing, but put them all together and you have a very fun well built car.

    Cons: none

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    Sexy Fun — # Performance - quick off the line, great breaks, will smash any corner # Build Quality - flawless like any honda # Appearance - great interior, exterior definelty needs a kit like mine did # Cost of Ownership - very cheap on fuel, services were dear unless done yourself # Fun Factor - hawt

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

    Pros: user friendly

    Cons: i didnt get new shocks when i put lowered springs in.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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