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Rethink Your Decision
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By lukewagner002
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1993 Honda Prelude Si 2dr Coupe


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I had purchased this car in Jan of 2012. It has 193k on the odometer. After being a Honda Mechanic for a few years, I was confident in the vehicle, but had seen very few of these. I had nothing but problems when owning mine. Within a few weeks, my timing belt had broke, and left me stranded. After rebuilding the entire top end of the engine, I drove it for two weeks when the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder went out. Two days after that it was the TPS sensor. After repair almost everything, I thought it was safe to drive, and drove it for 4 hours and it would not start again, which is where I gave up. I suggest going to a VERY well maintained one, or finding another vehicle.


Favorite Features

I loved the exterior design. Body was sleek and before it's time. I got compliments wherever I went. Interior had a few things that were very unique and I loved the dash a fuel gauge section.


Suggested Improvements

Honda went against everything they knew when making this vehicle, so be very cautious. I'd like to see a bigger gear ratio on the 5th gear (preferably a 6th gear). Suspension system is not within my favorites. I was constantly changing parts and getting alignments, as well as replacing the tires. Interior was not very comfortable. I did not like the seats, and it was very, very small. I couldn't even fit a backpack in the back seats. PLEASE DO NOT make a car without a cup holder again. That was a horrible idea and they should have known better. I also was not a fan of the HVAC system. It always shorted, and rarely worked. A/C system was tuned and checked, and it burnt out in a few weeks.


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Incredible Handling car
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By David Price
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1993 Honda Prelude VTEC 2dr Coupe


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Anyone that thinks this car understeers has got the wrong tires on the car. The handling and cornering feel of this car is hard to match, even by newer cars. Ignore the specified mileage figures, at least for the VTEC. I would get 28-29 mpg cruise and no less than 26 mpg if I really put my foot into it a lot with a fair amount of city driving. The VTEC would start to kick in about 4500 rpm and felt a bit like a turbo. Passing 5 cars will put you over 120 mph in real hurry on the highway. The last time I got to drive this it had 130,000 miles on it and ran like new. It has always run on synthetic (Mobil-1 & Amsoil) engine/gear oil from the 1st oil change at 1000 miles. A drunk driver hit it.


Favorite Features

Beautiful non-macpherson strut handling and steering feel when pushed hard in corners, combination of acceleration and great gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Cruise control hunts a lot. Oil filter is a pain to reach. No pass through on rear seats. Side view mirrors use a colored plastic that is difficult to maintain. Rear wing is difficult to clean around. This year model had really poor air conditioning performance (1st year of R-134.)


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The Best Used Car I've Ever Bought
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By link4253
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1993 Honda Prelude VTEC 2dr Coupe


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I was 15 when i bought my car from some guy down my street for about $3,000, he told me it might need some work on it, but after i did my research on how much it would cost, i was bought within the week, it only cost me about $150 for the parts i needed and the labor was only $85, but after all that, it was ready to hit the streets, its never broken down, it's been the most reliable car if ever seen.


Favorite Features

small, fast and reliable, i love that there's a sun roof and it's fun to race around in and enough space in the trunk to put two 12" subs and the subwoofer box.


Suggested Improvements

there's no room in the back seats so I'm thinking of taking them out and making more trunks space and two NOS nitrous bottles in the back with blue LED lights, the car needs to be a little more off the ground though, the speed bumps beat it up.


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Love It!
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By Shorty
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1993 Honda Prelude VTEC 2dr Coupe


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Ever since I learned how to drive , I've been looking for a Honda Prelude. I have a Honda Accord but I fell in love with preludes so when I found a 1993 Honda Prelude for $500 I told my father and he bought it for me. I am Happy with it , I love the Outside and Inside , but what I really love is the Speed and how wonderful it is to Drive it. Everyone says I got it for an Extremely Low Price and been wanting to buy it off me but I will never sell it, lol. Now I own 2 1993 Preludes a Grey one and a white one and I am satisfied.


Favorite Features

Everything on the Outside and Inside.


Suggested Improvements

More Room on the Inside , and the seats are too Low.


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Replacement parts questionable quality
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By Rich
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1993 Honda Prelude Si 2dr Coupe


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This car has been a disappointment due to the inferior quality of replacement electrical system parts... three main relays have failed (replacement approximately $700 each) and three ignition switches failed (replacement approximately $200 each). Honda Prelude replacement electrical parts are garbage IMHO. I will likely never purchase another Honda. However, the best car I ever owned was a 1990 Acura Integra.


Favorite Features

engine, automatic transmission (bulletproof)


Suggested Improvements

Honda: Source your electrical parts from somewhere other than China or N. Korea. They're total crap.


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My Prelude
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By LadyPrelude
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1993 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2dr Coupe


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I've had this car almost 10 years and still love to drive it. It's fun and fast.


Favorite Features

5-speed and sunroof


Suggested Improvements

Reduce the or refine the sound of the vehicle muffler.


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93 Prelude Si with 4ws
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By dirk
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1993 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2dr Coupe


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This is a really fun to drive car. It's got good power, when you take off in first and run it up to about 3,000 rpm and just stomp on the gas, the tires break loose and just start spinning. I love it.


Favorite Features

Power for a 4 cylinder, I was really underestimating the power, also the 4ws is a dream come true.


Suggested Improvements

The interior should have better seating room but everything else is great.


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93 Prelude 4WS Si
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By Shibo
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1993 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2dr Coupe


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The 93 prelude 4WS si i think is the best that Honda has ever made. The performance is just right for a 4 cyl that dose not have a VTEC motor and the convertible is unbelievable.


Favorite Features

The 4WS.


Suggested Improvements

Bring the prelude back honda.


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Love My '93 Prelude Si 4WS
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By 5speedguy
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1993 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2dr Coupe


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Bought my red 5 speed in June 2005 with 129,000 miles on the clock. I now have 150,000 and I just love this car. I like the punch, the great corner- carving ability and the looks. Each time I walk past the car I just have to smile. I know the 4WS makes the car heavier and therefore slower than the VTEC, but the handling is so great it is worth it. I soon intend to use it as a track day car (while continuing the "daily driver" duties.)


Favorite Features

The styling, the solid feel of the entire car, the Si engine (that can run well on 87 octane when the gas gougers raise the prices). The trunk is capable for a true sports car. Even the back seat is OK for some storage as I bought the car knowing no human over 6 months old could fit in it.


Suggested Improvements

It needs at least 1 cup holder and a bigger glove box. I'd also like to see more after-market options.


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Driver's dream come true
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By Darek
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1993 Honda Prelude Si 4WS 2dr Coupe


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I own a 93 Honda Prelude VTEC, and I absolutely love it! I bought it with 103k miles on it back in 99 and canít stop redlining it every chance I get since then. The car has 160k and is 14 years old now so few things eventfully give up do to my rough driving habits: clutch, O2 sensor, exhaust flex pipe, hmmÖ I canít think of anything moreÖ the button for a hand brake is sticking once a week. Seats are so comfortable that it is hard to stay awake for long drives, but one push on the gas pedal and a sound of the VTEC engaging while you accelerate to 120mph on fairly sharp corner will send your hart rate sky rocking and will put a big smile on your face.


Favorite Features

When I smoke my buddies Mustang SVT on the road course, I love that suspension and PERFECT gear ration in my trany


Suggested Improvements

This car is discontinued. Prelude lost buyers because of a horrible body change that they did for 97 and up, only one choice of an engine with lower performance then 93-96, manual transmission as an expensive option. Put the curves back, stick a V6 in it, and I will be first one in line to buy it


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