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1996 Honda Prelude

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Perfect Car for me
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By dezern
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1996 Honda Prelude VTEC 2dr Coupe


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When I was younger my friends all wanted a prelude, but i was too young to car except in video games, but when I got my Prelude I fell in love with it. Reliable, beautiful styling and scary fast after a little bit of work. I would reccomend this car to anyone who asked. She's a beautiful car, inside and out


Favorite Features

I love the power from the VTEC system. When you drive down the road normally, you can feel like you're driving a regular Accord or Civic, but slam the gas and the VTEC makes you feel like you've swapped the engine. I love the styling of the car as well. It has a mean look from the front end, and I like the headlights much more than the 5th gen lude's


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Amazing Car
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By Tom McGean
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1996 Honda Prelude S 2dr Coupe


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This is an amazing vehicle. First car I have ever owned, I got it when I was 16. Dropped suspension and a shift kit makes this baby fly and it handles like a pro. I love flying into parking lots and putting the car into a space at 30 mph. Blows my friends mind. Hilarious to crush Mustang Cobras and VWs at stop lights. Very rare and hard to find car that looks fantastic. Interior is cramped, don't expect to make any trips over 30min with someone in the back seat without them complaining incessantly. Gauges are a little silly, and the glare at night can be tough, but the lighting can be lowered. Looks sick with some interior neon and a Kenwood though. All in all, a fantastic car


Favorite Features

Acceleration Handling Looks


Suggested Improvements

Fold down back seat, or just get rid of it entirely, it is useless. Dropped suspension can greatly improve this car


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First Car, and Never Regretted It
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By NewPreludeOwner
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1996 Honda Prelude VTEC 2dr Coupe


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Bought this car in July of '09 from a fellow service member. Never regretted it. Fun as hell to drive, extremely reliable, and I bought it with over 129k miles on it! It seems I had the extreme luck to purchase the VTEC, and it was well worth the $3500 I paid for it! No engine problems, only had to fix the brakes because of a broken after-market caliper and change out two gaskets on the exhaust system from aftermarket headers. No problems with the original vehicle! A great car to those who are looking for one, and I plan on keeping this thing for years! Smooth 5-Speed, responsive engine, and with some aftermarket upgrades, 29 average MGP! Keep in mind I drive 60 miles to and from college.


Favorite Features

Awesome VTEC engine, extremely responsive. Great gas mileage with some aftermarket upgrades (headers, radiator, air intake, etc.), digital and analogue instrument panels, great reliability, smooth 5-speed, great A/C and heating, leather seats for the VTEC!


Suggested Improvements

Leather seats could be more grippy, digital gas gauge could be more accurate, but it does its job without problems at all.


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honda's best
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By preludedude96
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1996 Honda Prelude Si 2dr Coupe


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I bought my 96 si 1 year ago with 127k miles on it the only thing I have had to fix on it is the clutch and a rear wheel bearing this car is by far the most reliable car I've ever had. If you are looking at this trying to decide if you should buy one stop thinking and go get it.


Favorite Features

The digital gauge cluster. perfect 5 speed transmission and the powerful h23 engine. way to go Honda!


Suggested Improvements

front and rear seats. there really is nothing else bad to say about a prelude.


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I waited so long!
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By Nathan
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1996 Honda Prelude Si 2dr Coupe


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I decided in November of 2006 that I wanted a Prelude Si. I looked for over 8 months for one with low miles that I could afford. I finally found one, drove over 200 miles just to look at it, then bought it and drove it straight home. The car has given me no drivability problems whatsoever! The condenser fan was replaced, and all fluids changed as soon as we got home. I love how this car drives. Even the 4spd auto makes great high RPM shifts and knows just how to handle the amazing power put out by this fuel efficient 4cyl. (On the hwy that is.) The interior styling is extremely driver freindly and the exterior is timeless as this 11 year old car looks better than most 2008s! I love it


Favorite Features

Hugging bucket seats, electro- luminescent display, peppy engine, power everything, handles on a dime!


Suggested Improvements

Adaptive shift quality (smoother in normal driving), fuel economy in town, Honda need to bring this model back.


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