1998 Honda Prelude Review | Edmunds.com

1998 Honda Prelude

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Honda Prelude Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 195 hp @ 7000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Honda Prelude

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Lots of power, distinctive styling, and room for four

  • Cons

    Limited headroom. The Accord has a more attractive interior.

  • What's New for 1998

    The Prelude doesn't change for 1998.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Honest 1998 honda prelude review

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Vehicle: 1998 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe

i've owned the car for 2 years, bought it at 200,000km and drove it till 280,000km. as with all cars with high mileage, you must look at what the previous owners did for maintence. in the case of my prelude, EVERYTHING started to break down from leaking raditors to starter problems. My cost of ownership was high, BEWARE its hard to find a prelude that is in good condition.

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Great car!

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Vehicle: 1998 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe

I bought my 1998 Prelude Base Coupe 4sp. manumatic with 74K miles on it in 2006 as my first car. LOVED it! It was the best car I ever owned. In the year that I had it, I only replaced the O2 sensor. Not bad. The reason I had to get rid of it? It cost me too much to keep it. I was only 17, not making much money and couldn't afford the low profile tires (stock wheels, mind you), the premium fuel and, of course, the insurance company ate me alive. I didn't do my homework before I bought it. So, if you can afford the cost of ownership, this will be a great car.

As honest as i can

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Vehicle: 1998 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe

I bought this car with 256000km's (159000 miles) on the car and finally bought a new car. It currently has 320000 kms (199000 miles). I'll be honest, Ive never driven a brand new Prelude, but from what I can see, considering the milage was high, it still booted, vtec'd, and sound like a fast sportscar. from 256000 to 320000 kms, i only worried about oil changes and gas. i had a couple of small things that had to be changed - fan belt, rotors, and exhaust. These are all 'maintenance' issues. This car is a soldier, and I abused the hell out of the car, and it just wont die. It is rusty as hell, and so now that I bought my new car, my prelude satisfies the carefree in me.

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My baby

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Vehicle: 1998 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe

I own the tiptronic model, standard 2.2L, no fancy wancy vtec. Overall the Prelude is a beautiful car, thankfully the previous owners kept up the servicing and didn't thrash the living daylights out of it. My model is completely stock, straight out of the box, and I am very impressed. Tiptronic is great, you have the choice of just cruising around town in auto mode, or slapping the stick over to the side and drive it like a manual, changing gears without lifting the throttle - an added bonus. Great for open road cruising (Auckland to Cape Reinga and back (done 950+KM in two days) Excellent car. No nonsense. Safe. Reliable. End of story. Buy it!

Honda prelude review

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Vehicle: 1998 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe

I bought my 1998 Base model Honda prelude about 3 months ago for 7,000 dollars at a used car dealership with 104k miles. When I bought it, it had a few aftermarket features such as DC sport headers, apexi n1 exhaust and lowering springs. I was looking for a good car to buy all around and the prelude fit my description perfectly, decent price range, good gas mileage, speedy car and reliable. The car is pretty quick my kill list includes Mitsubishi 3000GT, Every truck that has ever raced me, Audi TT turbo'd and any v6 mustang. The only problem I have had is the vinyl plastic under the windows both dried up and crusted off (common problem which is a pretty easy fix) and maybe cheap paint?

Great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe

I bought my Prelude with around 124000 miles and in close to half a year it now has 133000 on it. Honda did a great job with this car, it looks good has good performance, good fuel economy and it's reliable. I had a timing belt put on it right after I got the car because I knew it was going to be driven hard. It has a lot of miles on it now and I can tell she is getting tired. It burns a quart of oil every 2500 miles but the H series engines are known to burn oil from the factory so I check it often and don't have any problems. I gave tortured the thing hitting vtec constantly, speed shifts, speeds above 120 mph and hard braking and turns. It can take abuse. I love my Prelude!

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What's New for 1998

The Prelude doesn't change for 1998.

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Gas Mileage


  • 20
  • cty
  • 24
  • highway
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