With all my friends into sports-compact
cars and the illusive street racing
scene I wanted something original and
able to be built apon. My anwser was
the Honda Prelude. Fun and reliable and
many options on the street scene. Quick
Tip tronic shifting is a great option.
Quicker than most other makes, the
prelude is responsive. I'm also a fan
of the unique body design.
In a hopeful future model, retain the
thin and race-inspired tail lights.
Keeping the "original" concept of the
head-lights, and improve on in it. Also
offer a sportier factory body-kit that
flows with the lights of the car.
I have owned Bug eyed Sprites, MGB,
TR4,Lotus Turbo Esprit, 1964 Mustang,
Dodge 1967 R/T, and many other
performance cars. I worked for a Mercedes
and BMW dealership picking up cars for
service. I drove almost every model they
make. I can only say the my 1999 Prelude is
more fun to drive than any other car I have
owned or driven. It is just fun.
I have the automatic and the tip tronics
shifting is better than anything Mercedes or
BMW makes. It is fast and positive. Love the
high Red line shifting. Handling is great. Not
the fastest from 0-60 but feels like it is going
a lot faster than it is.
Put the S-2000 body on it and continue the
This is the 4th new car I have owned
and by far it is the best. As my car
comes up on the 60000 mile mark it
still drives like a dream. As a former
muscle car owner (camero z28, mustang
gt) I can tell you the pleasure of this
car far exceeds them. And the gas
mileage makes my 30 mile commute alot
more fun. I have not had a single
mechanical problem with this car(except
I blew out a speaker rocking out to the
stereo). I only wish it was still in
prodution so I could buy a new one when
the time comes.
As my faithful coupe approaches 60,000
miles, I began to reflect on the time
we've spent together (cue the
Glancing at the Prelude, I concluded
that Honda engineers set out to design
a sporty coupe that could handle the
rigorous demands a driving enthusiast
would muster during ownership. Hmm, so
what are the daily observances that
quench my thirst for excitment?
A comparatively torquey inline-4 from
Honda which comes alive above the
infamous camshaft change point.
Amazing Handling - easily the
Prelude's strongpoint, ATTS gimmickry
is actually a reality. I personally
vouch for its predictability over
The Prelude's charima is the most
powerful piece of information that
justifies every owner's purchase.
Ultimately, I enjoyed the car more
than any quantified rating could
- Somedays I wished I topped 27 miles
per gallon, which I predominantly
achieve on roadtrips.
- 26k base price is steep nowadays for
the package the Prelude originally
delivered in 1997, mostly unchanged