by silver02m5 on May 1, 2014 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
If you are looking for something that follows the "typical Honda" model, then you should look elsewhere.
Pretty much everything about this car, from the low roofline, to the seating position, to the engine character screams Italian.
All Hondas need to be revved up to make power, but this one
is even more extreme.
Even the design of the valvetrain, with the valves set into "buckets" in the head is identical to that of an Alfa Romeo.
The seats are comfortable and supportive , but be prepared to extend your arms while your legs straddle the wheel if you are over 6 foot.
The build quality is excellent, but the low production numbers show in only average reliability (not Honda-typical).
by tedrox on Sep 23, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
I owned this car with the auto/man transmission. The car was great I had it lowered on springs. The car was really fun and sounded great with a small 12in sub. It was definitely one of the best cars I've owned. The only complaint was the transmission. They don't last very long.
by pablogyds03 on Sep 27, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car to replace my 1986 Prelude, I was fresh out of college and landed a good paying job so an upgrade was in tail. Initially I was in the market for an Acura Integra GSR which are hard to find Clean title and Stock (Which is what I wanted). While out Kicking tires at some dealerships I found a 01 Black Prelude 5spd. I took it for a test drive and was sold before I even hit 3 blocks, took it back and bought it with 113k. Purchaced the car in 2007 ended up totaling it in 2011 but it was super reliable only oil changes, tires and tune ups. it had 236k when I parted from it. I miss this car and it was a blast to drive on my 60mile commute especially passing people. Gotta love VTEC!
by jg323 on Feb 14, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Prelude 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
In my teens i bought a 4thGen Si Prelude for practically nothing with over 100K on it and i drove it to 230K until it was totaled while parked w/ the only problem being that it burned oil (not leaked.) Then i purchased an '01 Base model and at 1st was disappointed because i couldn't find an SH, though shortly after i realized that seats and the ATTS, wheels and a spoiler were not really worth it the extra bucks and found my car at Buena Park Honda with only 40K on it. That was five years ago and i still haven't reached the 100K mark but i'm close. The 5thGen changes gears not nearly as smooth as the 4th. and sadly this Prelude burns oil also between changes.
by iceman721 on Aug 2, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Prelude SH 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
This car is fun to drive. I have an HKS exhaust put on by the previous owner and an AEM Cold Air Intake. It produces a boomy, racy tone under full throttle but is reasonably quiet under moderate acceleration. Power is good in the upper RPM range. VTEC engages at around 5100 RPM and you'll know it when it does. Car is comfortable and you won't be seen every time you turn your head.
A decade into its life span the car still looks fresh. Handling is OUTSTANDING! Gas mileage on premium is 20 City & 25 Hwy. I've seen as high as 26-27 driving conservatively on the highway. 5 speed is crisp and fun to drive.
by OEMwheels on Aug 1, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Honda Prelude SH 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I remember first seeing this car indoors at a Honda dealer when it first came out in 1997 and my goal was to one day own one(I was around 12 years old). I was in love with it. Prior to that, I really liked the 94-95 Honda Accord 2 door. I owned the accord for around 5 years. I have had the prelude since October 2008. I love the car. It's a bit slow for 200 hp and 22 mpg, but it's fair enough. If I were to buy one again, I'd go with the base over SH. Base is lighter. This is a unique, classy car not like most of the other cars out there. The main concern I'd have with buying one is how well it was taken care of. A lot of these owners have driven 'em hard. Car maintenance is everything.
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