I've had this car for a little over a year. Its a lot of fun to drive (10). Good straight line power and one the best handling cars I've ever driven. 80,000 miles and feels very solid. It has lots of low end torque for a honda, and is amazing when in VTEC. Very good ride when considering how good it is around the twisties. However its not without its faults. My engine uses oil, makes my white bumper black. Bad timing belt tensioner design. "Get r done" interior (no frills). This car hates cold weather. The normally buttery smooth 5 speed notches into gear, and the interior and front suspension creeks when it gets below freezing. It doesn't get around in the snow very well either for a FWD.
Appearance(love it or hate it). Handling! VTEC-Knowing you have the only honda VTEC 4 banger with torque, not to mention some serious HP too. Reliable for the caliber of performance offered. Ride. Solidness. Stereo. Brakes. Motor. Sunroof! Uniqueness (only 12,000 made a year). Confidence.
6 speed for better gas mileage, its got plenty of torque to push it. Too heavy... feels nimble but it would be a beast if it weighed 500 pounds less. That or give me another 50 hp. stop burning oil! Put a manual tensioner on the timing belt. Make the seats a little more comfortable for long trips.
I have had this car for over a year and a half and I love it. I always wanted one since 97 when they came out and when my old accord was totalled I jumped at the opportunity to buy a good used Prelude. I have not been dissappointed.
Vtec, its the coolest
A six speed and thirty more horses would be awesome
97-01 Prelude (5th generation of prelude) is a great car overall. It is stylish, yet sporty, and its got some punch to back it up. 200hp/155tq, its a great H22A4 engine. However, vehicle is too heavy for its kind (3000pds). Handling is still one of the best out there, ATTS is great too, but known problems need to be carefully reviewed. Interior is too out-dated, however, it is simple and easy to use as sports car supposed to be. Rear seat/Trunk space is useless, but hey, its not a family grocery getter sedan. If you are in the market right now for a reasonbly priced, reliable, stylish and powerful sports compact that will seperate you from others, this is the car for you.
H22A4/VTEC honda Inline 4 power. Excellent exotic look compared to other ordinary sport compact design. Simple, easy to use instrument. Pretty good visibility inside. One-of-the-best handling, one hell of a fun car to drive. Easy & cheap aftermarket parts for performance upgrades and repairs.
Factory performance needs improvement. Why? cause it should be at least faster than previous generation.Interior redesign DEFINITELY needed. Rear seat is useless. Trunk space is small, headlight tabs tend to break a lot, few known suspension problems and timing belt problem needs to be observed.
I bought my 2001 Prelude to replace the 1985 Prelude I'd owned for 14 years. Obviously I'm a big fan of Preludes and was disappointed that they have now been discontinued. This version of the Prelude is a bit larger and has much more power. Other than that, it is surprisingly similar to the old one. But after all, why mess with success. It's an incredibly fun car to drive and handles extremely well. I never had any mechanical problems with my first Prelude, and after 3 1/2 years have had none with this one either. About the only downsides to the 2001 Prelude are in the area of fuel economy; both the fact that it runs on premium gas, and that mileage per gallon was only average.
Interior design from the driver's standpoint is terrific and engine power makes it a heck of a lot of fun to drive. It handles beautifully.
It's unfortunate that Honda chose to make this a relatively fuel inefficient vehicle (only about 20-25 mpg vs closer to 30 mpg for older models), and the fact that it requires premium gas is a negative, especially in this day of extreme gas prices.
I don't understand why Honda quit making
the Prelude. The profile is very sporty.
It is strong,with near 200hp from the
DOHC, 16 valve, VTech 4 cylinder engine.
The low profile tires and the
suspension system make it stick like a
race car in a tight corner. Handling is
superb and the 4 wheel disc brakes will
flat stop you.The overall quality is
what we have come to expect from Honda.
The price was right for the upper end
performance of the 2001 Prelude
My favorite feature is the way the
engine sounds at about 7500 rpm.The
transmission is responsible for letting
the revs happen.It is a normal
automatic that has an inner gate to
allow it to be shifted manually.Wind it
as tight as you dare and then push the
shift lever forward.How sweet it is.
I don't have many complaints, but being
a big man, hurt in the back, I have
problems getting into the drivers seat.
The seat has to be adjusted as low as it
will go and the back of the seat has to
be tilted back. I can just barely get
in. A little more room would have been nice.