Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001
  • Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001
  • Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Honda Prelude coupe?

Hondas have a reputation for reliability, and generally the Prelude is no exception. However, the automatic gearbox has caused some problems. Those fitted to the 2.2-litre engine suffered the most, with complete failures not uncommon. Replacing the unit is expensive.

There have been a couple of recalls for the coupe, so it's worth checking to make sure the work has been carried out. Steering joints can weaken, and in the worst cases could fail, causing a total loss of control. There was also a problem with the ignition system, which might lead the car to stall.