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.
You should make sure that the four-wheel steering system on the range-topping VTi models is adjusted properly, and check that the wear on each of the tyres is even. The alloy wheels are also prone to kerbing, and if an owner has been particularly careless, the front suspension could have been damaged at the same time.