About Honda Prelude
Built based on the core value of intelligent design and reliability, Honda Prelude was manufactured by the Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation Honda from 1978 to 2001. As a 2-door sports coupe, Honda Prelude was the primary performance car in Honda lineup to compete with Toyota Celica, Nissan Silvia and the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Being produced through five generations, Honda Prelude was on Car and Driver Magazine's annual Ten Best List ten times.
The fourth-generation Honda Prelude was produced from 1991 to 1996 and went on sale for the 1992 model year. It was slightly shorter, much wider and a far better-handling car than its predecessor. The American version of Honda Prelude came with S, Si, SE and range-topping Si VTEC trim levels. Back then, it featured a 2.2 L SOHC I4 engine producing 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, a 2.3 L DOHC I4 engine making 160 horsepower with a healthy 156 pound-feet of torque as well as a 2.2 L DOHC I4 engine cranking out 190 horsepower and 153 lb-ft of torque, these engines sent power through a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. The fifth-generation Honda Prelude started in 1996 as a 1997 model and ended in 2001. Larger and heavier than any of the previous models, and the most dynamic 1997 Honda Prelude was offered in Base and Type SH trim levels powered by a 2.2 L I4 engine. Standard 4-speed automatic and optional 5-speed manual transmission were available.
Honda Prelude Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting nimble handling, excellent drivability and competitive enough power, Honda Prelude is quite popular among driving enthusiasts on a budget. But due to it also could not withstand natural wearing, you had better be prepared for these common problems that may appear on your Honda Prelude:
First, engine failure is the worst reported issue about Honda Prelude. It is often the omen that the vehicle is going downhill. To stop your vehicle from being worse, you had better learn some signs of this problem from experienced Honda Prelude drivers. At first, you may hear loud knocking or metallic sounds from the engine and smell burning oil odor; then engine starts to run roughly and misfire, oil pressure starts to drop, ignition timing gets retarded and operation temperature in engine becomes higher. Finally, other engine accessories may stop working, engine performance gets reduced and even activates the Check Engine Light. Once you feel your Honda Prelude consumes more oil than before, you should start to inspect the oil pump, crankshaft pulley, valve cover gasket, timing cover, oil filter and timing belt.
Second, transmission and suspension failures are also worth being noticed problems on Honda Prelude. By all accounts from Honda Prelude owners, transmission failure would often manifest as indicator does not match the gear, the key could not be removed to turn off the vehicle, the vehicle starts in another gear or refuses to go into gear at all, and these symptoms mainly result from a broken shift cable. In regard to suspension failure, hearing clunk every time when going from drive to reverse or excessive road noises, which also cause uneven tire wear and tilting vehicle. And intense car vibration, bouncing and poor handling add the likelihood of fatal accidents. Once you Honda Prelude shows any of above symptoms, you are highly advised to inspect the coil springs, radius arm bushing and coil spring insulator, by the way, the control arm and control arm bushing are also the suspected culprits.
Besides above-mentioned auto parts, in Honda Prelude, you should know some more unimpressive parts need your meticulous care. Parts such as emblem may fall off after long-term exposure to open environment, so may headlight, fog light, wiper blade, or antenna. All these auto parts require routine maintenance for your Honda Prelude's overall quality.
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