2001 Honda Prelude Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.5
2 Reviews
Overall
4.5
Value
4.0
Performance
4.5
Style
4.5
Comfort
3.5
Fuel Economy
3.5
Reliability
4.0

2001 Honda Prelude Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2001 Honda Prelude - This vehicle is very reliable and it is enjoyable to drive, with decent gas mileage.

NDG
Lancaster, California
Overall
5.0
Value
4.0
Performance
5.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
This vehicle is very reliable and it is enjoyable to drive, with decent gas mileage. The vehicle is over 15 years old and has barely had maintenance on it, but it still runs and performs very well. When I first got it I had to get used to how low it sits in traffic, and it is difficult to see ahead on the road. The seating is adequate, as I do not have children to carry around, but this vehicle is a great coupe. The trunk space is very generous considering the size of the vehicle. The ride quality is very comfortable and I have enjoyed travelling in trips over 1,000 miles.
Story
I once squeezed 3 people, 1 adult cat, 6 kittens and 2 large dogs in the vehicle for a 800 mile trip across multiple states. During this trip, the vehicle was also packed with a lot of luggage. The vehicle had no problems, but it wasn't very comfortable!
Pros
The moon roof/sun roof combination is incredibly convenient. I enjoy the cruise control and all power doors, windows and locks. The performance of the engine is incredible and I have no issues when I need to negotiate slower traffic. The gas mileage is great for the level of power the engine provides. The overall vehicle size is great for parking in tight spaces. The vehicle provides a good level of comfort for long trips on the road. I am beyond satisfied with the trunk space available.
Cons
The automatic transmission has mechanical problems, and is noted by the manufacturer. It has been replaced already at 100,000 miles, but it is already beginning to go bad and the car is around 150,000 miles now. This is a troublesome area. The paint on the outside weather-stripping for the doors is peeling off, exposing bare metal. The stock CD player is beginning to die and the volume knob is about 25% reliable at this point. I would have bought a manual transmission version of this vehicle if I knew better before buying the automatic transmission version.

2001 Honda Prelude - Fun and reliable

Christopher
Gainesville, Georgia
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
4.0
Excellent handling, is particularly fun to drive around town as it feels "zippy" particularly from a stop. Honda reliability is intact, the only repair I've done since purchase besides maintenance is to replace an oil pan component. Looks great for an early 2000s car. Better gas mileage than most sports cars of around this year model, due to being a four cylinder. Large trunk for a sports car. Cons: Likely not suitable for anyone over six feet in height, as it is a short car. Very limited back seat room. Somewhat difficult to get in and out of the vehicle, which is typical for most sports cars. Insurance premium may be higher than with non-sports models. Only has four gears so will be revving high in comparison to other vehicles when on the highway. Availability is also lower than sim... (more)
Story
Left a particularly reckless driver in the dust at a red light. The driver had been swerving in and out of my lane and endangering others on the road. I wanted to get as far from this reckless behavior as I could, and this car helped me accomplish just that.
Pros
The number one pro is joy to drive, truly handles like no other car I've driven. It also has great reliability and looks good, with good gas mileage for a near 20-year-old sports car.
Cons
Limited head room, very limited back seat room.

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