Your Projects: A String of Honda Preludes

By Ed Higginbotham
May 29, 2018 | Honda

Love the third generation Honda Preludes with the four-wheel steering systems? You aren’t alone. Forum member Run_Away chose one as his first car and has owned a string of them since. His current stable includes a beautiful blue 1990 Prelude and another red one that is currently under construction. Follow along as he explains the significance of these cars and breathes life back into them.

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Trackmouse UltraDork
5/29/18 11:01 a.m.

Had two ‘89’s. One with and one without AWS. Fun cars. Scary to drive with aws. The 140hp made for a great back roads drag racer against my buddy’s Saturn SC2 (140hp). We went neck and neck so many races that we blew our front tires out from too many launches! 

Rich8566 New Reader
5/29/18 7:21 p.m.

In reply to Trackmouse : I too had a 3g Honda Prelude in screaming yellow with a manual gearbox and FWD, but not AWS.    What a great car.  Lots of fun, back saver seats, and I put 122,000 miles on it and I only encountered one issue at 85,000 which was handled by the dealer for no charge - the famous squeaky front bushing issue.  I also had a 2g a Prelude, but the 3g was where it was at!  


te72 Reader
5/29/18 8:56 p.m.

Prelude is maybe one of two cars that I'd go for if I found myself wanting a FWD car for some reason. They're a lot of fun, and certainly good looking for their respective eras.


I do find it a bit amusing, how many similarities I see between the 4g Prelude and the Mk4 Supra, even though the designs are almost certainly coincidentally similar in lines. I find the same thing with the 5g Prelude and the R34 Skylines. Maybe I'm just seeing what I want to see...

Run_Away HalfDork
5/31/18 6:54 p.m.

Hey neat, thanks for the feature!

I just love how these cars look and drive. I'll probably own one till I die.

Run_Away HalfDork
6/1/18 8:50 p.m.

Figured this might be an alright place to put these. Hope it's okay. It's an old GRM article from May 1988.


Interesting is Randy Pobst' review.  High praise! Cars have come a long way since then.

The head to head 2WS vs 4WS comparo is pretty neat too, and putting what I assume was a hot tire (shaved 14" BFG Comp T/A R-1) on a new car for the numbers. There's a Suddard driving in there too!

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