3rd Generation (1989—1991) Prelude Problems

This generations ranks 14th out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (37%), electrical (25%), and the hvac (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. A/C Failed 1 complaints at an average of 129,000 miles in the 1989 Honda Prelude.
  2. Idles Too Loud Up and Down Wasting Gas 2 complaints at an average of 55,500 miles in the 1990 Honda Prelude.
  3. Speedometer Wont Work 1 complaints at an average of 120,000 miles in the 1991 Honda Prelude.

What Prelude Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 1989 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 3 1 3 0.59
1990 3 1 2 0.65
1989 2 1 0 1.47

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