5th Generation (1997—2001) Prelude Problems

This generations ranks 16th out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the body (30%), transmission (30%), and the engine (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Losing Oil Through the Exhaust 1 complaints at an average of 79,200 miles in the 2001 Honda Prelude.
  2. Car Dies While Driving 1 complaints at an average of 26,115 miles in the 1997 Honda Prelude.
  3. Srs Light Comes on and Stays On 1 complaints at an average of 60,000 miles in the 2001 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 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2001 3 3 56 2.65
2000 0 3 62 0.0
1999 2 4 64 0.32
1998 4 5 73 0.17
1997 3 5 85 1.59

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