definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda Prelude transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Prelude Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 242004

Prelude 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


I have owned three Honda. A 1988 Accord, 93 Accord, and now currently the 98 Prelude. Of all three the Prelude has given me the most problems. I have spent over $1500 in repairs so far in having the car 8 months. Now my torque converter needs to be replaced. On doing research I have found that Honda is having some sort of major transmission problem between the years 98-01 yet they only issued extended warranties on the 00-01 models. Why? the 97-01 Prelude are all exactly the same with the same transmissions and all. So why were they not all included in the warranty. I firmly stand behind Honda's quality and reputation to this day, but if they have a nationwide problem they do need to make sure and include all model years affected to keep their reputation good. It seems the older model year Honda's were built better than the newer ones from what I understand. I do not quite understand this because most car companies strive to make their cars better and more reliable each year. I just wish Honda would have made sure to cover all the affected cars under the extended warranty as to keep customers satisfied.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #2

Dec 122003

Prelude 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Technical service bulletins summary make: Honda model: Prelude year: 1998 service bulletin number: 010400 NHTSA item number: 618985 summary description: Subject regarding a leaking torque converter. Technical service bulletins summary make: Honda model: Prelude year: 1998 service bulletin number: 00090 NHTSA item number: 615735 summary description: Subject regarding rear suspension clunks. Make: Model: Year: Service bulletin number: NHTSA item number: Summary description: Subject regarding automatic transmission shift problems - slippage, flare, hard upshift. Summary description: Subject regarding malfunction indicator lamp comes on with diagnostic trouble code P0133.

- North Richland Hills , TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 182001


  • miles
Instrument panel gauge indicator light for the active torque transfer system turns on after start of engine and driving a short distance (about a mile - does not turn on initially at engine start). Indicator light discrepancy occurred the same day as the installation of the manufacturers spare tire on the drivers side front wheel and less than 10 miles accumulated on the spare tire. Indicator light continued to turn on after new stock size tire installed.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

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