hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,667 miles

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2001 Honda Prelude transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Honda Prelude Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 242010


  • 110,000 miles


Just like many other 97-01 Honda Prelude my car has begin to have problems shifting. If I do not allow my car to warm up it will rev really high and jerk into gear. The first time it happened I pulled out of my driveway and it revved really high. Had the driver behind me not swerved over they would have rear ended me.

- Gaston, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 102010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
When starting my 2001 Honda Prelude, putting into D4 (auto transmission) and beginning to drive, it would hit 3 RPM and not automatically shift. After hitting 3 RPM, it would rev up to 5 RPM before jerking into gear. This happens each time I first drive my car after it had been sitting, unless allowing it 10-15 minutes to completely warm up. If 2nd gear did happen to engage, it would have to rev and jerk into 3rd gear. I have taken it a few times to the auto shop although the transmission fluid levels remained fine and no other indication of a blown transmission was found.

- University Place, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152002

Prelude 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
At approximately 70 mph on the highway, the transmission suddenly downshifted from 4th (4 speed automatic sequential sport shift) to 2nd. Car lurched suddenly forward with no indication to traffic behind me that I was slowing down. If the person behind me had been any closer, I would have been rearended -- in this case it was a large tractor trailer truck.

- Marysville, OH, USA

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