Honda Prelude 5th Gen Automatic
In an inexcusable fashion, Honda’s entire fifth generation Prelude with 4-speed auto is a car to avoid. Even some 5-speed manual owners report sort of a grind when going into fifth, but that’s more of an annoyance than a problem, and it’s mostly limited to 1997-1999 models. Auto, though, is poorly executed and should fall apart unless meticulously maintained. Needless to say, you can never really know what level of commitment to maintenance did the previous owner(s) apply, if buying used. So, if fifth generation Honda Prelude is your sports car of choice – and there’s nothing wrong with that for it’s one fine car – stick to the manual.