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From an old article that describes the Prelude well:

The last few years Honda hasn’t sold many Preludes in Canada. That despite the excellent build quality, crisp handling, lively performance, advanced technical features and sharp styling of the 1997-2001 Prelude.

So what’s worth knowing about the Prelude, which was reinvented for the 1997 model year? During its final five-year run Honda Canada sold three versions: the base and Type SH were offered through 2000, then in 2001 the Type SH was replaced by the Prelude SE.

Initially, both versions were powered by a 195-horsepower multi-valve four-cylinder engine, and horsepower edged up to 200 in its last few years. This engine employs race-car style variable valve timing to squeeze out tons of power from 2.2 litres of displacement. (Variable valve timing or VTEC as Honda calls it, allows for changes in the lift and timing of the intake and exhaust valves to improve engine breathing, thereby pumping up the horsepower.)

Regardless of which model, standard features included power glass sunroof, power heated side mirrors/door locks/windows, green heat absorbing glass, driver’s seat height adjustment, air conditioning, AM/FM CD player w/acoustic feedback system and six speakers, cruise control, full analogue instruments, tilt steering, front passenger walk-in seat, fold-down rear seatback w/lock and a 12-volt power outlet.

The Type SH added Honda’s own Active Torque Transfer System or ATTS, special alloy wheels, a real spoiler and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The Type SH was available only with a five-speed manual transmission, while the base car came with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic with ‘Sportshift’ manual shift mode.

Stylistically, all versions of Prelude look identical except for the SH’s rear spoiler. Compared to the last generation Prelude, the ‘97 model was designed with sharper edges, more angular lines and vertical headlamps. The cabin designers included tasteful shapes and features, all with a fairly typical Honda flavour. A major, major improvement from 1997 onward was the switch from digital gauges, which in the ‘96 car were stretched out across the dashboard in an arrangement reminiscent of a ‘65 Chevy Impala, to easy-to-read conventional instruments sitting in a pod directly in front of the driver.

Honda also gave the ‘97 car a larger trunk with a wider opening at the rear. To enhance cargo-hauling flexibility, the rear seatback of this Prelude folds down and locks.

From a driver’s perspective, this Prelude feels stronger and more solid. Credit a much more rigid body for allowing the suspension engineers to fine-tune the ride and handling. Of course, those engineers get to work on a nifty four-wheel double wishbone suspension–a very advanced suspension design and quite a feature for a front-wheel-drive car.

The Prelude shows off excellent straight-line stability for such a small, light car. Braking is surprisingly stable, too. But the Prelude really shines in the corners, where roll is well controlled and tracking is sure and predictable.

Finally, a few words about ATTS. It works something like traction control in reverse to give the driver greater control during cornering.

This really is a good and affordable used sports car, but be warned that the cabin is not overly roomy.


Used vehicle prices vary depending on factors such as general condition, odometer reading, usage history and options fitted. Always have a used vehicle checked by an experienced auto technician before you buy.

By Jeremy Cato
 

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"So what’s worth knowing about the Prelude, which was reinvented for the 1997 model year? During its final five-year run Honda Canada sold three versions: the base and Type SH were offered through 2000, then in 2001 the Type SH was replaced by the Prelude SE."

I have a 2001 SE, Canadian made. Does this mean my SE is not the base model? If SH stands for Super Handling, what does the SE stand for? Sorry for sounding stupid, but I'm confused.
 

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"So what’s worth knowing about the Prelude, which was reinvented for the 1997 model year? During its final five-year run Honda Canada sold three versions: the base and Type SH were offered through 2000, then in 2001 the Type SH was replaced by the Prelude SE."

I have a 2001 SE, Canadian made. Does this mean my SE is not the base model? If SH stands for Super Handling, what does the SE stand for? Sorry for sounding stupid, but I'm confused.
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i have a 2001 SE and i have the Sh*t**** tranny, was the auto offered to the SE or is somthing fishy going on here
 

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Yeah what the hell is a 2001 special edition prelude. I have a 2001 prelude sh and I wanna know what the special edition had the the SH didn't. Please answer my question I am dying to know. I thought I had the best prelude model at least in the us and canida, but I always the the canadian models came with four wheel steering and has any one ever had a four wheel prelude. I don't car what gen but does it corner like a [email protected]###@.???:D
 

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I have and SE and the only difference between it and the SH is the ATTS unit and the side skirt I believe. The SE has leather seats, the same rims as the SH, the rear spoiler but still has side sills.
 

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I have the 01 Sh but I think it tops out too quickly when pushing the rpms. I've had to change and engine already. What engine mods do you recommend to have a stronger rpm range that will not top out so easily between gears?
 

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I bought my prelude used so i can't be certain of what mods the previous owner did and what the car came with. Therefore, I have a question for anyone who bought a Canadian '01 Prelude SE brand new off the lot. Did it come with sideskirts, spoiler and SH rims? I assumed the previous owner just put SH rims on my SE but now that I see SE stands for Special Edition, I'm thinking this stuff came stock. I wish the Honda dealership here was more helpful, they seem to know as much about the idiosyncrasies of Prelude models that were available in Canada as I do...

Any feedback would be appreciated.

For the guy asking about how the SE handles: Very, very well, so well that I have trouble seeing how the ATTS would make a noticeable difference.
 

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I accept with information:From an old article that describes the Prelude well:

The last few years Honda hasn’t sold many Preludes in Canada. That despite the excellent build quality, crisp handling, lively performance, advanced technical features and sharp styling of the 1997-2001 Prelude.

So what’s worth knowing about the Prelude, which was reinvented for the 1997 model year? During its final five-year run Honda Canada sold three versions: the base and Type SH were offered through 2000, then in 2001 the Type SH was replaced by the Prelude SE.
 

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The SE is a special edition. It has the glorious heated seats and mirrors. It was offered in Canada due to our ****ty winters. Most came from factory with a command start. The SE was open to many "Options" mine came from factory with:

Heated Seats and Mirrors
SH Wheels
Leather
Auto Tranny
Stock Skirts

Many options could be added ie spoiler, painted SH skirts depending on what the owner wished to buy. I'll see if I can dig up my brochure to show you guys.
 
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