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1989 Honda Prelude Si 4WS : Regular Car Reviews

Published on Aug 20, 2018 423,476 views

Four wheel steering! The rear wheels turn! In the 1980's we were living in the future! This is a Honda Prelude Si 4WS. [UPDATE] Yea, the rear wheels turn in the same direction at first. It's weird, it doesn't feel like that does anything. Yea, the car will "crabwalk" across lanes, but from the driver's perspective, it doesn't feel any different.



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  • Dafoodmaster
    Dafoodmaster 11 месяцев назад i think you just single-handedly drove up the price of these things world wide.
  • Bret Self
    Bret Self Неделю назад Some of the Preludes, perhaps. The early Preludes were mechanical 4WS, using an internal gimble type arrangement. After 1991, they weren't mechanical anymore, but electronic. When the electronic system failed, it became a regular two-wheel-front-wheels arrangement again which was cost prohibitive to repair.
  • DisketteDetective
    DisketteDetective 3 месяца назад Ah yes, the beauty of not needing my car to be manual transmission. I got a nice '89 4WS red Prelude with 140k which was abysmally well taken care of. Even with the Hondamatic box, its still is a blast to drive.
  • butt quack
    butt quack 5 месяцев назад @Car Groves several up for grabs near me but every last one has something about it that doesn't justify the price. Some are beat to hell, some have high mileage, and clean examples are typically auto. Plus everybody wants an obscene amount for them.
  • Car Groves
    Car Groves 5 месяцев назад They are getting so hard to find. I had an 89 SI 4WS in High School and loved it. Wish I still had it. I want to build another one on my channel if I can find it.
  • butt quack
    butt quack 7 месяцев назад @Alexander McKenzie i think it'd be great with a k series engine, solely for parts availability
  • Alexander McKenzie
    Alexander McKenzie 7 месяцев назад @butt quack Bought one 8 years ago with 75000 miles on it now has 176k... one of the biggest problems with these cars is they make great dailies but some parts are not replaceable...
  • TheMamto1
    TheMamto1 9 месяцев назад Dafoodmaster hahaha so true
  • ralekriver
    ralekriver 10 месяцев назад Sell it to me !! :D
  • Crazy E
    Crazy E 10 месяцев назад darthdread1 I will export you mine for 3000 plus u pay the fees OBO lol
  • S2kleb
    S2kleb 10 месяцев назад I bought mine for 500 U.S It needed a timing belt I later converted it to 4WS. The junkyard by my house carries a couple of 4WS models. I later sold it because it kept breaking down on me lol. One of the funnest cars I've driven
  • John Ward
    John Ward 10 месяцев назад Yeah when he doesn’t use that stupid grunting voice he isn’t terrible
  • Des Ulv
    Des Ulv 10 месяцев назад Think of what will happen to the price of lead.
  • Dafoodmaster
    Dafoodmaster 10 месяцев назад @Kitsune Ken jesus christ! now that's what i call a pile of €€€$$$¥¥¥£££
  • Kitsune Ken
    Kitsune Ken 11 месяцев назад i just checked out the prices here and it's 100万円 10k usd! lol
  • Raja Azhar
    Raja Azhar 11 месяцев назад Dafoodmaster oh yeah.. these things are dirt cheap. Except i could never find the 4WS version in the philippines. The price better not jack up.
  • Alfredo Robles
    Alfredo Robles 11 месяцев назад Fuck. Why?! I was hoping to find a cheap one.
  • Curtis Duncan
    Curtis Duncan 11 месяцев назад I'd say Mr. Regular does that often
  • interstate366
    interstate366 11 месяцев назад David Robinson I’d love to finally get around to fixing it, I just don’t have much free time anymore and what little time I do spend working on cars now is used more on my 5th gen
  • lucifercaitiff
    lucifercaitiff 11 месяцев назад (изменено) Yep! When one hose gets bloated, just spend the time/money and replace them all. Cost me about $170 to do it myself with genuine Honda. I think the only Honda that's more difficult to work on is the NSX. That said, compared to a new car it's a breeze.
  • Ee Rr
    Ee Rr 11 месяцев назад I bought mine in LA with less than 40k miles in super super good condition
  • farcere
    farcere 11 месяцев назад Mine isnt drinking oil yet, 240k on it
  • farcere
    farcere 11 месяцев назад 17 hoses that self destruct left and right
  • Samuel Torres
    Samuel Torres 11 месяцев назад Agree. Prelude's are the most underrated car that rolled out of Honda's production line. Let's not forget these cars are easy to handle are quick if tuned well
  • lucifercaitiff
    lucifercaitiff 11 месяцев назад (изменено) This makes me proud that I've kept mine on the road running strong with 290,000 miles. By far the most reliable of my 4 vehicles. My only complaint being the cooling system....17 hoses, wtf. And 4ws feels MUCH different if you mod the suspension a little.
  • darthdread1
    darthdread1 11 месяцев назад in england these things are worth way more than that, try 5000 gbp for a good one, something like 7500 dollars
  • butt quack
    butt quack 11 месяцев назад Dafoodmaster it's my favorite car out of everything I've owned. From chrysler 300 to my current 1990 supra, the 3rd gen prelude will always be top of my list.
  • Dafoodmaster
    Dafoodmaster 11 месяцев назад yeet top comment. i kinda really want this car now.
  • David Robinson
    David Robinson 11 месяцев назад interstate366 I would love to buy it.
  • butt quack
    butt quack 11 месяцев назад Nicholas Whitfield yes mine broke down a ton, though it had 250,000 miles.
  • Cozmikk
    Cozmikk 11 месяцев назад Glad I just bought mine!
  • Account Abandoned
    Account Abandoned 11 месяцев назад Y'know, unfortunately you're absolutely fucking correct about that.
  • Lemon Scented
    Lemon Scented 11 месяцев назад Just wait until he makes a video about the BB6
  • Abraham Kobke
    Abraham Kobke 11 месяцев назад NOT YET. I'm snatching one quick.
  • Nicholas Whitfield
    Nicholas Whitfield 11 месяцев назад Oh hey, mine was too! That thing was great... felt like a go-kart. Broke down a lot though. Plus the 91s had that 2.1 liter that drank oil.
  • Brice Graham
    Brice Graham 11 месяцев назад lol thats so true.
  • Austin Conforti
    Austin Conforti 11 месяцев назад Thanks 🤗
  • butt quack
    butt quack 11 месяцев назад creeser777 I wouldn't say hard to find, at least not where I am. Just hard to find in good condition. They're either beat to shit, got 200k+ miles, or both.
  • creeser777
    creeser777 11 месяцев назад They're already REALLY hard to find, unfortunately.
  • butt quack
    butt quack 11 месяцев назад My first car was a 91 si five speed, probably going to get another one while my supra is down for upgrades.
  • interstate366
    interstate366 11 месяцев назад Gordon Ronco (slowly raises hand while looking away in shame)
  • Gobbersmack
    Gobbersmack 11 месяцев назад Quick, get doug demuro to drive it back down!
  • Gordon Ronco
    Gordon Ronco 11 месяцев назад Somewhere, someone with a 3rd gen is thinking "finally, I'll get more than $1500 for this thing"
  • interstate366
    interstate366 11 месяцев назад This is definitely making me want to put mine back together. It’s been sitting for a couple years with electrical issues
  • Sizzlin Moe Szyslak
    Sizzlin Moe Szyslak 11 месяцев назад oh yea. these thing were like a secret. nobody thinks about preludes.
  • TangoR34
    TangoR34 10 месяцев назад The most important of all: POP-UP HEADLIGHTS!
  • Andrew Walker
    Andrew Walker 4 дня назад POP-UP UP AND DOWN HEADLIGHTS!!! 😂
  • Joshua Law
    Joshua Law 1 месяц назад Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down Headlights go up Headlights go down
  • Deez CM
    Deez CM 1 месяц назад (изменено) @Hannes Olsson wow, I'm negative? Look at your hateful words. Pop ups are cool but they break all the time and you have to rebuild the components. How is the truth negative Schwanz? Fuck your negativity douche.
  • Hannes Olsson
    Hannes Olsson 1 месяц назад @Deez CM Fick yu negativatee
  • Deez CM
    Deez CM 1 месяц назад .......and pop up headlight issues....
  • Hannes Olsson
    Hannes Olsson 2 месяца назад pop up headlight should be standard!! Of the child hood like the pull back sun roof and auto reverse kassett player wonderbaum and the sun shade sticker that is brown fade across wind scream!! why is 80s gonn? :(
  • Omar Hajjar
    Omar Hajjar 3 месяца назад Headlights go sideways
  • a chicken
    a chicken 8 месяцев назад @Chongo Don headlights go down
  • Chongo Don
    Chongo Don 8 месяцев назад TangoR34 headlights go up
  • Des Ulv
    Des Ulv 10 месяцев назад I'm gonna take quaaludes and drive my Prelude into the bay nude.
  • youtert
    youtert 6 часов назад @skateorhate57 He was elected to the Senate.
  • skateorhate57
    skateorhate57 3 месяца назад What happened the next day dude?
  • Glock Rocks
    Glock Rocks 4 месяца назад Ludes are like diamonds nowadays unless you live in South Africa
  • AP1 S2K
    AP1 S2K 5 месяцев назад No way dude you'll be way screwed if you hydro lock, who's gonna save you?
  • John Smitty
    John Smitty 5 месяцев назад Bars
  • 4shacks1house
    4shacks1house 6 месяцев назад 714
  • Anthony Dark King
    Anthony Dark King 8 месяцев назад I need these rhymes.
  • UrDaddy WingNut
    UrDaddy WingNut 10 месяцев назад Des Ulv-- And while you do I'll pray for you.
  • blister Michel
    blister Michel 10 месяцев назад Dude!
  • Tuka Mote
    Tuka Mote 10 месяцев назад Not if it came with leather seats lol
  • Desmond moonbear
    Desmond moonbear 11 месяцев назад "Tomas the train has diarrhea"
  • Vasek Cekan
    Vasek Cekan 10 месяцев назад What he doesn't say is that for the first few degrees of steering angle, the rear wheels turn in the same direction, making highway lane changes easier. After those few degrees they turn in the opposite direction for lower speed cornering.
  • Orella Minx
    Orella Minx 9 месяцев назад Another real good shot of it in action at 10:39
  • Ender
    Ender 9 месяцев назад Yep, that's why you could pull away from a curb without hitting.
  • Vasek Cekan
    Vasek Cekan 10 месяцев назад @drippingwax ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • drippingwax
    drippingwax 10 месяцев назад How does that affect pulling away from the curb?
  • Duncan Haskell
    Duncan Haskell 10 месяцев назад (изменено) Yes, you can see at 2:20 and 6:12 , the rear wheels move one way then the other.
  • Garry Mills
    Garry Mills 10 месяцев назад Yup, and overtaking was incredibly easy and quick... All my friends couldn't believe how this thing happened to handle, even souped up cars of the day could hardly keep up with the 'lude!
  • Ashley Pomeroy
    Ashley Pomeroy 10 месяцев назад I was going to say it's like Spy Hunter in the arcade - your car goes sideways - but the car in Spy Hunter did actually steer a little bit. So it's not. It's similar.
  • E P
    E P 10 месяцев назад Vasek Cekan I was waiting for him to mention it haha
  • Todd Howard, Bethesda Coward
    Todd Howard, Bethesda Coward 11 месяцев назад (изменено) I like the design of late 80s japanese cars. On one side they look futuristic but they are also mundane at the same time.
  • Greg Mercil
    Greg Mercil 10 месяцев назад Sleek and sharp, yet simple and not ridiculous. Those were the gold ol days.
  • Heliotarra
    Heliotarra 11 месяцев назад I personally don't see it as mundane. I think its just a clean design.
  • Brianne C
    Brianne C 11 месяцев назад It seems to me that everything today is so over done. Ya I miss the eighty's.
  • 04dram04
    04dram04 11 месяцев назад The Mr2 was aggressive inside
  • DrewLSsix
    DrewLSsix 11 месяцев назад Cheegum. No, its not lol.
  • Cheegum
    Cheegum 11 месяцев назад This was before the Japanese turned to the Italians for styling
  • Eriiaa
    Eriiaa 11 месяцев назад Cressida and Crown are so fucking nice
  • A Guy Called Pi
    A Guy Called Pi 11 месяцев назад (изменено) Yeah like a stock, early model 240SX. It's so round and aerodynamic, yet so plain.
  • SolamenteVees
    SolamenteVees 11 месяцев назад And the 4WS still works. Because Honda. (pre-homogenized Honda)
  • Jaja King
    Jaja King 11 месяцев назад Me: dad, look, it has 4 wheel steering. Dad: is the 4 wheel drive mechanical? Me: 4 wheel steering. Dad: what's it like to park next to a curb with 4 wheel drive steering. Me: just 4 wheel steering. Dad: are people excited to see 4 wheel drive steering? Me: not 4 wheel drive. Dad: so, Honda did it, made a fully mechanical 4 wheel drive system. Me: Okay, dad, you win.
  • Quinn Florence
    Quinn Florence Неделю назад I feel sorry that your dad was a jerk, but I can understand because when I was a kid and talk of the dodo get viper or the Honda fast cars my dad was a jerk to saying,” you could get the same speed and same gear set for less if you get a Chevy Silverado.” I just stopped and stared at him, didn’t say anything and was thinking in my head,” do you know how damn stupid you sound right now. Do you ?” But he never liked any other car that was not a Chevy masterpiece to him. Oh well, I still like fast Honda cars that can whoop Chevy ass in any street race from games set in Tokyo or anywhere else that was not North America, until Honda still whooped Chevy ass just because they could. Hope your having a better mood and understand that not everyone you talk to about cars may not like the same brand, even if they don’t get it, why this car calls to you. That’s fine just tell yourself this is my love and my joy, so to hell with anyone else who is just being a jerk just to be a jerk. I hope your in a better mood, really I hope your are okay. Best wishes, a fellow human being who understands feelings who know what it like to love something.
  • Joshua Law
    Joshua Law 1 месяц назад 10/10 most underrated comment here
  • wannabe lawnmower
    wannabe lawnmower 6 месяцев назад your dad kinda sounds like a cunt he may need less freedom
  • Solid Sneakers
    Solid Sneakers 11 месяцев назад 2:27 "It's VTEC for steering." There's literally no better analogy than this.
  • brentonrx
    brentonrx 3 месяца назад Having driven one of these for about 8 years the 4ws system is severely under rated, these things handle like they are on rails, I never guttered my rims, effortless parking and stable as a rock at high speed. Oh and the reason the power is lacking is the auto trans, 5 speed or nothing!
  • Order Of Magnitude - The Paranormal & Personal
    Order Of Magnitude - The Paranormal & Personal 11 месяцев назад "Its Vtec for steering!" ~ mr regular august 2018
  • Root Beer
    Root Beer 5 месяцев назад I had one of those in Japan in the 1990's, badged the XX in Japan. 4WS was great in the tiny parking lots in Japan.
  • Armoured Skeptic
    Armoured Skeptic 11 месяцев назад Finally - I’ve been waiting for this review since 2014
  • MrDazydaz
    MrDazydaz 7 месяцев назад I didn't know about the turning wheel's in the rear. I have a 1986 Pontiac Parissnne moded. Let me know please if you want to do a review on it. Thanks.
  • Willy Nebula
    Willy Nebula 8 месяцев назад I still have my white 90' 3rd gen they're getting rare
    SATAN 10 месяцев назад No just no
  • Troy P
    Troy P 10 месяцев назад Armoured Skeptic I’d do really disgusting things to have this car.
  • Que aa
    Que aa 10 месяцев назад Sheeeeeeeiittt skeptic watches RCR
  • Bavarian Banshee
    Bavarian Banshee 10 месяцев назад I've been waiting too. I've been hoping for a 4WS Prelude on this channel for so long, and it's so nice to finally get it. Also, it's cool to see you here. I had a feeling you were a fellow fan of RCR. Big fan of yours, btw
  • Hercules Rockefeller
    Hercules Rockefeller 10 месяцев назад Now that you got all that u-tube money you can afford a 30 year old car too!
  • Colin Pan
    Colin Pan 11 месяцев назад To really feel the effect of the "crabwalk", find a wide empty open road, accelerate to 60+ mph and do an emergency lane change maneuver, then you will feel the difference.
  • stoeger 2
    stoeger 2 1 месяц назад That Sounds scary tho
  • no0neX
    no0neX 11 месяцев назад So true about others saying whats wrong with your wheels/you need an alignment. Have a 5gen with 4ws.
  • Briand Gaudet
    Briand Gaudet 11 месяцев назад (изменено) DANGIT. You missed the most important part of the 4WS system: the bit you use when actually driving the car. The rear wheels swivel in the SAME direction as the fronts at low steering angles. That makes the car crab over more or less sideways at highway speeds, and makes for super awesome lane changes. You even show it in your video. Go back and do your homework, then stay after class and clean the blackboards.
  • DeCode Er
    DeCode Er 10 месяцев назад uuuh , no. I have driven these at speed on highways and back roads, in Japan and here in the states. It most definitely "feels" like the car has bad bushings, low tire pressure, or seg-waying between excellent turn in and sudden oversteer. Why, because if you turn the steering wheel less than 80 degrees, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front, but when making sharp back road turns they swivel opposite of the fronts. The transition between the two angles in the rear gives momentary feelings of sliding on ice or oil that one would rather not have to compensate for when hustling along a back road at 80mph, or flying through a sequence of curves on a Japanese highway at 120mph.
  • DeCode Er
    DeCode Er 10 месяцев назад yeah, noticed this too. In fact I'm noticing regular Car reviews always misses the most important technical and cultural aspect of nearly every car they review.
  • Cory Goodman
    Cory Goodman 10 месяцев назад (изменено) This is visible when he is shooting the low angle shot of the tires at around 10:39. As the front tire is centered and begins a turn, you can see the back tire begin to turn the same way as the front tire until a certain point, at which point the rear tires begins to double back the opposite way
  • SlickVic P71
    SlickVic P71 11 месяцев назад 🤣🤣🤣
  • Doug
    Doug 11 месяцев назад Yep. I was going to mention this too. Family friend had and still has one, in red, with a manual. 🤤 You can see the sideways lane change madness if you follow behind on the highway.
  • TheCrewExpendable
    TheCrewExpendable 11 месяцев назад Multi-track drifting meme, but real.
  • bzacon
    bzacon 11 месяцев назад @bruce wayne dumbass it's mechanical. The rear wheels follow the front in a sine wave. It doesn't know or care what the spedo says.
  • Josh Halterman
    Josh Halterman 11 месяцев назад iEat Crayons '92 was the start of the 4th Gen....
  • derp derp
    derp derp 11 месяцев назад I would get lost in that B R O W N interior too and forget my own name.
  • Alastair Ward
    Alastair Ward 11 месяцев назад Sebastian Pensinger cooler than flicking up and down the lights?
  • Samuel Thompson
    Samuel Thompson 11 месяцев назад Had a 2003 Chevy Suburban 2500 with selectable 4WS ("Quadrasteer"). It was great for tight parking lots and for hauling a trailer as the trailer was more controllable during high speed lane changes - less tendency to fishtail. The catch was if you parallel parked with the trailer, left the 4WS on, and then tried to turn the front wheels hard left and pull out into traffic. Once, the trailer followed the rear wheels to the right and smashed into a telephone pole, busting the trailer's awning. Lesson learned - leave the 4WS off while pulling out of a parallel parking space. GM dropped Quadrasteer after maybe four(?) years as it was expensive to add to their 3/4 ton pickups and Suburban/Yukon XLs, and they couldn't get many takers for an option that was about $3000. We bought ours used, so I'm not sure what the option cost new.
  • David Sanborn
    David Sanborn 11 месяцев назад Mr Reg even showed the page in the owners manual that illustrates this amazing feature - and didn't expand on it. Furthermore every time he said "Four Wheel Drive Steering System" I died a little. I owned an '88 Prelude Si 4WS for five years, only selling it to fund my move to Japan. I deeply regretted letting it go. It's a car that can dance. Best memory is watching a Mustang GT try to follow me on a freeway offramp ... then slide off the road into a nightmarish Florida muck pond disguised as a median.
  • RegularCars
    RegularCars 11 месяцев назад Sorry, I said one thing but thought another.
  • bruce wayne
    bruce wayne 11 месяцев назад DrewLSsix yeah it works under differnt speeds. On freeway and over about 30mph it turns same direction as front. So if u come at a turn @30 or less it'll turn opposite. I don't understand why you think you're contributing to this conversation.
  • DrewLSsix
    DrewLSsix 11 месяцев назад Briand Gaudet. Its not parallel steering during high speed cornering, it only does that at low angles. Lane changing isnt cornering lol. During high speed cornering the rear wheels turn the opposite direction of the fronts, this gives the impression that the rear end is pivoting and some drivers have noted that its an unsettling feeling. Especially in a fwd car that isnt particularly steerable with throttle.
  • DrewLSsix
    DrewLSsix 11 месяцев назад inside33 not as obvious as the rest of the stuff he talked about....
  • Jake Dook
    Jake Dook 11 месяцев назад good talk, now get good <3
  • inside33
    inside33 11 месяцев назад maybe its just... obvious? i dont know...
  • iEat Crayons
    iEat Crayons 11 месяцев назад +Briand Gaudet Okay, well i just remember almost shitting myself alot of times when going for touge runs in my '92 Si, especially in the wet.
  • duraiden
    duraiden 11 месяцев назад Was looking for this comment. I had an '89, yellow with black interior and a manual. Loved that car. Unfortunately it had seen midwest winters its entire life and the bottom of the car had turned to swiss cheese. I don't know how many miles it had on it when I sent it off since the speedo cable broke at some point, but it was indicating 325k and I still drove it for another year and a half after that.
  • Briand Gaudet
    Briand Gaudet 11 месяцев назад Nope. The parallel parallel front and rear wheels make high speed cornering less scary. The car doesn't rotate about its Z-axis so there's less fishtailing.
  • RegularCars
    RegularCars 11 месяцев назад Briand Gaudet you are right, I did miss that little bit, sorry about that
  • iEat Crayons
    iEat Crayons 11 месяцев назад But its also scary when cornering at high speeds
  • Mods with Matt
    Mods with Matt 11 месяцев назад Ah yes I also thought it was broken and trying to keep up. Makes sense, crazy to think that’s what MODERN Porsche’s feature currently
  • Sebastian MacAskill
    Sebastian MacAskill 11 месяцев назад My dad had a 4WS for most of my childhood. Absolutely the coolest thing you can do with these cars is change lanes on the highway without the car changing it's forward direction.
  • J Burner
    J Burner 11 месяцев назад I noticed that the wheels were doing that. I thought that the system was wore out and not working correctly.
  • J B
    J B 11 месяцев назад Yup, that and calling it four wheel drive multiple times.
  • gabester
    gabester 11 месяцев назад Yeah, I don't know how Mr. Regular managed to miss this. Any amount of basic research (or literally just watching the rear wheels) would clue you in to the fact that the rear wheels are always being steered. At a certain point they change direction.
  • Quinn Mclaughlin
    Quinn Mclaughlin 5 месяцев назад am i the only one bothered by co-mingling the term "4 wheel drive" and "4 wheel steer", 2 very different things!! if you want a 4WD prelude add a rear differential, transfer case and lockers.
  • Takumi Fujiwara HD
    Takumi Fujiwara HD 10 месяцев назад Regular car review next car: 1996 Nissan sentra B14
  • TheTipsyCanadian
    TheTipsyCanadian 10 месяцев назад MMMM
  • T.M p.i
    T.M p.i 2 дня назад Sooo cool, funny and instructive video 😊😎😍Thx a lot ! Very rare and nice this interior color ! Always full black in Europe
  • OhighO Skater
    OhighO Skater 11 месяцев назад Man I miss the good ole fashioned cans of Cincinnati Powdered Lead
  • OhighO Skater
    OhighO Skater 10 месяцев назад @UrDaddy WingNut That sounds like the perfect breakfast to start off a great day!
  • UrDaddy WingNut
    UrDaddy WingNut 10 месяцев назад OhighO Skater-- Yeah man, they were always part of my well balanced breakfast in asbestos bowls and covered in freshly squeezed milk I harvested from my cat, Booger, every morning before school! Bruh, I sure miss that cat!