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1989 Honda Prelude Si 4WS : Regular Car Reviews

Published on Aug 20, 2018 395,031 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 8 месяцев назад i think you just single-handedly drove up the price of these things world wide.
  • Sizzlin Moe Szyslak
    Sizzlin Moe Szyslak 8 месяцев назад oh yea. these thing were like a secret. nobody thinks about preludes.
  • interstate366
    interstate366 8 месяцев назад This is definitely making me want to put mine back together. It’s been sitting for a couple years with electrical issues
  • Gordon Ronco
    Gordon Ronco 8 месяцев назад Somewhere, someone with a 3rd gen is thinking "finally, I'll get more than $1500 for this thing"
  • Gobbersmack
    Gobbersmack 8 месяцев назад Quick, get doug demuro to drive it back down!
  • interstate366
    interstate366 8 месяцев назад Gordon Ronco (slowly raises hand while looking away in shame)
  • butt quack
    butt quack 8 месяцев назад My first car was a 91 si five speed, probably going to get another one while my supra is down for upgrades.
  • creeser777
    creeser777 8 месяцев назад They're already REALLY hard to find, unfortunately.
  • butt quack
    butt quack 8 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.
  • Austin Conforti
    Austin Conforti 8 месяцев назад Thanks 🤗
  • Brice Graham
    Brice Graham 8 месяцев назад lol thats so true.
  • Nicholas Whitfield
    Nicholas Whitfield 8 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.
  • Abraham Kobke
    Abraham Kobke 8 месяцев назад NOT YET. I'm snatching one quick.
  • Lemon Scented
    Lemon Scented 8 месяцев назад Just wait until he makes a video about the BB6
  • Account Abandoned
    Account Abandoned 8 месяцев назад Y'know, unfortunately you're absolutely fucking correct about that.
  • Cozmikk
    Cozmikk 8 месяцев назад Glad I just bought mine!
  • butt quack
    butt quack 8 месяцев назад Nicholas Whitfield yes mine broke down a ton, though it had 250,000 miles.
  • David Robinson
    David Robinson 8 месяцев назад interstate366 I would love to buy it.
  • Dafoodmaster
    Dafoodmaster 8 месяцев назад yeet top comment. i kinda really want this car now.
  • butt quack
    butt quack 8 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.
  • darthdread1
    darthdread1 8 месяцев назад in england these things are worth way more than that, try 5000 gbp for a good one, something like 7500 dollars
  • lucifercaitiff
    lucifercaitiff 8 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.
  • Samuel Torres
    Samuel Torres 8 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
  • farcere
    farcere 8 месяцев назад 17 hoses that self destruct left and right
  • farcere
    farcere 8 месяцев назад Mine isnt drinking oil yet, 240k on it
  • Ee Rr
    Ee Rr 8 месяцев назад I bought mine in LA with less than 40k miles in super super good condition
  • lucifercaitiff
    lucifercaitiff 8 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.
  • interstate366
    interstate366 8 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
  • Curtis Duncan
    Curtis Duncan 8 месяцев назад I'd say Mr. Regular does that often
  • Alfredo Robles
    Alfredo Robles 8 месяцев назад Fuck. Why?! I was hoping to find a cheap one.
  • Raja Azhar
    Raja Azhar 8 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.
  • Kitsune Ken
    Kitsune Ken 8 месяцев назад i just checked out the prices here and it's 100万円 10k usd! lol
  • Dafoodmaster
    Dafoodmaster 8 месяцев назад @Kitsune Ken jesus christ! now that's what i call a pile of €€€$$$¥¥¥£££
  • Des Ulv
    Des Ulv 8 месяцев назад Think of what will happen to the price of lead.
  • John Ward
    John Ward 8 месяцев назад Yeah when he doesn’t use that stupid grunting voice he isn’t terrible
  • S2kleb
    S2kleb 8 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
  • Crazy E
    Crazy E 8 месяцев назад darthdread1 I will export you mine for 3000 plus u pay the fees OBO lol
  • ralekriver
    ralekriver 8 месяцев назад Sell it to me !! :D
  • TheMamto1
    TheMamto1 7 месяцев назад Dafoodmaster hahaha so true
  • Alexander McKenzie
    Alexander McKenzie 5 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...
  • butt quack
    butt quack 5 месяцев назад @Alexander McKenzie i think it'd be great with a k series engine, solely for parts availability
  • Car Groves
    Car Groves 3 месяца 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 3 месяца 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.
  • DisketteDetective
    DisketteDetective 1 месяц 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.
  • TangoR34
    TangoR34 8 месяцев назад The most important of all: POP-UP HEADLIGHTS!
  • Morngo Vlogs
    Morngo Vlogs 6 месяцев назад TangoR34 headlights go up
  • a chicken
    a chicken 6 месяцев назад @Morngo Vlogs headlights go down
  • Omar Hajjar
    Omar Hajjar 1 месяц назад Headlights go sideways
  • Hannes Olsson
    Hannes Olsson 3 недели 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? :(
  • Des Ulv
    Des Ulv 8 месяцев назад I'm gonna take quaaludes and drive my Prelude into the bay nude.
  • Tuka Mote
    Tuka Mote 8 месяцев назад Not if it came with leather seats lol
  • blister Michel
    blister Michel 8 месяцев назад Dude!
  • UrDaddy WingNut
    UrDaddy WingNut 7 месяцев назад Des Ulv-- And while you do I'll pray for you.
  • Hiroki Uchida
    Hiroki Uchida 6 месяцев назад I need these rhymes.
  • 4shacks1house
    4shacks1house 4 месяца назад 714
  • John Smitty
    John Smitty 3 месяца назад Bars
  • AP1 S2K
    AP1 S2K 2 месяца назад No way dude you'll be way screwed if you hydro lock, who's gonna save you?
  • Glock Rocks
    Glock Rocks 2 месяца назад Ludes are like diamonds nowadays unless you live in South Africa
  • skateorhate57
    skateorhate57 1 месяц назад What happened the next day dude?
  • Desmond moonbear
    Desmond moonbear 8 месяцев назад "Tomas the train has diarrhea"
  • Nick P
    Nick P 8 месяцев назад 4WS Prelude... the official car of surprise tailswing
  • travis habursky
    travis habursky 1 месяц назад The Honda that can really shake it’s ass.
  • Order Of Magnitude - The Paranormal & Personal
    Order Of Magnitude - The Paranormal & Personal 8 месяцев назад "Its Vtec for steering!" ~ mr regular august 2018
  • Acc0rd79
    Acc0rd79 8 месяцев назад I love my 91 Prelude Si! It didn't come with the famous 4ws but it still looks great for being 27 years old!
  • psychoboyaw
    psychoboyaw 8 месяцев назад Acc0rd79 the upside is...retrofitting your car with all the 4WS stuff is simple!
  • John smif
    John smif 8 месяцев назад When you can find it.
  • psychoboyaw
    psychoboyaw 8 месяцев назад John smif the Prelude boards generally have someone parting one out. Everything packs into two good size boxes.
  • Sipplixx
    Sipplixx 8 месяцев назад I have the same model in blue!
  • drippingwax
    drippingwax 8 месяцев назад I had a 1987 Si and always wanted a 1990 - 91 and deeply wanted a 4WS!
  • Conscious Robot
    Conscious Robot 6 месяцев назад I had one, not 4WS but still the best car I've ever owned, by far. Such a great car. This review was bittersweet for me. I was both giddy, but mourning the loss of mine again. There was nothing wrong with it, in fact it was garage kept and like new with under 50,000 miles. But I had to sell it. If I could afford any car in the world, I would find another one of these before getting my Audi R8. There's nothing else like it. It felt SOOO good, and solid to drive! Not super fast, but super fun anyway. Just beautifully designed and engineered. Best. Car. Ever. I'm still obsessed.
  • Car Groves
    Car Groves 3 месяца назад Great looking car
  • Tik Tok Ads
    Tik Tok Ads 3 месяца назад 1991 was 27 years ago 😶 Fuuuuuck
  • TheDonCucaracho
    TheDonCucaracho 8 месяцев назад The Roman's singing game is getting more serious
  • Tim O'Hanlon
    Tim O'Hanlon 8 месяцев назад Song at the end was beautiful
  • Bill McLaughlin III
    Bill McLaughlin III 8 месяцев назад sounded like the intro to a Baroness album
  • SolamenteVees
    SolamenteVees 8 месяцев назад And the 4WS still works. Because Honda. (pre-homogenized Honda)
  • Vasek Cekan
    Vasek Cekan 8 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.
  • E P
    E P 8 месяцев назад Vasek Cekan I was waiting for him to mention it haha
  • Ashley Pomeroy
    Ashley Pomeroy 8 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.
  • Garry Mills
    Garry Mills 8 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!
  • Duncan Haskell
    Duncan Haskell 8 месяцев назад (изменено) Yes, you can see at 2:20 and 6:12 , the rear wheels move one way then the other.
  • drippingwax
    drippingwax 8 месяцев назад How does that affect pulling away from the curb?
  • Vasek Cekan
    Vasek Cekan 8 месяцев назад @drippingwax ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Ender
    Ender 7 месяцев назад Yep, that's why you could pull away from a curb without hitting.
  • Orella Minx
    Orella Minx 7 месяцев назад Another real good shot of it in action at 10:39
  • Briand Gaudet
    Briand Gaudet 8 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.
  • gabester
    gabester 8 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.
  • J B
    J B 8 месяцев назад Yup, that and calling it four wheel drive multiple times.
  • J Burner
    J Burner 8 месяцев назад I noticed that the wheels were doing that. I thought that the system was wore out and not working correctly.
  • Sebastian Pensinger
    Sebastian Pensinger 8 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.
  • Mods with Matt
    Mods with Matt 8 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
  • iEat Crayons
    iEat Crayons 8 месяцев назад But its also scary when cornering at high speeds
  • RegularCars
    RegularCars 8 месяцев назад Briand Gaudet you are right, I did miss that little bit, sorry about that
  • Briand Gaudet
    Briand Gaudet 8 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.
  • duraiden
    duraiden 8 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.
  • iEat Crayons
    iEat Crayons 8 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.
  • inside33
    inside33 8 месяцев назад maybe its just... obvious? i dont know...
  • Jake Dook
    Jake Dook 8 месяцев назад good talk, now get good <3
  • DrewLSsix
    DrewLSsix 8 месяцев назад inside33 not as obvious as the rest of the stuff he talked about....
  • DrewLSsix
    DrewLSsix 8 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.
  • bruce wayne
    bruce wayne 8 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.
  • RegularCars
    RegularCars 8 месяцев назад Sorry, I said one thing but thought another.
  • David Sanborn
    David Sanborn 8 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.
  • Samuel Thompson
    Samuel Thompson 8 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.
  • Alastair Ward
    Alastair Ward 8 месяцев назад Sebastian Pensinger cooler than flicking up and down the lights?
  • derp derp
    derp derp 8 месяцев назад I would get lost in that B R O W N interior too and forget my own name.
  • Josh Halterman
    Josh Halterman 8 месяцев назад iEat Crayons '92 was the start of the 4th Gen....
  • bzacon
    bzacon 8 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.
  • TheCrewExpendable
    TheCrewExpendable 8 месяцев назад Multi-track drifting meme, but real.
  • Doug
    Doug 8 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.
  • SlickVic P71
    SlickVic P71 8 месяцев назад 🤣🤣🤣
  • Cory Goodman
    Cory Goodman 8 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
  • DeCode Er
    DeCode Er 8 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.
  • DeCode Er
    DeCode Er 8 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.
  • Jaja King
    Jaja King 8 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.
  • wannabe lawnmower
    wannabe lawnmower 4 месяца назад your dad kinda sounds like a cunt he may need less freedom
  • Colin Pan
    Colin Pan 8 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.
  • Solid Sneakers
    Solid Sneakers 8 месяцев назад 2:27 "It's VTEC for steering." There's literally no better analogy than this.
  • Armoured Skeptic
    Armoured Skeptic 8 месяцев назад Finally - I’ve been waiting for this review since 2014
  • Hercules Rockefeller
    Hercules Rockefeller 8 месяцев назад Now that you got all that u-tube money you can afford a 30 year old car too!
  • Bavarian Banshee
    Bavarian Banshee 8 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
  • Que aa
    Que aa 8 месяцев назад Sheeeeeeeiittt skeptic watches RCR
  • Troy P
    Troy P 8 месяцев назад Armoured Skeptic I’d do really disgusting things to have this car.
    SATAN 8 месяцев назад No just no
  • Willy Nebula
    Willy Nebula 6 месяцев назад I still have my white 90' 3rd gen they're getting rare
  • MrDazydaz
    MrDazydaz 4 месяца 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.
  • Todd Howard, Bethesda Coward
    Todd Howard, Bethesda Coward 8 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.
  • A Guy Called Pi
    A Guy Called Pi 8 месяцев назад (изменено) Yeah like a stock, early model 240SX. It's so round and aerodynamic, yet so plain.
  • Eriiaa
    Eriiaa 8 месяцев назад Cressida and Crown are so fucking nice
  • Cheegum
    Cheegum 8 месяцев назад This was before the Japanese turned to the Italians for styling
  • DrewLSsix
    DrewLSsix 8 месяцев назад Cheegum. No, its not lol.
  • 04dram04
    04dram04 8 месяцев назад The Mr2 was aggressive inside
  • Brianne C
    Brianne C 8 месяцев назад It seems to me that everything today is so over done. Ya I miss the eighty's.
  • Heliotarra
    Heliotarra 8 месяцев назад I personally don't see it as mundane. I think its just a clean design.
  • Greg Mercil
    Greg Mercil 8 месяцев назад Sleek and sharp, yet simple and not ridiculous. Those were the gold ol days.
  • Root Beer
    Root Beer 3 месяца 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.
  • OhighO Skater
    OhighO Skater 8 месяцев назад Man I miss the good ole fashioned cans of Cincinnati Powdered Lead
  • UrDaddy WingNut
    UrDaddy WingNut 7 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!
  • OhighO Skater
    OhighO Skater 7 месяцев назад @UrDaddy WingNut That sounds like the perfect breakfast to start off a great day!
  • Takumi Fujiwara HD
    Takumi Fujiwara HD 8 месяцев назад Regular car review next car: 1996 Nissan sentra B14
  • TheTipsyCanadian
    TheTipsyCanadian 8 месяцев назад MMMM
  • Quinn Mclaughlin
    Quinn Mclaughlin 3 месяца 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.