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Honda Prelude 1997-2002

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  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    I think that is a great idea. I truly believe that everyone should own a convertible at least once in their life. Doing so is one of the best decisions I ever made. As a "first convertible" in my family (immediate and extended) it is sort of a novelty.

    We are looking to get a sedan this fall and an Acura TSX is at the top of the list.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    we want to get it BEFORE we have children and keep it to always have so we can still have time to ourselves.

    The TSX is a fine car. You're a Honda/Acura fan as much as I am, but don't overlook the new Legacy 2.5GT. 250hp/250lb ft of turbo charged boxer torque!

    My Dad has a '66 427 Corvette Roadster sitting in his garage. I've always wanted a convertible too.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    So I brought the car into the dealership today to see if they would buy it from me. I told the guy that I really didn't want to sell my car, but that I would for the right price. The salesman was very complimentary of my car and said that it was in really good shape. The Used car manager said he'd give me $14K for it. That's well below blue book, NADA, and Edmunds trade in value, not the number I was looking for.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    So we got hit with the reminants of Hurricane Frances yesterday here in the NYC area. It poured for hours on end yesterday which made for quite the hellacious commuter home. Many of the parkways I drive on are very old and are subject to flooding and closures. Normally my commute takes me 30 minutes, yesterday was over 2 hours!

    So the parkway I was on got shut down. It went from 3 lanes all the way to a short exit ramp with a long light at the end of it (and of course no sight of the police to direct traffic). Except in order to get the Prelude to the exit ramp, I had to drive through 20-25' of water which was up to the bottoms of my doors! This wouldn't be so much of a problem except that I was literally feathering my clutch crawling through this puddle (read: lake). I didn't think I was going to make it! First stopped in the water with the cat converter, bottom of the muffler, brakes, and bottom of the engine submerged. Huge clouds of white smoke started gushing up from underneath and in front of my car. Then if that isn't bad enough, As I'm giving the car gas, I hear a bubbling noise as the throttle opens and closes (sounding like the air intake might have been sucking in some h2o). I made it though. I got to the nearest highway that I could find and opened the car up to about 80 mph. The Prelude's OK for now! I need to keep it around for a long time:)

    I'd like my next car to be the last year ('06?) of the current E46 M3.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • snukesnuke Posts: 81
    My daughter has a 98 and the paint on the hood, top and spoiler is turning white. Someone told her the clear coat has come off. I saw another red Prelude with the same problem. Do you know if this is common with 98 Preludes?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    Well, it looks as if I'm still going to have the Prelude for the next few years (this is a good thing). So sometime late next year I'm going to get SIRIUS Satellite Radio installed in my car (and maybe some new speakers while I'm at it). Why you ask? Because my man Howard Stern is moving to SIRIUS starting January 1, 2006!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    I see you're still strong with your SH glad to hear. I had mine in storage for a couple of months and when I got it out the blower was making a funny noise and not blowing any faster in REC mode. Maybe something got in there?? I'm going to take it to the dealer I guess, its still under warranty.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    too long. In the owners manual it says to use the AC compressor at least once a month to keep the seals lubed up so they don't dry out.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • chronochrono Posts: 149
    I really miss my prelude sometimes. I use to have a 2001 Black 5speed. The thing was always glued to the road and super reliable. Nothing wrong up to 36K. Unfortunately I needed to make room for jr. I wish I could have kept my baby.
    Oh well, I wish there were a 4 door version Honda offered in some form but it didn't really exist. I had to move up to a ZHP. I do miss the feeling of the lude. Maybe I'll pick up a used one in a couple years ...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    The ZHP is a sweet ride! I love BMWs and I think that's the only way I'd get the combination of the Prelude's sweet ride and great handling balance.

    I just hit 35,000 miles yesterday. Took a 260 mile trip one way to Syracuse, NY for a wedding. Left yesterday AM and came back this AM. The drive took me excactly 3.5 hours (average a bit more than 74 mph) and I had the cruise set at 80mph for most of the way and still got a little over 26 mpg. Unless there is something that I truly love (like I lusted after a Prelude for years) like the new E90 3er, M2, or next gen Lexus IS, I'm going to have a hard time getting rid of my Prelude. Plus it is paid for and I like having ZERO car paytments!

    Kids? No problem! The other day I took my friend's 9 year old daughter to her friend's house and she fits perfectly back there. A few months ago I actually picked up three 7 year olds from a bowling party. It does everything the regualr minivan or SUV does, but cooler and lower to the ground
    :)

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • Wanted to get the enthusiast's point of view. 98 Green Stock Prelude, Automatic (Yes that's what I want) 83K miles and in clean condition. Price is $8,000. (That's as much as I can afford now)Don't see a lot for sale in this area. Usually only about two on the market. Can I expect to get 175K miles? What do you think guys?
  • chronochrono Posts: 149
    That's the thing. The prelude always felt right. Always got 25mpg. I loved the utility too. I know people think there isn't that much room in it but I never had a problem with fitting all of my groceries or folding down the back seat to fit something. I also fit my buddies in the back seat in emergencies. I'll tell you this, nothing comes close to a prelude without spending 2X the price. The ZHP was the only sedan that felt like an upgrade. My buddy has an IS300 and it can't match the lude in handling. If it weren't for the kid I would have kept my 4ever. Hope you keep yours for a while.
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Mazda RX-8 is a fantastic successor to the Prelude, and the Acura TSX is a suitable four-door version. Both are fun, extremely well handling cars that have much of the same feel and emotion as the Prelude. They are worth a look if you want a similar driving experience.
  • Didn't get the experts opinion here, but I bought it anyway.
  • kkl1kkl1 Posts: 16
    This is a belated response, haven't signed on for a while. I also have a 1998 Prelude, the paint looks new, and I haven't seen the white formations on my paint. I do wax it (Zaino) 1-2X per year and that is probably protecting the paint. Anyone else have thoughts on Snuke's paint query?

    Ken
  • kkl1kkl1 Posts: 16
    Elantraman (or is it preludeman now?)-

    Sorry you didn't get any responses, I just logged on for the 1st time here in over 1-2 months. Congratulations on your purchase. My 1998 automatic Prelude, which I purchased new, has 65000 miles and has had no problems. If your Prelude's previous owner(s) was (were) assiduous in maintaining the car and didn't abuse it, it should last a while. The only problems I have heard about are some concerns about the automatic manumatic transmissions breaking down prematurely in the 1997 and 1998 Preludes, although my transmission has been fine, even surviving low transmission fluid due to mechanic not tightening transmission fluid cap sufficiently.

    Hope your Prelude gives you many thousands of trouble-free performance!

    Ken
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    Well, it has been a month since anybody has posted on this Prelude board. Hope all of your cars are doing better than mine:( I had an accident today on my way to work. Merging back onto the highway (because traffic was backed up to get off the exit ramp), I looked over my left shoulder, checked my driver's and rearview mirror, there is a big gap for me to get on, by the time I'm shifting from 2nd to 3rd, CRUNCH! I see my driver's side mirror fly off in front of me. As I was merging from the right into the left, a woman in a sliver Subaru Legacy (old body style) changed lanes from left to the center lane. Her bumper and mirror tore a nice gash into the side of my car. The front left quarter panel is going to have to be replaced, I can't open my driver's door all the way, I lost my left side mirror (it was fun driving home in the dark, rain, & fog), and the door and rear quarter panel are dented. Neither of us were hurt. For a small car, the Prelude is a strong sucker. I'm going to drop it off at the body shop maybe this weekend. Great way to start off the holiday weekend. Happy Turkey DaY everyone!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • Ouch, sorry to hear about the accident! At least no one was hurt. Hopefully the body shop can get her (him?) looking like new in no time.

    Since I got married a couple months ago, my Prelude has been relegated to mostly the role of commuter car, so my miles are pretty down. My 99 is still under 70K, and might not break that until next year at the rate I'm going. We've been using the wife's new Camry for most of the errands and trips recently.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    My '01 Type SH had just over 37,500 miles as I pulled it into the body shop. Lots of good stuff going on. The accident report was filed by the NYPD's Highway 1 division. They don't get their own accident numbers, so they file the accident reports in the precinct where the accident happened. The spot where I had my accident is inbetween the jurisdiction of 3 precincts, the 42, 43, & 48. I've been calling around trying to get the accident report number! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    Speaking of alternative transportation while the Prelude is out of commission, my insurance company reimburses me $30 per day to get a rental car. So I get to enterprise and figure they're going to give me some Chevy Aveo or a Focus. I pull in and there is an F150, a Dodge Dakota, an FX35, an X3, & 2 325i BMWs. I fugure the BMW is the smallest car here so they'll give me a 325i. Pretty sweet! I go insiede and the woamn tells me that I can take one of the pick-up trucks...no thank-you I said. She said that they have a Ford Escape on another lot, so I took it. I'm still trying to figure out the appeal of these things...lol. The V6 has decent pickup, the ride is soft (but not floaty), the seats are firm, the lights and controls are set up like a japanese car, and the steering actually isn't too bad. The interior plastics are cheap and rock hard, the transmission is unresponsive. Have they heard of soft touch material? Oh well, better than nothing:)

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    how do I post a pic of my Prelude?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    anybody home?

     

    Got my car back today... It looks better than the day I picked it up. A good body man is truly and artist.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • For awhile no one was posting in this forum. I thought everyone had given it up. I think you are right about the car sitting too much, but I WILL drive it waay more starting next spring. I've noticed that Honda's actually drive better the MORE you drive them.
  • I'm going to be taking my car back to the dealer for some 15k service. While I'm there I want to be able to take care of any TSB's that might be out for my year prelude. Is there a website or a list somewhere that I can print out and take with me? Thanks
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    It is actually listed somewhere here on edmunds. Poke around a little here and you'll find it.

     

    Took my car in for an oil change and an alignment today. 38,100 miles and still going.

     

    I got an '04 Accord LX as a loaner car. Such a big departure from the mid and late '90's Accords. It drives kinda like a buick. Floaty & way overboosted steering. The ergonomics are all wrong too. They put the radio volume and power button right in the center.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • nyccarguy did you ever find out about the timing belt tensioner <sp>? Have you had a problem with that? Did you get it fixed. Even though I don't have the problem now I will at least bring it up when I go to the dealer.

      Glad to hear your car is still going strong. I was at the acura dealer the other day and saw the new RL with SH-AWD. I can only imagine what that system is like! It is simply incredible on the Prelude.

    As far as the new accords, the outside looks ok until you reach the back, did they just stop or give up on the car LOL. I haven't driven or rode in one, but I heard they are pretty peppy. Talk to you later.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    I had the dealer check it out twice just to make sure. They said everything is OK. At the rate that I'm racking up miles, I'll be changing the timing belt sometime in late '05.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Thats cool, I'll be sure to bring it up to my dearler when I go in. At least here in the midwest old man winter has hibernated for a minute. Suppose to be in the 50's and 60's here. Time to open it up and get those carbon deposits out haha
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,914
    A magazine reporter would love to find some folks who've pimped their own rides. He is particularly interested in people who've done this for the first time and were driven to do it, at least in part, from watching a tv show like Pimp My Ride, Overhaulin' or something similar. He is looking for average drivers who are just discovering that they can personalize their rides, and is not as interested in the traditional tuner crowd who've been doing this for years.

     

    If you have a story to share, please send your name, daytime contact info and a line or two about your vehicle to jfallon@edmunds.com by Wednesday, January 5, 2005.

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  • I'm a teenage driver and i have been researching 1992-1996 Preludes. Anyone who has had a 92-96 lude and would like to give me suggestions, i'll be checking this board often

    thanks
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