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Honda Prelude 1997-2002

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  • It had around 72,000 when I got it, so I've only put around 2000 miles on it myself. This is what I was wondering about. Since it's past 60,000, is there any surefire way I can tell if it's been changed or not?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    would be to take it to a mechanic or maybe find out the dealer who serviced the car and they could look it up.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Hey the manual says to replace the timing belt and etc at 105k. or 7 years. I know the 60k rule for replacing the t-belt was for earlier honda's like my 80's Integra. Nothing wrong with replacing it at 60 but I think it's a little premature to do so. Even when I got the belt replaced on my integra, they said that I could go 90k before replacing again even though it was 60 for the car. The reason they told me that was that the belt they replaced it with was made to last for 90k.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    I'll have to double check the owner's manual like you said. Thanks for the heads up!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Hmm, my 99 manual says 60k, but thanks for both you guys help. I have nother question now though. My AC fan (I'm assuming it's the fan) rumbles when running. It seems to be coming from the the passenger's side, right behind the glovebox. Any ideas of what this could be or how I could go about checking it? Thanks again.
  • The mechanic who recently replaced the timing belt on my '93 4WS Si said I'm "good to go for another 90,000 miles." I'm going by that!!
  • Aside from timing belts...based on what everyone says, excellent car to drive whether its a 95 model up to a 2000, even with 100-200km on it? But even say a good condition 97 model would survive up here in cold Toronto in the winter? Any thoughts?
  • I know the blower motor is located in that area...maybe something going on with that.
  • "cold Toronto in the winter"

    Mine did fine in Michigan winters. You may want to use snow tires in the winter. Also, you will be sitting at home with any big snowfalls. The car sits pretty low to the ground.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    Just picked up my car today from the dealer where I had an oil change (Castrol Syntec 5w 30) and a tire rotation done at a tick over 53,000 miles. Car always "feels" better with fresh oil. Maybe it is just me and I'm psychotic :shades:

    I'm almost down to the wear bars on my crummy stock RE92s. They should get me through the fall. Around late November/Early December I'll switch to my snow tires & steel wheels. Next spring it will be time for some new shoes on my Prelude.

    I ordered a new exhaust for my car. It is an Apex World Sport Exhaust. Full stainless Steel Cat back exhaust system. It should be coming in sometime this week and I can't wait to have it installed! SHould make the car sound better. My stock muffler is welded to an aftermarket pipe that was fabricated a few years ago when my car got damaged by driving over a steel plate covering an open manhold cover.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Hmm, yeah that's kind of what I was suspecting after reading around. I hope it's not something I would have to get replaced. I mean, it's not that big of a deal, just an annoyance, but I'm sure it wouldn't be cheap
  • I sold my 98 standard Prelude with 86,000 miles. i hated to do it as I only owned it for 11 months and 3,000 miles. It was dark green and had the spoiler. Wonderful car. I am mourning its loss. I needed the money for tuition payments for my son. Hopefully I will be able to get another one in the future. Great car for speed, acceleration, handling. I paid $8,000 for it and sold it for $7,300. There was not much buyer interest in it. :cry: So long fellas, hopefully I will be back.
  • I was driving my '99 Prelude yesterday and the check engine light came on. The car seems to be driving the same as it has been. What do I do now? Thanks for your help.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    Could be you didn't tighten the gas cap enough. Did you fill up yesterday? Either that or maybe an O2 sensor went bad. I believe Autozone will read the codes for free. You may have to bring the car in to get it checked out.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    Tonight on my way home from work I noticed my car isn't driving right. Gas pedal is heavy. Car isn't willing to rev. Transmission gates were clunky. I think this all has to do with an exhaust leak. The last time I can remember the car driving like this is when the exhaust was severed from the cat back when I drove over a metal plate covering an open manhole. I hope that's the problem. Can anybody shed some light on the subject? My new exhaust should be in soon. I'll keep everybody posted.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    MY car must have been driving like garbage because there mus be a hole in my exhaust system. It is driving like I have no backpressure. Took the wife's 200 Protege ES to work today and left my Prelude at home. This should all be fixed by tomorrow. My Apex World Sport exhaust systme came in. I dropped my car off at the shop doing the work and it should be sone by the time I get hom from work tomorrow. I can't wait!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Hi folks,

    Changing the subject here: Does anyone know of some good sites that have parts performance/regular for older Preludes? I have a '93 4WS Si and I'm looking for some performance upgrades (brake pads, stainless lines etc). However, some sites don't carry "goodies" that go back to the early 90's. Not looking for turbos etc, just things to make me go/stop/handle just a little bit better. BTW, I'm on a budget (aren't we all) so I'd appreciate your ideas.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    It has been a rough and somewhat expensive week for my Prelude. I had the Apexi World Sport Cat Back Exhaust installed and it sounds great. Provides a bit quicker response off the line. HOwever my car really started to do some funky things. When pulling into a parking spot having to back in and out forward and reverse on and off the clutch, the car would start to shake while the clutch was fully depressed. Under hard acceleration, the car is giving me difficulty getting into 3rd & 4th gears. I have a feeling something is very wrong. Maybe I've burnt out the clutch after only 53K or maybe some of the transmission synchros went bad. I'll find out either tomorrow or Tuesday :cry:

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • WOW--I certainly hope this is NOT as serious as it sounds. Best wishes for a simple and inexpensive fix.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    :cry: all right. My car needs a new clutch and all the goodies that go along with it. Dealer wants to charge me $1600 for the job including parts and labor. That seems like an awful lot of money to me. I'm looking into an aftermarket centerforce clutch and sseing what they'll charge me just for labor and I'm going to call a few other places to see what they say. I'm really bummed. I'm hoping to keep this car for a few more years.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Oh wow. That is definitely not good news. Good luck with the aftermarket, hope it saves you some money. Keep us posted.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    on my '01 Prelude Type SH. I called the dealer back (who has my car and who has serviced it from day One) to see why his price was so high. Everybody and their mother told me they know this guy that does really good work and the reason it is so expensive is because it is the Honda dealer... I was able to speak to the service advisor who knows me and my car. He checked into it with a technician and whatever manual they have there and gave ma an explanation. NOt good news, but an explanation that doesn't make me feel as bad. The Clutch on a Prelude Type SH is much more expensive to replace than other Preludes or even other Hondas because of the ATTS unit. It must be removed and re-installed in order to replace the clutch. This process adds an extra 4 hours of labor hours to the job. I called another dealer to verify this. After he told me the price was $1000 (parts and labor, $600 less than my dealer told me), I reminded him I have a Prelude Type SH with ATTS. He toook another look in the book and said...WOW, then gave me his price. It was cheaper than my dealer, but I trust my dealer and he does good work.

    I called my Service advisor and asked if they'll install an aftermarket clutch. I said I'd like to have an aftermarket clutch installed because I don't think the Honda clutch is up to the task of my everyday driving and I don't want to replace the clutch again in 2-3 years. He said they don't usually do aftermarket intallations, but that I'm a good customer and I have to use the Honda Flywheel. So I'm going with a Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch.

    My Prelude willl be back Monday hopefully. For now I miss the sharp handling, slick shifting 5 -speed, low seating position, and my Sirius Sattellite Radio. I've been driving my sister's '00 VR6 Jetta (automatic) for a few days. Tomorrow They're going to give me a loaner car until my Poor Prelude is fixed.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Hello. I have a 98 Prelude 118k miles. I had the clutch replaced a couple of weeks ago (very pricey) and now it doesn't seem to be running right. It seems sluggish and this morning when I drove to work the RPM's seemed unusually high. Does anyone know why this might be???
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    oh I miss my Prelude sooooooooo much :cry: . The loaner car they gave me is an '05 Accord LX 4cyl. This thing better get some excellent fuel economy because as far as cars go, it is terrible. Acceleration is sluggish at best. Passing power is non-exsistant (My Prelude has no problem passing many cars in the left lane when I drop the hammer). The car is so isolated from the road. The suspension is floaty. My favorite thing about the car has to be the horn. This sucker is loud! I hope to have my car back Monday or Tuesday.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Did you get your Prelude back yet? I'm anxious to hear how the clutch repairs (and other work) have gone?
  • Did a Honda dealer do the work? Did you use OEM parts? Just curious...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, but I've had a lot of stuff going on. I picked up my car on Monday night. So good to be back in my Prelude. I've got to take it easy though. Break-in on a new clutch is 500 miles.

    I'm very happy with the results. I should be, they cost me enough. Clutch takeup is now much smoother. Depressing feels lighter then stock. Clutch grabs much closer to the floor. I feel I'm driving much smoother now.

    I had the Honda dealer do the work. Once I found out the ATTS unit had to be taken out and re-installed, I knew I couldn't bring it to just anybody.

    I used a Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch which came with a pressure place and disc. Honda dealer said I had to use a Honda Flywheel and Throwout Bearing.

    Whne they had my transmission out of the car (a scary thought), they notcied the Rear Main Seal was leaking transmission fluid. They replaced the seal.

    Due to the fact that my new clutch requires a break-in, I can't tell how well the exhaust performs under full throttle. I love the lw sound it has.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • bobg92bobg92 Posts: 3
    hi all,

    i'm looking at a 1992 prelude this afternoon for possible purchase. does anyone the recommended interval for changing the timing belt on a 2.3l engine?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,536
    HOw many miles are on the car? Is it an Si, or 4WS? Stick or Automatic? What color?

    I'm not sure about the H23A motor, maybe 60K intervals, but my '01 H22A has 90K timing Belt change intervals.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • bobg92bobg92 Posts: 3
    i decided not to go for this car. too much rust, especially around windshield it actually rusted through. too many things rigged. bad signs. maybe another one. anyone know of a decent prelude for reasonable in the nyc area?
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