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Honda Prelude 1997-2002



  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
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  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    What's going on? I just ran my Prelude SH through Edmunds' appraiser and got this:

    2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe
    Trade-In Private Party Dealer Retail
    National Base Price $16,446 $18,246 $19,907
    Optional Equipment $0 $0 $0
    Color Adjustment
    Silver $73 $81 $88
    Regional Adjustment
    for Zip Code 48375 $99 $109 $119
    Mileage Adjustment
    20,000 miles $406 $406 $406
    Condition Adjustment
    Outstanding $695 $731 $817
    Total $17,719 $19,573 $21,337
    Certified Used Vehicle $21,987

    It wasn't nearly that high a few months ago.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    I've always thought the TMV on edmunds is way off. A good way to get the value of your car is by looking through the online and local ads and seeing how much peoiple are asking. A good board here in TH is the REAL WORLD TRADE IN VALUES. There are a few guys there who work at or own their own used car dealerships and go to auctions. Their info is more accurate than TMV.

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

  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    That's my review from TireRack. My tires are mostly shot by now, but I've managed to put close to 33K miles on them (mostly highway, with frequent, brief bursts of very aggressive cornering).

    The dry grip and response gets better as they near the wear bars, but the wet traction has gone away (thank goodness for my LSD).

    I like the cornering grip, but the noise on all but new, very smooth pavement has grown tiresome. I think I'll be running a set of Dunlop SP9000's next -- they give up some dry grip but wear a bit better, are sharper in the wet, and offer better NVH qualities. They're also 40% cheaper than the S-03.

    What to do with your RE-92's? You might be able to negotiate a deal with whatever shop will be mounting and balancing your new tires to get a credit for them ($25 a tire might be a good deal). You might even be able to trade them even-up for the tire swap charges. Worth a try -- the worst thing anyone can say is "no."

    Don't be afraid to use one of the recommended installers on the TireRack Website. They're always a safe bet. Get the 4-wheel alignment, too, since you want to get all the use possible from the tires you just paid for.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    Latest Kelley Blue Book on a 2001 Prelude is actually lower than Edmunds, oddly enough (usually it's higher) . I think TMV is pretty good for "real money" transactions (actual selling prices). I did a quick check in the Bay Area and found 3 '01 Preludes, all claimed excellent for $18.5, 19K and 20.5K. (check out Possibly if yours were truly superb you could squeeze that extra $1K that TMV says. For higher than that, you'd have to do extra warranty and financing I would think.

    If someone offered you that $21.9K TMV, I'd be inclined to suggest you take it.
  • prelude1997prelude1997 Posts: 26
    Can anyone suggest a good shop for service in DC/MD area? I'm in Olney. Thanks!!
  • kenjabikenjabi Posts: 76
    prelude1997 - Get the heck outta here...I live in Olney too! Talk about a small world. Anyway, I get my car serviced at a shop in Laurel called Vipre Automotive ( They do good, quick work and don't charge too much. If that's too much out of the way, I've been generally pleased with the work done at Graeves Auto in Olney (behind the McDonald's), though I've never taken my Prelude there.

    BTW, what kind of Prelude do you drive (color, trim)? I have a white 99 base. If I see you around town I'll flash my lights or something.
  • prelude1997prelude1997 Posts: 26
    Hey Ken, mine is black, base. I've got lightly tinted windows and a spoiler. I live off of Olney Mill.

    I used to take my car to Graeves, but the last time they used an impact wrench on my wheel locks. They were on so tight that I broke my "key" when I tried to take them off. I ended up spending $200 cutting them off and replacing the nuts. I will check out Vipre. Thanks neighbor!
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    I was poking around and found this review: 99&make=Honda&model=Prelude+SH

    The final two sentences sum it up so well!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    While I'm definitely into cars as they come from the factory, there is definitely something to be said for tasteful & subtle modifications. This past Saturday I saw a 5th Gen Prelude that was painted a maroon color (It looked great) with some very nice looking (17" or 18") seven spoke (I think) wheels. The Altezza lights and taller than stock rear spoiler aren't my style, but to each his own.

    I also saw a Civic that had what appeared to be S2000 tailights which I thought looked really cool compared to the usual Altezzas that seem to be the 'norm among the import tuner crowd.

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

  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    With the Prelude freshly detailed yesterday morning, I experienced quite a bit of attention from the hopped-up 4-banger crowd. Unfortunately none were done up to my personal liking. I did see two 5th gen Preludes this weekend (a rarity--I hardly see one every other week if that), one was the electron blue with white racing stripes front to rear, white rims, and a big, fat blue body kit. Actually I kind of liked the color (the white stripes and white rims) but the huge aluminum wing destroyed the look. Oh well.

    I just bought a pair of S03s! Report forthcoming next week sometime...
  • blacktalonblacktalon Posts: 203
    Congrats on the SO-3s! Let us know what you think...
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    sphinx -- If your S-03 experience is anything like mine, it'll feel like a whole new car.

    It might take you a little bit to learn to trust the tires' grip, but once you do...well, have fun!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    My first car, a 1992 Chevy Beretta GT (hey, we were all young and stupid once) was white and came with white mesh sytle wheels. As a 16 year old, one of my favorite pastimes was cleaning my car and those damn wheels always took me an hour of scrubbing brake dust. I replaced the wheels with a set of 5 spoke American Racing wheels that made the car look so much better. I ended up using the white stock wheels with my Blizzaks. Let me just tell you, NEVER AGAIN will I own a car with white wheels.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    Well, I dropped my Prelude off at the dealership this evening for its second oil change. While it is in I'm also having the tires rotated and it also seems my driver's side seat-belt doesn't retract all the way. They provided me with a Beige/Beige Accord LX (this one has some power stuff). I feel like I'm driving a Town Car. I got in the car and was looking for a clutch to start it...very strange these automatic transmissions are:)

    I met my Mom for dinner. She also had her car serviced today. She was none too happy when she found out that I get an Accord when I service my Prelude and she gets a 4cyl (2.0) Jetta when she has her Audi A6 serviced:)

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

  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    nyc -- My driver's side belt stopped retracting on its own at around 50K, so I have to "help" it roll back up. The passenger belt is still okay, though. Weak winder springs, I guess.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    So I picked the car up from the dealership today and the seat-belt is still the same (I can live with it, believe me). I remember my gas light going on before I pulled into the dealership yesterday. The trip odometer read 320. I picked it up and it read 325. I figured I can easily go until about 340-350 until I fill up next. WRONG! I drove from the dealership to my parents' house, then to a restaurant. Before pulling into the restaurant I needed to downshift to pass. I noticed that the car sputtered a little bit once the tach needle got around the 4K mark. After dinner I pulled out of the parking lot, drove about 1000 feet and the car stalled. I was able to turn around and then make it to about across the street from a gas station. Then NOTHING! Yep, for the first time ever I ran out of gas. I can't believe it! Luckily both my parents were getting gas at that gas station and my Dad and I pushed the car to safety and I filled up. The strange thing is that the car only took 14.672 gallons of gas. I thought we had a 15.9 gallon tank. Now granted I'm somewhat of a [non-permissible content removed] for letting the tank go so low, but there still was over a gallon in the tank.

    I'm glad to get out of that Accord. The only thing I liked about it was that it soaked up bumps that my Prelude usually crashes over. I'll take the bumps as long as it comes with our Prelude's steering/suspension combo.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    I saw the TSX at the NY Auto show a few months ago. I didn't care for the exterior styling much. The front looks like a Japanese A4 while the back looks like the previous generation Camry. I thought the interior was nice though.

    CAR AND DRIVER (p81 July 2003) had some interesting things to say about the TSX as it compares to the Prelude.

    "As far as handling characteristics, the TSX is reminiscent of the dearly departed Honda Prelude, a multiple 10Best winner and champion of our "Best Handling Car under $30,000" (June 1997). Each posses a point-and-shoot mentality that allows you to drive the snot out of it with little fear of getting bit in the [non-permissible content removed], and each inspires more confidence the faster and harder it's driven."

    Have either of you gotten you hands on a TSX to see what it really drives like.

    Reading excerps like that make me somewhat angry that once we sell our respective Preludes, we can never (never say never) own another. So enjoy your cars guys!

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

  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    I've been interested in getting a TSX test drive for exactly that sort of reason. The problem is that I wouldn't give up the Prelude for it, so I don't want to waste an Acura salesperson's time. I do like the photos of the TSX's interior. Very warm, elegant. Prelude is dreary in comparison.
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