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Honda Prelude 1997-2002

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I would think 250K is not typical but very much to the optimistic end of the bell curve, for ANY gas engine. Certainly do-able but I wouldn't bet on it as a sure thing. That's a lot of miles. Maybe you could overhaul it keep the basic block going much longer, that's possible.

    I think if you averaged out all the engine failures on all modern cars you'd hit something like 175K or so. Probably Japanese averages would be higher, but I'm only guessing.

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  • complex1complex1 Posts: 13
    Hi!

    How would you estimate this car, if the engine is in good condition, the car was maintained well. Body has some rust. The middle tube of the exhaust system is going to rust out soon, and probably clutch also is gonna be replaced soon.

    Thanks.
  • I often received comments from mechanics and shops that the 86 prelude I have is not built the same way as the newer prelude. What do they really mean by that ? I realized that for example Ford changed to lot of plastic parts in the up-to-date design to reduce cost. Is that what people really mean ? The mid 80's Honda is well built but what did Honda do differently since then ? You would expect with more advanced technology, car should get better and last longer, not the opposite ? Any thought ?

    Russell
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I don't know what they mean. They might not even know what they mean. Besides you can't compare old and new because age is a factor as much as mileage and also contributes to a car's deterioration.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    So I'm driving home from the Yankees game tonight, cruise set at a touch under 70 on the highway. All of the sudden my Check Engine Light goes on followed by the ATTS light. I came home and checked for the obvious.

    Turns out I didn't tighten my gas cap when I filled up last night. Owner's manual says the light will go off in 2 or 3 driving trips.

    It looked like my left front tire was a bit soft (slow leak) which would cause the ATTS light to turn on maybe. Manual says it is OK to drive with the ATTS light on, I just won't have ATTS.

    If it stays on. I'm bringing the car in next week for service.

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    I had a similar issue with my prelude. I was driving down the freeway and my check engine light and ATTS light comes on. Of course its fine to drive the car, its just that you won't have ATTS. Well I took the car to the dealer and they found out that my gas cap wasn't sealing well and that caused the check engine and ATTS light to come on. I'm the type to make SURE my gas cap is on tightly. So it wasn't my failure to tighten it, it was just a bad cap. So they replaced it no charge under warranty :) And I've been wearing the crap out of ATTS since then lol!
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    I once experienced the same problem - gas cap too.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    mine definitely isn't sealing right. Is there some sort of metal flap that gets pushed back when you fill up? When I take the gas cap off, it looks like I could see right into the tank.

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

  • uwakuuwaku Posts: 1
    Hello, all! I'm new to the board (obviously) and wanted to say hi. Also, I have a '99 base 'Lude, 5-speed, Milano Red, about to hit 69k. At 48,153, the car stalled not two blocks from the dealership while on my way to the airport. They replaced the timing belt & tensioner, and because I had a third-party warranty (I bought the car used at 42,687 a few months prior) the dealership took care of it. Total cost was $382.30, but no cost to me.

    I've only had two other mechanical issues. One was that I got the infamous P0133 O2 sensor slow bank 1 sensor 1 code when my check engine light came on. The second was a short time when the passenger door lock motor kept cycling. I'd accelerate and the lock kept tripping. Probably a bad motor, but it's only done it a few times, and not lately. Anyone have any info on these issues?

    As for my Prelude, the only two reasons I've ever considered not keeping it are these: it's too short (I bump my head on the roof because I refuse to do a gangsta lean, and I prefer to be as high as possible so I can actually SEE the road), and, like the Accord, the cup holders are placed exactly where my elbow wants to be when shifting. Other than that, it's perfect. The combination of power, comfort, safety, and of course style makes it one of the best sports cars on the road, and yes, I do consider it a sports car (as do the constant line of kids who want to race me at stoplights... must be the paint job).

    I've never really opened her up, but she's hit 105. Not ten minutes later, though, I got tagged by a Florida Trooper in an airplane who said I'd been doing 94. $175 for that ticket, but I was actually happy to get it at that rate... };-)

    Anyway, looking forward to reading all your comments & learning more about my baby.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    Milano Red... Kick A$$ color (same as my '01 Type SH). Your car looks great! Is that a recent photo?

    Maybe my color got me picked out and got me my first ticket ever (in my 10 years of driving) about a year and a half ago. Stupid NYC cop gave me a ticket for going 70 in a 50.

    I guess the cupholders do get in the way, but I never use them. I usually just drink H2O and tighten the cap and throw it on the seat next to me.

    As far as roof height goes, I love the "chopped" look of the Prelude's roof. You don't have to do a gangsta lean to be comfy. Just tilt the seat back a little further then you normally would. Also make sure the bottom of the seat is all the way down.

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

  • kenjabikenjabi Posts: 76
    I go out to my Prelude this morning to go to work, and what do I see? My car had been egged! Some punks went around the neighborhood and egged (seemingly) random cars. However, I was fortunate because: A) They only used one egg, B) The egg was mostly on the windshield, with only a little on the paint, and C) It was still "fresh" and hadn't dried yet, so I was able to take it off with some effort and wet rags.

    But man, that's a horrible way to start the day! :(
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    No respect, ludes don't get no respect :(

    I saw a rare sight: two Type SHs following each other on the highway. A silverstone and a black.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    So today I'm driving home from work and glance down at my gauge cluster to check my speed and notice that my ATTS light & CEL are no longer illuminated. I'm still going to tell the dealer about it and have them run a diagnostic.

    Well, those of us with a Prelude Type SH love our ATTS and how it enhances the cornering charachteristics of an already brilliant handling car. We all thought that the technology went to waste when our beloved Prelude was cut from Honda's lineup and Acura fitted their CL Type S (and the new TL) with a true LSD. I read a very interesting tidbit on Acura's new AWD system (July 2004 Car and Driver, Page 36) that will debut on the '05 RL. The new nomenclature fro the system will be called SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive, but you figured that out already:). It uses electromagnetic clutches using a variety of inputs and can send power to either or both rear wheels as needed. So in addition to using a front/rear AWD split, the system can transfer power from side to side in the rear. They said they were actually able to make the car rotate around a corner . Check it out, it is quite an interesting little blurb.

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Nope nyccarguy, there is no metal flap like in the older cars.
  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    I was reading the same article, I have to think Honda is in the top group of companies (Porshe, BMW,Audi,MB) when it comes to excellent handling cars. This new system seems to only up the ante. But the handling of my Prelude never ceases to amaze me!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    I got my car back yesterday and it is tight and good as new thanks to an alignment, tire rotation, & balance The lights on were as suspected: Check engine was on from when I didn't tighten the gas cap and the ATTS light was on because one of my tires was low. I love driving my Prelude!

    While the Prelude was being fixed I got to tool around in an '04 Civic LX for a 2 days. Lots of room on the inside for such a small car. The engine was anemic, but I still got it up to 80 and was cruising...not bad. It seemed soild though. A great starting point for the RSX.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    Among the drag racing import crowd, the H22A found in our 5th generation Preludes is the king of Honda VTEC Inline 4s (I guess the 93-96 OBD I is better). There are a few guys that park in the garage where I work with tricked out civics who are always admiring my car. Today they asked for a glimpse under the hood. They marveled at the size of the H22A (almost like a big block Corvette from back in the day). One guy has a '92 Civic Hatchback with an engine from the '99 Civic Si (B16c?) and another has a Civic hatchback with the motor from a 1st generation CR-V (B20) with some modifications. The were telling me how they were racing a '99 Civic Si with an H22A (in the B20 Civic) and they had him by about 4 car lengths in the 1/4 mile, but then the H22A Civic Coupe just pulled away from them and was way ahead by the time a mile came around.

    THey're always telling me that I should do this and that to my car. I just tell them I don't want it to be undrivable for everyday commuting and highway trips (plus I don't want to waste the money). They were shcoked when I told them how well the Prelude cruises on the highway.

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

  • cowboy019cowboy019 Posts: 17
    Anyone else experience this? When surpassing ~4500 rpm in third, I can feel the car shudder/hesitate/pull. Not a very pleasant feeling. Other gears seem to be fine, I can go right to redline in 2nd, but in 3rd, the car can't seem to take it.

    Any ideas what's going on???

    ('01 SE)
  • Hi all,
    Anybody knows about a cheaper source for buying crush washer ? A lot of the seal are made by crushing the washer but the cost is around $2.50 to $3.00 a piece at the dealer. ANy suggestion for a place selling this at a lower cost. I do not use them often, only when I work with brakes and fuel filter. Just curious. Thanks.

    Russell
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    So I always thought the imobilizer system in our Preludes was somewhat of a joke. I went to an import night on Thursday and got talking to some really cool people with a vast knowledge of cars. I was talking to a guy who told me that the Imobilizer system in the Prelude is amazingly effective (far superior to the one in the Integra) and that there is no known way around it. Basically if somebody wants to steal the Prelude for its precious H22A motor then they'd have to tow it away.

    The import night was cool. I met a few Prelude drivers from the area. And everyone I spoke to raised an eyebrow at some point in a conversation when I mentioned I had an '01 Type SH. The Prelude commands lots of respect.

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

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