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Honda Prelude 1997-2002

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  • notnilc64notnilc64 Posts: 8
    Hi guys. I'm 16 and new to this forum. New to the Preludes as well. I just got my 99 Prelude a few days ago and I absolutely love it. I'll be sure to check back into this often, and if I have any questions, I know where to turn. :D

    -Clinton

    Here she is: image
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,101
    Congrats on a sweet car. If I couldn't find my '01 SH Prelude in Red, then white was my tied for first color choice.

    How many miles are on it? Is your car stick or automatic? How much did you pay? Did you buy from a dealer or private owner?

    The Prelude is a great car to have as your first. Just respect it.

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

  • notnilc64notnilc64 Posts: 8
    Thanks. Around here (Tallahassee, Florida) it's pretty hard to find a Prelude anywhere for sale. In our searching we only came across three, none of them being SH's. This one we really got lucky in finding because it was out of the way from our searches, and my father just suggested we go look at this little dealer. They're partners with a garage that my dad gets most of his car work done at, so he knew and trusted the people. Anyway, it's in great shape with 72,000 miles, automatic, and ended up (after taxes and such) to be right at 12 grand. But yes, as you say, they're great cars and I'll definitely enjoy it for years to come.
  • mrpreludemrprelude Posts: 3
    Hey buddy that car looks sweet! I have a 2001 SH model and I really have no complaints. i experienced that rattle coming from the rear shock towers. The Honda dealership changed the bushings that are part of the rear shock assemblies on both sides and so far is noise free. I do have a problem with my sunroof. When opened/tilted, it will rattle when I hit bumps on the road.The glass assembly seems to shudder when i hit bumps. I went back to the dealership and had the sunroof tracts greased, but the problem still persists. The Honda dealership rep told me that I would have to spend $1000 parts and labor to fix the noise. Does this make any sense? Does anyone else out there have this same problem? If so what was done to solve the problem?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,101
    What color is your car? How many miles do you have on it? Where do you live? I've got a Milano Red '01 Type SH that's going to hit the 45K mark tomorrow night on my way home from work.

    I don't think your sunroof problem is anything to worry about (much less spend $1000 on). It is just the nature of the design of a sunroof that titls up and sits on top of the roof as opposed to sunroofs that slide into roofs. There will be some rattling and shaking going on. I think it is normal.

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

  • mrpreludemrprelude Posts: 3
    My ' 01 Lude is black and is has about 49K miles. i guess that sunroof rattle is pretty normal then. I'm thinking about changing the stock Bridgestones for some different/better rubber. I went on Tirerack.com and viewed the results on the RE 92 tires. They suck in every single category except dry weather handling. Iwas thinking about getting a set of Pirelli P Zero Neros or maybe some Kumho Ecsta ASX. Both are supposed to offer all-weather traction, are more affordable than the stock OEMs and scored higher in the surveys. Check it out for yourself. I just can' t seem to decide what tire to get. I don't think I ever heard of the Kumho brandname before and I've been car crazy since I was seven years old. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Does synthetic oil really make a difference? Is it really worth the extra$? I heard that synthetic oils last longer and can be changed every 6 months. Is this true?
  • jimftworthjimftworth Posts: 4
    I am lucky enough to own one of the first Preludes, a 1979 model, VIN SNF00007425. I drive it to work, 50 miles round trip, nearly every day. It still runs great at 362,000 miles. My car seldom has any problems, just normal maintenance item, after nearly 27 years of ownership. I have been accumulating original parts as I can find them to get ready for an complete restoration. I have already completely rebuilt the suspension and brakes systems. Many original parts are still available on the internet. My main source is Majestic Honda.com, who sells factory parts at a 25 % discount (but still pretty expensive), and for any year or model Honda. Later this summer or even during the winter (the winter isn't bad in Texas), my plan is to totally disassemble the car and restore it to as like new as possible with an engine and transmision overhaul, sandblast the engine compartment, new wiring harnesses, complete paint job inside and out, new interior, everything. It is going to be repainted its original strange shade of red, which I don't prefer, but it should be what is orignally was. I can do it all myself. This is a great car and an head turner. Pretty neat, huh ??
  • notnilc64notnilc64 Posts: 8
    Your car sounds amazing, and yes, you are definitely lucky.

    Think you could post a pic here?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,101
    Nice car! Definitely post pics if you can.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,101
    Saying the stock bridegstones suck is an understatement. A good set of Z rated, high performance tires are probably one of the best way to improve the Prelude's already great handling. Kuhmo isn't a mainstream brand like Michelin or Pirelli, but they are well known on the autocross and racing circut. If you're having trouble deciding, call tire rack up and ask the person on the phone. They're very knowledgeable. I'm thinking my OEM tires will last until next season, so I'm thinking of going Kuhmo though.

    You change your oil by the month or mileage? I've been using synthetic oil ever since my first service. Started off using Mobil 1, but then switched to Castrol Syntec (full synthetic). I like the Castrol MUCH better. I think Synthetic protects better and conventional on high revving engines like the H22A in our Preludes.

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

  • 86lude86lude Posts: 1
    Hi im 16 and i have purchased an 86 prelude and i am wondering where i could buy some lowering springs an i cannot find any for an 86 prelude anywhere if anyone could tell me what to do please get back to me
  • I have a 4 speed automatic, '97 Prelude with 120k miles on it, recently bought for $3500.

    On my way home from dropping off a friend yesterday, and about three minutes from my house, I noticed that my speedometer had dropped to 0 even though I had to be doing at least 60. As I drove, it spurratically jumped around in the range between 0 and 60 regardless of my speed, except that when I came to a stop, it stayed at 0. Simultaneously, what I think is the check engine light came on, and the green D4 light on the panel of transmission lights started flashing instead of being steady. As all this was going on, the car drove like normal and seemed fine in every other respect.

    I don't have an owners manual, and because all these lights came on at the same time, I'm suspecting that it must be the same problem. This morning, I checked the oil and found out that it was bone dry. I also had just been to the pump to put $6 worth of gas in her about 30 minues before the incident.

    Any suggestions or diagnosis?
  • update:

    I drove it again, and the problem was gone. I filled up the oil, transmission fluid, ect.

    Next morning, I take off and the D4 light is flashing again, speedometer reads 0. D4 light doesn't start flashing until I put the car in drive. I think it might be a transmission problem, but when I got to school, I popped the hood and saw that a small amount of smoke was coming up from behind the back right of the engine. The check engine light never went off, even when the problem was gone. I checked all the fluids and they're fine. I think I might be burning oil.

    :lemon:
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,101
    THere were problems with the automatics for the first year or 2 of production.

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

  • hrchrc Posts: 11
    About the Sunroof, it's a very common problem with a easy fix. Do you notice it ALOT when the sunshade is pulled back and not so much when the shade is covering the windows? Mines makes noise when the rubber surround of the moonroof dries up. My dealer friend gave me some honda silicone to put around the rubber surround and it went away! I just reapply when the gel dries up after a few months. Hope this helps!

    Danny
  • jimftworthjimftworth Posts: 4
    The speedometer problem is likely the Vehicle Speed Sensor. It's a little part half the size of a cell phone that bolts to the transmission housing somewhere, usually in the most inaccessible place. There is a gear on one end. It goes inside the transmission sealed with an o ring and held with one 10 mm bolt. As it spins around, when the car is moving, a magnet inside creates an electrical signal. There is a wire that plugs in to it leading to the speedometer. Gone are the days when a cable with a metal shaft inside connected the transmission to the speedometer head. You are getting an intermittent signal causing the speedometer to jump and thus confusing the car's computer by not telling the engine the correct fuel and air ratios it should have. The check engine light is coming on because the engine is running fast while the computer thinks it is not causing the "what the hell ?" function to work. Replacing it will likely solve the problem. I have done this on my 97 Accord V6 and 92 Civic. Both had the identical problem you described. They are not cheap but you can get one at Auto Zone, Pep Boys, some place like that (maybe $50 or $60, go on line and look it up). Your problem may be with a bad wire or the socket plug in, considering all of the oil and crud that must be in that area. I wouldn't be afraid to try. The biggest problem is finding it, probably from underneath the car. All you need is a 10mm socket wrench with a short extension bar. When the D4 light is flashing it means the problem is happening at that moment rather than a stored signal from some time in the past. Once the check engine light goes on, you can't turn it off yourself unless you either disconnect the battery cable for two minutes or more, or take the radio fuse out for two minutes (it may be a different fuse on your car). If you do this and your car radio has theft protection circuitry, be sure you know the radio's security code, or you will no longer have a working radio. It would be interesting to try this to see if the check engine light comes back on again. If it does, you can take your car to the Honda dealer who will charge you $80 to tell you what's wrong but not fix it. Or you can take it to Auto Zone, where they will come out to your car, use their code reader machine, and tell you generally what's wrong for free. I would check your oil VERY frequently. If it really was bone dry, there is probably some engine block, valve train damage :cry: :cry:
  • jimftworthjimftworth Posts: 4
    I'm ready to post a picture of my unrestored 79 Prelude. But I don't know how. Can some one clue me in ? I know quite a lot about Hondas and early Preludes but don't have a clue how to attach a photo. I thought I would start off with this first picture. Then every so often, later on, post a picture showing what restoration progress is being made (if any). I expect to spend a year or so doing this as I can only work on it part time on weekends.
  • hrchrc Posts: 11
    "I'm ready to post a picture of my unrestored 79 Prelude. But I don't know how. Can some one clue me in ?..."

    To post a picture, it must first be loaded on a website like sony's imagestation, from there, just copy the "properties" portion of the picture and paste it here with the image
  • prelude00prelude00 Posts: 2
    hey guys,what's up. i just signed up for this forum and it's great. i have a 2000 pearl white honda prelude. one problem though my timing belt tensioner went out on it with 49000 miles on it. i previously read on prior postings that honda dealers will try to fix this problem or at help help out in the cost with rebates or whatever, what do i need to tell them or even do to take that into consideration. please help me out, it hurts to see my baby just sitting in the drive way dead.
    kp
  • jimftworthjimftworth Posts: 4
    If you bought this car at a Honda dealer and have had it since new, Honda should fix it either free of charge or close to it. Timing belt tensioners do not fail at 49,000 miles (except on your car apparently). I had a new air conditioning compressor replaced on a 90 Civic totally free once and it had over 50,000 miles on it. There are many unwritten warranty rules Honda and others have to keep their customers happy. Like on my wife's 97 Accord V6, it has a 150,000 mile warranty on the emissions system, not publicized, unless one asks. Take it to the dealer and complain. Tell them you bought this car based upon their reputation for qualtity. This part should not fail so soon and you want it replaced under warranty. If they say no, then ask for the telephone number, address, email address and name of the Honda regional warranty office. Contact them with your complaint, and I bet you will eventually get satisfaction. Worked for me.
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