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Honda Prelude 1997-2002



  • Check post #26514 on the Real-World Trade-In Values Board.

    The host gave me a retail value of $9,000 to $9,500 on my 98 SH.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,401
    is very unrealistic for a '98. I have an '01 SH that the host on real world trade in values told me I could sell for mid $13K range.

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

  • Yeah i agree with all of you about the 12,000 asking price. I talked with the seller today and he was flexible and willing to go lower. I think that he thought that it was just in such great condition that he would ask for alot more than its worth. Thanks for all of your help guys!
  • blacktalonblacktalon Posts: 203
    I've had my 2001 Prelude for five years (38K miles) and the only problem I've had is that, in year 3, the rubber moulding around the windshield started to get a little loose and made a whistling sound at speeds over 70 mph. This was fixed under warranty at a dealership with no cost and no hassles.

    That's it.

    (Oh, and once the check engine light went on. I reset the fuse and it didn't happen again.)

    Based on my experience, I highly recommend the reliability of the fifth-gen Prelude.
  • if you're interested in an unsolicited tire opinion, i had a pair of RE92s several years back on my 93 VTEC. most awful tires for cornering i've had on the car. every time i went around a corner with any speed (even 20 - 30 mph) the tires would squeal all the way through the intersection. people would look at me as though i must be doing 70 through the turn, which of course i wasn't.

    for the last 2 years i've had a pair of Dunlop SP Sport 5000s on the prelude, which are fantastic. great tire for cornering, accelerating, and very hydroplane resistant from my experience. i fell in love with the handling of my car all over again once i put these shoes on!

    my 2cents...
  • Hi,

    re 93 Prelude 4WS Si: I had the timing best changed and my Prelude is running smoothly. Took it to a local guy and I am very impressed--$737 and he even changed air conditioner belt among others. Question: I'm looking for a cold air intake for the '93, but can't find many choices. I DON'T want one that locates low and behind the bumper as I don't want to risk getting water into the beautiful engine. I want it located higher and have a good heat shield. As I'm new to Preludes, I am asking for any suggestions!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,401
    I'm a little under 8,000 miles away from changing my timing belt (my '01 SH has about 52K right now).

    I'm not too keane on engine mods, but the purpose of a Cold Air Intake is it's positioning low and behind the bumper. There is where the air comes in and is less affected by the engine's heat as compared to the stock air box. THat's why I've never put a CAI on my car because it floods a lot where I live.

    There are a few things you can do: Instead of a Cold Air Intake, you can install a Short Ram Intake. It is the same principle, but positioned higher in the engine compartment. You can also install a Cold Air Intake with a Blow Off valve.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,401
    I waxed my car the other day. It really brought the shine back to my Milano Red '01 Prelude Type SH. I was shocked at the amount of dead paint lifted up on the wax applicator.

    I'm leaning towards Apex World Sport as the cat back exhaust system for my car. Right now it really sounds awful.

    I still love my Prelude and think we're going to keep it for a few more years. Maybe I can convince my wife that it would be cheaper for me to have a Jackson Racing Supercharger installed on my car than go and lease a new $35,000 325i:)

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

  • I often hear people mentioning their timing belt on this site, so I was wondering about mine. How would I go about checking mine? Are there any specific signs of wear that I should look for? I've got about 74,400 miles on my '99 Prelude, but I don't when or if it's been changed. Thanks for any help
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,401
    You have 74,400 miles now, how many were on the car when you bought it? Rule of thumb is to change the timing belt every 60K miles whether it needs it or not.

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

  • 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: 7,401
    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: 7,401
    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: 7,401
    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

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