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Honda Prelude 1997-2002

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  • stevenh7stevenh7 Posts: 33
    Looking for all season. What is the tire rack?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    tire rack is an online retailer that will let you plug in your vehicle make & model, and let you select tires based on certain criteria (high performance, all season, winter...). The site is tirerack.com

    Their prices are very reasonable and if you have a question, their sales staff is extremely knowlegeable.

    let us know what you come up with.

    Those of us who post regularly here don't put all season tires on our Preludes (current or Former).

    Personally I like to use dedicated snow tires for the winter (with a cheap set of steel wheels) and will get some nice Z rated perfromance tires for Summer/Spring/Fall duty when my stock Bridgestones wear out.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    I had my Prelude washed for the first time in what seems like months tonight. I don't care that it is going to rain tomorrow, I just couldn't stand it! The interior is nice and clean and the red paint shines once again. That reminds me, I've got to throw a coat of wax on one of these days! I love the way my car looks at dusk. It looks clean and you can't see any of the dings or scratches. Damn I love my Prelude! At the end of the month 4/27 will be my car's 2nd birthday!

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Hello All, I got sidetracked with other things from posting yeah yeah I'm the guy with the 01 Black Type SH in case you forgot haha.
    I had it stored for the winter as I drive my 92 Integra GSR in the winter.
      Have you guys heard of 3M Paint protection film? I'm having it put on my car this weekend. I just HATE dings and paint chips on the front end. I've heard only good reviews about it. Actually I've had it put on another car I have and you really can't tell its there until you're up close. I have an installer that does it for me really good guy he knows what he's doing. I'll find that sight that has it. Also I saw this, have any of you thought about this http://www.autosportcatalog.com/index.cfm?fa=p&pid=332&ad- dcar=1
    Sorry for the long post I'll be keeping up more :)
  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    I'd say for the money, you can't beat the prelude for its performance, HANDLING, quality fit and finish inside and out! And then too I STILL get looks because its not a car you see every mile like a vette etc. I know others have posted on this but I just HAD to chime in :)
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    24,000 is going to show up tomorrow AM:)

    Not to shabby considering that at this time last year I had less then 6K on the car!

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    I got some serious catching up to do, 8,900 miles here. I have a road trip planned soon down south. I'll get a chance to open it UP!
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    Miles fly when you're having fun :) I'm reading about 9,970 on the S.... should pass 10 grand sometime on the way to work today :(
  • kenjabikenjabi Posts: 76
    I'm jealous of all you low-milers. :) Over 63,000 on my Prelude now. Car still runs great overall, just a little rattle in the back when going over bumps, and my Check Engine light seems to randomly come on and off. Last time I asked my mechanic about it he said it came up as an O2 sensor code. Any other (5th gen) Prelude owners have a similar problem around this mileage?
  • proggerprogger Posts: 2
    I would like to take the jump now and make that Prelude Purchase but other economic factors have slowed me down (#1, son beginning college) I will probably still wait 1 more year to pull the trigger but a local dealer has a 2001 Black auto with spoiler, fog lights and 30K miles. It is pulling me in. I know most of you enthusiasts prefer the 5 speed but I am quite happy with the auto. Haven't driven it yet, but the asking price is $16,995. I was hoping to purchase one for less than 15K. Is the market for Preludes tight or is there room for negotiation?
  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    If the car is in good condition I would go for it. If you don't somebody else will come along and snap it up and you'll be on the outside looking in!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    I actually saw an '01 Auto Prelude advertised in NEWSDAY (a Long Island Paper) I can't recall the color, but the person was asking I think $13,900 or something to that effect. The car had 30K miles. Check out newsday.com to check out the ad. They should list thie classifieds online.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    So my right front blinker was out. I changed it. It was relatively easy and painless. The hard part is getting the damn assembly back in. The little screw isn't catching. It is in, but loose. The whole assembly popped out when I hit a speed bump. I'm going to attempt to fix it tomorrow! Any suggestions?

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

  • linardlinard Posts: 59
    Hello All,

    I have a 1999 Prelude with 51 thousand miles and the timing belt tensioner has failed. The car sounds like the engine has a loose bolt rolling around in there at certain RPMs. Its disheartening! Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone else here has had that problem? Another guy who is in the same parking garage with a 2000 red SH with 45K stopped me yesterday to say how gorgeous my baby was and said, "you wouldn't believe it, my tensioner failed." After the shock that both of our cars have the same problem, he informed me that he knows of two other Preludes that had the problem and that the owners managed to convince Honda North America to repair their cars at no cost. Has anyone had this experience or got Honda to repair their cars?

    They filed the claim for me yesterday and told me they'd call on Friday. I really hope they cover the repairs as that's totally expensive!

    http://www.geocities.com/linhluu76/Prelude.jpg

    And to comment on the rarity of Preludes, you'd never know how little they sold here in SoCal. I see at least 5 or 6 a day in varios colors and conditions.

    Thanks...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    Goes a long way. So after work I was messing around with this blinker assembly for about a half hour after work yesterday. My Dad comes by as he's about to leave and says: "let me take a look at this." He tries to screw it in and then takes another look at it and tells me he'll be right back. So I figure he's going to come back with some duct tape. Instead he takes a piece of cardboard and wedges it between the plastic bottom piece and the bumper...fits like a glove. No complaints from me.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    Wish I could help! Definitely let us know what HOnda does for you. Either way, good luck!

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    SO I merged onto the highway behind a White base model with the Honda Ground effects kit. I flashed him and waved. I saw him look up in his mirror and give me the thumbs up out his sunroof:)

    linard: That was the first 5th gen Prelude I've seen since Saturday!

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

  • linardlinard Posts: 59
    Hello all,

    I received a surprising call from my local dealership, they offered a 200 dollar rebate which would bring the repair to around 400 with all the other "suggested" repairs, such as the outer belts, water pump, seals, cam belts, etc etc. So I called Honda of NA again, and they agreed that the entire timing repair belt repair should be done, which would then lower my out of pocket down to 230 or so. I will hopefully know if the dealer concedes later today.

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    My car just sitting at some car lot and no, she was just parked. Not for sale, yet...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    to my car! As of today I've owned my Prelude for exactly 2 years! I just hit the 25K moark on Sunday!

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

  • I'm between 2002 Acura Rsx with 18000 miles and 2001 Prelude SH with 45000miles for the same price but I have no idea which one is better or to chose since this is going to be my first FWD car.
     Also, the guy said the Prelude is SH but when I checked in carfax it just says honda prelude other than that I don't see anywhere mentioning SH. How would I know that I'm really buying SH not the base. Please can someone help me, I need to know as soon as possible.
  • 98lude98lude Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 Prelude with 63,000 and just found out yesterday that
    I have the timing belt tensioner problem as well. I was quoted a price from the local Honda dealer of $880 to replace the tensioner along with the timing belt, balance shaft belt and water pump which seems outrageous to me. Plus they charged me $85 just to diagnosis the
    problem. I found a shop that specializes in Honda repair that will do the same work for $650. Is this $200 rebate from Honda of NA available to anyone with this problem? Is it only valid if you have the work done at a Honda dealer?
  • linardlinard Posts: 59
    To all Honda owners...
    Honda agreed that the tensioner should not have failed at 50K and that since the new tensioner is different from the one that failed in my 1999 Prelude, there is an internally acknowledged problem. Therefore, they decided to repair the car for free which was about 560 on their end and gave me a rental. But in the end, my out of pocket costs was about 500 since I elected to performed the below-mentioned repairs and replace my weatherstrips which failed as they do in all Preludes and most Hondas.
      
    To 98lude...
    That is outrageous, I went to my local dealer (Norm Reeves Honda of Huntington Beach) and 3 private repair facilities and the dealership was the most expensive at 560 for just the tensioner and timing belt. The private repair shops quoted me about 420-460. But all the service advisors agreed that since I'm already replacing the timing belt, I should also replace the water pump, balancer belts, internal seals, and outside drive belts.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    Hey guys

    Is there any way I can prevent this from happening to my car down the road? Did they change the timing belt tensioner for '00 - '01? I guess I should just have my dealer check it out then next time I bring the car in for an oil change.

    Now I know you're thinking "nyccarguy has got to be off his rocker to bring his car to the dealership for an oil change!" They charge me $18.95 for the labor, I supply my own MObil 1 5w30 (buy it at Target cheap), they give me a loaner car to use, and they know my Prelude better than Jiffy Lube does.

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

  • linardlinard Posts: 59
    In a lot of ways, I would agree with you on the oil change. For my service, they threw in an oil change and asked if my car had ever had a Honda oil change, which is hasnt. I guess theres a washer that goes over the plug which had never been replaced. Supposedly, that washer is supposed to be replaced at each oil change and he literally said that the washer was on its last legs. If the oil had been changed again, I would have most likely damaged the oil pan when the bolt was tightened.

    About the tensioner, I'd find out if your car has the updated one. I'll try to see if I can get you the part number of the one they installed.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,467
    with the price of gas through the roof these days, I spent the better part of last week driving my Prelude somewhat on the conservative side to see what kind of mileage I could squeeze out of it. I used the Cruise control when I could on the highway and tried to shift between 2K & 3K. Well besides me not having too much fun driving last week, I only yieled about 1 mpg more than usual (24 & change vs. 23 & change). So after I filled up yesterday, I started ripping it to the redline when I could. I'll take the 1mpg penalty if it means more driving pleasure:)

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

  • Hi all,

    I am driving a 86 prelude 2.0 SI 5 speed manual and the car is approaching 260K now, still running very strong. does not burn or leak any engine oil. Rack and pinion is slowly leaking though. I just took it in to a alignment shop for a brake change. The mechanic was very impressed about the front end integrity and the engine of the car. He actually recommended me to keep the car and do a decent job on the brake and replace the caliper on top of the pad and hose. (It will cost me $1600 if I do all that, so I just replace the pad and hoses but they say one of the caliper does seem to be weak and cannot stiffen the pad under pressure. I need to change that myself for financial reason)

    Any opinion in this group about how long this car will last ? Any indicator tht I should look out for as sign of an irrecoverable problem. I went to a local Honda specialist shop to do minor fixes and they told me the record car for them is a 86 Honda accord running at 450K with original transmission.

    Thanks for the input.

    Russell
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,576
    Well that's hard to answer because at 260K anything can happen. At these miles cars sometimes suffer sudden metallurgy failurese that are not really predictable. Basically you have exceeded the design limits of the car.

    I'd say just do whatever you've been doing but don't pour huge amounts of money into the car.

    If you can run it for less per month than car payments, say 1/2 the normal car payment, then I think you are doing great!

    I don't think 450K is a realistic expectation, any more than say living to be 100, even though a few people do.

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  • Thanks for the advise. I'll keep this group posted and see how long can this car last.

    Russell
  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    2 years here as well but it was back on Feb 8th. I take my car to the Honda dealer as well. I take my own mobil 1 5w30 and it comes out to 17 or 18 bucks. Great minds think alike nyccarguy! I don't trust my Prelude to the quick lube places, like you mentioned Honda knows our cars better than those places. My wife had a bad experience with jiffy lube. She has a corolla and had her oil changed just before going on a trip home (240 miles). Well when she got to her destination she smelled smoke. So she open the hood and to her HORROR oil was ALL OVER HER ENGINE COMPARTMENT! Jiffy lube had get this, FORGOT to put her oil cap back on!! So she drove all that time with no oil cap. Luckily she didn't blow up her engine. Of course Jiffy lube paid for new cap and engine cleaning and car detail. But that taught her a lesson she only goes to the dealer.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    Interesting question - what is the design limit of your typical Honda? 250,000 miles?
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