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Honda Prelude 1997-2002

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  • 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: 7,107
    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: 7,107
    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: 7,107
    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: 7,107
    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: 7,107
    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: 7,107
    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: 7,107
    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: 7,107
    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
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    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.
  • 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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