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Honda Prelude 1997-2002

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  • Glad to hear you're back on the road, altho' at a slower pace for a while. Let us know about this clutch setup AFTER the break-in period. Ditto with the exhaust.
  • bobg92bobg92 Posts: 3
    hi all...

    i live in the nyc area and am in the market for a prelude 1992-1996. i've seen some high mileage vehicles on ebay and am wondering about what you all have to say about a 1992-1996 prelude with mileage between 150,000 and 200,000. of course, i already understand that it comes down to maintenance. assuming that a vehicle has been well maintained, can one expect a prelude of this vintage and mileage to hold up over time as daily transportation? thanks.

    Bob
  • Hi:

    I bought my 5 speed '93 4WS Si for $3900 this summer. It had 129,000miles but it looked and ran beautifully. I replaced the timing belt, water pump and all the other required changes that go along with the new TB. Mechanic said I'm good for another 90,000 and ,unless I win the lottery, I'll probably still have it.

    I've recently changed the oil, using Castrol Syntec, and I added a drop in K & N air filter. Although I anticipate getting some new brake pads shortly, all else seems to be running quite well. In short, I'm pleased.
  • just recently I had my 1988 prelude's check engine light go on and the speedometer and odometer are no longer working. The check engine light only comes on after the engine has warmed up. I replaced the battery and alternator 8 months ago, so the only thing that comes to mind is the O2 sensor. any one out there that may have an idea I can try before I take it to the shop? Also any ideas about the speedometer and odometer?

    Thanks olderLUDE.
  • I forgot to mention that this is 2.o si 4WS with 168,000 miles. thanks again
  • I just want to post a quick message, I had a Black 1994 Stock Prelude Si and that thing ran AWESOME!!It had 102k miles and that car was so cool. I did nothing to the engine, but I had silver flame vinyls put on the sides, green underbody LED lights, and an awesome system with Audiobahns...that car was great...just thought I would get my word out..later
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    My Car hit 60,000 miles on the way home from work tonight! I'm still lovin' my '01 Prelude Type SH and plan to keep it for at least a few more years! Happy New Year to everyone!

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Only going to keep it a few more years? You're actually going to RETIRE the Prelude lol? I saw you on the TSX boards is that going to be your replacement? Or a BMW? Curious minds want to know...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    You keeping track of me? LOL! :blush: I was actually thinking along the lines (probing questions) of the TSX to replace my wife's 2000 Protege ES, but she drives exacty 3 miles a day to and from the train station 5 days a week and we like the payments on her car (ZERO), so we're going to stick with it for a while. Her car is going to have to be replaced before mine. Ideally a TSX or maybe a 325iA.

    I love my Prelude. I love driving it so much that we take it everywhere. Besides my 40 mile per day round trip commute (6 days per week), we almost ALWAYS take my car when we go out on the weekends or on road trips...

    If I get her something that I enjoy driving (the Protege ain't bad, but it is no Prelude), then I'll cut down on my Prelude mileage and extend it's life.

    I made up my mind a long time ago that my next car after the Prelude (I can't say replacement) will definitely have a blue and white roundel on the hood (BMW). BMWs are truly magical cars. They are amazing to drive.

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    I can't blame you there, zero car payments are nice! It sounds like she likes the TSX, but you are just waiting since it's not a necessity at this time. Even though the TSX doesn't have the handling of the Prelude, it's close enough to suffice. Definitely better than the mazda you have now. Your ideal situation I'm sure would be to have the TSX, the prelude and your BMW!! That way you can have your daily drivers and the BMW would replace your special occasions ride, N I C E!!!
  • mottsmotts Posts: 9
    Hello everyone, I have a 92 Prelude 2.3 DOHC SR model. The ABS light comes on once in awhile. When I apply the brakes and slow down to around 5 to 10 miles an hour the brake pedal pulses with a clicking noise from under the hood even though the road conditions are dry. This situation happens when there is no ABS light on the dash. Anyone have this problem? I've had the car around 3 years and other than tires, brakes, timing belt, it has been a great car. I purchased it with 150,000 klms. It now has 240,000 klms and runs great. Any info would be great, Motts :shades:
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    Actually, the handling of the Mazda isn't what bothers me. It is very light (lighter than the Prelude), gets great gas mileage, but just has absolutely ZERO when it comes to pickup. It gets up to speed, but passing is a joke.

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

  • Hello, I am considering purchasing a 1988 Honda Prelude from my cousins husband. He bought it from the original owner and it is in very clean excellent condition. It is not mint by anymeans; but it has never been hit and runs great. It has 133,00 miles on it. He wants $2000.00 for it. I thought that was a fair/good price until I did an online Kelly Blue Book and it came out $1500 - $1700. Also he doesn't seem to know when the timing belt/water pump was replaced. He claims the original owner had it serviced by the dealer regularly. As you all know this is a necessary part of regular vehicle maintenance and it is not inexpensive. I would be much obliged for any information or opinions you folks can assist me with. I am going try and include some pictures. Thanks.
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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    I think that '88 is in better shape than my 2001 Prelude :blush: Is it a stick or automatic?

    133,000 miles on an 18 year old car is NOTHING (especially a Honda). The best thing you can do is take it to a mechanic (preferably a Honda mechanic) and have him/her check the car out.

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

  • It is probably time for the second belt, the car is 18 years old. We just had the timing belt on our 98 Prelude changed and the local dealer also changed the water pump and thermostat. Just count on spending $600-$700 and settle on a price accordingly.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    How many miles to you have on your '98 Prelude?

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

  • It's a stick. Never thought I'd consider a stick at my age but it is so easy to drive.
  • 76000, but I was more concerned about age. Prelude engines are interference and did not want to wait one day too long.

    I had a '97 SHO that had the cam problem, also an interference engine.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    I looked back and saw thaqt I posted that my Prelude hit 60K miles on January 20th of this year. Last night on my way home from a Super Bowl Paty in Jersey, I hit 61,000 miles!

    As far as my timing belt goes, my previous concern was not just the timing belt itself, but there have been postings that the timing belt tensioner in the '97-'99 cars go bad. I have them check the tensioner every time I go in for service.

    My service advisor says I needn't do the timing belt change until 90K.

    In the spring I'm going to have to get some new shoes for my Prelude.... Something to bite down in the corners with some excellent wet traction.

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

  • My mileage is like 21k, and I know I'll hit the time limit before I hit the mileage limit as far as the timing belt issue. I drive my Integra gs-r in the winter. I need to get all my fluids changed (trans, coolant, brakes etc.) I'll try to get that done this spring.
  • I had planned on 90,000 miles also, but saw something somewhere that 8 years was the time limit. I little early is alot better than a little late.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    I completely agree! You don't want to be driving the car when the belt snaps :cry:

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    let it snow, let it snow... Today we got over a foot and a half of the white stuff dumped on us by our good friend mother nature. The wind made for some 2' plus drifts. Needless to say, my Prelude was barely visible. After cleaning off the car, I fired it up and decided I wanted to clean out my parking spot so I won't have to do it before I leave for work tomorrow. Snow was up to its back bumper. It took me a few tries to get out, but I did. By nightfall, the main roads were pretty clear, but the side roads were not in such great shape. Just by taking it easy (with a lot of help from my Michelin Pilot Alpin snow tires), the Prelude tracked beautifully around turns, plowed through some deep (for a car with its low ground clearance) snow, and never once felt skittish. Obviously if you take a turn too fast, its front weight bias will underdteer the car. I feel totally confident with my Prelude in the snow.

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

  • Sounds like the Prelude is doing it's job. It's amazing how well the car can handle winter weather.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    There's a local auto parts store where I buy my oil (Castrol Syntec 5W-30). They are a little more expensive than the big box stores, but they are extremely helpful and one of the guys behind the counter (who is very knowledgeable about Preludes) had (I'll get to this in a second) a heavily modified 1998 or 1999 Prelude. It was San Marino Red with an automatic, a body kit, big spoiler, Carbon Fiber hood, exhaust, Intake, 19" wheels, & suspension...not my taste, but a very well cared for and well maintained car (and a Prelude after all). I bought some oil, Prestone De-Icer Washer fluid, & a K&N Filter for my car tonight. I didn't see his car parked and asked him where it was.

    HIM: Somebody borrowed it and didn't return it.
    ME: Oh no! You gotta be kidding! I'm sorry dude!
    HIM: Nope. Someone went into the garage of my building and drove off with it. They must have gotten around the immobilizer somehow... My Garage is too short for a flat bed. Car was found 2 weeks later completely burned & stripped on doughnuts.
    ME: WOW! I can't believe it. I really am sorry.
    HIM: Its OK, Im just waiting for the insurancxe company now. They're busting my hump because they think I had somwething to do with it.

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

  • I heard a guy that said his Prelude was driven off and he was wondering about the immobilizer. But the one thing we wondered about was that he had an remote starter put on his car. The shop asked for his key to use for that system. So he's wondering if somehow they had something to do with his car being stolen. I've also heard about stolen ECU's etc. I wonder did this guy have something similar happen to him?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    From what I've read, the Immobilizer in our Preludes is pretty tough. But if somebody wants your car bad enough, they'll take it...that's why I think car alarms are USELESS. They had a similar immobilizer in the Integras, which going by the rates they get stolen, don't work so well.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    Today while sitting in traffic, a guy pulls up to me and opens his window and asks if my car is for sale and how much I want for it? This is not the 1st time this has happened to me. Does this happen to any of you guys?

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

  • The same happens to me as well on occasion. It makes you feel good. There aren't that many of them so it makes you stand out in a way.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,465
    someone will make me an offer I can't refuse ;)

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

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