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Honda Prelude 1997-2002



  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    I went to the NY auto show last Saturday. Every year it gets more and more crowded. I don't mind waiting to sit in cars, but some people are just ridiculous with their digital cameras. In all honesty, you can get much better pictures of any car off the internet. I do like getting in all the cars and seeing the quality of the interior materials. I like seeing some cars in the sheetmetal rather than in pictures.

    On Saturday I had my Prelude's windshield replaced. I also had my iPod adapter installed in my car. It is a pioneer adapter made to plug into my aftermarket pioneer radio. Between my iPod and Sirius Satellite Radio, I'm set as far as tunes go.

    pointatob: '93 VTEC...very nice. What color is your car? Is it stock? Congrats on the 155K mark. I hope to have my '01 Type SH for that long. It currently has 65K miles on it.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    Given the escalating prices of gas these days, I wanted to see how good I could do as far as gas mileage goes. Last week I averaged just over 26 mpg. This was of course done by setting my cruise control at 62 mph on the highway, shifting between 2500 & 3000 RPM around town, & no VTEC time. It was actually pretty relaxing not having to worry about the police. On the other hand, I was worried about getting run off the road :P

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Nyc I've kinda eased up on the pedal and shift points as well. It makes a big difference of course. No worries about cops, but like you said people were passing me like I was standing still!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    $40 & change to fill my car up on Sunday. I think I paid $3.33 per gallon for Super.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • pointatobpointatob Posts: 30
    hey NYC,

    the 93 vtec is brittany blue green with stock everything. i thought several times about changing the wheels, but never did. bought it off the showroom floor in may of 93. we've been together a long time, but the car still drives awesome. i've been thinking about replacing it with the saab 93 sportcombi wagon (2 kids with car seats getting tougher in the prelude). test drove it a few weeks ago, and it was awesome. i had the same feeling driving the sportcombi that i had 13 years ago when testing all the sport coupes on the market and deciding on the prelude...

    did you see the sportcombi at the show?
  • Its amazing how having a light right foot can help a little bit. I was able to eek out 20.8mpg in my Impala, but at $60-$65 for a tank of gas a different car, maybe a prelude, is looking better and better. In some spots on my commute slowing down to under 65 will most of the time put your life in danger.

    NYC: I totally feel where you're coming from w/ the exhaust. If an OEM part is more costly than an aftermarket, I say go with something that adds a little bit to your ride.

    Like its already been said the NY Auto show was cool but a mob scene. You wonder what these people toting around $1500 digital cameras are doing. Always cool to see what the used car market is going to look like in a few years.

    P.S. Hopefully they will build the Camaro and Challenger concepts!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    Well, I'm sure if you decide to part with your Prelude then you'll have NO TROUBLE finding a buyer for it. You could always keep it as a spare car.

    I actually did check out the SportCombi at the auto show (among other wagons). I thought the room in the back was a bit tight. The interior materials were a little cheap (compared to my Prelude). Then there's the torquesteer you'll be dealing with. ANd remember it is a GM product.

    I leased a 2000 Saab 9-3 for 3 years (December '99 through December '02). I did not treat the car gingerly (to say the least). The dealer was blabbing about taking it easy during the break-in period. I pulled out of the Dealer's lot on Rte 17 in New Jersey, merged into traffic, looked down at my speedo, and noticed I was going 85 mph. That began my love affair with the turbocharger :P The car was very reliable. The only trips to the dealer were for oil changes at 5, 10, 20, & 30K miles (dino juice, not synthetic like my Prelude gets) and one time I got swallowed by a pothole on 132nd St & Park Ave in Manhattan. It was a great road car, great seats on long trips.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    to my Prelude. 4/27. I took delivery of it exactly 4 years ago today. 65,800 something miles later and I'm still very happy with my '01 Milano Red Prelude Type SH.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • pointatobpointatob Posts: 30
    that's good to know that you had no problems with the 9-3, it's such a low volume car that it can be difficult to ascertain the true reliability. you're right, the back seat is a little tight, but about the same as the mazda6 wagon and only a touch smaller than the passat wagon back seat. i'm looking forward to the new jetta wagon coming out this summer / fall. interior materials aren't amazing but i thought they were competitive with or better than any wagon in the 25k - 30k range. good observations though..

    i might very well keep the prelude as a 3rd car. when it really comes down to it, i'm not sure that i COULD sell it. i love it too much...

    i agree about the interior materials on the prelude being great. even today, i doubt there's another car under 50k that has as many soft touch / compressible plastics as in the prelude. your '01 prelude came with leather right? in 93, there was no leather option but a cool striped / racy looking black / gray cloth. it's held up amazingly well.

    see ya
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    I sat in the Mazda 6 and really liked it. I thought the interior is geared towards sportiness and the materials had a nice feel to them. I actually like the 6 Sedan better than the wagon.

    If you've been driving a Prelude since '93, stay away from your local VW dealership. I think the Passats are decent. Most people I know that have Passats are pretty much trouble free, but Jettas are horrible.

    Are you going to buy or lease? If you're planning on leasing, BMWs have excellent residual values that make them conducive to leasing. The 325XiT Sports Wagon is really nice.

    Leather was never an option on the Prelude here in the US. Our neighbors to the North got a Prelude SE with Leather interior and heated seats while we got the Prelude Type SH with Active Torque Transfer System.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    My car had it's birthday 2/08. I got it late, 2002. Still going strong, and expect it to for awhile.
  • accelaccel Posts: 4
    I do not push my Lude and at highways several times measured 32mpg. Pure city is like 20-21 mpg.

    Do you think an intake like this
    would improve gas economy or make it worse?

    How about headers?
  • I bent the drivers side lower control arm in my 97 Prelude SH. I have the new part, and need to replace it, but can't find a Haynes manual for this model. Can anyone point me to some good step-by-step instructions?

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    Sorry dude, I wish I could help out. About the only thing I do to my '01 SH myself is fill it up with gas and put air in the tires.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • 530ir1150r530ir1150r Posts: 263
    Chilton Manual 30152, p.8-12.
  • azludeazlude Posts: 1
    Hello out there, I'm new to the Prelude scene. I have a '91 SR I love it, however I can't seem to find some A/C parts. not to mention that the Honda dealers out here in AZ haven't even heard of an SR. they say that it must be a mistake 'cause it has to be an s or si. what I'm looking for is the a/c control unit? on the passenger side panel. If anyone has a clue who I could talk to I would surely appreciate it. I really don't want to go through this 100 degree weather all summer w/out A/C. thanks
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    This afternoon after I got gas ($3.43 9/10) for 93 (double ouch), my fingers slipped as I was opening my car door and WHAM! Right smack into that concrete thing that most gas stations have near the pumps. :mad: It didn't dent the door, but did manage to put a nice 3" crack in the paint. Any suggestions on what I should do to keep this from rusting through?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Sorry to hear about the misfortune. Yeah I hate those concrete islands they have at the gas stations. I'm usually very, very careful around those. Unfortunately I don't think there is too much you can do except to touch it up the best you can for now. Or you can go the professional route.
    If and when you get the car resprayed it can be done then as well. You're fortunate it's not a dent. It'll be alright, try to keep smiling while driving :)
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095

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  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Host thanks for sharing that, it was a very interesting look back at one of the best FWD sporty cars we've ever seen!
  • 5speedguy5speedguy Posts: 12
    KarenS--I want to add my "thanks" for sending out your Prelude summary. I'm new to Preludes ('93 4WS since 6/05)but I love it. Yes--it was good to see a solid review of the Prelude's "family tree." :)
  • lgj069lgj069 Posts: 7
    1983 prelude w/ A/T, carburated engine starts and
    idles OK, but stalls when I put it in drive. Any
    suggestions/input/info will be helpful!! Thanx

  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    You might want to give the folks in the Idle and Stalling Problems discussion a shot at your problem if you don't get an answer here.


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  • mochi1mochi1 Posts: 1
    Hey everyone. My '89 Honda Prelude 2.0L si is not getting enough gas mileage for the type of car it is. It's suppose to get 20 miles per gallon, but I've gotten 17 miles per gallon. If anyone could give me some tips as to how to improve my car, that would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    Since April 27, 2002 my Milano Red 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH has gotten me through a lot in our 69,000+ miles together. It survived a right rear suspension rebuild & cracked rim as well as a severed exhaust from a metal plate covering an open manhole. My Prelude survived being parked on the streets of NYC for 2 years without being stolen or side swiped by a city snow plow. It has never left me stranded in any major snow storm. It has taken me from NYC to South Carolina. Westchester, NY to Pittsburgh PA. Westchester, NY to Cape Cod. It takes me to and from work 6 days a week.... My memories with it are mostly good ones.

    For a good cause I will have to scale back on driving it. My wofe is due with our 1st child in September. The other day while looking at strollers & infant seats, I asked the clerk at the store if I could bring these items out to my car to see if they fit. She asked what kind of car we had and I pointed to my shiny red Prelude. She laughed and then asked if A, we were going to keep that car & B, if we had another car to driven when the baby comes along. Looks like the Prelude will be relegated to commuting duty and we'll be using the wife's 200 Protege ES a lot more at night & on weekends :cry:

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    First I want to say congraulations on your upcoming first child! Yes it does indeed look like you'll be using it more for commuting when the child comes.

    But hey at least you'll still be driving it :D You bought your car late in the model year. I thought I bought mine late in Feb 8th 2002. But you got me beat. The last four of my VIN is 9097. I wonder what is yours. Now you'll have one more joy in life with the baby.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    2027 are the last 4 of my VIN, so I guess yours was built before or after. On my door jam, it says the build date of my car was October 2001.

    Thanks so much for your kind words. We're very excited :shades:

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    When is the baby due? I'll have to check the build date on my car and see what month it was built.
  • prelude97prelude97 Posts: 6
    ...Hi all, I guess this must be the place. I just bought my first ever Honda, a red 97 Prelude VTEC. So far all I can say is WOW..I had no idea a four cyl could rock this much. This thing looks like a brand new car even though it has 87,000 miles on it. Its nearly flawless for the year and I got it for $6700 bucks. Do you all think I got a good deal on it? What kind of routine maintanience should I be looking for on this car? I cant contain my excitement for this car, and for me a 97 IS a new car. Its a blast to drive.
    Anyway, nice to meet all you other Prelude owners!!!
    Rowzman`` :D
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    He's Due September 14, 2006!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

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