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Honda Prelude 1997-2002



  • prelude97prelude97 Posts: 6
    If ya would like to see a few shots of my brand new used Prelude...check it out-->
  • prelude97prelude97 Posts: 6
    ..Theres a nice red one on E-bay right now for like $97.00 & 14.00 shipping....
  • pointatobpointatob Posts: 30
    Hi Jenny,

    i have a 93 prelude vtec - my a/c has only worked intermittently for the last 2-3 years. the compressor will turn on for about 5 min or so, and then turn off for about 15 minutes. this cycle seems to repeat over and over. not sure if this year is prone to these problems, but if you really need a/c, i would recommend going to a honda dealer that can diagnose the problem. the cost will probably be $70 - $100, but if you decide to get it fixed, they'll usually apply the diagnostic fee to the repair.

    does the green LED light up when you press the a/c button? if not, trying blowing compressed air around the button to see if it is just a dirty or corroded contact.

    hope this helps!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    So I must of driven over one of many of our road imperfections tonight on my way home from work (after I spent all day in the almost 100 degree heat with no AC at work) because my car started tugging a little bit to the right. Some guy pulls next to me while I'm processing this in my head and points to my right front tire. "It's Flat" he yells! So I drove for another 5 miles until I found a safe place to pull over. Get out and inspect...YUP it is flat! I call AAA and they tell me they'll be there in a half hour. While waiting, I popped open the trunk, took out the spare tire and tools and wanted to see what I was really made of. Well, I successfully changed my tire. Now I've got to order 2 new tires to replace my one flat tire. I am damn impressed with myself!

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Great job, even with the 100 degree heat!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    OK, so I drove for abput 10 minutes with the doughnut on and then the car started to shake above 40mph. I made it to a place to put air in the tires and pumped some air into the car. Today I got the flat tire plugged (found out it went flat because the plug that was put there popped out) temporary so I could drive my car to and from work tomorrow. Took off the spare. Put the standard wheel back on. Now somoething sounds like it is rubbing when I drive. What did I do? My 2 new tires are coming tomorrow, but still I'd like to know.

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

  • jmcmbzjmcmbz Posts: 42
    I just test drove a 2000 Prelude w/ manual trans and No modifications. The car has only 35K original miles and looks practically brand-new inside. It drove extremely well, very smooth and tight. They are asking 14.9K for the car but it needs tires and there are three small dings on the passenger side. Otherwise the only issue I have is that it is black (I like black but LOVE silver) and non-SH. I do like to drive mountain roads and have fun but for the most part it will be a second car for me to have fun buzzing around town in on the weekends (and to save miles on my lease car). Does anyone think I'll miss the "SH" and what is a decent price for this car? I was thinking of offering 12K cash as it's a non-certified and the oldest car they have on the lot and needs tires (basically KBB fair value). The worse they can do is say no . Any advice? I've always loved Preludes (have owned several Accords) and currently have a 5-Series BMW for my daily driver. This Prelude also has a clean CarFax report, two previous owners and looks like was traded in on 7/19/06.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    Even though the car only has 35K miles on it, it is still 6 years old (almost 7 now). They are definitely asking a lot for the car. I see no reason they wouldn't take you $12 grand for it. Tires for the car are cheap. Whatever you do, don't buy another set of the stock Bridgestone Potenza RE92s that came on the car. I recommend Yokohama AVS ES100 that I purchased from tire rack for about $80 a piece. Go with the base model (non SH) and you still get the same suspension setup. Plus if you even have to put a clutch in, I guarantee you will thank higher powers you got the standard Prelude.

    If you liked your accords, you'll love the Prelude. It is truly a fantastic car. I have a 2001 Prelude Type SH with over 71,000 miles on it that I bought new in April 2002. It is so well put together, handling is phenomenal, it is a good road car for distance traveling... Think FWD BMW made in Japan.

    What kind of 5er do you have? E39 or E60?

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

  • jmcmbzjmcmbz Posts: 42
    Thanks for the advice. I'm definately thinking the non-SH model will be fine for me and save money if it needs a clutch. Besides, it handled great as far as I'm concerned. I love BMW AND Honda's. I currently have the E60 525i (my significant other has an 06 Accord EX V6-Nav) so I'm already kind of spoiled. I love BMW but I did not get the sport package or higher HP 530i but it had all the luxury options (Nav, Sat radio, Htd seats etc..) and was about 4K less expensive than the 530i(was pushing my budget as it was). But, coming from and E46 330i w/sport pkg it's definately down on the fun factor from what I was used to. My other reasoning is that I'm going to be WAY over the miles on my lease so a second car will help that. So, I either get a fun second car like this Prelude or not keep the Bimmer much longer. I'm actually lusting over the new 335i coupe. 300hp Twin Turbo!But I do like the larger size of the E60 and the Steptronic transmission for my 3 plus hours per day in the car (typical for So. Cal) Anyway, still thinking over the Prelude. It was pretty flawless and sweet driving. It actually felt like a decent torque curve despite the high reving nature of the engine. Shifting was flawless as well. I have also been looking out for a ten year old or so Z car but I don't know if I trust the car mechanically as much as Honda or the previous owners driving it for that matter! Esp, the turbo. BTW, the Prelude has good tires (Michelin Pilot Exalto's) but they are down to the bars and have crackling around the edges. I'll check out the Yoko's if I get it. Hmmm, should I? !!!!!!! If it was silver I would have bought it on the spot!
  • does any one know where i can get preformance parts.. all i can find is an air intake ... i know there is not alot i can do with this engine.. but i want to do all ican for cheap.. lol myc ar is hardly in good condition i bought it when i was living in chciago and it is rusted all to hell ..i just want to make it as fast as i can before it breaks in two... oh and i lost my fifth gear while i was driving down here .. sucks! so now its a 4 speed . haha jk
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    Black Preludes are nice. Especially in So is like the fountain of youth for cars there. But go back and read any of my posts during the past few years...I love my Prelude!

    Sports package is definitely the way to go as far as BMWs go. MY Mom has an '05 (225hp) 530iA without the sports package. My parents didn't go for it at the time because BMW made you buy active steering with the Sports Package. It is still a really nice driving road car. It has great steering and balance.

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

  • prodj49prodj49 Posts: 5
    Anyone know where I could get a body kit for an 86 prelude?
  • in light of all the recent uproar over gas prices, i decided to check my mileage on my 93 prelude vtec (which i hadn't done in a couple of years). my last 2 tanks i've gotten 29, and 30 mpg respectively. this is mostly highway miles, but also with a fair amount of time stuck at traffic lights as well. pretty sweet for a (almost) 14 yr old car!

    by the way, i've been putting in 87 octane now for nearly 3 yrs, with no (apparent) noticeable performance difference.

    maybe i'll buy a new civic si sedan to replace my prelude...? hmmm... any thoughts?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    That's pretty good mileage. I average about 23-24 mpg in the summertime. YOur '93 VTEC weighs less than my '01 Type SH.

    Maybe when gas comes down a little (ha ha), try a few tankfuls of 93 and see what happens. Maybe because your car has OBD-I computers it doesn't get affected by the lower octane :confuse:

    The new Civic Si is cool. You get lots of features for your money. A great engine and chassis (I've read). I'm just not in love with it though. Drive it and let us know what you think. How come you're thinking of getting rid of the Prelude...troubles or just want something different?

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    So for about the last month or so my car has been making a buzzing noise at around 2700 - 3000 rpm. I hear it A LOT especially when I'm driving with my windows down (often in the summer). Rattles and nosies drive me CRAZY. So I took the car to the Speed & SOund shop where I had my Pioneer Head Unit w/ SIRIUS radio, iPod adapter, Apexi World Sport Exhaust, & most recently 2 new Yokohama AVS ES100 tires installed. The guy who owns the place knows A TON about cars. He has a heavily modified S2000.

    He diagnosed the rattling noise as coming from a portion of the gasket beneath the valve cover that has rotted away. It is also leaking a tiny bit of oil. He said he could fix it, but also advised doing a tune-up (change spark plugs), changing the timing belt & water pump just as a preventative measure while the have the valve cover open. He also told me I should put headers (I declined).

    So I'm going to get an estimate from him for all this work and probably give him the car for a day sometime next week.

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    I guess the time and mileage for the valve gasket is about up. Are you going to the Honda dealer to price these services?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    The dealer was unable to diagnose the rattling problem the last time I brought the car in. He's going to tell me that I don't need to change the timing belt & tensioner until 90,000 miles and that the Spark Plugs are still good until 105,000 miles. The recommened services are guidelines...YMMV.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    So on Wednesday (Tuesday night), my Prelude is going in for open heart surgery. The Valve Cover GAsket will be replaced, new cam seals will be installed, It is getting a new Timing belt, timing belt tensioner, water pump, balance shafts, and new platinum tipped spark plugs. This is the first time major work will be performed on my car not by my Honda dealer. If I said I wasn't nervous I'd be lying. Hopefully I'll have it back on Wednesday night in perfect working order again.

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

  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Well good luck with all that. I'm sure it'll be fine. Although I would agree that the timing belt and water pump service is waay early.
    Changing out the valve cover gaskets is not a big deal. If that was the only problem, doing the TB/WP as well is a huge expense that is not really necessary at this time. But since you're already having it done, might as well go ahead.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    Yeah, well the dealership and the owner's manual sides with you but these guys really have an intimate knowledge of Hondas. They told me it is going to have to be done in another 10-15K miles anyway. I do plan on keeping my car for a while, so preventative maintenance doesn't hurt.

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

  • Hey there - I'm new to this forum, but not new to the joys of the Prelude. I have a 2000 Type SH - Crystal Metallic Blue and I have loved it since day one. I have two children now and two car seats and my wife and I were considering trading it in for an Odyssey, but I just couldn't do it. So we're going to hold onto our Prelude and Subaru Outback wagon.

    I only have 42000 miles on it, so it is relatively young, but in reading your posts, it looks as if my clutch could go in the next 20k?

    How much did that cost you?

    Also, do you have factory brakes on yours or did you put on after market parts? I have to replace my front brakes and thought about looking around some. I don't race my car, but I do like to push it everynow and then. It is basically a commuter car to and from the airport on a weekly basis.

    Regarding tires, you said you put winter tires on it? What kind did you decide on? How do they handle?

    Keep your great posts coming! I'm very interested in hearing how your open heart surgery went! Good luck...
  • I'm new to this forum, so I thought I would open my question up to the community...

    I have a 2000 Prelude Type SH - Crystal Metallic Blue. Absolutely love it. I have to get the front rotors and pads replaced. Does anyone recommend using non-factory parts for any reason? I don't race my car and have never had a problem with braking performance with the factory parts, but I thought I would ask anyways.

    Thanks in advance!
  • Has anyone actually experience or felt their ATTS kick in when cornering?

    If so, can you describe it? I'm not sure that I have actually ever gotten it to engage. I'm sure it's there, but I don't know how to tell. I guess one way would be to find someone with the base model and take both cars out and try to corner in the same fashion in order to feel the difference.

    Also, when I first start driving my car, I hear a mechanical vibration (hum) that sounds like something is engaging or being balanced. It lasts maybe 1 second. It has done this since Day 1. Does anyone else hear that? Wondering what that is.
  • Hello there, I have a 2001 Type SH! As far as the ATTS kicking in I don't think it's something you can "feel" kicking in so to speak. The way the car corners at speed should be all the assurance you need :)

    As far as the hum noise, that is completely normal. It is the ABS pump that comes on each time you start your car. It does that to keep it from sticking. I love my prelude, it's one of the best front drivers cars out there.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    Wow...lots of questions that I can hopefully shed some light on for you.

    timothyaw is right about the hum being the ABS checking itself. Not to worry.

    Regarding the clutch; just like people, every car and situation is different. I actually had my clutch replaced at 52,000 miles. Now before you freak out and sell your precious prelude (j/K), my car's situation is a bit unusual. My Prelude basically spent a little more than the first two years of its life in NYC. I lived in Manhattan (parked on the street) and commuted to my job in The Bronx. My ride to work was great as there aren't too many people on the road before 7:00 AM going out of the city (reverse traffic). Coming home the traffic was atrocious, bumper to bumper, on and off the clutch between 1st & 2nd gear (3rd once in a while)...Then once I got off the exit it was time to drive around looking for a parking space on the street, stopping at every light (they aren't in sync going across town, and finally it always took a little bit extra getting my car into the spot with its abnormally wide turning radius (and my anal retentivness when it comes to parallel parking).

    I never noticed a problem or if the clutch was "slipping." One day driving I went to merge onto the highway. 1st to second was no problem, then the car wouldn't go into third unless I double clutched. I brought it to the dealer and he said the clutch was fried. He said the traffic killed it.

    I didn't replace it with another stock Honda clutch. I actually replaced it with a Centerforce Clutch which is much stronger than the stock Honda clutch.

    Replacing the clutch was NOT cheap ($1800 :confuse:)The ATTS unit has to be removed and re-installed in order for the clutch to be replaced. This results in a mandatory 5 hours of additional labor.

    Funny you have to get your pads and rotors replaced, I'm still on my factory originals at 72,500 miles! I guess part of the reason I went through a clutch (and still have the original brakes) is because I downshift all the time :P. If I were going to replace my pads and rotors (which I will do at probably 100K miles just for piece of mind), I would upgrade them. You can get a set of Brembro stock replacement rotors and PBR/AXXIS brake pads (popular with the BMW guys) that will outperform replacement geniune Honda brake pads/rotors and fit just the same.

    ATTS is infinitely variable. It is transparent. I'll be the first to admit that you might not know it is there for the most part. Supossedly it really helps at the track (I wouldn't know because I don't track my car). If you take a 10mph hairpin turn at speeds higher than posted and hit the gas at the apex of the turn, you can actually get the car to "pull itself" around the turn (or rotate the tail) and behave like almost like a RWD car. On a non-ATTS Prelude, the nose heavy FWD car would plow straight because the tires are overloaded.

    How long have you owned your car?

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    2 car seats huh? That's got to be interesting. I'll have to let my wife know about that. She's expecting our 1st child (a baby boy) in about 2 weeks. You have forward facing or rear-facing car seats? I'm sure the forward facing seats won't be too much of a problem, but the rear facing seat might limit nyccarguy jr's time in the Prelude for the first year.

    So my car has fully recovered. As you've read in my posts from the past week, I had quite a bit of preventative maintenance done on my car while I had the valve cover gasket replaced. First time my car has had major mechanical work done on it (besides my Sirius Radio, iPod connector, & Apexi World Sport Exhaust) outside the dealership. Here's the laundry list of things I had done: Timing Belt & tensioner replaced, Balance belt replaced, New Water pump, new valve cover gasket, new iridium tipped spark plugs & spark plug wires, new distributor cap, new pcv valve, & new cam seals.

    The guy who worked on my car was absolutely astonished at how mechanically clean my car is (especailly with over 72,000 miles). He said that usually he takes off valve cover gaskets and they are gunky and sludgy. He told me he could have taken the valve cover from my car and pretty much eat off of it. Synthetic oil every 4K will do that for you.

    My car is noticably quieter and throttle response seems quicker. With 72,500 miles my Milano Red 2001 Prelude Type SH is still pretty much as tight as it was when new. I love the way it handles & love the scream of the car when the car hits VTEC when I'm on the highway. It still looks good and draws compliments after I wash it. People who don't know too much about cars ar shocked that my car is a 2001.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,259
    you asked about snow tires. I put 4 195/60 HR15 Michelin Pilot Alpin Sport snow tires on a set of 15" steel wheels for the winter. Knock on wood, I've never had a problem getting around in the snow. Car buried on the side of the street in the city after the plows roar by, no problem. Tracking on a snow covered highway, no problem. We also don't get THAT much snow here compared to some parts of the country, but when it snows, I have NO PROBLEM!

    Have you replaced your stock tires yet?

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

  • Congratulations! Regarding the car seats, I think I was able to fit an infant carrier on the passenger side but I don't recall if my wife was able to fit in the front seat. If she did, she against the dash. The things we do to accomodate our passions...
    Both my children (4.5 and 3) are now in front facing car seats. We don't do it often, but it works if we need to. The kids tend to kick the back of the seats, so we take off their shoes. I'm pretty confident I'll be able to make it through the car seat phase intact.
  • I replaced them with the same at 38k - a little early, I know, but they were fairly worn and winter was fast approaching and I didn't want to chance it.

    Thanks for the snow tire suggestion. :) I have a brother-in-law who is a car-junkie and he does a lot of his own maintenance. I think I'll get him to help me with the swap.
  • Thanks man! I asked the service department and they didn't know what it was. Scary.

    I'm into my 7th year of ownership and no problems so far other than normal wear items, so I'm really impressed thus far. I have a couple rust spots on the bottom of the driver door due to chipped paint, that I need to address, but no other rust problems, like the Hondas of old.

    Gentlemen, I think we have ourselves a winner for the long haul. Just too bad I don't have a 3 car garage!!!
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