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Honda Prelude 1997-2002



  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    Yeah, I put skiis and bikes on top of my car (at different times of course). The Thule Racks are great!

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    update my profile:)

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

  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    I didn't realize you had posted your Prelude back-story (how ironical that reads) before, otherwise I could have looked it up (and saved you time). All I knew was that your first car was a '92 Beretta GT as a teen.

    But the twists and turns of fate and circumstance that eventually led to your finding your car was an interesting read--including your being the designated driver. (BTW, I hate beer too.)

    Yes, the RSX Type S is faster. BUT...IYO, did you think it handled better than the Prelude Type SH???
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    Just curious:

    When is the last time you saw another last gen. 'lude on the road??

    In this neck of the woods, I cannot recall the last time I saw one...almost a year? Has it been that long? Yeah, I think it has.

    Maybe it's different as you get closer to NYC. Perhaps you see our cars more frequently.

    Nevertheless, isn't that cool and own something that not too many other people have or can appreciate? :) I think it is. But I'm basically like that with everything. A true Virgo!

    Well off to the gym I go. BTW, to really drive your tire point home :P , I have cross-training sneakers, running sneakers, walking sneakers, and household chores sneakers, (which are transitioned from cross-trainers once they lose their bounce).
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    talking about my car (if you hadn't noticed).

    Whenever I see a Prelude, I'll either flash my lights or tap the horn and wave. Sometimes I get a "Thumbs up" back. I see most Preludes when I'm NOT in my car (driving the wife's '00 Mazda Protege ES). I'll flash out of habit and sometimes people look at me like I'm crazy.

    There aren' t too many Preludes around to begin with, so it is rare when I see one.

    Whenever I'm talking to someone I don't know about cars and tell them I drive a Prelude, I get nothing but good vibes. A smile or "hey that's a really cool car."

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

  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    Next time I see another Prelude Type SH, I'll let you guys know.

    May be another year or so... :)

    And I'll be sure to say "hello."
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    politics. I wandered off our Prelude thread last night for the first time and ended up eavesdropping on a testosterone-laden topic about the upcoming auto show in NYC. Oh, it was the most comical read for me! (I saw that you had posted NYC but had side-stepped the fray.)

    Well, there were some ongoing differing opinions with all these posters jumping into the thread. These "issues" were being more hotly contested than a debate on t.v. with all the political analysts on board--all fighting to get in their two cents. One poster even wrote that he was getting really annoyed! Anyhow, you must know from a chickie's standpoint how amusing that all is.

    I couldn't help but notice the grouchy tone of the BMW guy who dropped in the other day out of nowhere. It's like he dropped in just to make his opinion heard, and was gone. That was it! And my feeling was, Wow! I didn't realize how nice NYC and Timothy are until this :mad: guy came along. If that had been one of my initial experiences, I would have been scared away!

    This (Edmunds CarSpace) is all a very interesting sub-cultural experience, I must say.

    I did go to the car show several years ago with an X. I remember two things: the crowds! Ugh! and the concept cars--that part was really cool--once we could get close enough. Other than that, I was like, "When can we go to lunch?" :blush:
  • 530ir1150r530ir1150r Posts: 263
    We bought it new European Delivered. Any BMW can have it's maintenance record checked at any BMW dealer for BMW dealer performed work.

    I lurk here for the most part; we sold my wife's '98 Prelude (base auto)last summer. I think it is worth more now.
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    Are you the grouchy guy? So Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!! :blush:
    (I have a friend who likes to tease people when they're "grouchy"--it's a Fairfield County joke--so maybe that rubbed off on me.)

    It has not occurred to me to consider the worth of my '01 Type SH because I feel so fortunate to have located one to begin with. They're so hard to find w/low mileage and in pristine condition, and I would only consider a manual in any sporty car (which made my search that much more challenging--plus I wanted the SH, which narrowed it down considerably). A manual is just my personal preference--what I learned on as a teen--though I can certainly understand why people prefer the ease and convenience of the automatic. For me, it's just an emotional thing I have with the Prelude because of its long and impressive history and the fact that I owned one before--so it earned my total loyalty and respect. None of the other cars I've owned have even come close. Even if I acquire a second car in a few years, I won't sell this one. It's a keeper, no matter what.

    In my (very) modest opinion, at any given point in its history, I always thought that the Prelude did a spectacular job in covering all the bases for a sporty car in its price range w/the technology that was available. And its reliability--at least with the manual--is equally impressive. I also appreciate the fact that the design of the car is not adolescent or overly macho in any way. It's not too anything! It's very clean, so for me, it's just right.

    NYC gave me some great recommendations for tires and upgrades, which will no doubt add to my long-term enjoyment and pride of ownership.

    That's an interesting point you made about the BMW and being able to track a car's service history as long as it was done at a BMW dealership.

    Please accept my apology for calling you a grouch!


    P.S. Yeah, that's the thing about being Italian. We can let it all hang out!
  • timothyawtimothyaw Posts: 148
    Well let's see, the last time I saw my car here in hickville (Indianapolis :P) was a month ago. There is one lady that has a black base Prelude that live somewhere near my area. I see her every blue moon on the way to work. So it's not too often I see a last gen Prelude around here, and that is sooo very satisfying!
    I saw a black SH just like mine one day on the freeway. I was in my Integra following behind. It is pretty neat to see the car in that respect. You can really appreciate the good looks of the car.
    It is nice not seeing yourself come and go all day everyday like accords and camry's. It's nice feeling somewhat unique.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    It's really great to know that my car should run great at 80,000 as long as it's properly maintained.

    Don't know about last gen Prelude, but 2nd gen I had (1984) got me to 195,000 miles relatively trouble-free. There were usual tire, brakes, muffler, spark plug, timing belt, etc maintenance issues. Engine and manual trans were bullit proof and never touched-opened up in 14 years of use (84-98). Had to have alternators replaced twice. Wanted to hang onto car for awhile yet, but a contractor doing work on our property noticed car in garage and made me an offer for the car and I sold it to him.

    Road and Track was very impressed with the Prelude it tested in 1984. Had to wait 3-4 months to get one. There were long waiting lists at all Honda dealers for this car.

    Got the car without air and finally relented in 88 and had dealer install it during hot summer. Car lost a little of its handling prowess with extra weight of compressor.
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    Hey, Timothy: I thought you were located in the NYC metropolitan area. Oh, so it's Indianapolis! You folks get some pretty harsh winters there too. Time to get my baby washed yet again!

    Yeah, it really is satisfying to own a car that not too many others have, i.e., it's a rarity to see a last generation 'lude on the road, but it would be great fun to get a look at one out and about in action--kinda like looking at yourself in the mirror from behind :P, and not thinking you look fat--but pretty darn nice! (Well, that's just the way many of us gals think...we automatically "go there.")

    I always keep my eye out for all Preludes, since I feel that we're kindred spirits, yet I rarely see any these days. In a way, it really makes me feel sad.

    Oh, I forgot to tell you. When I took one of my girlfriends (who used to own an Integra...I don't recall the year) for a drive, her first comment was, "This is just like being in my Integra! It's the same thing." I would have gladly let her test-drive my car so she could really get a sense of the difference--and share that with me--but she doesn't drive a stick. (I offered to teach I've offered to teach all my friends.)
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    Wow...I owned a manual (naturally for me) '84 Prelude too! That's the car that earned my undying Prelude loyalty. It was the first car I ever owned that I loved! I so enjoyed reading your post...your description of how the engine and manual transmission were bullet proof.

    I tried to explain some of the particulars of this car in a much earlier post, but you did such a much nicer job! Thank you for paying this 2nd gen. 'lude car its due! I nick-named mine, "The Little Car that Could." :)
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    is definitely one of my favorite Prelude features. I like knowing that I have a cool car that isn't on every corner.

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

  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    or every city--or county (for that matter) :P

    When we arrived home from picking up my car, my friend said to me, "You'd better take great care of this car and hang onto it because there are no more to be had...that's the end of the line."

    And that's coming from a BMW/MB guy.
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    "Isn't that what we unconsciously strive for? A look that manages to stand for right now and forever."
  • 530ir1150r530ir1150r Posts: 263
    I hope not, but a little introspection is good for everybody. What in my post made you think so.

    Remember with a Prelude, you are now driving an orphan. Parts over time will get harder to find as well as people who know what they are doing when working on them and after a certain age old cars are not practical for every day use. Enjoy your remaining time.

    My wife loved her Prelude, but she wanted a convertible. A 16 year old high school girl bought it an half hour after first seeing it and she still was still excited talking about it when we ran into her 3 or 4 months later.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    530ir1150r is good people. A former Prelude owner who now drives an E39 530i with a stick. It is a natural progression.

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

  • 1997 Honda Prelude, 93000km

    I have owned this car for five years and kept it in immaculate condition since day one. It has never been winter driven, has never been in an accident, has won numerous awards at local car shows, and has been serviced regularly by the same mechanic. I am selling it because I will be moving to Ottawa next month.

    1997 HONDA PRELUDE, 2 doors, FWD, 4 CYL, 2.2L, tiptronic, only 94,000 km! a/c, ABS, a/theft, c/c, driver a/b, dual a/b, htd mirrors, htd seats, kyls entry, Custom leather intr., pb, pdl, pm, pwr pkg, ps, splr, s/roof, tilt/s, tilt/w, tint glass. Wings West RS Body Kit (front & back bumpers, side kit, spoiler), 17" KMC Rims, Pioneer Stereo, w/ 5”LCD screen, custom built stereo system many other luxury mods, award winning car, exquisite.

    link title

    for pictures and full description of mods. $17,900 OBO
    Price will be dropped if the buyer does not want the stereo.

    This car is located in WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    My excuse: I've been a combination of incredibly busy and sick (and traveling)!

    Jeez. Is this what happens when I abandon my post?
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    530ir1150r: Sorry I haven't gotten back to has been a crazy combination of sick, very busy (college decisions came in/visting collges), and just overall over-run by life outside of Edmunds.

    Will get back to you shortly.

    Off to the gym.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    I've been sick since Saturday night with some funky sore throat ailment (I'm 85% better), busy at work dealing with massive upcoming price increases, Jewish Holidays (Passover), and last but not least, my 31st birthday (which was Yesterday).

    Just to stay on topic here, since schools are out this week there is virtually NO TRAFFIC. It is like driving my Prelude to work on a Saturday, but everyday!

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

  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    Happy Belated Birthday, NYC! Gee...31? You're getting up there! So you're an Aries. Hmmm. At best you're: Enthusiastic, courageous, carefree, amicable, exciting, decisive, straight-forward, quick witted, and energetic; at worst: I'll leave those qualities out (save those for another time)! :P

    A lot of people have been sick, including me, and I must tell you how wonderful it feels to re-join the "Land of the Living." Whatever it was that struck me down got to me in the worst way, and life as I knew it ceased to exist for about six days. I can't remember the last time I was THAT sick!

    But we're supposed to talk about cars, right? Well, my biggest challenge with you guys is staying on course!

    One of our last topics was the frequency of seeing other Preludes on the road. My comment was that I could not remember the last time I had seen one in this neck of the woods.

    Well, last night (Thursday), I not-so coincidentally found myself parked next to a white Prelude at the gym parking lot! How uncanny is that? (I don't believe in coincidences, large or small, so I must have attracted it since "looking for other Preludes" was percolating in my head.) I was checking it out (admiringly--because it was in really great shape), trying to figure out what year it was when the owner appeared out of nowhere. His comment was, "I know what you're thinking...that your's is a lot nicer than mine." And I said, "No that's not what I'm thinking at all. I'm wondering what year it is." He said, "a '92." And my comment was (as I'm heading for the building), "'s in really nice shape. I'm actually admiring it because the body's in such great condition." Well, that was the extent of our exchange because I had to leave to get to class. It's a weight training class that requires set-up, and I'm obsessed with getting there on time, otherwise there's no good floor space left.

    I wanted to ask him how it ran, how many miles he had on it, etc., but this is the one class to which I hate being late.
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    530ir1150r: You bring up a valid point, driving around in an "orphan," as you put it. At first, your statement felt a bit harsh/hard-core to me, but then I thought, "Well, it is what it is" (and men do have a way of being blunt about things--except when you ask them about being fat :P ).

    Actually, this was a concern of mine before I acquired this Prelude, as I was creating my "short list" of cars. What happens as it ages and needs repairs? Since Honda doesn't make the Prelude anymore, my primary concern was finding parts for the car, and the necessity of getting OEM parts vs. after-market parts.

    As such, I talked to my trusted mechanic and ex-boyfriend (with whom I'm still sympatico). X has had many "project cars" over the years as a hobby, cars that he has resurrected from the dead mechanically--cars that MB no longer makes (that's his thing...MB's). I've also got a close friend who still drives, believe it or not, a Honda Del Sol (automatic). The odometer broke about two years ago at 180,000 mark, so she has no idea what her car has on it at this point. (She has a long commute to work, hence the high miles.)

    After talking to mechanic and X, neither of whom would steer me in a bad/wrong direction, I felt quite confident that I wouldn't encounter any major problems getting the repairs/parts my car will need over time. Plus, I've already decided to go after-market with the exhaust and clutch anyway.

    My friend, who owns the Del Sol, has told me that she has not encountered any problem finding parts for her car thus far. The last repair she had was about a month ago, getting the turn signals replaced. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a pretty expensive job (for turn signals! :confuse: ), but the parts were there.

    It has also occurred to me that I can still buy OEM parts for the Prelude over the Internet, and perhaps I should start doing that--just to have certain critical parts--if there is such a thing. (I should ask my friend to help me create a shopping list.) For instance, I already purchased a complete set of black OEM floor mats, so when my existing floor mats get too yucky to clean, I can easily replace them (granted...buying floor mats is a no-brainer), but this is just an example of my thinking-ahead, pre-emptive strike mindset.

    In any event, if I were advised/warned to NOT buy a last gen. Prelude because of the "orphan" situation, I would have listened. Yes, I can be stubborn and strong-willed, but I do listen to sound advice from people whose opinions I trust.

    I was pleased to read that your wife really loved her Prelude. And, in many ways (perhaps too many), I am still every bit and fiber that 16-year old! There are certain cars on the market that I dare not go near, for instance the Honda S2000 (and that's at the low end $$$ of the sports cars I dream about). I can only imagine the rush of adrenaline I would experience behind the wheel of a high-end performance machine (scary!). I have been tempted many times to test drive the S2000, but it's not really a practical car for every day driving. On the other hand, who cares? :D Seriously, anything over $30,000 is not in my budget currently, but the aspirations are there, and so is the intent.

    In the meantime, my Prelude is the next best thing to being there, and, all things considered, it really is an enjoyable car to drive.
  • jfran964jfran964 Posts: 1
    Guys, I'm thinking about buying a prelude, but wasn't sure what kind of gas mileage is normal. I'm looking at a 98 sh. Let me know. Oh yeah, is premium fuel mandatory? Thanks
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267's in really nice shape. I'm actually admiring it because the body's in such great condition

    Were you refering to the 4ht generation Prelude or it's owner? :P

    YOu should have stayed and chatted with the guy! You were destined to park next to that Prelude and see the owner there at that exact moment ;)

    Back to the Prelude and its unavailability of parts. I don't exactly have a desk job (actually, I don't even have a desk), so I protect my Prelude's beautiful black mats (alright, so they are more functional than beautiful) with a set of weathertech mats in the front.

    Hopefully I'll have time to have my summer tires & stock wheels mounted next week! As for tomorrow, it is off to the Auto Show!

    Happy Holidays everybody!

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    Gas mileage all depends how you drive. I do about 85% highway miles on my commute. I average about 23-23 mpg.

    I've gotten as high as 28 on a complete highway tank doing 70 with the cruise set.

    All Preludes REQUIRE premium fuel (high compression ratio). If you cheap out and use regular or mid grade not only will you hamper the car's performance, but you will actually get WORSE gas mileage. So it is a false economy much like the people who buy Hybrids to "save" money on gas.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,267
    Have you really opened your car up yet? Next time you're doing about 60 mph on I-95, drop down from 5th to 3rd gear (make sure you match revs please) to pass somebody! zLet us know what happens ;)

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

  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    jfran964: I get about the same gas mileage as Nyccarguy. My daily driving is an odd mix of country-town-highway.

    I was actually given pointers and a driving demo (in my Prelude) on how to achieve better gas mileage (in other words, how to drive less aggressively), but then that takes much of the fun out of driving my Prelude! Still, I can do better if I wanted to. I just don't as THAT takes a certain amount of will power. :blush:

    As Nyccarguy confirmed, our cars take the premium fuel. Yet, I have often wondered what would happen if I "cheated just a little" by putting in a lower grade of those things that I always wondered about but never bothered to ask, so I appreciate reading NYC's explanation.
  • lulu9lulu9 Posts: 154
    Will do!

    I was FINALLY able to get my car up to 100 mph about six weeks ago on I-84 (outside of Danbury). I held that speed for about five seconds before I lost my nerve--cop nerve that is. One never wants to get pulled over!

    Every time I dream about getting new Z rated tires (per your recommendation), the snow flurries remind me that we're still at risk for another light snow fall.
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