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Honda Prelude, Coupe
Feb 07, 2003 (5:19 pm)
Agreed. A truly ugly vehicle back in 1997 now has rather sharp looks. How's that for a surprising turn of events? I think the Prelude has always had some surprisingly good lines. The 4th gens look very aggressive; not as aggressive as a Dodge Stealth or similar-era Camaro/Firebird, but much more aggressive than the comparable Integra, Mustang or Celica, for example. The 3rd gens look like upright NSXs. Even the 2nd gen cars look relatively modern for what was a mid-80s car.
Honda does not receive enough credit for its styling accomplishments.
#1066 of 2496 Car's fixed & better than ever
Feb 08, 2003 (1:03 pm)
Well, I finally got my car back on Thursday night and it was well worth the wait. I ended up bargaining with the service advisor and got a little more than $200 knocked off the suspension job, plus they threw in the oil change (with Mobil 1 Synthetic), tire rotation, & alignment. The car drives better than new. The steering is actually a little heavier than I remember (unless I just got used to driving that DX Accord Sedan...not). I love it!
I was a huge fan of the radical styling of the 4th gen and it took me a year or 2 to warm up to the 5th gen styling.
Feb 09, 2003 (10:28 am)
What's the best way to clean floormats? After a long winter, mine need some help. Would home washer/dryer work? Hmmm....
Feb 10, 2003 (12:46 pm)
You could always steam clean them. Putting them in a clothes washer would work, but doing that might gunk up the machine. I don't think I'd try them in the dryer, though.
Year-round, I've been using heavy rubber mats from http://www.weathertech.com for 8 years, and they keep the factory mats looking brand new. Definately worth the $.
Feb 12, 2003 (8:47 am)
hi everyone. 2001 Prelude, only 3k miles on it. it is an automatic. listed at $19k.
good deal? how are the automatics in the Prelude? are they reliable, or do they have the Acura auto, in which case people should run screaming...
should a low mileage, but two year old Prelude, worry anyone? how could it have such low miles?
Feb 12, 2003 (9:21 am)
Unless you absolutely must have the auto, I'd pass on this car.
The Prelude autobox is well-known for being troublesome, and Honda has gone so far as to extend the warranty on it (a real rarity for Honda). Seems the problem stems from a torque converter that isn't strong enough to deal with the loads placed on it by the SportShift feature.
Frankly, I'd be more concerned about an auto Prelude with low miles than I would about a MT Prelude with average or high miles (like mine).
Sorry for the bad news. The Prelude is a great car, but you don't want to buy a headache.
Feb 12, 2003 (10:06 am)
thanks. exactly what i needed to know! i will keep looking around.
Feb 12, 2003 (8:23 pm)
Also, the Prelude is much more fun with a manual. The automatic really saps engine power.
#1074 of 2496 2 years old with 3k
Feb 13, 2003 (11:14 pm)
Yeah, I think I would pass on that too. Similar to the "too good to be true" thing. With only 3k miles, you've probably got all kinds of seals that haven't seen lubrication for months and are drying out.