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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#1140 of 2496 S2000 Meeting Same fate as Prelude?
Mar 17, 2003 (3:28 pm)
I don't know about the rest of the country, but dealers around here have quite a few S2000s on their lots. There's a dealer that claims to have 2 2001s leftover, while multiple dealers advertise 2002 leftovers, and to have some 2003s on their lots as well. I'm sure there are a few contributing factors including the fact that the economy here is still terrible and we had an extremely cold winter. Has Honda stepped up their production numbers from the demand of the original 2000s & 2001s? Oh do I wish I had an extra $30K laying around (don't we all?). The S2000 would make a great 3rd car for me down the road. As much as I'd love to have a BMW, you really can't top the S2000 for the value. Maybe by then they'll have perfected the radio, top lining, and air leaks that Sphinx99 complains about (his only 2 gripes I'd just have to decide if I want a Spa Yellow, Berlinetta Black, or New Formula Red.
Mar 18, 2003 (6:12 am)
I've heard from owners that the Cooper is actually a better drive with the standard 16" wheels due to the heavy run-flats on the 17"s. The wheels are so far out at the corners of the car that you really can feel the difference in the unsprung weight of the different wheel/tire combos.
Beautiful little car, though.
#1142 of 2496 86 prelude vibration update
Mar 18, 2003 (12:52 pm)
Just an update form my severe vibration problem. I took it to an alognment shop and it turned out the front right axle (which is supposed to move in and out along the flexible junction) is stucked. I think the bearing must be cracked or something. They jacked the car up and spinned the wheel really fast. I can see the wheel moving up and down in a wierd orbit. It then went away on subsequent tests. That may explain why the vibration happened only on a certain type of road surface and tire pressure. ANyway, it is fixed now and the car feels like it has gained a little bit more power and acceleration time. Thanks all.
Mar 19, 2003 (6:37 am)
Good to hear your problem's solved. You're lucky your wheel didn't pull a Ford Focus on you!
Mar 19, 2003 (7:01 pm)
A Jaguar S Type.
Glad to hear your problem was solved. Enjoy the car.
#1145 of 2496 Steering Wheel
Mar 20, 2003 (6:56 pm)
Does anyone know if the S2000's wheel will fit on the Prelude steering column? A friend wants to give it to me off his car (wants a new wheel) but I don't want to take it if it won't fit. And has anyone taken their Preludes in for the ignition recall? I figure if I did that, I'd also take mine if for the TSB on the rear bushing noise. Mine is not noticeable except for early morning over speed bumps. And is there any fix for the molding on the windshield? Thanks...
Mar 21, 2003 (6:03 am)
I took mine in for the ignition recall about a month ago. They gave me a loaner and everything. I didnt notice anything wrong with the ignition before, or anything different after. The dealer told me that although it was a recall, the problem hadnt come up in many cars. It did require the whole day though.
Mar 21, 2003 (6:14 am)
I have seen the S2000 steering wheel in the Prelude, and it looks pretty cool, but unless you can find a wrecked donor S2000, it's expensive to order the parts (big shocker). You need the wheel, the SRS module and airbag, and a bunch of different bushings. The parts total is around $1200.00 IIRC. The Insight uses the same wheel as the S2000, if that helps.
For $1200, I'd by some tires, springs and maybe some hotter cams from Crower.
What's up with your w/s molding? Is it whistling or pulling away from the A-pillar? Mine used to whistle a bit in cross-winds, but since I had to get my w/s replaced, it's all better now.
My advice: follow a gravel truck for a few miles.
Mar 21, 2003 (6:06 pm)
Yeah, I wouldn't get the wheel if I wasn't going to get it for free. However, I am just getting the wheel and SRS module. Do I need a retrofit kit or extra bushings for it to fit? As for my windshield molding, it's lifting in some spots around the glass and I guess its a common problem to Preludes.
BTW, I waxed the car today using Zymol and can't say I like the results. Klasse works better and is A LOT easier. Man, I was rubbing forever and it was still lightly streaking...
Mar 21, 2003 (6:38 pm)
I'm not 100% sure of just what you'll need for the wheel swap. You might want to check on the hondaprelude board which I can't name here...
I seem to remember someone had done the swap and taken pics of each step, along with a complete list of all the bits you'll need.