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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#1272 of 2496 That's that. I've had it!
May 26, 2003 (10:40 am)
I'm tired of hearing the stock tires screech and squeal. New tire time.
Tirerack has S03s in 205/50/16 for $138 each plus $30 in shipping - about $600. I really don't want the expense of a different set of rims (what are good light rims, $300+ a piece?!) and the stock ones look fine.
Will I need an alignment done with these tires? What is the process I should follow with the Prelude?
From owners of this tire (himiler or blacktalon? I know one of you has these), what do you think of this review from tirerack:
Vehicle: 2001 Honda Prelude
Location: North Syracuse, NY
Driving Style: Average
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Reviewer's Overall Ratings: 7.00 out of 10
Review Submitted 2002-12-26
These tires must be part bloodhound, because they hunt all over the road for every rut and groove, despite the fact that my car has a Quaife LSD. When warm, dry traction is prodigious, but watch out for uneven breakaway once the limit is reached. Not much good on wet pavement, but resistant to hydroplaning. Ride can be somewhat harsh and noisy, depending on road surface. Wear is excellent for tire type. Overall, an excellent tire, but I may have been expecting too much from it. I was much more satisfied with the overall performance of the Dunlop SP 5000 -- although its an all-season with with less ultimate dry grip, it rode and handled better in the wet and dry, and offers more reassuring performance at the limit.
Also, is there anything that can be done with the stock tires that have < 20k miles on them? Junk? Can they be sold for pennies to someone in need? Should they be kept around? (Don't know how I'd store 'em but....)
Any thoughts would be welcomed...
#1273 of 2496 while browsing tirerack...
May 26, 2003 (11:42 am)
Have any of you upgraded either your brake pads or brake lines? What was your experience?
May 26, 2003 (12:44 pm)
I have SO-3s in the stock 205/50-16 size, mounted on the stock rims. I have the local NTB do the changeover between the Alpins and the SO-3s. This includes mounting and balancing. The first time for any set of tires, this costs about $75, but includes lifetime balancing, so subsequent changeovers are only $28.
That reviewer's experience is very different from mine. My SO-3s provide excellent handling on both wet and dry surfaces. There is a slight, but noticeable, tendency to follow grooves, but nothing that I find objectionable.
I've only put a few thousand miles on the SO-3s, so it's possible this could change with more wear, but I found the other (very positive) reviews of the tire much more in line with my experience.
I haven't upgraded my brakes -- the stock brakes work great, especially with the SO-3s -- so I can't comment about that...
May 26, 2003 (3:12 pm)
Sorry ... no NTB locations were found within 100 miles of Zip code 48375.
May 26, 2003 (6:53 pm)
What's going on? I just ran my Prelude SH through Edmunds' appraiser and got this:
2001 Honda Prelude 2 Dr Type SH Coupe
Trade-In Private Party Dealer Retail
National Base Price $16,446 $18,246 $19,907
Optional Equipment $0 $0 $0
Silver $73 $81 $88
for Zip Code 48375 $99 $109 $119
20,000 miles $406 $406 $406
Outstanding $695 $731 $817
Total $17,719 $19,573 $21,337
Certified Used Vehicle $21,987
It wasn't nearly that high a few months ago.
May 26, 2003 (7:11 pm)
I've always thought the TMV on edmunds is way off. A good way to get the value of your car is by looking through the online and local ads and seeing how much peoiple are asking. A good board here in TH is the REAL WORLD TRADE IN VALUES. There are a few guys there who work at or own their own used car dealerships and go to auctions. Their info is more accurate than TMV.
May 28, 2003 (7:46 am)
That's my review from TireRack. My tires are mostly shot by now, but I've managed to put close to 33K miles on them (mostly highway, with frequent, brief bursts of very aggressive cornering).
The dry grip and response gets better as they near the wear bars, but the wet traction has gone away (thank goodness for my LSD).
I like the cornering grip, but the noise on all but new, very smooth pavement has grown tiresome. I think I'll be running a set of Dunlop SP9000's next -- they give up some dry grip but wear a bit better, are sharper in the wet, and offer better NVH qualities. They're also 40% cheaper than the S-03.
What to do with your RE-92's? You might be able to negotiate a deal with whatever shop will be mounting and balancing your new tires to get a credit for them ($25 a tire might be a good deal). You might even be able to trade them even-up for the tire swap charges. Worth a try -- the worst thing anyone can say is "no."
Don't be afraid to use one of the recommended installers on the TireRack Website. They're always a safe bet. Get the 4-wheel alignment, too, since you want to get all the use possible from the tires you just paid for.
May 28, 2003 (8:05 am)
Latest Kelley Blue Book on a 2001 Prelude is actually lower than Edmunds, oddly enough (usually it's higher) . I think TMV is pretty good for "real money" transactions (actual selling prices). I did a quick check in the Bay Area and found 3 '01 Preludes, all claimed excellent for $18.5, 19K and 20.5K. (check out www.craigslist.com) Possibly if yours were truly superb you could squeeze that extra $1K that TMV says. For higher than that, you'd have to do extra warranty and financing I would think.
If someone offered you that $21.9K TMV, I'd be inclined to suggest you take it.
May 28, 2003 (10:13 am)
Can anyone suggest a good shop for service in DC/MD area? I'm in Olney. Thanks!!
May 29, 2003 (6:53 am)
prelude1997 - Get the heck outta here...I live in Olney too! Talk about a small world. Anyway, I get my car serviced at a shop in Laurel called Vipre Automotive (www.vipreauto.com). They do good, quick work and don't charge too much. If that's too much out of the way, I've been generally pleased with the work done at Graeves Auto in Olney (behind the McDonald's), though I've never taken my Prelude there.
BTW, what kind of Prelude do you drive (color, trim)? I have a white 99 base. If I see you around town I'll flash my lights or something.