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Honda Prelude, Coupe
Jun 08, 2003 (3:07 pm)
The Prelude is a wonderful car. For a 20 year old and even for those fogeys like those of us in our late 20's. What is your budget? Are you looking for a 5th Generation Prelude ('97-'01) or a 4th Generation ('92-'96)?
Get yourself a Prelude w/ a manual transmission. Even if you can't drive stick yet, you'll learn and you love it!
Here are just a few of the (many) things I love about my Milano Red 2001 Prelude Type SH: The car's handling is absolutely amazing. I take corners and exit ramps way faster than the posted speed limit. The steering is nicely weighted and transmits excellent road feel. The interior is nice anjd simple and typical high quality late 1990's Honda. I love the creased and angular lines of the Prelude. I love the fact you don't see too many Preludes on the road. Acceleration is good enough to get you into trouble. The car has a nice weight to it compared to other Sport Compacts (Eclipse, Integra) which give it a great highway ride. Did I mention the handling is incredible...
#1299 of 2496 himiler...CAI Question
Jun 08, 2003 (3:10 pm)
Himiler: Do you have a problem with your CAI in the rain/snow (driving through a large puddle or downpour)? It seems like a great modification to do (not that I'm looking to do any modifications...yet:). You can pick one up for less than $200.
Jun 08, 2003 (3:42 pm)
No trouble whatsoever in the rain or snow with my CAI. It's a great mod that's really simple to DIY.
As long as you never drive thru standing water that is higher than the centerline ofthe front wheel, you'll be fine. Even if you do get into some slightly deeper stuff, as long as you keep the throttle closed, it's ok.
I bought mine from http://www.coximports.com
They're an honest shop, and ship quickly. Make sure you buy an AEM if you get one. (Mine's blue, but a polished one would be great with your red paint.)
Jun 08, 2003 (4:30 pm)
I too have been thinking about a CAI now that the Prelude is settling in as a long-term ownership vehicle.
Would you say that the effect is more or less pronounced between summer and winter, or is it roughly the same?
Jun 08, 2003 (4:37 pm)
I definitely got the idea (from manhy different boards) that AEM is the way to go with the CAI. Do you have the bypass valve? I'd like to get my hands on a Mugen exhaust, but they are mucho chavo (almost $1000 + installation). I don't even really care (too much) about the increased performance, but I hear the Mugen Exhaust is quieter than stock.
Jun 08, 2003 (4:38 pm)
As for the Prelude, I went for a drive to a friend's place this afternoon and found myself alongside many econorockets with reving engines. I'm guessing they were all feeling 2 Fast and 2 Furious. With my Prelude freshly washed and waxed, I wasn't going to do anything but baby it today!
The new tires should be swapped in tomorrow or the day after, depending on when I can find time to take it in. I'm quite anxious to see what the effect is.
At the local Panera (bread/bakery place) I was with a friend at a table chowing down some soup and bread, and two almost obscenely cute young women at the table next two us were fawning about the silver Prelude parked out front, how they want a car like it, wondering about what kind of car it is, how much it might cost. I had the biggest grin on my face the entire time but I didn't say a thing. The only downer was when one of them said, "you know I think one of my friends has seen one before and said it was a Mitsubishi." EEK! The Mitsubishi Prelude! *sigh*
Oh well, it beats what I get from a lot of gas station attendants. "Sweet car man, what kind of Civic is that!?" In parts of the country where the Prelude is uncommon, it gets a *lot* of attention. It routinely turns heads of drivers in Boxsters, BMWs of all shapes and sizes, and every single one of the Cobras out there. The only drivers totally and completely unaffected by the Prelude's presence are Corvette drivers. Those guys (and gals) seem to be unaffected by anybody's presence. Must be that engine! I can envision a Z06 driver turning to the right, seeing a Ferrari, and saying, "eeeeh... it's not even a 11 second car."
#1304 of 2496 Mitsubishi Prelude
Jun 08, 2003 (4:55 pm)
Well, It wouldn't be too bad if it had a Mitsubishi turbocharger:) Or maybe All Wheel Drive system.
But the el-cheapo interior pieces, lousy fit & finish, electrical gremlins, and transmission woes I can do without:)
Jun 09, 2003 (5:32 am)
There is a benefit to be gained with a CAI in the summertime, when underhood heat is most prevalent. But the biggest benefit stems from the fact that the CAI is wider and much more free-flowing than a stock intake. There's no resonator, airbox, or sharp bends -- just nice, easy bends and a conical, velocity stack filter. Air gets into the engine very quickly. (But the fact that it's quite a bit cooler helps, too.)
I don't have the bypass valve because I don't have to worry about flash-flooding or lots of standing water in my area. Also, the BPV requires you to cut the CAI tubing (a real shame) and may negate some of the airflow benefits (flow rate) of the CAI. I've seen cases where the BPV allowed fine dust or grit into the throttle body -- the section of CAI tubing between the BPV and TB gets dirty on the inside. Without a BPV, mine stays dust-free.
Ultimately, it's up to the individual. As long as you keep your wits about you and avoid deep puddles, you won't need the BPV.
Here's a link showing a CAI install on a G5 Prelude. I found it to be pretty useful.
AWD Prelude? Naaahh, too heavy. The only things the Prelude ever really needed were a sixth gear, 20 more HP and RWD (or at the very least, a factory LSD).
Jun 10, 2003 (11:37 am)
I am going for the G5 Prelude, mainly 99', 00', 01' due to consumerguides.com trouble area reviews. The G4 had more trouble spots. I have been driving my dads stick for a while now. So I'll be looking for a manual Prelude. My budget is around 16 grand. I don't want too many miles on it.
Jun 11, 2003 (6:01 am)
If you've got $16K to play with, a '00 should be within your reach, but you might have to settle for a car with 35,000 miles or more.
As long as the car has been serviced, don't be afraid of a Prelude with miles.
Good luck in your search!