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Honda Prelude, Coupe
Mar 08, 2004 (8:32 am)
The Prelude was definitely the best car I Have every owned. You will enjoy all the aspects of a performance car (looks, acceleration, braking, handling, etc) while still being able to use it in all practical matters (commuting, fold down rear seat, decent mileage, etc).
Input on your questions:
I believe EPA mileage is 22/27...I averaged around 25-26 overall, with 30-31 on long highway trips. Premium fuel is required, it does run fine on regular with a barely noticeable loss of power.
Insurance was actually $7 less per month (black 5-speed 99 coupe) than my Accord (black 5-speed 99 also) for the same coverage, same location. I think Honda's are on the high side, although nothing ridiculous like a premium brand.
The interior is a bit plain, but completely functional, with high quality assembly. Its roomy up front, decent for adults in the back for a short trip, cupholders, storage bins, door pockets, large glovebox, no signs of wear and tear after 4 years.
I can go on forever about the virtues of this car, and you could also look up any review (10 Best C&D, Best Handling Car for Under $30K, Comparo Winner, etc).
Mine was a 99, didnt exactly baby it, and sold it with 72,000 miles. Nothing went wrong, ever, and it was in perfect condition.
I sold mine for moving reasons, but am looking to buy another one this fall. 2001's are on the expensive side, but worth it, I feel. Personally Im going to try to find a black SH with under 20,000 miles and hopefully the certification.
Hope this helps you.
Mar 08, 2004 (4:54 pm)
Yes, that helps, thank you!
If anyone else has input, it is welcome as well.
I did not know that the Prelude takes premium fuel.
That is kind of downer. I don't want to pay the gas prices that are out there now.
Well, at least the mileage seems pretty good from what you have experienced?. I wonder why edmunds said that their Prelude got only 19mpg city/highway??
Well, I guess I really need to try driving one of these. I was about to purchase a 03 Mazda Prot.5 that was only 10500 with only 9000 miles on it.
THANKS FOR THE INFO!
Mar 08, 2004 (8:19 pm)
Go back over this board and all the magazine reviews, you'll find tons of useful info. I love my Prelude! The styling is unique and there aren't too many on the road (like a few of the cars you mentioned). The handling still blows me away and I've owned my '01 Type SH for almost 2 years (purchased new in April '02).
Let me see if I can answer some of your questions:
As far as gas mileage goes, the harder you drive it, the lower the mileage will be. I drive one the moderate to somewhat aggressive side and manage to average about 21-23 mpg mixed city/highway. Edmunds probably got 19mpg because the editors drove it like they stole it.
Like chillenhonda said, it takes premium. To me it is a small price to pay for a performance oriented vehicle. Wherever you are, the gas can't be more expensive than it is here in New York. Even with High Test hovering around the $2.00/gallon mark, my last few fill ups have averaged about $25 each.
As far as insurance goes, that is totally up to your driving record as well as a few other things. What may seem expensive for you to insure may be just average to me.
The interior isn't anything special. It is very functional and well laid out with no distractions (actually that is special in this day of I-drive and such). You'll probably find the HVAC controls to be exactly the same as your CRX.
GO and drive one. The proof is in the pudding:) Don't be suprised to find yourself taking exit ramps at more than twice the speed advisory.
I'll definitely be driving my Prelude for another 3+ years.
Mar 10, 2004 (7:08 pm)
Do you have to use premium and if you don't could it harm the car. I was going to buy a used 2001 model and there is no way I would know if the owner used premium or not.
Please tell me if a 2001 Prelude with 19000 miles on it is worth $16900? It is supposed to be in EXCELLENT condition. It is not an SH model.
Mar 15, 2004 (8:18 pm)
Premium fuel is required. I'm sure you could run it on regular with no harmful effects on the engine as the engine's timing will retard (due to the lower octane) and your engine will produce less horsepower & torque, therefore incresing the amount of power needed to get up to speed and decresing your fuel economy (kinda like driving with your AC compressor engaged full time).
As far as if the car is a good value or not, you should post that on the
"real world trade in values" board here on Town Hall.
#1539 of 2496 MazdaSpeed Miata
Mar 15, 2004 (8:19 pm)
Sphinx99: I know your going to be loving your S2K now that top down weather is upon us. Did you happen to catch the specs on that MazdaSpeed Miata? It is a pretty slick package (not S2K slick, but nothing is:)
Mar 16, 2004 (2:08 am)
It's a nice package. Only concern is price, the Miata really is making a bee-line for the $30k barrier these days, but the car is very well-equipped and does have the refinement and elegance that only a car with a decade or more of ongoing development is going to have.
Top down weather? Where?! We have snowstorms beginning in a few hours. And it's all headed your way, buddy
Mar 16, 2004 (5:48 pm)
Well, the MazadaSpeed model stickers at around $26 & change. These cars don't sell too well here because on Mazda's website has some crazy 0% (or 0.9%) for 60 month deal (thank-you parent company Ford) on all 2003 & 2004 Miatas. I'd love to walk into a dealership in a few winters on a day like today (thanks a lot for the snow buddy:) and pick up a MazdaSpeed model that's been sitting around (much like my Prelude was).
Yesterday was 60 degrees here and I drove home from work with the roof open and the windows down half way. I'm glad I haven't switched the snows off yet because we got ourselves one helluva slushy/icy/snowy mess. We're supposed to get more of the white stuff dumped on us before week's end.
My condo where we've moved is very hilly. In particular there is a large, steep driveway to the get to the condo's gatehouse, then you have to slow down almost to a stop so the scanner can read the sticker on your window, then make a tight turn and go over a speedbump uphill. There was a lady in a SP equipped E39 525i that wasn't fairing so well. The Prelude took it without a hesitation or hiccup.
The only thing that scares me about driving in the snow are the other drivers. Besides the over-confident SUV driver, I've also got to worry about these guys who drive around in Yukons, Tahoe's, Escalades... with Z rated rubber bands on their 24" rims.
#1542 of 2496 Took the Prelude In for Service
Mar 22, 2004 (7:55 pm)
It needs some fresh Mobil 1 Synthetic, a filter change, chassis lube, the moonroof slides back and forth on the slow side (esp during cold mornings), and I hear my driver's window creaking when it is wet on the way up.
They gave me an LX Accord this time with power windows, locks, and mirrors. This loaner shimmies and shakes like Brittney Spears, and has one headlight out. The gold color blends in nicely with all the other gold colored Camrys, Saturns, and Accords in my condo complex:)
Sat in the Suzuka Blue S2K (yes the same one that's been in the showroom since I believe the '04's were introduced). Such a gorgeous car you've got SPhinx99. I even sat in it with the top up and I swear I have more headroom in that car with the top up than in my Prelude.
Mar 22, 2004 (8:47 pm)
Thanks Believe it or not, I think the S has more headroom and leg room than the Prelude. The Prelude wins in shoulder room by a wide margin, though, and let's not even get started on the trunk.
In sad news, a metal button on my leather jacket somewhat gouged the leather seat in the S. I have no idea whether it's easily repairable. This is one area where cloth seats win out.
I saw a white Type SH yesterday, perhaps the same one I've seen once before in this area. Such a gorgeous car.