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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#1569 of 2496 I LOVE HONDA and to 98lude...
Apr 28, 2004 (3:33 pm)
To all Honda owners...
Honda agreed that the tensioner should not have failed at 50K and that since the new tensioner is different from the one that failed in my 1999 Prelude, there is an internally acknowledged problem. Therefore, they decided to repair the car for free which was about 560 on their end and gave me a rental. But in the end, my out of pocket costs was about 500 since I elected to performed the below-mentioned repairs and replace my weatherstrips which failed as they do in all Preludes and most Hondas.
That is outrageous, I went to my local dealer (Norm Reeves Honda of Huntington Beach) and 3 private repair facilities and the dealership was the most expensive at 560 for just the tensioner and timing belt. The private repair shops quoted me about 420-460. But all the service advisors agreed that since I'm already replacing the timing belt, I should also replace the water pump, balancer belts, internal seals, and outside drive belts.
#1570 of 2496 timing belt tensioner
Apr 28, 2004 (5:55 pm)
Is there any way I can prevent this from happening to my car down the road? Did they change the timing belt tensioner for '00 - '01? I guess I should just have my dealer check it out then next time I bring the car in for an oil change.
Now I know you're thinking "nyccarguy has got to be off his rocker to bring his car to the dealership for an oil change!" They charge me $18.95 for the labor, I supply my own MObil 1 5w30 (buy it at Target cheap), they give me a loaner car to use, and they know my Prelude better than Jiffy Lube does.
May 01, 2004 (2:50 pm)
In a lot of ways, I would agree with you on the oil change. For my service, they threw in an oil change and asked if my car had ever had a Honda oil change, which is hasnt. I guess theres a washer that goes over the plug which had never been replaced. Supposedly, that washer is supposed to be replaced at each oil change and he literally said that the washer was on its last legs. If the oil had been changed again, I would have most likely damaged the oil pan when the bolt was tightened.
About the tensioner, I'd find out if your car has the updated one. I'll try to see if I can get you the part number of the one they installed.
May 16, 2004 (6:34 pm)
with the price of gas through the roof these days, I spent the better part of last week driving my Prelude somewhat on the conservative side to see what kind of mileage I could squeeze out of it. I used the Cruise control when I could on the highway and tried to shift between 2K & 3K. Well besides me not having too much fun driving last week, I only yieled about 1 mpg more than usual (24 & change vs. 23 & change). So after I filled up yesterday, I started ripping it to the redline when I could. I'll take the 1mpg penalty if it means more driving pleasure:)
#1573 of 2496 How long will a prelude last ?
May 18, 2004 (9:56 pm)
I am driving a 86 prelude 2.0 SI 5 speed manual and the car is approaching 260K now, still running very strong. does not burn or leak any engine oil. Rack and pinion is slowly leaking though. I just took it in to a alignment shop for a brake change. The mechanic was very impressed about the front end integrity and the engine of the car. He actually recommended me to keep the car and do a decent job on the brake and replace the caliper on top of the pad and hose. (It will cost me $1600 if I do all that, so I just replace the pad and hoses but they say one of the caliper does seem to be weak and cannot stiffen the pad under pressure. I need to change that myself for financial reason)
Any opinion in this group about how long this car will last ? Any indicator tht I should look out for as sign of an irrecoverable problem. I went to a local Honda specialist shop to do minor fixes and they told me the record car for them is a 86 Honda accord running at 450K with original transmission.
Thanks for the input.
May 19, 2004 (3:02 pm)
Well that's hard to answer because at 260K anything can happen. At these miles cars sometimes suffer sudden metallurgy failurese that are not really predictable. Basically you have exceeded the design limits of the car.
I'd say just do whatever you've been doing but don't pour huge amounts of money into the car.
If you can run it for less per month than car payments, say 1/2 the normal car payment, then I think you are doing great!
I don't think 450K is a realistic expectation, any more than say living to be 100, even though a few people do.
#1576 of 2496 Re: [Mr_Shiftright #1574]
May 24, 2004 (10:24 pm)
Thanks for the advise. I'll keep this group posted and see how long can this car last.
#1577 of 2496 Re: Happy Birthday [nyccarguy #1566]
May 25, 2004 (4:24 am)
2 years here as well but it was back on Feb 8th. I take my car to the Honda dealer as well. I take my own mobil 1 5w30 and it comes out to 17 or 18 bucks. Great minds think alike nyccarguy! I don't trust my Prelude to the quick lube places, like you mentioned Honda knows our cars better than those places. My wife had a bad experience with jiffy lube. She has a corolla and had her oil changed just before going on a trip home (240 miles). Well when she got to her destination she smelled smoke. So she open the hood and to her HORROR oil was ALL OVER HER ENGINE COMPARTMENT! Jiffy lube had get this, FORGOT to put her oil cap back on!! So she drove all that time with no oil cap. Luckily she didn't blow up her engine. Of course Jiffy lube paid for new cap and engine cleaning and car detail. But that taught her a lesson she only goes to the dealer.
#1578 of 2496 Re: [Mr_Shiftright #1574]
May 26, 2004 (12:37 pm)
Interesting question - what is the design limit of your typical Honda? 250,000 miles?