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#1641 of 2496 automd984 re: 4th gen Prelude
Jan 22, 2005 (9:09 pm)
The 1992 - 1996 Prelude is known as the 4th generation. As you know, there were 4 basic iterations of the car: S, Si, 4WS, & VTEC. The 4th generation Prelude handles very well and when mated to a 5-speed manual transmission can be very entertaining to drive. Preludes are safe (they perform well in crash tests) and very reliable (after all, they're Hondas). Obviously the most desirable model would be a low mileage '96 VTEC. But, an Si actually produces more torque and is still a blast to drive. I'd steer clear of any car that has been modified. Do a carfax to see the vehicle's history. Have it checked out by a mechanic.
The S was powered by a 2.2L SOHC I4 engine pumping out 135 horsepower. The S came with hub caps, and I believe NO AC (it was a dealer installed option).
The Si had a DOHC 2.3L I4 producing 160 horsepower. It came with AC and power everything.
The 4WS model adds Honda's electronically controlled 4 wheel steering. This adds significant weight to the car and also would be an expensive replacement if it were to ever go out on you. I believe it was only available in '92 & '93.
The VTEC model was introduced in 1993 (I can't believe that was 12 years ago!) and you got Honda's well praised H22A VTEC motor that makes 190 horsepower. Good for 0-60 in the mid 6 second range. Later years included standard leather and a few more speakers in the stereo.
#1642 of 2496 Re: automd984 re: 4th gen Prelude [nyccarguy]
Jan 23, 2005 (7:19 am)
Now, I'm interested in automatic transmissions. I don't think I could drive a stick and some Si's have auto but more of the S's have them. Now, i'm looking at a 96 online and it looks like the owner got AC installed.
I'll give you the link to the site and I'd like to know if its a good idea. thanks much
Jan 23, 2005 (2:36 pm)
You're young dude, this is the time to learn how to drive a stick. You'll love it! It just takes practice, you will not regret it! That model you're checking out is an S. However, he's asking A LOT of money for a 9 year old car (I don't care how few miles it has on it) that stickered for less than $20K when it was new. Check out the Si if you're going to go with a slushbox.
#1644 of 2496 Re: mike [nyccarguy]
Jan 24, 2005 (12:18 pm)
yea, especially how it has the 2.2L engine where the Si & VTEC have the 5spd and the slightly bigger 2.3L. I agree with you the 5spd sounds more fun and peppy.
#1645 of 2496 starting problems & cold weather driving
Jan 24, 2005 (3:20 pm)
We've been experiencing frigid temperatures here in the NY metro area. Many morning I've gone out to my car and the temperature is less than 10 degrees F. It was taking a while for my car to turn over about 3 days last week. Saturday AM (It was 0 degrees F) I got in my car and it took a while to "catch," then would immediately stall. Then I turned the key again and the car fired up right away. I figured it is time for a new battery. After work I had a new battery put in. Sunday and Today the same thing happened. I checked the alternator and it is running perfectly. Can I attribute this to cold weather or could there be a bigger problem?
We got socked with a nasty snow storm (12" +) on Saturday afternoon. Driving home from work, my Prelude and its Pilot Alpin 2 snow tires performed magically.
#1646 of 2496 Re: starting problems & cold weather driving [nyccarguy]
Jan 26, 2005 (9:02 am)
NYC, I'm not a car expert but I believe the horrible weather is giving you problems. The precipitation somehow might have went into the engine.
Feb 04, 2005 (7:16 am)
Love them Preludes !! Sold my '97 with 90,000 miles because I figured with the expense of the 90,000 service and the new timing belt, I would be better off selling it (Eucalyptus Green - not a nick or door ding on the car). Sold it and found a '00 with 30,000 miles in the beautiful Crystal Blue Metallic. New tires needed - has the original Bridgestone Potenza RE92. My first priority with the new tires is ride comfort and noise. Next is handling and last is treadwear. Doing some looking on tirerack, I see several All Seasons that are 'V' rated and some that are'W' rated. Would the ride comfort be better in a 'W' because it is a softer tire? Anyway I like the reviews on the BF Goodrich Traction TA/V (205/50/VR16 - 87 V rated) and the Pirelli PZero Nero M+S (205/50/WR16 - 87 W rated). Since tires act differently on different cars, wanted to post this on the Prelude Site. Thanks alot.
Feb 04, 2005 (7:55 pm)
Cool, you're a 2 time 5th gen Prelude owner. Congrats on your new (used) Prelude. How much did you pay? Did you buy from a dealership or private party?
As far as your tire questions go, call up tirerack and ask one of the salespeople. They're very informed and won't just try to sell you the most expensive tire.
If you do a keyword search on this board for tires, you'll come up with a few posts.
Let us know what you come up with.
Feb 13, 2005 (9:06 am)
I used to own a black 98 Prelude 5-speed. Sold it to move to California. I had put 73K miles on that car, with not one single problem. I regret selling that car; it was definitely the best car Ive ever had.
As Im driving by a dealership, I see a 97 SH in black. Of course, I immediately test drive it. It was tighter than my current 03 Civic, the clutch was strong, and damn, do I miss that VTEC engine and handling. The dealer guy must have thought I was nuts, I was so excited driving it.
Anyways, I could detect nothing wrong with it, but it did have 99K miles, which makes me a bit leery of buying such a high-mileage car. The asking price was $10,700, which is a decent deal, and Im sure I couldve gotten it for around $10K.
Before I sold mine 2 years ago, I had the 90K maintenance priced at about $675, which is a bit steep. Even if that was completed on this car, I was wondering what else occurs on these high-mileage 5th Gen Preludes. I know about the rear shock "knock", and the problems with the auto tranny. From my experience, and nearly all other owners and publications, this is one of the best built cars ever.
Anyone know of problems? Expenses? Things to look out for?
#1650 of 2496 Re: [chillenhonda] Rear shock knock
Feb 17, 2005 (8:00 pm)
I have a '98 Prelude base, auto, and haven't heard of the rear shock knock before. However, I have noticed in the past month my Prelude has a knock or thump whenever I move from stop to go. Is this the rear shock knock? What causes it? Can it be fixed?