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Honda Prelude, Coupe
Aug 06, 2005 (9:25 pm)
I'm new to the forums, I'm 17, and in the chicago suburbs area. I got a 93 300zx twin turbo when I turned 16, and drove it for about a year, then my engine started to knock and my engine pretty much blew. I had to get a daily driver/reliable car....
Last week I saw a dark blue..maybe midnight blue? not sure of the technical color honda gave it, 1994 prelude S. I didn't know what kind of prelude it was bc the back of it didn't say anything but just Prelude, and it was from a small dealership. The outside was in great condition, no dings or cracks or anything. The inside was in MINT condition, the engine...oh wow, clean and quiet when idle, clean condition as well. I drove it and it drove so awesome! The car had 86,700 miles on it, I figured for an 11 year old car, it was really good to only have that many miles. For a honda it was barely being broken in. I loved how the car looked, since I'm going to go for a r33 body conversion along with the taillights. I bought the car last week for $4,900, then with taxes and title, it was about $5,400.. I got home and saw that the engine type was a f22 I believe...so I was somewhat disappointed that it wasn't an h22, or an Si. I'm working on speed and performance on my 300zx, as I'll be upgrading to ball bearing twin turbos on it next spring. My daily driver and show car will be the lude I just got. Does $5,400 seem reasonable for the lude I got? I know an S is only pushing about 130-135 horse, and the Si's do about 180-200? I'm used to driving 355 whp, (dyno on my 300zx) My 300zx is manual too, and the lude is automatic, which is fine for winter driving. Is there anything I can do beside those 3,000-5,000 dollar turbo kits, or a 1,500 dollar H22 engine swap, that'll give me about 200-250 Horsepower, and still be reasonable? Also...
I've been looking at which exhausts to get on my lude, and I notice HKS doesn't really have any for it, I've stuck with hks for all my parts on my 300, but I'm thinking about getting the apexi N-1, they got for about $500? I've noticed that they advertise it to be pretty quiet. I'm more of a fan for loud exhausts, would I have to rely on a nice AEM intake, in order to make my lude pretty loud? or is there any recommendation as to which exhaust I should get? Thanks, well, I'm 17, and I suppose the automatic transmission doesn't really help the car when it comes to exhaust sounds, but I hope someone can help me out with getting my lude running like I know a prelude can Been enjoying driving it, rides like a dream. I just installed an alpine cd player on it, bc the honda stock stereo really sucked hehe. For now, I just want a nice loud and nice looking exhausts, and intake. If anyone can help me, I'd greately appreciate it, thanks.
#1715 of 2496 I'm new and so is my Prelude
Aug 21, 2005 (4:38 am)
I'm so happy, only because i'm picking up my new 2000 Prelude Sh tomorrow. I'm looking forward to driving it on the highway and opening up the Vtec. I've been reading your posting guys and everyone seems really happy as a matter of fact thrilled with their Prelude-that's awesome to see guys.
Aug 21, 2005 (3:28 pm)
You'll be very happy with your new ride. What color are you getting? How many miles are on the car? What are you paying for it? Are you buying it from a private party or a dealer?
#1720 of 2496 Speaking of Preludes
Aug 21, 2005 (3:36 pm)
The wife calls me at work the other day and says she needs me to make a Costco & Stew Leonard's (grocery store) run on my way home. I tell my Dad (who is also my boss) where I'm going. His response was: "Is Rebecca meeting you there?" Me: "No, Why?" Dad: "I'm just wondering how you're going to fit all that stuff into your car."
My Dad likes to pick on my Prelude because of its relatively dimunitave size.
Now granted it is only my wife and I in the house, but I fit a whole lot of stuff in my car among the sea of SUVs and Minivans at the Costco Parking lot. In the trunk I put 2 - 2.5Gal cases of Water, I case of Bottled water, I case of Propel, Case of Garabge bags, Package of chicken... Damn impressive for a small car.
Aug 21, 2005 (3:46 pm)
Not too many people post anymore, I like to keep whoever's watching updated about my car. I came about 12 hours away from getting rid of it. Not because I don't still love it, but because I want a new BMW 325i sooooooooo bad. So many people ask, why a BMW? Because they are the only car I'd be able to drive that will outhandle my Prelude. So much else out there isn't right. I decided to keep the Prelude because I decided that I couldn't afford the lease payments (well I could, but it would be stretching it).
My 2001 Milano Red Prelude Type SH currently has 51,900 miles on it. I'm going to have to put a new Exhaust system on it. The stock one flew off when I hit a pothole a few years ago. I was able to salvage the stock muffler. The welding of the new pipe to the stock muffler (which is bent from that said pothole) is starting to rust through. It sounds terrible. Can anybody make any suggestions on a quiet aftermarket exhaust? I know the Mugen exhasut is great, but I'm not spending $1000 on an exhaust.
I'm also going to have to replace the horrible Bridgestone Potenza RE92s (finally). Since I run a set of steel wheels on Michelin PA2 Alpin Tires duriong the winter, my Prelude's new summer shoes will be some serious High Performance Rubber.
#1722 of 2496 Re: Even though [nyccarguy]
Aug 22, 2005 (7:19 am)
I keep up with your post, I enjoying reading your posts! I can't help you with your muiffler, but I have heard good things about the RE750's. Ultra high performance tire, decent price on tirerack too. I think as soon as my re92's die off I'll get those. I'm still enjoying my prelude, I'm up to 19k now. It's my daily now till winter comes. One thing about Honda's, the more you drive em, the better they run!
Side note, Honda won the Manufacturer's Championship in the IRL yesterday. Second in a row for them. Flip side, not doing so hot in F1 this year. Maybe they'll pick it up, if not this year; next. Keep em coming people...
Aug 24, 2005 (2:52 pm)
Hello everyone! im new to the forum and actually dont even own a prelude. However, i have been in love with the cars for years and am seriously looking into buying one. I actually found a '98 Prelude SH. It only has 62,000 miles on it and the interior and exterior look great. the previous owner added leather but that's all. On the other hand he said that he has had the bumpers and the side panels replaced due to slight accidents. All of the work was done at honda dealerships and he still has all of the documents to prove it. Currently i am setting it up to have my mechanic check the car out to see if the accidents have done any serious damage and if the rest of the car is in sound condition.
I heard from one mechanic that the newer model preludes have alot of problems. he said that although they are Hondas and have that reputation, they just werent built as well. I was wondering if anyone has a 98 Lude and has had any major problems or if you all think that this would be a good car to buy if the mechanic gives it the ok (despite the previous damage-which has been all fixed and is not at all noticable). I look forward to your advise and responses. Thanks!