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#1781 of 2496 Purchasing a 1988 Honda Prelude 2.0 SI
Feb 04, 2006 (9:19 am)
Hello, I am considering purchasing a 1988 Honda Prelude from my cousins husband. He bought it from the original owner and it is in very clean excellent condition. It is not mint by anymeans; but it has never been hit and runs great. It has 133,00 miles on it. He wants $2000.00 for it. I thought that was a fair/good price until I did an online Kelly Blue Book and it came out $1500 - $1700. Also he doesn't seem to know when the timing belt/water pump was replaced. He claims the original owner had it serviced by the dealer regularly. As you all know this is a necessary part of regular vehicle maintenance and it is not inexpensive. I would be much obliged for any information or opinions you folks can assist me with. I am going try and include some pictures. Thanks.
Feb 04, 2006 (7:17 pm)
I think that '88 is in better shape than my 2001 Prelude Is it a stick or automatic?
133,000 miles on an 18 year old car is NOTHING (especially a Honda). The best thing you can do is take it to a mechanic (preferably a Honda mechanic) and have him/her check the car out.
#1783 of 2496 Re: Purchasing a 1988 Honda Prelude 2.0 SI [trackerdan]
Feb 04, 2006 (7:18 pm)
It is probably time for the second belt, the car is 18 years old. We just had the timing belt on our 98 Prelude changed and the local dealer also changed the water pump and thermostat. Just count on spending $600-$700 and settle on a price accordingly.
Feb 04, 2006 (7:40 pm)
How many miles to you have on your '98 Prelude?
Feb 04, 2006 (8:39 pm)
It's a stick. Never thought I'd consider a stick at my age but it is so easy to drive.
#1786 of 2496 Re: 530ir1150r [nyccarguy]
Feb 05, 2006 (8:17 pm)
76000, but I was more concerned about age. Prelude engines are interference and did not want to wait one day too long.
I had a '97 SHO that had the cam problem, also an interference engine.
Feb 06, 2006 (8:27 pm)
I looked back and saw thaqt I posted that my Prelude hit 60K miles on January 20th of this year. Last night on my way home from a Super Bowl Paty in Jersey, I hit 61,000 miles!
As far as my timing belt goes, my previous concern was not just the timing belt itself, but there have been postings that the timing belt tensioner in the '97-'99 cars go bad. I have them check the tensioner every time I go in for service.
My service advisor says I needn't do the timing belt change until 90K.
In the spring I'm going to have to get some new shoes for my Prelude.... Something to bite down in the corners with some excellent wet traction.
#1788 of 2496 Still going strong
Feb 07, 2006 (5:57 am)
My mileage is like 21k, and I know I'll hit the time limit before I hit the mileage limit as far as the timing belt issue. I drive my Integra gs-r in the winter. I need to get all my fluids changed (trans, coolant, brakes etc.) I'll try to get that done this spring.
#1789 of 2496 Re: Mileage Post [nyccarguy]
Feb 07, 2006 (7:33 pm)
I had planned on 90,000 miles also, but saw something somewhere that 8 years was the time limit. I little early is alot better than a little late.
Feb 07, 2006 (8:10 pm)
I completely agree! You don't want to be driving the car when the belt snaps