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Honda Prelude, Coupe
Jun 20, 2006 (7:10 pm)
Since April 27, 2002 my Milano Red 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH has gotten me through a lot in our 69,000+ miles together. It survived a right rear suspension rebuild & cracked rim as well as a severed exhaust from a metal plate covering an open manhole. My Prelude survived being parked on the streets of NYC for 2 years without being stolen or side swiped by a city snow plow. It has never left me stranded in any major snow storm. It has taken me from NYC to South Carolina. Westchester, NY to Pittsburgh PA. Westchester, NY to Cape Cod. It takes me to and from work 6 days a week.... My memories with it are mostly good ones.
For a good cause I will have to scale back on driving it. My wofe is due with our 1st child in September. The other day while looking at strollers & infant seats, I asked the clerk at the store if I could bring these items out to my car to see if they fit. She asked what kind of car we had and I pointed to my shiny red Prelude. She laughed and then asked if A, we were going to keep that car & B, if we had another car to driven when the baby comes along. Looks like the Prelude will be relegated to commuting duty and we'll be using the wife's 200 Protege ES a lot more at night & on weekends
Jun 21, 2006 (4:42 am)
First I want to say congraulations on your upcoming first child! Yes it does indeed look like you'll be using it more for commuting when the child comes.
But hey at least you'll still be driving it You bought your car late in the model year. I thought I bought mine late in Feb 8th 2002. But you got me beat. The last four of my VIN is 9097. I wonder what is yours. Now you'll have one more joy in life with the baby.
#1855 of 2496 Re: Congraulations [timothyaw]
Jun 21, 2006 (3:06 pm)
2027 are the last 4 of my VIN, so I guess yours was built before or after. On my door jam, it says the build date of my car was October 2001.
Thanks so much for your kind words. We're very excited
#1856 of 2496 Re: Congraulations [nyccarguy]
Jun 22, 2006 (4:47 am)
When is the baby due? I'll have to check the build date on my car and see what month it was built.
#1857 of 2496 Honda newbie- A red 97 VTEC
Jun 22, 2006 (2:12 pm)
...Hi all, I guess this must be the place. I just bought my first ever Honda, a red 97 Prelude VTEC. So far all I can say is WOW..I had no idea a four cyl could rock this much. This thing looks like a brand new car even though it has 87,000 miles on it. Its nearly flawless for the year and I got it for $6700 bucks. Do you all think I got a good deal on it? What kind of routine maintanience should I be looking for on this car? I cant contain my excitement for this car, and for me a 97 IS a new car. Its a blast to drive.
Anyway, nice to meet all you other Prelude owners!!!
#1858 of 2496 Re: Congraulations [timothyaw]
Jun 22, 2006 (6:17 pm)
He's Due September 14, 2006!
#1859 of 2496 Re: Honda newbie- A red 97 VTEC [prelude97]
Jun 22, 2006 (6:22 pm)
Congrats on your Prelude purchase! 87,000 miles on a '97 is NOTHING (My '01 has a little over 69,000)! Off the top of my head, just change the oil every 4,000 miles or so. make sure you use full synthetic (5w30). I prefer Castrol Syntec over Mobil 1. I think there is a major service due at 90,000 miles. That's when Honda advises on changing the timing belt. Is you car a stick or Automatic?
The Prelude is a great car to drive. It is not has decent speed, but handles phenomenaly, & cruises effortlessly on the highway. You'll enjoy your car!
#1860 of 2496 Re: Honda newbie- A red 97 VTEC [nyccarguy]
Jun 23, 2006 (8:02 pm)
Its the 'ole slapstick automatic. It actually gets out of the gate quite nicely with the stick.
Jun 26, 2006 (5:16 am)
Congraulations on your Prelude! Yeah a 97/87k is nothing. This car is a blast to drive. Just take care of it, and it'll take care of you.
Oh nyc, my car has a build date of July 01. So your car was built after mine
#1862 of 2496 Re: Congraulations [timothyaw]
Jun 26, 2006 (5:11 pm)
So far it has been nuthin but fun...once Im in it. See, Im an old guy at 45 and theres only about 6 inches of clearence between the bottom of the steering wheel and the seat and thats with the wheel all the way up and the seat back all the way. Its a little tough for this old man to get in. But once Im in it, its great..!!