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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#1897 of 2496 Re: 2000 Prelude w/ 35K miles [nyccarguy]
Aug 06, 2006 (8:19 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I'm definately thinking the non-SH model will be fine for me and save money if it needs a clutch. Besides, it handled great as far as I'm concerned. I love BMW AND Honda's. I currently have the E60 525i (my significant other has an 06 Accord EX V6-Nav) so I'm already kind of spoiled. I love BMW but I did not get the sport package or higher HP 530i but it had all the luxury options (Nav, Sat radio, Htd seats etc..) and was about 4K less expensive than the 530i(was pushing my budget as it was). But, coming from and E46 330i w/sport pkg it's definately down on the fun factor from what I was used to. My other reasoning is that I'm going to be WAY over the miles on my lease so a second car will help that. So, I either get a fun second car like this Prelude or not keep the Bimmer much longer. I'm actually lusting over the new 335i coupe. 300hp Twin Turbo!But I do like the larger size of the E60 and the Steptronic transmission for my 3 plus hours per day in the car (typical for So. Cal) Anyway, still thinking over the Prelude. It was pretty flawless and sweet driving. It actually felt like a decent torque curve despite the high reving nature of the engine. Shifting was flawless as well. I have also been looking out for a ten year old or so Z car but I don't know if I trust the car mechanically as much as Honda or the previous owners driving it for that matter! Esp, the turbo. BTW, the Prelude has good tires (Michelin Pilot Exalto's) but they are down to the bars and have crackling around the edges. I'll check out the Yoko's if I get it. Hmmm, should I? !!!!!!! If it was silver I would have bought it on the spot!
#1898 of 2496 86 prelude 2.0 si
Aug 07, 2006 (7:22 am)
does any one know where i can get preformance parts.. all i can find is an air intake ... i know there is not alot i can do with this engine.. but i want to do all ican for cheap.. lol myc ar is hardly in good condition i bought it when i was living in chciago and it is rusted all to hell ..i just want to make it as fast as i can before it breaks in two... oh and i lost my fifth gear while i was driving down here .. sucks! so now its a 4 speed . haha jk
#1899 of 2496 Re: 2000 Prelude w/ 35K miles [jmcmbz]
Aug 07, 2006 (6:45 pm)
Black Preludes are nice. Especially in So Cal...it is like the fountain of youth for cars there. But go back and read any of my posts during the past few years...I love my Prelude!
Sports package is definitely the way to go as far as BMWs go. MY Mom has an '05 (225hp) 530iA without the sports package. My parents didn't go for it at the time because BMW made you buy active steering with the Sports Package. It is still a really nice driving road car. It has great steering and balance.
Aug 09, 2006 (5:04 pm)
Anyone know where I could get a body kit for an 86 prelude?
#1902 of 2496 gas mileage on my '93
Aug 17, 2006 (12:32 pm)
in light of all the recent uproar over gas prices, i decided to check my mileage on my 93 prelude vtec (which i hadn't done in a couple of years). my last 2 tanks i've gotten 29, and 30 mpg respectively. this is mostly highway miles, but also with a fair amount of time stuck at traffic lights as well. pretty sweet for a (almost) 14 yr old car!
by the way, i've been putting in 87 octane now for nearly 3 yrs, with no (apparent) noticeable performance difference.
maybe i'll buy a new civic si sedan to replace my prelude...? hmmm... any thoughts?
#1903 of 2496 Re: gas mileage on my '93 [pointatob]
Aug 17, 2006 (6:02 pm)
That's pretty good mileage. I average about 23-24 mpg in the summertime. YOur '93 VTEC weighs less than my '01 Type SH.
Maybe when gas comes down a little (ha ha), try a few tankfuls of 93 and see what happens. Maybe because your car has OBD-I computers it doesn't get affected by the lower octane
The new Civic Si is cool. You get lots of features for your money. A great engine and chassis (I've read). I'm just not in love with it though. Drive it and let us know what you think. How come you're thinking of getting rid of the Prelude...troubles or just want something different?
#1904 of 2496 Noises & Maintenance
Aug 19, 2006 (6:47 pm)
So for about the last month or so my car has been making a buzzing noise at around 2700 - 3000 rpm. I hear it A LOT especially when I'm driving with my windows down (often in the summer). Rattles and nosies drive me CRAZY. So I took the car to the Speed & SOund shop where I had my Pioneer Head Unit w/ SIRIUS radio, iPod adapter, Apexi World Sport Exhaust, & most recently 2 new Yokohama AVS ES100 tires installed. The guy who owns the place knows A TON about cars. He has a heavily modified S2000.
He diagnosed the rattling noise as coming from a portion of the gasket beneath the valve cover that has rotted away. It is also leaking a tiny bit of oil. He said he could fix it, but also advised doing a tune-up (change spark plugs), changing the timing belt & water pump just as a preventative measure while the have the valve cover open. He also told me I should put headers (I declined).
So I'm going to get an estimate from him for all this work and probably give him the car for a day sometime next week.
#1905 of 2496 Re: Noises & Maintenance [nyccarguy]
Aug 21, 2006 (5:14 am)
I guess the time and mileage for the valve gasket is about up. Are you going to the Honda dealer to price these services?
#1906 of 2496 I don't think so
Aug 21, 2006 (3:10 pm)
The dealer was unable to diagnose the rattling problem the last time I brought the car in. He's going to tell me that I don't need to change the timing belt & tensioner until 90,000 miles and that the Spark Plugs are still good until 105,000 miles. The recommened services are guidelines...YMMV.