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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#1950 of 2496 Re: Looking for some info [jm56435]
Dec 01, 2006 (7:50 pm)
Well, I'll try to help you out as much as I can from my own experience. One of the great things about a Prelude is that it is a HONDA first and foremost. I own a 2001 Milano Red Honda Prelude Type SH that I purchased brand new in April of 2002. It currently has a touch over 76,000 miles on it and I drive it back and forth to work 6 days a week. It is fun to fling it around corners and exit ramps when I am by myself and comfortable enough to drive from NYC to South Carolina. During the winter months I run the car with 4 snow tires and have yet to have any problems getting anywhere.
Besides the first year that I only put about 5,900 miles on it, I've racked up a little more than 20,000 miles per year since then. I change the oil every 4,000 miles with full synthetic. My car still has the original brakes on it at 76,000 miles.
I've made a few upgrades to the car. A few cosmetic and a few performance oriented. I've added Honda Fog Lights and a Pioneer Head unit with Sirius Satellite Radio and iPod adapter.
Performance wise, the best thing I've done to the car was get new tires when the stock bridgestone Potenza RE-92s wore out.
I currently run 4 Yokohama AVS ES100 tires for 3 seasons. What a difference in wet and dry traction and handling they make.
I've also added an Apexi World Sport Cat Back Exhaust system (Stainless Steel). The tip is a little big for my tastes, but it is quieter than stock at idle and around town, but sounds so sweet when you open the car up.
I had to replace my clutch at 52,000 miles last year and upgraded top a Centerforce Clutch. Take up feels the same and hopefully ti will last longer than the stock clucth did (No, I don't EVER race).
The motor should easily be capable of 250 - 300 horsepower. I know Jackson Racing makes a supercharger for the Prelude and there are people who will Turbo your H22A, but those are both very expensive (If you live in the NYC area I could recommend someone).
The Prelude is a very capable car from the factory. If you want to upgrade the car for your driving pleasure and maybe to autocross it, start with suspension mods and then add engine power later on. First I would put a good set of Z rated tires on the car (My Yokos were about $80 a piece from tire rack). The I'd get a Quaife Limited Slip Differential. Then I'd get a Rear Sway bar, then a front sway bar. I'm actually getting a front and rear sway bars installed sometime this later this month.
As far as Base vs. Type SH goes. Go with the base (this comes from a Type SH owner). Besides ATTS, our cars have slightly firmer suspension setups. A base model will definitely be less expensive for you to buy. Modifications are much easier to find and will be cheaper to install on a base model.
eg 1: The guy I deal with for performance parts searched ALL over for sway bars for my Type SH Prelude. He found 2 manufacturers. Everybody else and their mother make Sway bars for the base Prelude.
eg 2: I lived in Manhattan for a little over 2 yeasr with my Prelude. Sat in bumper to bumper traffic every night, then had to drive around and look for a parking spot, stopping at every red light because the lights running east/west aren't synchronized. At 52,000 miles I was advised by my dealer that I had to replace the clutch. To replace the clutch on my Type SH Prelude required an extra 5 hours of labor to take out and re-install the ATTS unit.
I love the car and can't say enough good things about it! With 76,000 miles on it, my Prelude is still as tight as the day I bought it. As with any used car, make sure you have it checked out by a mechanic and by CARFAX. Try and find one that has not been modified or slightly modified by the previous owner. Good luck and keep us posted!
#1951 of 2496 Re: Looking for some info [nyccarguy]
Dec 06, 2006 (6:33 pm)
Thnaks for the info! I'm still a couple of months away from having my current car paid off so I can start looking but I'll keep you posted
#1952 of 2496 Noise issues in cold weather
Dec 12, 2006 (11:49 am)
I notice a strange noise in the front of the my 97 Prelude (base) only when the temp dips below about 40 degrees. It sounds like a loud clunk/thud by the front wheels/suspension when I start off in first gear from a complete stop. If it's cold enough the clunk sounds like the entire axle will come apart, or something like that. Also, if it's cold enough the clunk will occur when shifting to second gear. If it's not cold out, the only noise I ever hear is just squeaking going over speed bumps (like an old rocking chair). I get this car maintained according to recommendations, and everytime I take it to a mechanic, it's just my luck that the weather is never quite cold enough (I live in eastern NC). Obviously, I am not a mechanic, and know little about cars, so if you could--keep that in mind with any suggestions or advise. Thanks!
Dec 16, 2006 (9:17 pm)
To me (and my Prelude). I had Front and Rear Suspension Techniques Sway bars installed in my car on Thursday. WOW! What a difference! I thought the car handled well before....It corners so much sharper now! Turn in is crisper, I'm definitely carrying more speed through corners, there is so much less body roll, and the handling is so much more neutral! If you do ONE modification to your car....Go for Sway Bars! I'm completely in love with my car again!
#1954 of 2496 Drivetrain "slop"
Dec 18, 2006 (7:38 am)
I've noticed for awhile now this slop or slack in the drivetrain between shifts. I don't think it's my shifting, I shift slowly and precisely. Anyone else notice this or is it just my car? I'll take it to Honda and see what they say.
I'll have to keep that mod in mind NYC, thanks for the tip.+
#1955 of 2496 Re: Drivetrain "slop" [timothyaw]
Dec 18, 2006 (7:22 pm)
Let me know what Honda says. How many miles do you have now? Is it almost time for an oil change? I definitely can tell by driving that oil change time is coming up soon. I hope it isn't your clutch.
#1956 of 2496 Re: Drivetrain "slop" [nyccarguy]
Dec 19, 2006 (8:47 am)
Well I have 30K on it. I don't think it's clutch related. It's just that I feel more "play" than should be there. I'll keep you posted. I won't take it in until next spring.
Dec 19, 2006 (7:36 pm)
What are you crazy? I haven't eevn put my winter wheels/tires on yet the weather here has been so good.
Dec 20, 2006 (8:45 am)
a little bad weather, but I would have to agree it's been incredibly nice so far.I just drive my integra gs-r in the winter.
Dec 20, 2006 (7:49 pm)
What year is your GSR? How many miles are on it? What color is it? You've got 2 great old-school Hondas with the Prelude & the GSR.