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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#2100 of 2496 I think I may have
Mar 20, 2007 (7:03 pm)
posted about it before, but here goes again:
My love affair with the Prelude began when I was 16. The '92s were out and 4 days after I got my White/Grey with white mesh wheels 1992 Chevrolet Beretta GT, my best friend who lived across the street from me got a 1992 White Prelude Si. It wasn't the flashiest car in the school parking lot, but definitely one of the coolest (I thnk there were a few 4th gen Preludes). I just loved the way it drove, handled, & looked. He got compliments on the car everywhere we went. It was bulletproof. The fit and finish were outstanding. The interior was clean and comfortable.
I wasn't as happy with my Beretta as he was with his Prelude. Everybody I ever met who owned a Prelude couldn't say enough good things about it. The only regret they ever has was selling their car.
Fast Forward to 1997. I'm a junior in college and get a phone call from my best friend. He tells me Autoweek got its hands on a new Prelude. I drove an hour and a half to the Roscoe Diner (from Ithaca, NY where I was in school) and met him to see the article (and say hey among other things). I really loved the styling.
I got a chance to drive one during winter break. I'm not proud of it, but I went to a dealership for a joyride. I was amazed at how well the car pulled around haripin turns.
I tell myself every time I see a Prelude that it will be my next car.
1998 I'm a senior and my parents ask me what I want for graduation. Grandma says she'll buy me a car. Prelude right?
I can't stand beer & have never been much of a drinker. Since beer is the beverage of choice at most college parties, I always designated myself as the driver. I felt safer being in control when we left whereever we were and knowing that I was stone cold sober.
I carried a lot of people around. It snows a tremendous amount in Ithaca & There is salt on the road until May. I couldn't get a Prelude and subject it to the harsh conditions of Ithaca, NY for even just a few months. I ended up leasing a Ford Explorer Sport for 2 years. It was a 1 time lease payment of like $6500 and drive the truck for 2 years.
After graduation I am coaxed by my parents to move into the city (If I could only have the rent money back). When the lease it up on my Explorer, I don't need a car (but I'm a car nut). My Mom is driving a RWD MB CLK and wants a second car for winter driving. SHe tells me to look at something FWD or AWD with an automatic and she'll make it my car whenever I need it. I passed on the Prelude because I didn't want to own one with an Automatic. I ended up with a Saab 9-3. Great car. Lots of fun to drive! Extremely reliable. Feel in love with the rock solid euro car feel and turbo acceleration.
A few months before the lease on my Saab ended ('02), I noticed a lot of '01 Preludes still on dealer lots. There are so many in fact that Honda still had the '01 Prelude listed on their website in '02. I looked at an RSX Type S and the Prelude. The RSx was nice (it was faster), but not as solid as the Prelude. The dealer I bought the car from had 6 base model automatics in stock that were DEEPLY discounted.
I told him I wanted a Type SH and to see if he could locate it for me. Red, White, Black, or Silver. If there were no Type SH Preludes available, then see about getting me those colors in the base model, stick only.
He found my car sitting on a dealer's lot in Jersey. I took delivery of it on 4/27/02 with 88 miles on the odometer.
Mar 20, 2007 (7:04 pm)
Yeah, I put skiis and bikes on top of my car (at different times of course). The Thule Racks are great!
Mar 20, 2007 (7:05 pm)
update my profile:)
#2103 of 2496 Re: I think I may have [nyccarguy]
Mar 21, 2007 (2:07 pm)
I didn't realize you had posted your Prelude back-story (how ironical that reads) before, otherwise I could have looked it up (and saved you time). All I knew was that your first car was a '92 Beretta GT as a teen.
But the twists and turns of fate and circumstance that eventually led to your finding your car was an interesting read--including your being the designated driver. (BTW, I hate beer too.)
Yes, the RSX Type S is faster. BUT...IYO, did you think it handled better than the Prelude Type SH???
#2104 of 2496 NYC and Timothy:
Mar 21, 2007 (2:27 pm)
When is the last time you saw another last gen. 'lude on the road??
In this neck of the woods, I cannot recall the last time I saw one...almost a year? Has it been that long? Yeah, I think it has.
Maybe it's different as you get closer to NYC. Perhaps you see our cars more frequently.
Nevertheless, isn't that cool and satisfying...to own something that not too many other people have or can appreciate? I think it is. But I'm basically like that with everything. A true Virgo!
Well off to the gym I go. BTW, to really drive your tire point home , I have cross-training sneakers, running sneakers, walking sneakers, and household chores sneakers, (which are transitioned from cross-trainers once they lose their bounce).
Mar 21, 2007 (7:07 pm)
talking about my car (if you hadn't noticed).
Whenever I see a Prelude, I'll either flash my lights or tap the horn and wave. Sometimes I get a "Thumbs up" back. I see most Preludes when I'm NOT in my car (driving the wife's '00 Mazda Protege ES). I'll flash out of habit and sometimes people look at me like I'm crazy.
There aren' t too many Preludes around to begin with, so it is rare when I see one.
Whenever I'm talking to someone I don't know about cars and tell them I drive a Prelude, I get nothing but good vibes. A smile or "hey that's a really cool car."
#2106 of 2496 Re: I don't mind [nyccarguy]
Mar 22, 2007 (1:23 pm)
Next time I see another Prelude Type SH, I'll let you guys know.
May be another year or so...
And I'll be sure to say "hello."
#2107 of 2496 Cars and __________________
Mar 22, 2007 (1:57 pm)
politics. I wandered off our Prelude thread last night for the first time and ended up eavesdropping on a testosterone-laden topic about the upcoming auto show in NYC. Oh, it was the most comical read for me! (I saw that you had posted NYC but had side-stepped the fray.)
Well, there were some ongoing differing opinions with all these posters jumping into the thread. These "issues" were being more hotly contested than a debate on t.v. with all the political analysts on board--all fighting to get in their two cents. One poster even wrote that he was getting really annoyed! Anyhow, you must know from a chickie's standpoint how amusing that all is.
I couldn't help but notice the grouchy tone of the BMW guy who dropped in the other day out of nowhere. It's like he dropped in just to make his opinion heard, and was gone. That was it! And my feeling was, Wow! I didn't realize how nice NYC and Timothy are until this guy came along. If that had been one of my initial experiences, I would have been scared away!
This (Edmunds CarSpace) is all a very interesting sub-cultural experience, I must say.
I did go to the car show several years ago with an X. I remember two things: the crowds! Ugh! and the concept cars--that part was really cool--once we could get close enough. Other than that, I was like, "When can we go to lunch?"
#2108 of 2496 Re: You look at the Saks Catalogue [lulu9]
Mar 22, 2007 (2:38 pm)
We bought it new European Delivered. Any BMW can have it's maintenance record checked at any BMW dealer for BMW dealer performed work.
I lurk here for the most part; we sold my wife's '98 Prelude (base auto)last summer. I think it is worth more now.
#2109 of 2496 Re: You look at the Saks Catalogue [530ir1150r]
Mar 22, 2007 (3:56 pm)
Are you the grouchy guy? So Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(I have a friend who likes to tease people when they're "grouchy"--it's a Fairfield County joke--so maybe that rubbed off on me.)
It has not occurred to me to consider the worth of my '01 Type SH because I feel so fortunate to have located one to begin with. They're so hard to find w/low mileage and in pristine condition, and I would only consider a manual in any sporty car (which made my search that much more challenging--plus I wanted the SH, which narrowed it down considerably). A manual is just my personal preference--what I learned on as a teen--though I can certainly understand why people prefer the ease and convenience of the automatic. For me, it's just an emotional thing I have with the Prelude because of its long and impressive history and the fact that I owned one before--so it earned my total loyalty and respect. None of the other cars I've owned have even come close. Even if I acquire a second car in a few years, I won't sell this one. It's a keeper, no matter what.
In my (very) modest opinion, at any given point in its history, I always thought that the Prelude did a spectacular job in covering all the bases for a sporty car in its price range w/the technology that was available. And its reliability--at least with the manual--is equally impressive. I also appreciate the fact that the design of the car is not adolescent or overly macho in any way. It's not too anything! It's very clean, so for me, it's just right.
NYC gave me some great recommendations for tires and upgrades, which will no doubt add to my long-term enjoyment and pride of ownership.
That's an interesting point you made about the BMW and being able to track a car's service history as long as it was done at a BMW dealership.
Please accept my apology for calling you a grouch!
P.S. Yeah, that's the thing about being Italian. We can let it all hang out!