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#2119 of 2496 1997 Honda Prelude for SALE - LUXURY
Mar 31, 2007 (8:11 pm)
1997 Honda Prelude, 93000km
I have owned this car for five years and kept it in immaculate condition since day one. It has never been winter driven, has never been in an accident, has won numerous awards at local car shows, and has been serviced regularly by the same mechanic. I am selling it because I will be moving to Ottawa next month.
1997 HONDA PRELUDE, 2 doors, FWD, 4 CYL, 2.2L, tiptronic, only 94,000 km! a/c, ABS, a/theft, c/c, driver a/b, dual a/b, htd mirrors, htd seats, kyls entry, Custom leather intr., pb, pdl, pm, pwr pkg, ps, splr, s/roof, tilt/s, tilt/w, tint glass. Wings West RS Body Kit (front & back bumpers, side kit, spoiler), 17" KMC Rims, Pioneer Stereo, w/ 5”LCD screen, custom built stereo system many other luxury mods, award winning car, exquisite.
for pictures and full description of mods. $17,900 OBO
Price will be dropped if the buyer does not want the stereo.
This car is located in WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
#2120 of 2496 Hey...Where is Everyone? Where Did You Guys Go?
Apr 04, 2007 (2:52 pm)
My excuse: I've been a combination of incredibly busy and sick (and traveling)!
Jeez. Is this what happens when I abandon my post?
#2121 of 2496 Re: You look at the Saks Catalogue [530ir1150r]
Apr 04, 2007 (3:12 pm)
530ir1150r: Sorry I haven't gotten back to you...life has been a crazy combination of sick, very busy (college decisions came in/visting collges), and just overall over-run by life outside of Edmunds.
Will get back to you shortly.
Off to the gym.
Apr 04, 2007 (7:45 pm)
I've been sick since Saturday night with some funky sore throat ailment (I'm 85% better), busy at work dealing with massive upcoming price increases, Jewish Holidays (Passover), and last but not least, my 31st birthday (which was Yesterday).
Just to stay on topic here, since schools are out this week there is virtually NO TRAFFIC. It is like driving my Prelude to work on a Saturday, but everyday!
#2123 of 2496 Re: I'm still here [nyccarguy]
Apr 06, 2007 (7:51 pm)
Happy Belated Birthday, NYC! Gee...31? You're getting up there! So you're an Aries. Hmmm. At best you're: Enthusiastic, courageous, carefree, amicable, exciting, decisive, straight-forward, quick witted, and energetic; at worst: I'll leave those qualities out (save those for another time)!
A lot of people have been sick, including me, and I must tell you how wonderful it feels to re-join the "Land of the Living." Whatever it was that struck me down got to me in the worst way, and life as I knew it ceased to exist for about six days. I can't remember the last time I was THAT sick!
But we're supposed to talk about cars, right? Well, my biggest challenge with you guys is staying on course!
One of our last topics was the frequency of seeing other Preludes on the road. My comment was that I could not remember the last time I had seen one in this neck of the woods.
Well, last night (Thursday), I not-so coincidentally found myself parked next to a white Prelude at the gym parking lot! How uncanny is that? (I don't believe in coincidences, large or small, so I must have attracted it since "looking for other Preludes" was percolating in my head.) I was checking it out (admiringly--because it was in really great shape), trying to figure out what year it was when the owner appeared out of nowhere. His comment was, "I know what you're thinking...that your's is a lot nicer than mine." And I said, "No that's not what I'm thinking at all. I'm wondering what year it is." He said, "a '92." And my comment was (as I'm heading for the building), "Wow...it's in really nice shape. I'm actually admiring it because the body's in such great condition." Well, that was the extent of our exchange because I had to leave to get to class. It's a weight training class that requires set-up, and I'm obsessed with getting there on time, otherwise there's no good floor space left.
I wanted to ask him how it ran, how many miles he had on it, etc., but this is the one class to which I hate being late.
#2124 of 2496 Re: You look at the Saks Catalogue [530ir1150r]
Apr 06, 2007 (9:08 pm)
530ir1150r: You bring up a valid point, driving around in an "orphan," as you put it. At first, your statement felt a bit harsh/hard-core to me, but then I thought, "Well, it is what it is" (and men do have a way of being blunt about things--except when you ask them about being fat ).
Actually, this was a concern of mine before I acquired this Prelude, as I was creating my "short list" of cars. What happens as it ages and needs repairs? Since Honda doesn't make the Prelude anymore, my primary concern was finding parts for the car, and the necessity of getting OEM parts vs. after-market parts.
As such, I talked to my trusted mechanic and ex-boyfriend (with whom I'm still sympatico). X has had many "project cars" over the years as a hobby, cars that he has resurrected from the dead mechanically--cars that MB no longer makes (that's his thing...MB's). I've also got a close friend who still drives, believe it or not, a Honda Del Sol (automatic). The odometer broke about two years ago at 180,000 mark, so she has no idea what her car has on it at this point. (She has a long commute to work, hence the high miles.)
After talking to mechanic and X, neither of whom would steer me in a bad/wrong direction, I felt quite confident that I wouldn't encounter any major problems getting the repairs/parts my car will need over time. Plus, I've already decided to go after-market with the exhaust and clutch anyway.
My friend, who owns the Del Sol, has told me that she has not encountered any problem finding parts for her car thus far. The last repair she had was about a month ago, getting the turn signals replaced. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a pretty expensive job (for turn signals! ), but the parts were there.
It has also occurred to me that I can still buy OEM parts for the Prelude over the Internet, and perhaps I should start doing that--just to have certain critical parts--if there is such a thing. (I should ask my friend to help me create a shopping list.) For instance, I already purchased a complete set of black OEM floor mats, so when my existing floor mats get too yucky to clean, I can easily replace them (granted...buying floor mats is a no-brainer), but this is just an example of my thinking-ahead, pre-emptive strike mindset.
In any event, if I were advised/warned to NOT buy a last gen. Prelude because of the "orphan" situation, I would have listened. Yes, I can be stubborn and strong-willed, but I do listen to sound advice from people whose opinions I trust.
I was pleased to read that your wife really loved her Prelude. And, in many ways (perhaps too many), I am still every bit and fiber that 16-year old! There are certain cars on the market that I dare not go near, for instance the Honda S2000 (and that's at the low end $$$ of the sports cars I dream about). I can only imagine the rush of adrenaline I would experience behind the wheel of a high-end performance machine (scary!). I have been tempted many times to test drive the S2000, but it's not really a practical car for every day driving. On the other hand, who cares? Seriously, anything over $30,000 is not in my budget currently, but the aspirations are there, and so is the intent.
In the meantime, my Prelude is the next best thing to being there, and, all things considered, it really is an enjoyable car to drive.
Apr 07, 2007 (6:46 pm)
Guys, I'm thinking about buying a prelude, but wasn't sure what kind of gas mileage is normal. I'm looking at a 98 sh. Let me know. Oh yeah, is premium fuel mandatory? Thanks
#2126 of 2496 Re: I'm still here [lulu9]
Apr 07, 2007 (8:05 pm)
Wow...it's in really nice shape. I'm actually admiring it because the body's in such great condition
Were you refering to the 4ht generation Prelude or it's owner?
YOu should have stayed and chatted with the guy! You were destined to park next to that Prelude and see the owner there at that exact moment
Back to the Prelude and its unavailability of parts. I don't exactly have a desk job (actually, I don't even have a desk), so I protect my Prelude's beautiful black mats (alright, so they are more functional than beautiful) with a set of weathertech mats in the front.
Hopefully I'll have time to have my summer tires & stock wheels mounted next week! As for tomorrow, it is off to the Auto Show!
Happy Holidays everybody!
#2127 of 2496 Re: Gas Mileage [jfran964]
Apr 07, 2007 (8:10 pm)
Gas mileage all depends how you drive. I do about 85% highway miles on my commute. I average about 23-23 mpg.
I've gotten as high as 28 on a complete highway tank doing 70 with the cruise set.
All Preludes REQUIRE premium fuel (high compression ratio). If you cheap out and use regular or mid grade not only will you hamper the car's performance, but you will actually get WORSE gas mileage. So it is a false economy much like the people who buy Hybrids to "save" money on gas.
Apr 07, 2007 (8:11 pm)
Have you really opened your car up yet? Next time you're doing about 60 mph on I-95, drop down from 5th to 3rd gear (make sure you match revs please) to pass somebody! zLet us know what happens