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Honda Prelude, Coupe
Mar 21, 2001 (11:37 am)
Well, after salivating over Honda Preludes for over ten years now, I finally took the plunge and got a new 2001, white paint. I love it so far. Only concern is that it had 200 miles when I got it; hopefully nobody floored it too much during test drives. I got it $300 below Edmund's TMV price, so I think I did pretty good.
I do have a question about oil changes. I read one one web site a quote, from a "Honda Racing Team Technician", that it should be changed at 100 miles, then again at 500 miles. Yet, I've heard rumors about the new oil having special lubricants, etc. I looked at the Prelude User Manual, and it said during the break-in period, do NOT change to oil before the time indicated in the maintenence schedule (7,500 miles). BUT, my Honda dealer has a service book, with free oil changes, etc., and the first oil change in the book is 3,750 miles. They recommend every 3,750 miles and you must keep the book "up to date" to qualify for a trade-in incentive/other stuff. Any advice? Thanks!
#215 of 2496 jschlitz
Mar 21, 2001 (4:44 pm)
I have always taken mine in 3750 mile intervals...I think its dependent on how and where you drive. If you are driving it mainly in the city or for short trips, its 3750, if its open highway driving, make it 7500. At least that is what the dealer tells you...I've always followed it.
#216 of 2496 oil change
Mar 21, 2001 (7:29 pm)
it should be every 3k or 3 months, which ever comes up first. At least that is what I got from motor trend..haha.
Mar 22, 2001 (9:57 am)
Check your oil level regularly. When I had mine, it needed 2 top-ups within the first 3000 miles. I think the Lude has a tendency to burn oil.
#218 of 2496 dealership
Mar 22, 2001 (12:25 pm)
just got back from the dealership aND i GOT THEM TO GIVE ME TWO REMOTES however they are insisting that I am suppose tro only get one master key and the other one they are keeping to reprogram mine in case I lose it. What should I do, also what is the ludes gasmilage in city driving ?
the way it looks right now, I will not be able to get more than 200 miles out of one tank, that would be 12.5 miles per gallon and this is not a pickup, right and i never vteced before so that can not be it right ?
Mar 22, 2001 (1:04 pm)
First, the prelude does burn oil so like others have said keep an eye on the oil level - I check mine every 2/3 days or after long trips. Keep in mind that you'd only get an accurate oil reading when the car has not been driven for at lest a couple hours.
Your dealer should give you all the keys if you insist - since you OWN them along with the car. However, it may not be a bad idea to leave it with them. I only have one black key and use the grey as a back up.
Mar 22, 2001 (3:01 pm)
Are you sure that you only get 200 miles out of the whole tank? Even you are doing city drivng only and shifting at 5000rpm and keep it there, I would say you can still do better than that (like 18 mpg). You need to do something if you ask me.
#221 of 2496 shmang
Mar 22, 2001 (3:07 pm)
maybe this is becasue i am still breaking my car in, but the thing is that i have driven about 120 miles on this tank and it is below half full already, i think one or two marks below that, what am i suppose to do id this normal?
#222 of 2496 tomek /gas mileage/keys
Mar 22, 2001 (3:41 pm)
I get about 325 miles to each tank of gas. Usually all city driving...I think the worse I ever got was about 280 or so. I can't remember if your an automatic or manual....might be a little less with an automatic. Mines a 5 speed.
keys...I got, 2 black, one red and one gray key.
#223 of 2496 tomek - gas tank
Mar 23, 2001 (7:23 am)
I don't know about others, but I have found that the gas gauge is not accurate - actually it's quite misleading. Let's say the needle is at "E" and you fill the tank all the way to the top by putting in x gallongs. Now, if next time when the needle is at "E" you only put in x/2 gallons, the needle won't get to the 1/2 mark on the gas gauge but will stay quite below it. Again, this is just my personal observations with my own car that seems to have too many other problems these days.
Why not try this experiment yourself?