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Honda Prelude, Coupe
Apr 27, 2007 (5:39 am)
I was driving down a back road and hit a deer. Because I stopped short, the car went down in the front, the deer flew up in the air like an acrobat and landed directly on the middle of the hood. It costs $7000 to repair. I'm a perfectionist, the car didn't have a scratch on it before. So I will trade it in if I can figure what to get. I drove the Solara last night and folks were definitely right - terrible feel after the prelude. I think I'll drive the current Accord coupe to see how it feels and then wait for the 2008. I'd like a bit softer ride than the prelude without giving up the handling (if that is possible). Boy I wish they would bring my 1987 Supra back (had it 10 years). For some reason I end up buying new cars every 10 years (1987 Supra, 1997 Prelude, 2007 something-I'm-not yet-sure of). I'm moving from NJ to Raleigh in October so figure I should buy before I leave. I did a Honda and Toyota search and there are about 25 - 30 dealers between NJ, NY and PA and about 5 in the Raleigh area.
#2178 of 2496 Re: Damage [stevenh7]
Apr 27, 2007 (7:07 am)
Ugh! How awful! (How horrifying for you!)
Deer are such a hazard in the Northeast. No matter what road I'm on, I'm constantly on the look-out for deer yet--even with vigilance--I've had a few scary close calls at night during the summer months.
At least you have time to scheme and plan for your next car (which is a fun process). Based on your criteria, which seems similar to mine, would you consider a low-mileage BMW 530i? (I've driven this car several times, and it will definitely put a smile on your face.) Ironically, the higher-end cars have a steeper depreciation cliff, so you would be able to find one in your price range.
I'm a huge fan of Hondas for any number of reasons. My feeling is that you can't go wrong--as long as the model matches your personality and driving preference. (This is a mistake I made before--buying a car that didn't suit my driving style or personality--which I'll never do again. HUGH MISTAKE). My feeling is that you gotta love the car you're in. It's got to put a smile on your face everytime you look at it.
Which Toyota would you consider?
NYC is the grand schemer of them all. He brings such genuine passion to cars in general. He's a terrific guy to bounce your ideas off of.
#2179 of 2496 Re: Suspension Techniques [timothyaw]
Apr 27, 2007 (10:52 am)
What other cars do you hope to add to your "old school" collection? Will you be charging admission some day?
#2180 of 2496 It hasn't been 4 score & 7 years...
Apr 27, 2007 (7:45 pm)
But 4/27/07 marks 5 years to the day that I took delivery of my beautiful Milano Red 2001 Prelude Type SH. 81,XXX miles and I'm still loving the slick shifting 5 speed manual transmission, compliant ride, phenomenal handling, smooth engine that pulls to the redline, progressive brakes (still original pads & rotors).... I could go on & on, but I've got to get up for work in the morning or when my son gets up in the middle of the night!
#2181 of 2496 Re: lulu9 & stevenh7 [nyccarguy]
Apr 29, 2007 (6:41 pm)
You are right. $210 per tire is very expensive. I was taken aback by the price discrepancy quoted by my mechanic for the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 once I saw that the Tire Rack sells this tire for $138, and even Costco stocks it for $157 (I believe the $157 includes mounting & balancing). Though I'm all for giving my mechanic--the small businessman--my business, I cannot justify overpaying at least $200.
I will follow up on your suggestion to call the Tire Rack early this week and see what they suggest. If we were talking small change, I'd just go with my mechanic and be done with it--as I prefer to give the small business owner my business as well.
It's been a great weekend, and I am pooped!
#2182 of 2496 Re: It hasn't been 4 score & 7 years... [nyccarguy]
Apr 29, 2007 (6:57 pm)
It puts a smile on my face to read that--at 81,XXX--your red beauty still runs great and that you're enjoying--and appreciating--all its wonderful attributes (in spite of your new car wish list).
In one of your recent posts, you mentioned that Honda actually lost money on the Prelude, and I do recall reading this somewhere along my travels. I love the build quality of this car. Once I get new tires--and the corresponding sway bars--I look forward to posting a "review."
#2183 of 2496 Re: Suspension Techniques [lulu9]
Apr 30, 2007 (8:20 am)
All the Honda's of years past. Of course I've mentioned the older Prelude like 90 or 91. The del sol, older integras etc. For us Honda enthusiasts no charge
#2184 of 2496 Re: Suspension Techniques [timothyaw]
Apr 30, 2007 (9:49 am)
You may not have seen this in one of my earlier posts--as this was during your deicing season--but one of my best friends has a '93 Del Sol that has well over 200,000 miles on it. Her odometer broke about two years ago at 185,000. And she is not even good when it comes to maintenance. In fact, she's negligent. All she gets done is oil changes. I'm on her case all the time, and you and NYC know how much I know when it comes to actual car mechanics--not much. But I do know the importance of car maintenance and am actually quite anal about these things (I can thank my dad for that).
She drives me crazy. Last summer her timing belt went, OK? Have you ever? What is the magic number for timing belts--60,000/70,000? And she takes it beyond 200,000? I was infuriated at her and the dangerous predictment she put herself in. It actually popped while she was driving home on the Merritt Parkway in rush hour traffic--of all times. Well, the reason I wasn't on her case about THAT was because I ASSUMED she had it taken care of like six years ago! Now I know better.
The fact that she still commutes in this car back and forth to work is a miracle. If this isn't a testament to the quality of Honda's engines, I don't know what is. The mechanics who work on her car call it "Chrissy proof" (that's her name) because even her oblivious maintenance habits and aggressive Type A driving style hasn't done this car in yet--a modern day burning bush.
#2185 of 2496 Re: It hasn't been 4 score & 7 years... [lulu9]
Apr 30, 2007 (6:08 pm)
Honda did not actually lose money on Preludes, they just did not make as much as they did on other cars. Dealers were probably hit even harder. There was no hold back on Preludes and the profit margin may have been 5% if sold at list. We leased ours before buying it with a Honda subsidized lease, so they also took money from one pocket to another, but Honda still made money, either manufacturing or finance.
Honda salesman used to switch people looking at Preludes to Accord coupes. Higher margins, more popular and the money was were you could see it (nicer interiors).
Apr 30, 2007 (6:41 pm)
We're mid-way between the 81 & 82K mile marks in my 5 year-old Prelude Type SH. It not only runs mechanically well, but still performs very well.
Saturday after work I had a little bit of time to eat lunch, play with my son, take a nap, shower, and head into the city for a bachelor party (Sparks for steak and then to Scores Westside). I give myself plenty of time to get into the city, find parking, and trek across town (Sparks is in MidTown on the East Side while Scores is In the 20's between 10th & 11th). The plan was to park near where I was going to be later in the night.
My genius plan gets scrapped (I HATE being late) when traffic comes to a dead halt on the Saw Mill River Parkway. There's a flipped over car right at the end of the parkway where it merges with the Henry Hudson Parkway.
After about a half hour the traffic starts to move and once I get by it is time for some how shall we say "spirited" driving. I get to the Henry Hudson Bridge & pay the toll. Once I can't see the cops in my mirror anymore I start working my way through the light traffic. Then...More BRake LightS! Oh come on! Please no more traffic!
I get through the cars hitting their brakes and driving unusually slow only to find a "congregation" of 15 motorcycle "enthusiasts" blocking the road so the guys in front can do Pop-O-Wheelies at 50 mph!
Not on my watch! I'm running a half hour late as it is! I dropped down from 5th to third, and buried the gas pedal! With the Prelude screaming towards its 7400 rpm redline (80 mph in 3rd), I weaved in and out of the motorcycles and hit 4th. I drove the car at about 95 until I saw that they had no interest in chasing me (Thank G-d).