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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#2457 of 2496 Re: 10 w40 [nyccarguy]
May 25, 2009 (1:44 pm)
2000 Crystal Metallic Blue Type SH. It's a beauty - I detailed it myself this weekend. A nice relaxing job. Got lots of looks on the road and 2 compliments from a couple 20-somethings.
I've decided to go with the Potenza RE760 Sports which got rave reviews on TireRack. The Yokohama's got great reviews too. Maybe I'll try that next time.
Thanks for the recommendations on Service.
I'll check out the timing belt/water pump etc . I recall that you guys recommended doing it all at once because of the close promixity.
Also need a new Battery as I still have the original one but I don't think it'll survive the winter. Will pick up spark plugs at the same time.
The other thing I'm thinking about doing is getting some paint work because I have some rust spots that need addressing. Small dings on hood and lower doors, but a bigger cracked paint area on my upper driverside door from another car opening their door into mine last year. It has already started rusting and the paint is chipping away, which is bad. I got an estimate to address everything and it's going to be about $2K, which is a lot of money. I might just pick and choose. Plus, I'm a little worried about the engine burning oil. The shop didn't find any leaks, so they suspect my engine is burning the stuff. I'll watch every 1K and check the dipstick.
Other than that, I guess the only other major part expected to go is the clutch, which will also be expensive, but after that, it'll be like I have a brand new Prelude. We'll see....
Still lovin' it though!
#2458 of 2496 Re: 10 w40 [preludefan]
May 25, 2009 (2:08 pm)
Crystal Metallic Blue is my favorite color - too bad it was not available at the time when I purchased mine, so I got the white, which is my 2nd best choice. But....
Since your car is 2000, the following need to be addressed ASAP:
1) Timing belt & water pump - those are recommended to be replace at 7 years OR 105k miles, since yours is 8-9 years old, you are running on borrowed time. If the belt snap, you could have valve damage which will be very expensive to fix.
2) Spark plugs and wires. Make sure to replace them both - even the wire looks fine. They will cause other electrical related issues like alternater and distributor short - this is from first hand experience.
3) Manual transmission fluid if you have not done it yet.
Good luck and let us know how the engine oil consumption results.
#2459 of 2496 ATTS Light and Check Engine Light
Jun 06, 2009 (4:17 am)
This week, my ATTS Light and Check Engine Light both came on at the same time. I found that my gas cap was loose so that explains the Check Engine Light. But the ATTS light is concerning. Taking it into the shop.
Hopefully won't need to do major service on the ATTS. If so, I may consider getting the clutch replaced at the same time. We'll see...
Also, I've driven 1k miles since my last oil change and the oil level has not dropped at all - all Hwy driving. We'll see as it get closer to 3k... Just turned 69k on the odometer ( I think I rounded up in my prior posts)
Jun 07, 2009 (5:22 pm)
I had my ATTS light & Check Engine Light go on at the same time one too. The problem was my OIL FILL cap was loose.
Clutch replacement was a hard pill to swallow for me (Mine was fried at 52,000 miles). The ATTS unit has to be taken out & then re-installed in order to get to the clutch. This calls for an ADDITIONAL 4+ hours of shop labor in addtion to the clutch job itself. I'd also have the flywheel & throw out bearing replaced at the same time. Have them check your differential fluid as well. I decided to go with an aftermarket clutch (CENTERFORCE) which I am very happy with.
If I recall, it cost me close to $2000.
#2461 of 2496 Clutch replacement
Jun 08, 2009 (9:32 am)
Wow, $2,000, at 52k miles - that is hard to justify. Mine still works at 115k - you must did a lot of high RPM clutch drop to destroy it
Hope it will last until you sell it though.
#2462 of 2496 Re: Clutch replacement [shmang]
Jun 08, 2009 (6:10 pm)
It was a tough pill to swallow. I really thought about getting rid of the car at that point. Type SH Preludes have abnormal clutch failure (which I didn't learn about until after I had the job done).
Yeah, that's me, High RPM clutch drops...LOL!
You've got 115K...I'm catching up to you. Going to hit 112K next week. You must be driving your M45 A LOT!
#2463 of 2496 Mileage & Clutch
Jun 09, 2009 (12:49 pm)
Yes, I drive the M45 mainly and only use my Prelude on shorter trips or going to sports events (that I am performing, so I will not get the M45 all sweaty afterwards). When I think about it, it is kind of a luxury to use a Prelude as a beater, well, not really, but you get the idea. The Prelude is always clean though - it is still beautiful 10 years after I bought it.
There are some guys I know that used to race Prelude and do 5500RPM clutch drop to get best 0-60 times and they have clutch replaced around 60k miles. Now, I am going really easy on start up - still hit VTEC once in a while for fun.
Jun 18, 2009 (2:27 pm)
Could someone check this VIN out: JHMBB6159XC008167? I'm buying it but the saler said the owner, his wife (he claimed), will not be there to sign the title off. Is there any chance of fraud?
Thanks in advance,
#2465 of 2496 Re: Car history [kevinus35]
Jun 19, 2009 (11:42 am)
There will not be much can be found (as far as the owner goes) by running a VIN check, but it is for a '99 Prelude Type SH.
But, I would not give him the money without a signed title - maybe he stole the car with title in the car and try to sell it to you. Otherwise, if his wife agree to sell the car, she can always sign the title in advance. Seems fishy to me.
#2466 of 2496 '99 Prelude for $12K
Jun 30, 2009 (4:27 pm)
Today, I was surfing a Honda forum and there is one '99 Prelude (white) with about 79k miles selling for $12K. The car is in excellent condition with OEM body kit, JDM fog light and DC sports header, sway bar and EVO exhaust. It looks beautiful. But, it is still a 10 years old car with around 80k miles and it cost $21K when new (Base, 5spd). So, I told that guy if someone offer him anything over $10k, just run with the money...LOL
What do you guys think? FYI, KBB for a '99 with average mileage and in very good condition is $6k (private party) and retail for $6,400 (Excellent condition).