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Honda Prelude, Coupe
May 08, 2001 (4:22 pm)
That really stinks man... now I'm scared to buy one. I'm looking into a 2001 base Prelude. I got an awesome deal for one. I wonder how they got the car without you hearing it...?
I have one quick question for all you 'Lude owners out there. I want to buy a 2001 new but don't want to buy the Honda spoiler. Can someone give me the dimensions of the rear of the car? I need the dimensions of the entire trunk from end to end and from the actual trunk door itself, side to side. Thanks!
May 08, 2001 (4:37 pm)
The anti-theft system used in the Honda's is called Immobolizer Theft-Deterrent System... and I agree, if they got his car, whats to stop them from taking yours or mine, if I get it...
#286 of 2496 Question about prelude!
May 08, 2001 (6:15 pm)
I waz thinkin of gettin a prelude as soon as i get my liscense next month. Just a queation though, i know in the previous prelude, there was absolutely no room to sit in da back. Is that the case in the 97+ preludes ?? Or is their sufficient seating for my passengers in the back seaT ??
May 09, 2001 (7:08 am)
The back seat of 5th gen Prelude is definitely larger than those of 4th gen. But, it is used for short trips or short/lean guys/gals (i.e shorter than 5'8" and 130 lb to be comfortable).
About the immobilizer, there is nothing you can do to really make it theft proof. If they want your car, they will get it. I heard that even with the security on MZ and Porsche, a "professional" theif can break it with in 10 sec. without touching the car. They have some kind of devices designed to transmit the same signal the chip in the key transmit to the ECU and activate the car without a key and open the door and drive away, just like it is his car.
So, if you really want your car to be safe, either park it in the garage all the time or use a club to protect it (I know that won't help much if you don't have a good security system. But, IMO, the immobilizer in Prelude is good enough to stop entry level theives and senior ones won't bother mass with a club for 10-20 min, they will just locate another one instead.)
#288 of 2496 alarm & window etching
May 09, 2001 (7:25 am)
cgr45: I was dead scared my new 01 prelude would get stolen. I didn't get factory alarm since dealer wanted $900cdn for it! but i did have them do this window etching thing just to discourage thieves.. and i installed an aftermarket alarm just 3 days after i got the car. ugh.. hopefully they'll deter most "amateur" thieves..
mohit07: yes the back seats are small. but OK for short people and kids. personally, i couldn't care less if the backseat drivers were having leg cramps. if they want leg room, let them go find a van or something!
#289 of 2496 use of regular gas
May 09, 2001 (7:45 am)
The user's manual says regular gas can be used when premium gas can't be found and with the regular gas, the car will have slightly less power. so i experimented with it. not too sure about the power loss but the engine definitely sounded different. from the sweet "whirling" sound upward of 3000 RPM to somewhat low "growling" sound. I didn't like it so I filled the rest of the tank with premium. Did anybody notice this? does anybody run his/her lude with regular gas all the time? yeah I wish I invested in those stinking oil companies...
#290 of 2496 Preludes
May 09, 2001 (6:40 pm)
Well a week and 3 days have gone by and still no word. I already got over the shock. The car is gone and there's nothing I can do. I was thinking about this long and hard and I've decide to get another Prelude. I love that car. I'm not gonna let some thief kill my dream of having a Prelude.
Just one problem. My parents. They want me to get an SUV. No way!!!
I have a question. The car was a lease. I spoke to my claim agent he says that I should get my down payment back. Is this true? I had GAP insurance on it. Now I'm getting nervous. I hope that I don't end up broke and with no car.
May 09, 2001 (7:17 pm)
An SUV? yeechhhh! Sorry... no good advice just sympathy. Good luck.
May 09, 2001 (7:59 pm)
Good choice on getting another Prelude. Any car that's worth having is going to be worth stealing -- but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get it. As much of a hassle as it is to replace a car, it's still worth it to be able to drive a car you love every day.
And SUVs? Just say no.
May 10, 2001 (10:47 am)
I drive a '94 S10 Blazer right now and am looking at a 2001 Prelude. I can tell you SUV's are not the way to go. They are semi-uncomfortable to drive, hogs on gas, and just a nuisance in general. The smaller SUV's like the Blazer and the Explorer aren't bad, but I can't stand the Expedition, Tahoe, the beastly Excursion or Surbaban, Navigator, etc. The only points about them really are tons of space and four-wheel drive.