Last post on May 08, 2012 at 10:07 AM
You are in the Honda Prelude
What is this discussion about?
Honda Prelude, Coupe
#311 of 2496 '91 CRX/Si....Why did Honda kill success?
May 21, 2001 (4:13 pm)
Honda took alot of heat from automotive writers when they dropped the CRX. If you recall, back in 1989/1990 that car always got rave reviews from writers/reviewers/owners. The Civic grew a bit after that, but I think Honda could've somehow kept a version of that car alive. Back in '89 while shopping for a new car, it came down to a
90 Mustang 5.0, Mazda MX6 or the CRX Si. All were priced between 11k-12.5k. I went with the MX6 and it turned out to be the best car I've ever owned. Always wondered about the CRX Si, though. It wasn't until later that I realized how special it was. It was only on my list because I was impressed with its looks and the appearance of the engine. I think Honda made the same mistake nowadays by dropping the Civic Si last year.
I think the 'Lude may be on its way out soon with the introduction of the new numerically designated Integra replacement.
About that plastic headliner....I actually like it over the mouse fur headliner. It feels good and is easy to clean. A couple of weeks ago we had a hailstorm. When I went into the grocery store there was no hint of an impending rainstorm. I left my sunroof open...when I came outside it was raining w/hail and the inside of my car was being pelted with hailstones...I said
to myself at that moment...F#k!! and ran towards the car with my grocery cart and quickly closed the sunroof and headed for covered shelter. I wiped the headliner, console/shifter with a towel and all was well. Another tender moment to remember with my Prelude.
#312 of 2496 CRX/Hail, etc...
May 21, 2001 (6:02 pm)
1949...we apparently have similar tastes in cars...I liked the old MX6 too. Remember the MX3? That was Mazda's take on the CRX. Don't see too many of them around now days. Nissan had one too, but I can't recall the name of it. I had a friend with one and all I remember was that it was a piece of sh--.
I think by the time Honda killed off the CRX as we knew it...I think that was in '92, CRX's were not selling that well. I think Honda made a big mistake by killing off the Civic Si too. They are bringing it back for 2002 in hatch form, which I think is very good news, but I'd still like to see a 2 seater updated CRX reappear. Teenage boys would knock each other down to buy them. I'm sure of it. The new Civic coupe leaves alot to be desired, if you ask me. From the rear, I don't think it could be any more generic looking. Its like they copied the Mitsu Mirage, which to me is the most invisible car on the road these days.
We do get more than our share of hail in the Lone Star State it seems. I am in sheer panic when I see a storm building and I can't find shelter for my cars! I garage the Prelude and the Crew Cab, but my poor Grand Am has been moved to the driveway, since the Crew joined the family. I have covered parking work too, so thankfully, I have been spared hail damage.
Just this evening I went for a walk and got to talking with a neighbor. He was waxing his '00 Mazda 626 and I stopped by to say hello. We started talking about his car and then I looked and noticed it has major hail damage. Said he was waxing it up to sell. Took it to CarMax and they offered him pittance due to the damage, so he's gonna try to sell it himself.
I got caught in a hail storm driving to work one morning in the Prelude and I drove it up on a curb (dumb, but I was desperate) and up an overpass embankment (you know where people hide during tornado's!) because that was the only place left...every one was trying to fit their car under the bridge.
Another time, I ran out of a Target and it was hailing. I had the CRX the time. I literally ran out and laid on the hood, trying to keep it from pelting my poor car. I had bruises all over my back for a week after that. People were looking me like I was a nut. True love does crazy things to us men who love their cars! I did have to take it in to dent wizard for roof repair after that one though.
#313 of 2496 Advice or Suggestions on Buying a used Prelude!
May 22, 2001 (1:33 am)
I'm looking to buy a base Prelude, nothing alder than '97. I know a lot of people would scratch their heads for me saying this, but I prefer the automatic over the stick. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
#314 of 2496 pete4791
May 22, 2001 (8:16 am)
I agree, as much as I enjoy shifting in my Prelude, it becomes a hassle for me in heavy traffic, which is about all I get to drive in. Good luck on your search for a used Lude. I would suspect you could probably get some really good deals on new ones, since they are slow sellers and I believe are on the verge of extinction.
May 22, 2001 (8:26 am)
I believe Nissan's version of the CRX was the NX1600 and NX2000. They were strange looking - the Nissan Sentra SE-R was and will be much better overall. The Mazda MX-3 with a 1.8L V-6 was loud on the highway.
#316 of 2496 Used 'Lude & CRX & MX3 & NX2000
May 22, 2001 (5:45 pm)
Pete4791...good luck on finding a used '97. I'm in San Antonio and rarely see used 5gen 'Ludes for sale. Try AutoTrader.Com...shame on you!! No self-respecting auto-enthusiast should ever be caught dead driving an auto.(no flaming, please).
Ineto6....Right!! It was the NX2000..isn't that the one that had the hatch that came with a tent you could attach to it?
Jkidd...Yeah, I remember the MX3 with the tiny V6. Used to see alot of them on the road here .
BTW, don't you think the new Honda Hybrid looks alot like the CRX Si. It even has that see-thru lower portion of the rear hatch on it. I saw a bright green one on the road the other day.
Is your CrewCab a Frontier? I went to Nissan and was checking out a SuperCharged Frontier CrewCab. How's the performance on your Frontier?
GrandAm?? That's a workhorse by Pontiac..we have one at work that's a US Govt "company car". That car can take anybody's crap and keeps on ticking.
LOL...just loved your story about the CRX outside of Target. Reminds me of the Honda commercial where this guy comes out of the store and sees a bird in the sky doing a kamikaze dive towards his Honda Civic...and the guy makes a mad dash and lands on his hood to protect it from the falling birds--t.
Has anyone on this thread done any mods to their 'Lude like intake/exhaust, NOS, engine tweaks or springs/lowering?
May 22, 2001 (6:59 pm)
Yeah, the Insight is cool. I just don't like the rear wheel skirts. I know they are there to reduce drag, but they sure are ugly.
Put some bigger, thicker wheels/tires on it, stick a VTEC under the hood and take off the skirts and its instant updated CRX!
My CC is a Frontier. I debated getting the SC version, but when I saw that it requires premium fuel, I decided against it. The Lude already eats premium, as you know. Its just too expensive and the Crew eats gas....I'd call the my SE's power, "adequate". That's all. I love it so far.
I get alot of crap from people over the Grand Am, but I love it. It's probably my favorite of the current group. Your exactly right, I drive the hell out of it and nothing ever goes wrong. It gets good mileage, its got a rather frisky (yet thrashy sounding) engine and torque. Its comfortable and even I am surprised with its overall quality. I have 36k miles on it. The Lude has just a little over 12k miles on it and the GA has less rattles! It's certainly not an exciting car....but its an awfully good appliance.
May 23, 2001 (9:24 pm)
Not to change the subject or anything on you guys, but what kind of music do you use to cruise?
May 24, 2001 (10:03 am)
Hmmmm... I don't know much about the Nissan NX except that it was an interesting looking car - the headlights. I usually saw them in yellow, but I have not seen one in years now. It has a good engine that has been used in the Infiniti G20.
I saw a recent generation Prelude with modified taillights - pretty nice looking. Three round lights in a clear casing for each side.
May 24, 2001 (3:36 pm)
I've seen those rear lights too. I hate clear taillights, but these looked pretty good. I've seen similar ones on an Integra that didn't look so bad either....they have the "jeweled" effect going on too.