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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#584 of 2496 I said that...
Mar 29, 2002 (11:02 pm)
... a couple of months ago, there was a leftover new 2001 Prelude Type SH sitting on the lot at Honda of Troy in Michigan. No idea why. Silver-metallic paint, just like my 'Silver Bullet' Integra. Yeah, I would have a tough time between the Prelude and a 3-Series coupe.
If Honda would have made the Prelude into an Acura, it would have taken on the last-generation Lexus SC300/400 coupe probably quite nicely... if the Acura version had a 6-cylinder. Missed opportunity?
I see plenty of Preludes around here... they sold very well in Ann Arbor. For obvious reasons.
Post any news/rumors you have here about the sixth-generation Prelude. I'm convinced Honda will bring it back, probably as a RWD [off of S2000 platform?]... hmm.
Mar 30, 2002 (1:23 am)
"...Man...If I could find a 2001 SH or even a base model with a spoiler and a 5 speed..."
Why only 2001? Preludes seem to be _very_ reliable. I drive 98 base 5 speed with 34K miles on it and it looks and feels 100% new (maybe even a bit stronger than new). I have to mention: I take very good care of this car (wash&wax, interior&exterior, syn. oil every 4k miles, don't race, etc). How do I know? I took a brand new Prelude for a test-drive two weeks ago when I was servicing mine.
If you are serious about it I'd recommend to invest some time in looking for a good 98-99 one. You'll probably get it for around $14-15K and you'll get a car which handles way better than any non-M or Z-bimmer.
Mar 30, 2002 (4:54 am)
And that tends to be the advice from the press. Get a used Prelude, it's the same thing. Of course, Prelude encourages pretty spirited driving, so finding one that's been taken care of can be challenging. (Hence the lure of buying new.)
There are a lot in Ann Arbor? I almost never see Preludes in Detroit metro, except the occasional 3rd gen. The 5th gens are so rare that whenever I'd see one while driving mine, we'd almost certainly exchange honks and smiles.
Mar 30, 2002 (9:40 am)
... Ann Arbor is a museum for Civics, Integras, Preludes, Vigors, and Legends of all ages. I mean, old Integras and old Preludes as well as new ones. Also, the Nissan 240SX [usually the early 1990s one] is seen with relative frequency, as is the Mazda MX-6. Also, one or two Suburu SVXs lurk around.
Interesting factoid for you... there's a car club here at U-M, but it seems that it's a 7-member organization... a bunch of engineering students from Singapore. I find that rather amusing... with GM and Ford around, and the automotive lab on North Campus... ah, well, I guess if you were designing the next Aztek, you wouldn't be thinking about car club racing or anything like that.
'Ann Arbor' is not really Detroit metro; there is simply too many New York and San Francisco people around here... but there are also the countryfolk from Michigan and Ohio, and the Detroit crowd on the weekends. So, there are all sorts of cars in the area. It's very different from my hometown, where the Grand Am and Neon and Stratus and Cavalier and Intrigue and ... hey, are you feeling okay? I'll stop listing them all, then! (^_-) ... prevail.
Mar 30, 2002 (12:49 pm)
shmang: Mine is electron blue. Blue is my favorite car color; the 1999 Civic EX sedan that I traded on the Prelude was ice tea pearl. The diamond white was my second choice for the Prelude.
I haven't modified the suspension, so the dealer can't put the blame on me. Incidentally, the noise seems less noticeable today; maybe with use it will go away. I hope! The car passed the 500 mile mark this morning.
I live in New Cumberland, which is down the river from Camp Hill. I couldn't afford to live in Camp Hill when I moved here three years ago! Camp Hill is the nicest of the West Shore suburbs. Did you work at one of the government bases in the area?
Regarding Ann Arbor, isn't that where Car & Driver is based? I always got the impression Ann Arbor was kind of a midwestern Berkeley, which makes me wonder how on earth Car & Driver ever ended up there!
#589 of 2496 auto magazines
Mar 30, 2002 (1:43 pm)
Automobile Magazine editorial office is just a couple of blocks down, I can see it from my window. To get into it, you gotta walk down an alley and go up the secret elevator. They don't like visitors... but they comfirmed my fear last year when I first heard that the Prelude was being pulled outta the market.
Yeah, midwestern Berkeley is it. Ann Arbor has the Californians and everything. You will see a lot of different cars here - in summers on Main Street, you can see Rolls-Royces. Otherwise, Toyotas and Hondas and Volkswagens and Volvos are alllll over. But, like I said, Ann Arbor is an island in the area... drive out into the country, and you're back in Ford territory. That's where Electron Blue Preludes look the best, when they're not on every street corner.
My Integra is silver metallic... I like Honda-Acura's blue and silver paints.
#590 of 2496 On a side note...
Mar 30, 2002 (2:04 pm)
Ann Arbor has, hands down, the best places to eat in the state of Michigan.
Mar 30, 2002 (2:10 pm)
... if you can find a parking place. And remember, a Prelude says 'give me a parking ticket' when you leave it alone for ONE MINUTE while you put your name on the waiting list.
They love giving parking tickets to anyone and everyone around here, even the police... who have those sexy Impalas these days, too!
Automotive Magazine and Car & Driver have their offices in town... what about Motor Trend? They are my favorite print source... always have best photos, it seems. I wonder who will be first with the new 2004(?) Prelude preview.
#592 of 2496 softtower & Leftovers
Apr 01, 2002 (7:09 am)
As of Wednesday (My Birthday) I'll have been officially driving for 10 years (Wow how time flies). The 3 cars I've owned or leased in my driving life, they've all been new. That being said, I have nothing against used cars, but I buy new.
I emailed a local dealer and saw on his website that he has 6 preludes sitting on his lot. The catch: They're all SportShifts. We've been corresponding back and forth and I asked him if he could locate a Red or White Type SH for me. So we'll see what happens.
I sat in an RSX Type S at the Auto SHow here at the Javitz center. Very impressive list of featurs for the price (Leather, Sunroof, 6 disc In Dash CD player, Automatic Climate Control). I'll have to drive the RSX and see if I like it. The styling is really growing on me.
Apr 01, 2002 (5:16 pm)
Yeah the RSX-S is impressive, right up to the point when you realize you're paying $$ for faux-luxury bits instead of stuff that makes the car a better driver, like a LSD, proper wishbones all around, and decent tires and brakes.
Color me unimpressed by the cheap leather, Bose (where's the bass?) audio system, and chintzy cabin materials. All I wanted when I had a GS-R was more power and a sixth gear. No way am I trading a control-arm suspension for climate control!