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Honda Prelude, Coupe
#72 of 2496 RE: Ditch my Integra for a Prelude??
Jan 02, 2001 (9:48 pm)
It sounds like you need a more comfortable car than the Prelude because Integra and Prelude have pretty much same Wind/Engine/Road noise. As a high performance car, because of their high rev, low profile tires and gas suspension, it will suffer the comfort. Anyway, go and have a test drive to get your own feeling. A Honda Accord V6 coupe would be a great replacement for your Integra, lots of torque, more comfort with a reasonable price.
I own the Prelude 2001 and love it's excellent handling (doesn't mean comfort), high rev and sporty look and feel. High rev means noise, but that's the way it should be :I).
#73 of 2496 Prelude or VW GTI glx?
Jan 03, 2001 (12:45 pm)
I have been sold on Honda for years and currently have '98 Civic Ex coupe with a lease ending soon. I had been set on the 5 spd Prelude '01 but recently was pointed to the '01 WV GTI glx as a comparable rival loaded with a lot more features with the same sticker price(my only complaint with the Prelude has been that the interior is rather sparse and reminds me of the last two civics I have had. I would appreciate some guidance.
Jan 03, 2001 (3:18 pm)
VW's are more problematic than Hondas. Besides I think the Prelude looks alot sportier. One potential downside is the Prelude may be extinct within the next couple of years.
#75 of 2496 Integra for Prelude..
Jan 03, 2001 (7:04 pm)
Thanks for the advice.. I actually would simply love to buy an Accord Coupe, but I am deathly allergic to automatic transmissions. And those TipTronic things are pathetic.
Unfortunately it seems that Honda/Acura isn't all that interested in manual transmission dinosaurs like me... only their 4 cyl cars have that option.
I figured that a Prelude was the closest thing to a manual V6 sports coupe in the lineup of all Toyota and Honda/Acura cars at the $20,000 range (except the Solara, which I don't like the looks of). Since Toyota/Honda are the only two manufacturers I will consider, I am sure am disappointed with the slim pickings out there. An IS300 would be wonderful, but too expensive. A manual V6 Accord coupe would be perfect. Oh well...
Actually, you know what is sad? A friend of mine has a 5spd 96 Ford Probe GT. The ride is refined and quiet, the engine and transmission is decent (Mazda), and it looks pretty good too. Its too bad Honda doesn't make anything comparable.
My tentative plan was to look into the Prelude once the new Integra was released, so I could maybe leverage a better deal.
Jan 03, 2001 (7:48 pm)
Ed, you might want to take a look at the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT. It has a refined V6, comfortable ride, available 5-speed manual, and it's pretty quick.
Personally, I decided that I prefered the Prelude's razor-sharp handling and VTEC rush, but you might find the Eclipse more to your taste. That is, if you're willing to consider Mitsubishi.
#78 of 2496 edblakeley
Jan 04, 2001 (7:07 am)
now I know better where you stand. The way I figure is, given the constraints that you have, you have 3 choices:
1- Next gen Integra
3- Celica - if you don't mind its looks.
One more thing is that I don't believe you'd get a better deal on the prelude just because there's a fresh integra in the market. Yes, Honda doesn't sell that many preludes, but they don't make that many as well. The last couple years have seen fresh coupes like cougar, celica, eclipse, (mustang?),... but this has not brought down the price of a prelude. Good luck with your decision.
#79 of 2496 RE: Stock 1997 Prelude's weakpoints
Jan 04, 2001 (7:16 am)
>1. Low-rev torque is weak;
So rev it up - that's why you have a 7500 rpm redline.
>2. Tires not "grippy"(stock Bridgestone RE-92);
True. The car is much more capable of with better tires.
>3. Semi-auto is slow;(Actually I enjoy the full-auto more)
This is true for any car in this class/price range.
>4. Body hardness;(although I know the Prelude's body is a lot stiffer than Civic and Integra)
I heard and read that S2000's body is really hard and strong, is tht true???
Do you mean the suspension or the construction? Of couse S2K has a better suspension - it should, it's a different class of car.
Jan 05, 2001 (11:59 am)
Oh boy, do you guys put down the Integra.. I think the GSR is very comparable to a Prelude. I 've driven both many times (well the Prelude, I mean, I own a '99 GSR)
As far as body regidity, my friend says my GSR feels a light tighter and rigit than his '98 SH.
Anyway, our friend is looking for more torque with a more cushy and less noisy ride WITH a 5-sp. no less! I think his choices are almost next to none in the low $20K range. The Eclipse GT would probably be the best choice but they go for around $24-25K, like a fully loaded SH.
Another thing to consider is the very strong rumors that once the new Integra is out, there won't be any more Preludes, but just a high output Civic, like an Si/Si-R taking the Prelude's place. We 'll see..
I was in Europe this past summer and only saw 1 Prelude. My cousins told me that they 're very expensive over there and that there are many other good choices for less money. The said a Prelude over there is almost the same price as a BMW 323 (or a 320 with a 2.0L, they got different models there with smaller engines).
#81 of 2496 Rival?
Jan 06, 2001 (12:53 pm)
I think the Prelude is way too popular in US and Canada just because there aren't many good competitors.
If you can import any car to the US, what will you bring to "compete with" the Prelude?