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Old 12-11-2010, 10:59 AM
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Greetings from India.

I am being offered a Honda Prelude, 1993 Model (Japan Import) for Rs.5,50,000. i.e. approx. $11500. I really like this car, but very uncertain whether should I finalize the deal because since this is an import, the repairs / spares could be a concern. Do you think that the price is worth it for such an old car? Also, Generally what all must be looked into while checking one?

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In the U.S., that would be a very high price unless the mileage was very low, but different markets vary so widely that it's difficult to tell from here. As far as repairs and spares, they're not difficult to get in the U.S., but your best bet is to determine either what support you can get from local Honda agencies or independent parts vendors. Here, mechanical parts are readily available; some of the trim and bodywork is getting tough to find from the factory, but is still available on the aftermarket. Given that it's approaching 20 years old, think of it as purchasing a classic car, with all the appropriate pitfalls.

The same applies for what to check -- the biggest item on a Prelude checklist is the timing belt. You must know whether this has been replaced within the last 90,000 miles (150,000 km), which is the replacement interval for a '93. If it breaks, it will probably damage the engine badly. Generally, people replace the water pump at the same time, just because it's easy to reach at that point. Other than that, it's the normal routine of making sure all the rubber parts -- hoses, ball-joint and tie-rod boots, bushings -- are in good shape, and the normal replaceable things like brake pads, shocks, etc. They're tough cars -- if well-maintained, they'll go for quite awhile...we have several members with over 350,000 km on their cars.
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Re: Honda Prelude Purchase Query

Hi Jamie,

Thanks a ton for the helpful post. I too feel that price is a bit high to pay, that too for a 17+ year old car. The car in question has done approx. 60,000 Kms. However the thing is, such cars (Coupe to be precise) are not so common in India. That is why, they are more than a normal car. I was initially eyeing for a Toyota MR2, but it was sold off before I could even ask the dealer about it. Now today, I found this Prelude. And Man, Revving it was so much fun.
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60,000 kilometers is pretty low. Not really knowledgeable about the auto market over there, but that seems steep if I were looking at it here.
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Just for comparison, I looked up the price for a mint-condition '93 VTEC here...it's a $5000 car at best. Like you say, though different markets, different prices, and cars tend to be comparatively cheap in the U.S.

I liked the older MR2s...never quite warmed up to the MR2 Spyder. Not as tough as a Prelude, though...Hondas generally are very hard to break.
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Hello to one and all,

Greetings from India.

I am being offered a Honda Prelude, 1993 Model (Japan Import) for Rs.5,50,000. i.e. approx. $11500. I really like this car, but very uncertain whether should I finalize the deal because since this is an import, the repairs / spares could be a concern. Do you think that the price is worth it for such an old car? Also, Generally what all must be looked into while checking one?

Thanks.
this car would have cost around 20000-25000 Dollars I Norway
we have so much taxes and stuff on the cars. its Sick
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