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Old 05-09-2011, 03:42 AM
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Should I fix up my 4th gen?

Hey guys, first time poster. I'm trying to decide what to do with my 4th gen prelude.

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Recently I graduated from college and finally have a bit more discretionary income. If I put money into my lude, will it hold its value pretty well? After a few fender benders, she needs some TLC. I've had this car for about 6 years now. It was my first car and it has a bit of sentimental value. It's a blast to drive and I love the uniqueness of it. Unfortunately I don't really know a whole lot about working on cars... The previous owner put on a DC exhaust/header and an after market intake.

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Re: Should I fix up my 4th gen?

modifying cars will not pay you back in the end.

if it has sentimental value and you plan on keeping it for a long time, fix her up.

if you just want to fix the damage and not modify her any further, you'll most likely see that money back when you sell. You just have to be smart about your purchases.
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Re: Should I fix up my 4th gen?

I love the stock look and the only aesthetic mod I'd be interested in is maybe a slight drop. The small rust spots around the car worry me a little. Especially the one right in the seam of the roof.
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Re: Should I fix up my 4th gen?

It really doesn't look bad at all. Sure the front of the hood needs attention, and it might be easier just to replace the sunroof depending on how bad that is, but the body looks to be in great condition and I didn't see much rust other than on the trim, which is also easy and cheap to replace. If you're a true pioneer, you could start by taking off that rear trim piece, sand it down and re-paint it, then do the same thing with that roof, it's really not too difficult to disassemble and put back together, especially with the write-ups on here.

In addition, regarding the body, same thing - just small places that need attention don't require you to need to re-paint the whole car. You could probably have a body shop take care of that spot on the roof for <$200 I'd say. You can take out the strip next to that spot and check underneath to make sure it's not any worse under there.

It's a good looking prelude man, I'd say you can have looking almost new at a glance for less than $700 if you're smart about it.

And don't be afraid of junkyards. I always thought 'Ugh I'll never get anything from one'..but I can't tell you how much money I've saved getting stuff off of abandoned Preludes.
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Re: Should I fix up my 4th gen?

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It really doesn't look bad at all. Sure the front of the hood needs attention, and it might be easier just to replace the sunroof depending on how bad that is, but the body looks to be in great condition and I didn't see much rust other than on the trim, which is also easy and cheap to replace. If you're a true pioneer, you could start by taking off that rear trim piece, sand it down and re-paint it, then do the same thing with that roof, it's really not too difficult to disassemble and put back together, especially with the write-ups on here.

In addition, regarding the body, same thing - just small places that need attention don't require you to need to re-paint the whole car. You could probably have a body shop take care of that spot on the roof for <$200 I'd say. You can take out the strip next to that spot and check underneath to make sure it's not any worse under there.

It's a good looking prelude man, I'd say you can have looking almost new at a glance for less than $700 if you're smart about it.

And don't be afraid of junkyards. I always thought 'Ugh I'll never get anything from one'..but I can't tell you how much money I've saved getting stuff off of abandoned Preludes.

i agree with this.

nothing looks too bad at all. give her a good cleaning and look inside the wheel wells to make sure nothing is down there as well. otherwise you should have a pretty easy time getting the rest of it looking new.
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Re: Should I fix up my 4th gen?

Alas, the rest of the world doesn't recognize Preludes for the classics they are, so any talk of holding value is meaningless. The best we can do is claim we're bottoming out on the depreciation curve.

On the other hand, the car doesn't look in bad shape, if it's mechanically as good as the body. Find someone who knows a bit about metalwork, and that hood can be carefully worked into better shape with a pair of vise grips. And who would really want to give up a Prelude? :)

Don't overestimate your discretionary income quite yet, unless you're moving back into your parents' place rent-free...it's amazing how fast you'll burn through cash setting up on your own, even if you were living off-campus before.
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Re: Should I fix up my 4th gen?

That is not bad, I would say just get a new sunroof that is the same color from a salvage yard, they go for about $50-70 near here. I kinda feel the same way with the hood.

As for the rear strip, I would just use a couple layers of painters tape and some sand paper, sand it to a nice solid piece of metal and either put some black electrical tape on it, paint it black, or leave it brushed. I done the electrical tape method on my CRX's side windows and it looks like factory. It has stayed on for a year now, just make sure it is clean.

And paint the Valve cover wrinkle black or high temp semi-gloss black, just to make the engine bay look nice.
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Re: Should I fix up my 4th gen?

Thanks for all the replies guys. I'm definitely going to get a quote on the rust and look into a new sunroof.


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Alas, the rest of the world doesn't recognize Preludes for the classics they are, so any talk of holding value is meaningless. The best we can do is claim we're bottoming out on the depreciation curve.
That's a shame. =(


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Don't overestimate your discretionary income quite yet, unless you're moving back into your parents' place rent-free...it's amazing how fast you'll burn through cash setting up on your own, even if you were living off-campus before.
I do actually live at home. My only real expenses are car-related.
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