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Old 09-05-2008, 11:53 AM
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Buying a used prelude

Hi everyone. I figured what better place to ask about this car then here. I am deciding on a used 99 prelude with 156k miles. What is the typical life of the car? It looks stock with no modifications.

The asking price is 5000. What do you guys think? Should I/Shouldnt I?
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Re: Buying a used prelude

How's the condition/body? Did the previous owner maintain it well? Auto/manual? I'd say that 5k is ok with that many miles but I don't know the condition of it.
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Re: Buying a used prelude

Hi Techforce. The body looks good. It is a MT, with recently replaced brakes, timing belt, clutch, and tires.

Quick question. I tried searching the 5th gen FAQ, but what is the stock engine code for the 5th gen. It is an H22, but there seem to be different H22 engines. Im worried about the engine life, and I might just have to have it swapped out in the long run so I want to look at costs.
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Re: Buying a used prelude

H22A4 is the engine and with at the stuff that was replaced it should go for at least another 30k but it also depends on how you drive it. All in all it's a decent buy. :)
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Re: Buying a used prelude

If you check carfax and everything turns out clean I would go for it. 5K is not bad for a 5thgen. With the H22 just make sure the oil level is correct as with most VTEC engines. Also get a trusty mechanic to look it over the suspension and stuff.
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Re: Buying a used prelude

its not unheard of for regularly maintained honda engines going for 300K miles.
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Re: Buying a used prelude

279,xxx on the original F22A in my 4th gen. So yah, if the maintenance has been kept up well, I'd say go for it.
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Re: Buying a used prelude

i've got 180,xxx on mine and its still runnin strong. its all about maintenance as long as you take care of it, it should last you a good amount of time. i say go for it. sounds like a good price to me from what you have described.
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Re: Buying a used prelude

I bought a 98 with a ****ed up hood with 130K on it for $4000
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Re: Buying a used prelude

140K $3700, Still kicking it, with higher miles you have to replace minor things like little sensors and what so. But deff worth 5grand
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Re: Buying a used prelude

Hey if its a private seller, tell them you have 4500$ cash they should go for it. But if you cant get them down off 5 grand, your still getting your moneys worth
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Hey if its a private seller, tell them you have 4500$ cash they should go for it. But if you cant get them down off 5 grand, your still getting your moneys worth
Totally agree. Even if it's a dealer, they go for cash over loans/checks anyday. Cash re-cirrculates and sh*t way faster than checks do, basically, it's money in there pocket. So even cash with a dealer should work nicely. I learned all about it once, however I'm kinda wasted so I can't remember details, just bargain with cash if you can like 93[BB4] (I don't know your real name) said. Cash is king!
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buy that car asap
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If you check carfax and everything turns out clean I would go for it. 5K is not bad for a 5thgen. With the H22 just make sure the oil level is correct as with most VTEC engines. Also get a trusty mechanic to look it over the suspension and stuff.
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Re: Buying a used prelude

I bought my 97 base last year with 140K for 5 grand. She was asking 6. She knew I was looking at other Preludes and one just happened to be in the same city and she knew the guy and also knew his was fixed up a bit and thought I would want his more, so I told her I'd get back in touch with her later so she called me the next morning and asked if I would get it if she dropped the price $1000. I told her I would she her at noon with the money. The other prelude was really decked out 18" hart racing wheels, custom exhuast, carbon fiber hood, body kit. But it had a salvage title, and the one the girl was selling had a clean title so I bought hers.

Just some food for thought, but if the private owner really wants to sell offer like a grand less thats alright if they say no, just tell them you don't have that kind of money and would have to come up with more. I would say 9 times out of 10 they will call you back and take the offer.
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