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Old 10-31-2008, 03:41 PM
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Thinking about buying a Prelude

Hello,

I was looking at a 2001 base model Prelude at a dealership. The car has exhaust, headers, and a suspension modification. The car has 71,xxx miles.

The dealer wants around $7500 for the car, but I'm sure I could talk him down to around 7k.

Anything I should look for, or watch out for? He started the car, and he had recently changed the oil. I started it up, revved it a little bit, so I'm sure its in good condition, and the interior is really nice. The shifter wasnt too stiff or loose, so it felt just right.

So my question: What should I look for?
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

timing belt/water pump has been changed, ask if the clutch has been changed recently to. look around the body for any dents/dings. and if anything talk them down to 6500..tell them it has aftermarket parts on it, and its going to cost you money to get stock parts (bs your way). or having 6500 in cash is always the best way to!

oh and this is the wrong section..., and not to get "in your face" but this topic has been talked about many times..utilize the search button please!
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

at how many miles require this maintance? The dealer said he has no idea if they were changed.
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

I've always heard 90k for timing belt/water pump, but other things factor into it such as weather conditions where the car was driven, how hard the car was driven, etc, etc.

It sounds like a really good deal to me. Ask them if they will let you take it to a mechanic to have a 3rd party inspect it for problems.
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

First off, nice find.

Is it an auto or manual? (I'm assuming manual from your description) If it's an auto, be VERRRY careful.
The auto trannys really were peices of sh*t. They were a bit more durable for the 99-01 years, but still sketchy.

Also, Honda recommends the water pump etc. at 100K
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

Look for rust, too, and any signs of an oil leak, either in the engine bay or under the car, and I've always popped the oil cap off of hondas and felt for the little consistent puff of air coming out when the car's running, but mostly just because I like it.

Look that exhaust up and down too, and punch the gas a little and look for smoke out the back end.

Check electrical stuff as much as you can too, make sure nobody did any backyard electrical on the car.

Kick the tires, roll the windows up and down, all that crap that makes you look like you know what's up :D
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

Whats there to think about, Its a preludde. And what they said, o yea ,, Welcome!\.
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

Also keep in mind who you're buying it from. You can tell if a dealer ship is about ripping people off just by the way they act. Especially if it's just a used car lot and not a major dealership.
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

I'd say with only 71,xxx miles on it that the timing belt and water pump have not been done yet but will need in the near future. Also may want to look into the clutch like what was said before. I don't know how you rev the car up and determine that its running well. I would pull the dip stick look at it for little water droplets and or if the oil looks grey or milky also smell the oil and see if it has a burnt smell. If the oil is on the low mark request the dealer put some in, then test drive it, get it up on the highway to highway speeds check the steering to see if it pulls in either direction (if so it will need an alignment) don't drive like a mad man but get that RPM up to around 5,200 RPM to see if the v tec engauges correctly I recommend going into v tec in 2nd gear then take it back into v tec in 3rd make sure it engauges around the same RPM range. If you want push down on the bumpers front and rear to see if it bouches more that two times, should go down then back up and on the way down again it settles,( if it bouches around more than twice could be your struts are worn and need replacement) Just some tips, also too I would add money talks if you go in and request all of this I would have the $6500 already at hand and make the offer and if he says no thats alright go ahead and leave but leave him your number and tell him if he changes his mind. Good luck...
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

You don't EVER want to give a dealer your number, in my opinion. They've hounded me for days and days after I looked at a car, and since they know they have it, they'll call you with feelers all the god damn time, trying to hustle you out of money.
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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

Okay well leave them some kind of contact info, I bought mine from a private owner so in my case it was different.

I left the deal on mine, she was dead bent on getting $6500 for it, she knew the other owner that had the 1998 SH model I was looking at right after seeing hers( his had a lot of extras lip, wheels, custom exhaust). I told her I would get back with her after looking at the 98 SH. She called me the next morning and asked if she would take $5000 would I get it, I told her I would see her that afternoon. Plus the guys 98 SH had a salvage title, I was looking for dependablility.

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Re: Thinking about buying a Prelude

it sounds like a good deal if it runs good, no rust, interior is good etc...for this thread you are just asking IF you should get a prelude....We all are gonna say YES to that one! it sounds like you have a good deal on deck here, i would look into it. that is not a bad deal for any honda with only 71K. I remember there was a guy selling a 3rd gen for like 7000 that had 51k on it....so your find is either a good deal, or there is something wrong with it.

probably worth looking into. as said above, if it is an auto, be VERY carefull since auto trannys are more fragile....As far as the mileage for clutch and timing belt replacement:

Clutch and Axles: average 85k (from what i have seen)
timing belt: 105K (normal conditions, recommended by Honda), 90K (extreme conditions, recommended by Honda)

take it for a test drive though....what area are you in? we maybe able to find a member close to you that can help you at the dealership.

As far as the specifics for actually getting the car and playing the dealer's game, this should set you up nicely:

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