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Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

Hi I've always been a prelude lover and I'm just about to by my first one (hopefully). However, the car I'm looking at comes with a full greddy exhaust with test pipe....if the cat has been removed, will I still be able to pass air care?

PS it's a 97 5th gen vtech standard with some mods. Body 280kms engine 135kms... The guy I want to buy from is selling for 6000, says it's leaking some oil so that's why the price is reduced. Does this sound legit to you? I thought 6000 seemed a bit low for a low mileage 5th gen but.... what does anybody think?
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

Welcome mate.

Running a test pipe is a guaranteed way to fail your emissions test. Not to mention they sound horrible, let those nasty nasty hydrocarbons into the environment and smell really really bad.

SOmeone closer to your side of the world can help with the pricing cause I got no clue.
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

6 grand for that. And leaking oil. No way. Keep looking and I would suggest one that isn't modded in any way, and if it is, maybe just like an intake or something.
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

nooo what I meant is that 6 grand is really good! I live in vancouver bc and that's the best priced fifth gen I've seen around here! The mods aren't too extensive, just intake and some minor cosmetic stuff plus a cf hood...
Do you think fixing an oil leak would be expensive or does that just indicate a somewhat faulty car...?

Umm I definitley don't have an extensive knowledge of motors and exhaust systems (i'm learning!!!) so you'll excuse me if this comes across sounding a bit naive....
Considering the intake and the full greddy exhaust, if i were to put a new cat on (I don't think i'd wanna roll with the test pipe), would i have to suit it especially or would any one do. Would you suggest a particular high performance one or....???
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

Better off offering this guy 6g
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/cto/981579556.html

Wow, all the preludes are so expensive over there. Thats your best bet to check out IMO.
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

its vtec not vtech. you should wait and shop around some more. if the car has a oil leak nobody is gonna rush to buy it so yuo have time
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

Your talking Euros right? so that's like 10k. but in Europe everything costs more! like WAY WAY MORE
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

not talking Euro's, Canadian dollars...

I don't understand what the big deal about an oil leak is...? Are they not fixable?
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

idk bro i wouldnt do it. i bought mine for 3000 and it had a pretty much brand new engine that only had like 4000 miles on the engine. mine was modded though it has cams, polished, intake, typical stuff like that and havent really had problems with it. so id go look for a different one imo.
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

well it can be a real easy cheap fix or it might cost u hundreds. if oil leaks then the engine might have gone threw a lot of abuse.

I got my prelude a few months ago. There was 2 oil leaks. The guy only told me about 1. Took it in and it cost 400$ to fix. the one that is left is on the side of the engine.

I say if it is cheap enough go for it. Fix it up! that is what im doing
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

yahhh under other circumstances I probably would shop around more, but I've been looking for 3 months and this is the by far the best price i have found. I figure I'll fix the oil, and then I've got a sick car to drive around... He's already done a few crucial mods, it's an sh to so the handling will be beautiful... I think it should be fine. Besides, I'm not really gonna have too much money to spend on it once I'm done buying it (I'm only 17 so don't exactly have a large regular income) so I won't be able to do to much to it now anyways. Thanks everyone for the imput though.
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

I think before any decision is made you'll need to find out what it is that's leaking.
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

yes find whats leaking first
take some pics and put them here OR:
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sounds good
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

Didn't see if anyone asked this yet but is it manual or automatic transmission? Don't buy automatics.
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manual.....I would never buy an automatic haha
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yea man keep shopping i got mine for 5k too w 99k on original motor
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

thats 5 077.428 U.S $
i got money for under 5k
Try looking for a prelude in bigger citys
Bigger city= more ludes= more ludes for sale= cheaper to actually sell
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

yeah I think they're just cheaper in the states man.... I'm searching craigslist for the entire lower mainland (Which includes bigger cities like nvan) and this is the bset I"m coming up with.... You really think it's not worth the trouble?
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

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its vtec not vtech. you should wait and shop around some more. if the car has a oil leak nobody is gonna rush to buy it so yuo have time
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

Patience is a virtue but I wasn't used to waiting... ah to be 17 again (and to be driving a Prelude at 17 lol).

When you figure out whats leaking.... figure out the repair cost by getting a couple written estimates and then take those to the seller and try to leverage the guy to take the cost of the repair out of the selling price. It's worth a shot. If you don't get the entire cost deducted he may be willing to meet you half way. Have you seen the car yet or checked CarFax? Get the VIN and what not... ask him about the history and how long he's owned it/how many owners there have been.

The reason you aren't seeing as many is because the Canadian market was smaller so less were sold there. Does it have heated seats? I think that was an option for the Ca market but I could be wrong. Do as much homework fact checking as possible. If the guy won't let you take it to a mechanic for inspection walk away from the deal.

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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

the lude in question sounds fishy... altough thats me... i bought my 1st lude when i was 16...it was a 85... paid $200 drove the hell out of it for 2 years and the it went down hill.. so i traded it and eventually got a new one.. the one i got is a 98 sh. but now i need a new engine... damn water puddles
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

Bummer, you get hydro lock from a CAI or something? With the severity that Fla storms will sometimes have I'm not gonna mess around with cold air. Just put a JDM Type S intake on mine last night. Love it.

I agree with what others have said previously. Buying a car (any car) that has such and such modifications is really a bad idea. If you don't know the seller you don't know the cars history. Unless a car is fully built with proper components and tuned to make good (but reliable) power... I think the chances of saving money are slim to none for the long haul.

This car does sound fishy but agame seems hell bent on buying it. Proceed with caution if you proceed at all. The exhaust issue sounds like a money pit in itself, which pretty much negates the fact that its the best price you've found so far.
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

I also say keep on looking, don't want to make it any decisions you may regret in the future. I know how hard it is to look for a nice lude in van haha
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

OK.... so there have been some new developments.
Apparently he is replacing the master cylinder and fixing the cam seals (oil leakage) himself.
His car has been on the market for 4 months and since he already has a new one, he isn't driving it anymore. I managed to bargain him down to 5 grand, and he will put the cat back on for me if I want (the exhaust system cost him $1000 btw as a side note). umm I'm going out to test drive it this week and I will definitely send it to a mechanic for an inspection before purchasing. If the mechanic gives it the thumbs up, I would see no reason for me not to buy it....
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

i got my 01 sh for 5 grand too but it has 20000 miles on the engine with a bunch more mods but i knew the guy selling it so i guess i got a good deal seeing as how not much was wrong with it taken pretty good care of. and if he has to replace the master cylinder that might mean he beat on the car because you shouldnt really have to replace it so soon. normally if you take it to a mechanic he can only tell you about things outside the engine he doesnt look into the cylinders or anything but if you are set on getting this one you might want to be prepared to have to fix it but definitely go for a prelude!
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Re: Full Greddy exhaust with test pipe

yeahhh he hasn't had the car for that long, the previous owner replaced the engine, he's only put like 50,000 km on it...
Alot of second hand cars will end up giving you some trouble, and often it's just luck of the draw. I think this would be my best bet if I want to get a prelude (for a good price) any time soon... and if I treat it with care, hopefully all will be well....
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