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Old 02-01-2009, 02:16 PM
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Hello, on Monday I am going to buy a 5th gen prelude MANUAL. But I have a few questions.

What is the fuel economy for a 1999 Prelude? (vtec of course). Reason I ask is because on review sites and such, it says 21/28, but I hear other people say higher..... I heard it runs on premium.... But could I have to safely run on regular unleaded? Or no?

But this 5th gen has a few mods.... From the top of my head, carbon fiber hood, low profile tires, air intake (Forgot what kind, but I think it's long, because it goes under), skunk2 exhaust.... And the car will be $5400.

I'm getting a video camera sometime next week, so if nothing bad happens, and I do buy the car (which is the plan) I'll put up footage of it.



And for my old 88 Prelude, I'm planning on making it a project car. It would be perfect for tinkering so I can get more knowledgeable in cars.

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Re: Soon to buy a 5th gen....

i put preminum in mine and yes it gets more then 28...well depends how you drive it, but if your highway all the time id say around 30 or more
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Re: Soon to buy a 5th gen....

gas mileage is prolly a little better than 21 city but not by much...these cars don't get the great gas mileage i had hoped for...and YES premium is a MUST. do not put anything less in.
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Re: Soon to buy a 5th gen....

Fuel milage isn't bad, not as good as a civic for example, but a civic is an entry level economy based vehicle, while the Prelude was the brand's flagship model. It varies widley on how the car's driven, what mods have been done (if any) and what conditions (both weather and traffic) the car is driven in.

When it comes time to fill up, put in the highest octane you can. Regular fuel may be cheap, but you'll lose any cost advantage you get with the milage you lose, and while the H22 does have a knock sensor, running substandard fuel is generally a quick way to kill one.

Seriously, the price difference is bugger all in the scheme of things, so just pay it. If you don't want to pay it, buy a civic or some compact domestic car that doesn't need it.
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Re: Soon to buy a 5th gen....

Oh I also have a vtec question. When it kicks in around 5000+ or whatever, doesn't the RPMs go past redline? Isn't that bad for the engine?
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Re: Soon to buy a 5th gen....

The RPM only goes past redline if you don't shift early enough. Even then the ecu has a rev limiter. So prescribed theory being that if you cbf shifting, you could drive flat out in first gear everywhere, with the engine bouncing off it's rev limiter, never over-revving.

However I'm not going to try this theory. If you're game, be my guest.
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Re: Soon to buy a 5th gen....

Well when I learn a manual, I don't plan on pushing it very hard. I just asked because in a lot of vtec videos, when it kicks in it goes way past redline.

Going off to buy it today. I also got my video camera today. So expect a video of my car soon.
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