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What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

Hi everyone I just registered on here because I've been looking at Preludes as my next car so I'm hoping you can talk me through it. I totaled my car on Friday (his fault, not mine.) and I want to take my time looking at cars.

Pic of my old Cougar since I'm sure people wanna see it lol:


But anyways, dayyyyum, Preludes are sexy. :) So I think I wanna go that way.

If I go for a few test drives at both dealerships and private sellers, what should I look for? I'm totally ok with getting on the ground with a flashlight and looking under the car and in the engine bay. But where should I look for wear and tear?

And I'm looking at these 2 cars now:
2000 Prelude, Red
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1998 Prelude, Black

Thanks guys! I just want to learn more before I make a decision.
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

hey man. things to look for? well, both are manual, so thats good. auto trannys are known to crap out a lot. both of them look to be pretty much stock, so thats a good thing. no telling who did what to the car and fuked it up. plus you dont want to buy someone elses project. the SH model has atts. active torque transfer system. what that does is shift power to whatever wheel to help pull you through the corner better. if you want a high hp build, get the base. plus the base weighs a little lighter.

id ask what time the timing belt was done, water pump, id ask for carfaxes, vehicle records. look for clipped wires or anything out of place under the hood. start the car and let it run a little and look underneath, see if you can spot any oil/coolant leaks.
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Hi everyone I just registered on here because I've been looking at Preludes as my next car so I'm hoping you can talk me through it. I totaled my car on Friday (his fault, not mine.) and I want to take my time looking at cars.

Pic of my old Cougar since I'm sure people wanna see it lol:


But anyways, dayyyyum, Preludes are sexy. :) So I think I wanna go that way.

If I go for a few test drives at both dealerships and private sellers, what should I look for? I'm totally ok with getting on the ground with a flashlight and looking under the car and in the engine bay. But where should I look for wear and tear

And I'm looking at these 2 cars now:
2000 Prelude, Red
and
1998 Prelude, Black

Thanks guys! I just want to learn more before I make a decision.


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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

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hey man. things to look for? well, both are manual, so thats good. auto trannys are known to crap out a lot. both of them look to be pretty much stock, so thats a good thing. no telling who did what to the car and fuked it up. plus you dont want to buy someone elses project. the SH model has atts. active torque transfer system. what that does is shift power to whatever wheel to help pull you through the corner better. if you want a high hp build, get the base. plus the base weighs a little lighter.

id ask what time the timing belt was done, water pump, id ask for carfaxes, vehicle records. look for clipped wires or anything out of place under the hood. start the car and let it run a little and look underneath, see if you can spot any oil/coolant leaks.
I don't think I would build it, other than just adding intake/header/exhaust after I get the load paid off. But yeah I'll look for rust and fluid leaking.

And yeah, every car I've owned is a 5 speed. I hate driving automatics.
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

also keep an eye out for any smoke at idle, when revved and when it hits vtec
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

What is vtec exactly? Just a "sweet spot" in the power band?
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

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What is vtec exactly? Just a "sweet spot" in the power band?
How does VTEC work?

I think it kicks in at 5400 (you'll know when it does...)



it's kinda like that
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

id go for the red one
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

Anyone else notice the maintenance indicator on the red lude was red? it prolly needs work...

Theres also looks to be alot rust on the right side of the motor on the black SH.
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

Hey buddy :just to add to what the two luder before me said ,look for a prelude in the low mileage range going a little difficult but who knows ,things to look for loose wiring ,engine bay , underneath for corrosion ,bent suspension parts,engine noise other the normal ticking that honda's make look under the master brake cylinder for signs of old dry brake fluid and also check your brakes and e--brake to ,check closing of doors ,hood , windows ,sunroof ,trunk ,lights ,door locks,check the floor for wetness they tend to leak after while some times ,check the clutch engagement on all front gears and reverse, test drive the car make sure it at normal engine temp so that you can see the v tec kick ,in .Take the car and try making some turns from left to right this way you know if it has any problems with the axles .,,,,,,.Hope this helps i am pretty sure some one else will give you more info to .Good luck.PS i saw a brand new prelude that was left a dealer in florida by accident never sold and they found it ,and they put it on ebay .,check for it 25,000 asking .Later
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

check the belts.. (thats a given) take them both for test runs and dont be nice to it. keep an eye for any kind of smoke during vtec afterward look at the bumper to see if there is any oil spray out from the exhaust... this turned me away from my first one.. some smoke at idle is fine since these are from NY the temp is gonna be cold so there will be smoke regardless. keep your ear close to the valve cover when idling to hear any kind of noises like a tapping or a slap.. if you here this it may need a timing belt replacement (auto tensioners are garbage on all h22a's) check the clutches good(im sure you know how to do this since you drive a stick) and ask for maintenance records and it never hurts to run a car fax.. and when you do pick it up look into getting new plug's wire's cap and rotor..msd and NGK all the way nothing else... get the valves adjusted and run a can of sea foam through the vacuum/fuel system and you will be good to go!!!.. i would go with the black one looks cleaner and you have the option to buy the warranty with it.. the SH is a little better and ATTS isn't all that bad
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Re: What should I look for when shopping for a Prelude?

Dont get the black one THERE IS RUST. The power steering bracket A\C bracket

Theres some near the starter. its gathering on the heat shield on the header. It even looks like the motor mount on the left side has rust.
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Anyone else notice the maintenance indicator on the red lude was red? it prolly needs work...

Theres also looks to be alot rust on the right side of the motor on the black SH.
doesnt mean anything, that just means someone didnt stick the key/screwdriver in to reset it
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