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Tips on buying a 5th gen

Hey everyone,
I currently plan on saving up about $3000-$5000 for a 98 or 99 Prelude this upcoming summer. I'm looking into getting an auto because I like the fact that when not feeling like shifting you can just put it into drive, but when you feel like getting the necessary power I can do the slap-shift feature... I also plan on doing the little upgrades... Such as headers, CAI, 2 1/2 piping, and a 3" catback.
Any tips on why I should get an auto or a manual? Also, in which amount of miles would I be good settling for with buying one for cheap..?
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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

you dont need to bump this an hour later. Buy a manual. Autos have issues and wont last long.
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Hey everyone,
I currently plan on saving up about $3000-$5000 for a 98 or 99 Prelude this upcoming summer. I'm looking into getting an auto because I like the fact that when not feeling like shifting you can just put it into drive, but when you feel like getting the necessary power I can do the slap-shift feature... I also plan on doing the little upgrades... Such as headers, CAI, 2 1/2 piping, and a 3" catback.
Any tips on why I should get an auto or a manual? Also, in which amount of miles would I be good settling for with buying one for cheap..?
1. we have a new thread, exactly the same as this, a week. search
2. HEADER! they dont have 2
3. autos suck. they have like a 90% fail rate. look for a manual and dont be lazy
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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

3" exhaust = power loss.

unless you have forced induction or serious n/a do not go bigger then 2.5"
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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

yea go manual... other wise baby the auto=no fun....
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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

listen dude everybody here is gonna say to get the 5speed. BUT i got a 99 base auto an i dont have a tranny issue. u cud probably get one for under 5k but it would have around 120-160 miles on it. drain all the fluids an put in ones in. get ATF honda tranny fluid. run the car for 1k miles an then change again. then u can folllow the reccomended change intervals. i put a tranny cooler on mine just for good measure. Dont try the sea-foam tranny cleaner because u dont want to mess up wuts in there or u cud have tranny issues. if u do have tranny issues then u could get all the solenoid's an change them cuz thats wut causes a lot of the issues at first. or if u want honda sells the tranny for around $1400.

for the upgrades i would get a header, bore-out cat (test pipe) defouler plug so check engine light doesnt come on and a 2.5in to 3in exhaust. To be honest ur not gonna feel a big difference in power but pick up mite be a lil better.

look into a suspension setup either just struts and then springs or maybe coil overs setup.
an maybe stereo aswell cuz by now the factory ones are probably blown
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once u take care of ur tanny it will last a good while unless the person that had it b4 u beat on it all day everyday
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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

Dont get an auto bro. Trust me, u WILL regret it and u will most likely end up starting a thread saying that ur tranny crapped out on ya and u wanna do a swap. If u do end up still going with the auto, do replace the fluids and whatknot as stated above. If u go with a header do ur research and get a header thats actually worth the money. Bisimoto,hytech,mugen,smsp...etc. Dont get a test pipe. Please. Its not worth the extra .01hp you'll get over a high flow cat. But hey, if u do go with the auto, at least it will still be a prelude. And i know im ragging on auto preludes but I have an auto myself and im doing a 5spd swap rite now. Just trying 2 save u the future trouble bro
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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

i know a few people who bought re-man tranny's from honda and they didnt have any problems, but the fluids are important to change and u should also do a sea foam treatment 2 cans ( one in the gas and another in the oil an vac line)

remember wid an auto lude ur not gonna get a significant boost in performance unless u find a honda-data 2b legacy tuner cuz that wud be the only tuner we cud use to see a boost in power
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5spd = more potential for power.
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Re: Tips on buying a 5th gen

5 spd = instant 50hp increase over an auto. and yes, at least 50, because someone on here dynoed there car before and after the swap
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