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Buying 97 to 2001 Prelude

I'm looking for a Prelude to buy in Puerto Rico and I was wondering if its ok to buy one with +100k miles and which transmission will be best to start with.
Also, what would be a good price depending on the milage?
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Re: Buying 97 to 2001 Prelude

Manual has less problems, and I love mine!
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You DO NOT want automatic, it will have problems guaranteed! I got my 01 lude with 85k for $7500. Make sure you get the timing belt done!
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Vipers4life is right.....get the water pump replaced along with it!
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You DO NOT want automatic, it will have problems guaranteed! I got my 01 lude with 85k for $7500. Make sure you get the timing belt done!
Im going to have to disagree with you there. In some places it does make sense to have an auto. For example, I live in Atlanta aaaand go to school in the mountains of western North Carolina. For someone like me who is not the best at manual quite yet, both places aren't the best place to have my first manual car. For those who are decent-expert at it, its a pain in the royal behind...with all the hills...stop and go traffic...etc. So make your decision based on YOUR need. If you plan on modifying said prelude, and want to go all out...yes I would definitely go with a manual. Call me a nube....but I don't know much about the landscape out there....and if there are any really busy parts. So if it is busy, there are several hills you encounter daily, and don't plan on doing much to it, then an automatic would make sense. If you choose auto...find one from 99-01. The 97s and 98s had the most problems with the autos...which was fixed in the 99-01s. Regardless of what tranny you decide on, you should, 1.) Ask the seller if he knows and/or has a record of the timing belt and water pump being changed. If they do not...take it in as soon as you get it and get those done. It would also be a good idea to get a trusted mechanic(one who is not going to tell you a bunch of things that your car needs that in reality don't really need changing.....) to check the car out and see what kind of mechanical and physical shape it's in. Also...record of the history of the car is essential...because if it has been in a wreck...or has a salvage title or something of the like....you will have to jump through many hoops and submit your wallet many a time to bring it to a proper operating state.
Anyways...just my little rant on the subject. Good luck!
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Many base their comments against the auto boxes due to their documented high failure rate. The later models (99-01) had pretty much solved the problem, but still aren't as reliable as the autos fitted to civics at the same time.

Having said all that though, there are no guarantees. Some autos will fail, and fail again after they've been rebuilt. Some never need it.
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Exactly. Knock on wood....I haven't had any problems with my auto....mine's a 99.
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Just keep fresh fluid in them and they tend to last. Mine's a 2000 and not showing signs of failing.
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The 97s and 98s had the most problems with the autos...which was fixed in the 99-01s.
The first two years of production on any vehicle will have the most problems.

The transmission is more of a personal preference, although there have been problems with the auto trans in the fifth gens (as already discussed). I'm not sure about Puerto Rico, but manual Preludes were hard to find when I was looking a couple of years ago. It took me three months to find a 5th gen that was 99+ (not mandatory, but preferred, for me), didn't have a ton of miles or a salvage title, wasn't ridiculously priced, and one that had a manual trans.
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Re: Buying 97 to 2001 Prelude

Yes, you mostly only here from the transmission failures.
I do not know what the percentage of failures is, but it would be a very good indicator just how the auto's are holding up. Mine is a 2001 with 207K, no problems, knock on wood. I should also add I am 54 and treat "my sports car" with alot of pride. It is very fun to drive, even with an Auto, and looks good to boot. Cannot beat the interior construction and design and the AC works great here in Florida where we really need it :) It is very tight, no rattles, and handles like it is on a rail while riding smooth with a little stiffness. What more could you want?
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Im going to have to disagree with you there. In some places it does make sense to have an auto. For example, I live in Atlanta aaaand go to school in the mountains of western North Carolina. For someone like me who is not the best at manual quite yet, both places aren't the best place to have my first manual car. For those who are decent-expert at it, its a pain in the royal behind...with all the hills...stop and go traffic...etc. So make your decision based on YOUR need. If you plan on modifying said prelude, and want to go all out...yes I would definitely go with a manual. Call me a nube....but I don't know much about the landscape out there....and if there are any really busy parts. So if it is busy, there are several hills you encounter daily, and don't plan on doing much to it, then an automatic would make sense. If you choose auto...find one from 99-01. The 97s and 98s had the most problems with the autos...which was fixed in the 99-01s. Regardless of what tranny you decide on, you should, 1.) Ask the seller if he knows and/or has a record of the timing belt and water pump being changed. If they do not...take it in as soon as you get it and get those done. It would also be a good idea to get a trusted mechanic(one who is not going to tell you a bunch of things that your car needs that in reality don't really need changing.....) to check the car out and see what kind of mechanical and physical shape it's in. Also...record of the history of the car is essential...because if it has been in a wreck...or has a salvage title or something of the like....you will have to jump through many hoops and submit your wallet many a time to bring it to a proper operating state.
Anyways...just my little rant on the subject. Good luck!
You have a very excellent point about daily commuting on steep hills and traffic. Even if you are an expert it will still get annoying after a while, which is why I have my daily driver accord which has an auto trans. It is great to have it especially for bad weather and whatnot...although the trans has a tranny problem lol but is still going strong!
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Yes, you mostly only here from the transmission failures.
I do not know what the percentage of failures is, but it would be a very good indicator just how the auto's are holding up. Mine is a 2001 with 207K, no problems, knock on wood. I should also add I am 54 and treat "my sports car" with alot of pride. It is very fun to drive, even with an Auto, and looks good to boot. Cannot beat the interior construction and design and the AC works great here in Florida where we really need it :) It is very tight, no rattles, and handles like it is on a rail while riding smooth with a little stiffness. What more could you want?
Indeed. I do have fun driving it even with "fake stick" or whatever other name you want to give to sequential shifting. I think another reason that stick is preferred is because the auto tranny can't take as much abuse as a stick can...so if you drive an auto really hard all the time, its going to have a tendency to develop problems. Its not whimpy or even fragile by any means...you just can't drive it like you're racing it all the time.
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