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Which year of the last generation prelude is the best? from 97-01 which is the best and gives its best performance with the least problems?
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Re: which year is the best?

they all have the same powerplant man. the SH has ATTS which improves some handling, but in turn makes the car a slight bit heavier and since it has extra parts that makes it more likely something will break. thats about it. please do your own research next time
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Re: which year is the best?

They're all about the same.

If you find a Type-S, jump on it, as those use a JDM H22A, which is the most powerful H engine.

I have an SH and love it. Its a 97 with 132k on it and its running strong.

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The only differences in the model years were the 99-01 models had some improvments made. Nothing serious, mostly cosmetic things or some small components( such as components in the auto tranny) but other than that they are all the same. With the exception of course of the different trim levels. in other words, if you can get a 99-01, but honestly it doesnt matter, just dont get an auto.

BTW, the "last gen" is the 5th gen. Much easier for us to read if you used that terminology as it is the most common accepted way of saying the last gen. FYI.
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Boooo haha you guys are rough. Take it easy on her, she just joined this month. If she had over 100 post count I'd be all in, but..she doesn't.

But yeah, listen to Lazer. Usually the first year of a new body style will have the least amount of testing put into it, so the later model years of that body style will typically have most of those 'kinks', whatever they may be, worked out. Unfortunately, the automatic transmission was notoriously a POS the entire time it was used, so if you're in the market for a new 5th-generation Prelude, for your sake, do not even consider an automatic if you enjoy anything more than slow acceleration and a consistent 5mph under the speed limit..
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do not even consider an automatic if you enjoy anything more than slow acceleration and a consistent 5mph under the speed limit..
whats this mean? more concerned with the 5 mph under the speed limit post? i agree, the auto isn't the best, yes, it will break eventually, no i'm not tryin to talk anyone into gettin one. but thats BS, i may not can get up as fast as a 5 speed but why the hell can it only go 5 mph under the speed limit?? cause i'm perty damn sure my car hardly ever sees the speed limit.
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whats this mean? more concerned with the 5 mph under the speed limit post? i agree, the auto isn't the best, yes, it will break eventually, no i'm not tryin to talk anyone into gettin one. but thats BS, i may not can get up as fast as a 5 speed but why the hell can it only go 5 mph under the speed limit?? cause i'm perty damn sure my car hardly ever sees the speed limit.
Basically, the automatic transmission does not handle stress well. i.e. hard acceleration, high speeds where high RPM is maintained
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they all have the same powerplant man. the SH has ATTS which improves some handling, but in turn makes the car a slight bit heavier and since it has extra parts that makes it more likely something will break. thats about it. please do your own research next time
im a girl i like everything in my hands lol jk don't worry will do, well try again, i spend 3 hrs looking it up so i got tired and asked here as my last resort.

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The only differences in the model years were the 99-01 models had some improvments made. Nothing serious, mostly cosmetic things or some small components( such as components in the auto tranny) but other than that they are all the same. With the exception of course of the different trim levels. in other words, if you can get a 99-01, but honestly it doesnt matter, just dont get an auto.

BTW, the "last gen" is the 5th gen. Much easier for us to read if you used that terminology as it is the most common accepted way of saying the last gen. FYI.
true but remember i don't know ur guys way or reading and i've barely been on since i enter this site which was like the beginning of this month, give me a break please ^^ lol but dont worry i'll know better "next time"

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Boooo haha you guys are rough. Take it easy on her, she just joined this month. If she had over 100 post count I'd be all in, but..she doesn't.

But yeah, listen to Lazer. Usually the first year of a new body style will have the least amount of testing put into it, so the later model years of that body style will typically have most of those 'kinks', whatever they may be, worked out. Unfortunately, the automatic transmission was notoriously a POS the entire time it was used, so if you're in the market for a new 5th-generation Prelude, for your sake, do not even consider an automatic if you enjoy anything more than slow acceleration and a consistent 5mph under the speed limit..
thank you @ least someone understands, i didn't know that this site also had that much assholes but i guess i was wrong, thank u very much for the info u don't know how much that helps me it makes it a lot easier on me. I don't know much about the, ahem "5th gen." so I'm basically in the dark about it, i wanna know what I'm getting into cause i hear a lot about how it breaks down more then any other car and that the wiring harness sucks and all these other stuff, i feel more comfortable asking someone who actually owns the car and can give me the actual story on what are the pros and cons on it. BTW I'm all stick shift here baby, auto ain't my thing, feels like i don't have any control. it irritates me.

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Basically, the automatic transmission does not handle stress well. i.e. hard acceleration, high speeds where high RPM is maintained
ooo then stick shift is perfect for me i love to shift hard and do top speed touge run ^^

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thank you @ least someone understands, i didn't know that this site also had that much assholes but i guess i was wrong, thank u very much for the info u don't know how much that helps me it makes it a lot easier on me. I don't know much about the, ahem "5th gen." so I'm basically in the dark about it, i wanna what I'm getting into cause i hear a lot about how it breaks down more then any other car and that the wiring harness sucks and all these other stuff, i feel more comfortable asking someone who actually owns the car and can give me the actual story on what are the pros and cons on it. and don't worry, I'm all stick shift here baby, auto ain't my thing, to me it feels like i don't have any control.
Don't hate on 'em too much chica, you'll get the hang of it. After you've been here awhile, you'll see why they post short answers like that. We're all here to learn and provide information whenever possible, but a lot of the more 'tenured' members get a little edgy when it seems like they're answering the same questions over and over.

I, however, can totally empathize- The search function on this site is absolutely horrible, so for that, I don't mind having a bit more patience answering questions that get asked a lot in different wording.

Ultimately though, they prefer to promote ease-of-use on the site whether or not you use the search function or just browse the different sections (which is what I do). When you get bored and have a couple minutes of free time, I'd certainly encourage you to browse through some of the different sections and their sub-topics, particularly at the 'Stickied' threads, as these usually consist of answers and explanations to the most common questions asked on here, so if you can review a few of them here and there, you'll quickly be light years ahead of most of the people that have already been here for months.

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Totally off topic, but to the OP, you can use the "Multi-quote" button to reply to anyone who posted in one post. I know this sounds confusing, but I'm just trying to be helpful
yeah i kind realized that when i was looking at a different thread lke hrs later when i post that. i felt stupid after taking up all that space......sorry =.=
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Don't go with the '98 mines giving me all sorts of trouble at the moment. :p
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lol i own a 97 its working great! pulls hard when i downshift, off topic though gotta love the prelude's with the sleepy eyes!!! i think theyre 3rd gen? not sure
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Re: which year is the best?

I've got a 98 base that I've dumped 6gs into. It used to give me headaches but now not so much. With any car it's just the time/money/maintenance that you put in determines what you get out. IMO get a 00' 01' they're relatively inexpensive and come with more goodies than the 97-99 models.
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too many variables to say which is the best, just try to find one that is in good shape, check the car fax, and get it from someone older not a dumb young kid.
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ya. mine has never broken down. it's all about who owned it and maintained it. as long as it was maintained well, any car is good to get
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you can find some info over here about year to year changes.. not much though
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notice how it says that most of the trouble spots are from the first year made (1997). I dont know if thats exactly true because my 99 base suffers from the 5th gear grind and the vehicle noise sometimes. What I do know is that auto trannys are prone to failure so stay away from them.
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Get a 99 Lude Type SH Pearl White. I'd say rare color, and 99+ got the cabin filter, plus maybe some other stuff I never noticed?
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Basically, the automatic transmission does not handle stress well. i.e. hard acceleration, high speeds where high RPM is maintained
then i apparently have been very lucky with mine, i have yet to have a problem, but as soon as i do, 5 SPEED BABY!!
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Does anyone know the difference between the 97-98 and 99-01's? Like feature wise? All i see is the cabin filter and colors.
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The 97-98 have 195hp, better interior colors, no cabin filter and bad ball joints. 99-01 have 200hp and a cabin filter, ball joint issue fixed and ugly interior colors.

SH have "courtesy lights on the inside of the doors as well as the side skirts, front and rear lips painted the same color as the car and heavier wheels, plus standard spoiler.

I have a '98 SH and my ATTS hasn't worked in over a year, I've gone through three ball joints and needing to replace a 4th, and I've replaced 2 fuel injectors, I just hit 94k miles.
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The 97-98 have 195hp, better interior colors, no cabin filter and bad ball joints. 99-01 have 200hp and a cabin filter, ball joint issue fixed and ugly interior colors.

SH have "courtesy lights on the inside of the doors as well as the side skirts, front and rear lips painted the same color as the car and heavier wheels, plus standard spoiler.

I have a '98 SH and my ATTS hasn't worked in over a year, I've gone through three ball joints and needing to replace a 4th, and I've replaced 2 fuel injectors, I just hit 94k miles.
well the only difference in interior colors are that beige interior that came only in the eucalyptus green pearl prelude from 97 through 98. all others got black interiors (which i prefer over beige anyway)
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oh wow my car is 200hp? did not know that. haha
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Re: which year is the best?

I dunno if anyone has ever read edmunds, but I believe they said for the later 5th gen model years they raised horsepower by a small amount. As in the 2000-2001 model years I believe. The power difference is probably negligible though.


And don't get a Type SH. Not worth it.
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