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Old 07-06-2007, 07:59 AM
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Buying a Prelude

Well guys, I go to test drive a '99 Prelude today. I was just wondering what some of the things to look out for are? It's got 103,000 miles on it, I know that when I buy it I want to replace the timing belt, water pump, and auto-tensioner. Someone else said to turn the key to on without starting the engine to make sure that all the indicator lights are working and not pulled. Oh, and someone told me to pop the hood and check the engine for salt-water damage (in case it was a Katrina car.) But my question is, when I pop the hood, what would salt water damage LOOK like? I've never seen it first hand before.
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Buy my 99 with only 85,000 on it. T-belt done just 5,000 miles ago along with a new clutch and alot of other stuff. BTW, I am a parts guy for a Honda dealer so you know it's been well maintained.

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Well guys, I go to test drive a '99 Prelude today. I was just wondering what some of the things to look out for are? It's got 103,000 miles on it, I know that when I buy it I want to replace the timing belt, water pump, and auto-tensioner. Someone else said to turn the key to on without starting the engine to make sure that all the indicator lights are working and not pulled. Oh, and someone told me to pop the hood and check the engine for salt-water damage (in case it was a Katrina car.) But my question is, when I pop the hood, what would salt water damage LOOK like? I've never seen it first hand before.
It'll look mildewy.
Another tip for Katrina cars. When you open the door, feel around between the seal and the body frame itself for any welds. There's been cases where they actually cut cars in half and welded them back together with part of another car of the same kind. That info came directly from a used car dealer that I know pretty well.
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Well, guess this is all kind of a moot point now since as of today all my financing options fell through. Anyone wanna loan me like 6 grand? I'm good for it.

Well guys, you may not see much more of me on here anymore, maybe next year when I get my income taxt refund I'll be back around.
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Keep pushing on and find the financial option.

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Looks like the financial option may be there after all. My grandfather has taken pity on me because of the fact no one is willing to finance me. No one is willing to take a chance because I have limited credit history, they won't even finance me with someone co-signing. It really sucks. Well my grandfather is willing to loan me the money and let me pay him monthly at a 5% interest rate. So really, it'll work out better this way anyway.

Also, if anyone has 25 grand to blow and wants a Prelude race car, check this out.

autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=225217315&dealer_id=60498561&car_ye ar=2000&model=PRE&num_records=&make2=&start_year=1 981&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=&engine=&certified=&b ody_code=0&fuel=&search_type=both&distance=50&mark etZipError=false&search_lang=en&make=HONDA&color=& page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_pric e=&drive=&default_sort=priceDESC&max_mileage=&styl e_flag=1&sort_type=priceDESC&address=08077&advance d=&end_year=2008&doors=&transmission=&max_price=&c ardist=47

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2000 Honda Prelude, manual, with only 35,000 miles. Excellent condition.Over $70,00 invested in it. Fully built motor and axles. This car is race ready with 550+hp without the 75 shot of NX. Custom system in trunk, alarm, 62 precision turbo, custum manifold, AEM Computer, and much much more. EXTRAS - 2 sets of used slicks on 15s still with a few runs left in them, The factory hood, the stock rims, two of them have Yokohama street slicks on them, 2 Yokohama Parada tires that were on the front rims, the factory radio, and the stock ECU. This car is very very fast and runs perfect. I'm selling with every thing listed above. It's for show and go.

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But you need that scoop on the hood. Is it true that they're big enough to fit your lunch box and all your camera gear in it?
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Seriously, it's ridiculous. Who wants to spend 25,000 on a car that has been so heavily modified, that there's nothing you could do with it even if you wanted to? Most (intelligent) people want a car that is as close to stock as possible.
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