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Newbie, why prelude?

I've been looking at many cars jumping from one to another, the main car I was looking at was the G35, but I just rode in my friends prelude today and it's pretty nice and way more affordable, What advantages does a prelude have over other cars that you can name off?

Is it cheap/easy to maintain?
Reliable?
Fast?
MPG?

I already read the 'spec' sheet, but I want to know from real prelude drivers.
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

I was in the same boat when I was looking for my daily driver. My main focus was fuel economy, sporty, and reliable. I looked at many cars just like you and decided to go with the lude for these reasons.

1 - I have owned lots for Hondas in the past and they all have been great cars
2 - not many preludes on the road these days so it is somewhat of a rarity to own one
3- 197 HP in a 4 cylinder 5 spd manual trans = fun
4 - good handling
5 - nice looking
6 - easy to maintain and modify if you desire
7 - parts are relatively affordable compared to the G35
8 - good MPG around 28 (compared to my truck 12 MPG) as a daily driver
9 - resale? will still fetch some $$ when I am ready to sell
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

I love the way it looks, its rarity, it's fast (not as fast as a G35), and it's reliablity.

There's one thing I can not explain. When I get behind the wheel and really open her up, words can not describe the feeling I get.

So my advice is to test drive one.
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

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It's a Honda, so yes. However, there is a lot less aftermarket support for Preludes than other Honda chassis.

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Take care of it (regular maintenance, don't beat the living hell out of it), and it will take care of you for a LONG time. I promise.

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Depends. Which Prelude do you want? Which generation, which model, which trim?

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With my H23 4G, I get about 28 mpg mixed city/highway driving. When I had my H22 4G, it was slightly less because I could never stay out of VTEC. It's a Honda, they're not gas guzzlers.





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This is true. No matter what this car puts me through I always love it and baby it. I could be having the ****tiest day ever but once I'm in the driver's seat, nothing else matters. You just gotta try it to believe it.
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It's a Honda, so yes. However, there is a lot less aftermarket support for Preludes than other Honda chassis.



Take care of it (regular maintenance, don't beat the living hell out of it), and it will take care of you for a LONG time. I promise.



Depends. Which Prelude do you want? Which generation, which model, which trim?



With my H23 4G, I get about 28 mpg mixed city/highway driving. When I had my H22 4G, it was slightly less because I could never stay out of VTEC. It's a Honda, they're not gas guzzlers.





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This is true. No matter what this car puts me through I always love it and baby it. I could be having the ****tiest day ever but once I'm in the driver's seat, nothing else matters. You just gotta try it to believe it.

I do agree. When I'm in a crappy mood, as soon as I get behind the wheel alone and open her up, I feel much better (especially in a canyon, the twisty roads)

but I think that might be normal with any car. Driving takes our mind off whatever is going on because we eventually start to focus on driving or wasting gas driving around lol

except the twisty road thing. Ludes have good handling therefore its so much funn :D

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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

one of the best advantages of drivng a prelude is that you obtain frequent orgasms while driving it.
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

I agree test drive one!!
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

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However in some states, before you buy one, you'll need to go to the local DMV and they'll give you a test to see if you're a big enough pimp to own a Prelude. If you fail they won't let you buy it.
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

haha, I'll check my honda dealership and test drive one
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

these guys hit it on the head ive had an accord a GTP a malibu a vette and id take any one of my past 2 or present preludes over any of them. It's truly a one of a kind car that you have to drive not ride to appreciate. hell if they still made the 4gens to this day id go buy one off the lot right now over anything else thats offered out there. they are dead nuts reliable if you can find a well maintained one or one with low miles not owned by an amateur teenage driver. they have alot of aftermarket support but nothing compared to civics and the like. they are rare now...how many nice ludes do you see in your area?, very easy to work on and modify...to an extent(ex...going crazy with boost and whatnot) as far as what year and what trim i can lay that out for you in easy terms

1st gen 79-82
very very rare the first preludes built if you buy one its gonna need work this is a collector car

2ed gen 83-87
another "collector" very hard to find parts there are still a few up and running around get this one if you like doing body work and restoration and having a unique prelude among preludes

3ed gen 88-91
this lude was the the first to feature four wheel steering in the lineup and actually did better than a corvette in the slalom due to superior handling. not slow but not fast compared to the next two generations. these are more common then the 2ed or 1st gen preludes thus easier to locate select parts and such but deff hard to find aftermarket support these preludes require a creative and knowledgeable individual to modify.

4th gen 92-96
(note im a lil biased on this ive owned 3)
these are the "bastard" ludes they were very different as far as styling goes for the prelude some love it some hate it there is usually no in between. some of these gen models offerd four wheel steering but it was droped later due to low sales. in 92 you had two engine choices a 2.2 non vtec SOHC or commonly known as an S model or a 2.3 DOHC commonly known as the SI model. the 2.2 making 135 HP and the 2.3 making 160 hp in 93 there was a new engine offered in the SI VTEC models a 2.2 DOHC offering 190 HP and a plethora of "better" options the SI VTEC engines also known as the H22A1 or H22a is the most sought after engine for most of us prelude guys.

5th and last gen 97-01
this prelude only came with one engine in the u.s the newer H22A4 it is mechanical the same as the H22A1 offered in the previous generation but this engine is OBDII. there were two models in the U.S a base and an SH or superior handling model with the ATTS (active torque transfer system) the base is more of a mod friendly model while you have to be careful with the type SH model. DO not i repeat DO not get the automatic version of this car yes the sportronic transmission is "neato" but it fails...quite often. there is a strong but friendly rivalry among the 4genners and the 5genners on which one is faster or handles better. in the end it all comes down to the driver and what his/her preference is.

there is ALOT i mean ALOT more to this little guide but this should get you started on your search and give you a good base as what to look for. this page helped me alot when i was getting into preludes Honda Prelude - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia if you have any more questions search the site or ask we are always happy to have a new luder. my advice on looking for one for the first time..take a mechanic or mechanically inclined person with you when you go look at a car. look for low miles good body and paint and nice interior. find one adult owned and maintained and with parts receipts and shop paper work, use carfax...you won't regret it! drive it!!! look for "weird" things out of place or strange noises (but keep in mind these are older cars some things will inevitably squeak) just be smart and listen to those who have experience and i can assure you. you will become addicted to these cars like all of us!
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

I , too, was shopping for G35's and 330ci's, and even M3's.

Honestly, I'll hear a G35 roar by outside my apartment and I know exactly what kinda car it is. The sound they can create still makes me want one, but my Prelude will soon be faster than any stock G35 or G37, and I will have bought my Prelude, restored it from being jacked up, maintained it for the past year, and built up the motor for cheaper than it would be to have bought a 2003 G35. And I was only shopping for a 2006 or later.
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

i have to agree with just about EVERYONE so far. i got an 89 prelude (3rd gen) and im getting 26 highway/town MPG's.

it is definitely easy to maintain, regular basis oil changes make all the difference. and of course your tune up when needed also goes a long way.

my car isnt the "fastest" but i would say its faster than others for sure and its fun as hell to just let loose. when other's say they "cant explain the feeling they get when they open up on it" i know that feeling. its AMAZING and it changes moods. lol

overall it is a fantastic car, and super reliable and just fun
and yes, test drive it. you will definitely want to buy it =P
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everything you guys have said explains why i still have my lude
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one of the best advantages of drivng a prelude is that you obtain frequent orgasms while driving it.
my ex got a few of those.. especially in vtec w/ my ATTS doin work on the on-ramp! lol

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However in some states, before you buy one, you'll need to go to the local DMV and they'll give you a test to see if you're a big enough pimp to own a Prelude. If you fail they won't let you buy it.
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Prelude's are like crack! except for one major difference. you can break a crack addiction. with a prelude you are addicted for life! just one time driving one can get you addicted
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

Parts are cheaper then of a G35 and if anything goes wrong its easy to fix on the prelude. Extremely comfortable. The handling is amazing and very fast... I never in my life regret buying my prelude. I have an accord now and i miss the prelude, i will buy another one soon. Once i went prelude i cant goto anything else
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

I have owned over 50 cars in the last 10 years. 5 Preludes(89,90,92,96,99), 6 Camaros, Corvette, Few trucks(DD is a 2005 F150), 300ZX TT, 4 motorcycles(R6, R1, GSXR600, and Vstar 1300). The only ones I really miss are the preludes. The first 1989 prelude I had was my favorite. It has over 300K miles on it when I sold(and the Camaro SS Anniv Edition) it, and never had the engine apart. That was my DD car for when the other toys broke down, the prelude never did break down. The prelude was cheaper on insurance than most of the others, cheaper on maintenance, better on resale.

I like how they handle, ride, are comfortable inside, sporty on outside, and rare to find one in good shape. I have a 1999 now that is getting a JDM H22A installed tonight. Have to go get the last few gaskets to install it from Honda.

Test drive a few and you will be hooked. 10 years after buying my first one I still look for a good shape 3rd gen to buy as a daily car. For now I will settle with the 1999 as a daily driver once the engine is in it, it has to get better than 12mpg that I am getting now.
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

Like everyone else said, you'll just get hooked. I can't tell you via basis of comparison to other cars per se, as my 97 is my first car. Test drive one and that'll definitely help, you'll either like it or you won't...though I don't see how anyone could NOT like it!
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I've been looking at many cars jumping from one to another, the main car I was looking at was the G35, but I just rode in my friends prelude today and it's pretty nice and way more affordable, What advantages does a prelude have over other cars that you can name off?

Is it cheap/easy to maintain?
Reliable?
Fast?
MPG?

I already read the 'spec' sheet, but I want to know from real prelude drivers.
I recently bought a 2007 VW gti. Its materials are way better quality, it rides way smoother and more refined.I Went stage two right away, its so much faster than a prelude, yet I'm still looking for a perfectly stock fifth Gen. There's just something about these cars that grasps you and holds onto you... you definitely wouldn't regret it.
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

Great cars to have I get nothing but complement on my car everywhere I go. Everyone says that it hard to find a well taking care of Prelude now days.. Where Im from I only see maybe 3 decent 5th Gen preludes thats even worth looking at and that's a population of 350,000 people... My opinion prelude are rare and great cars to have..
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

Preludes are the way to go! I'm 18 and my first car was a 4th gen 96 Prelude Auto :/ still loved that thing to death but now I have an 97' Prelude. I'm hooked on this car fer sher. Get one you won't regret it!
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Re: Newbie, why prelude?

I got a lude because

its quick

fun to drive

best looking car around for anywhere near that price

reliable

practical enough for my needs (handles winter fine for example)

The fact i average 32 mpg doesnt hurt either i guess. Ive thought about buying other cars but i always end up keeping my lude. I cant imagine ever actually selling her.

If you can find a good one then id say go for it.
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oh. and girls dig em =) preludes are sexy cars and if they are well maintained with a good paint job you can pick up almost any girl. I jiz everytime i turn the key and hear my motor crank =)
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nice guys. Lol but answer a couple questions
What are people talking about when they say Vtec, like "on the vtec alot"
And I'm looking at the newest ones for the style, whats the different trims? Like SH and 4WS (Is this 4WD?) (Edit: WHAT! The back wheel turns no wonder it won the best handling)

The cars I'm looking at are. http://www.revscene.net/forums/fs-19...a-t636251.html
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Probably the first one tho

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nice guys. Lol but answer a couple questions
What are people talking about when they say Vtec, like "on the vtec alot"
And I'm looking at the newest ones for the style, whats the different trims? Like SH and 4WS (Is this 4WD?) (Edit: WHAT! The back wheel turns no wonder it won the best handling)

The cars I'm looking at are. http://www.revscene.net/forums/fs-19...a-t636251.html
and 2001 HONDA PRELUDE
Probably the first one tho
The wiki article on ludes has info on all the trims and models
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The wiki article on ludes has info on all the trims and models
sorry it doesn't really help me. It shows the 2 saying both have 200 PS which I'm guessing is HP, and same stats, doesn't differentiate the 2.
Then talks about a Type S in japan, and mugeni, europe and other stuff
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test drive one and im pretty sure you'll get one. n like other ppl said there isnt many out there these days, stock handling is pretty good, def gotta lil pep to its step, looks great, and if you really wanna get good mpgs stay away from the h22a bc the tranny has short gears so revs high there made to get up and go so stick with h23 or F-series n if your not feelin the power of stock h23 or f-series there great motors for boost
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test drive one and im pretty sure you'll get one. n like other ppl said there isnt many out there these days, stock handling is pretty good, def gotta lil pep to its step, looks great, and if you really wanna get good mpgs stay away from the h22a bc the tranny has short gears so revs high there made to get up and go so stick with h23 or F-series n if your not feelin the power of stock h23 or f-series there great motors for boost
to me Speed>MPG. Is the H22a the SH model or SE?
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Wow I just found out that insurance for the prelude would be the same for the G35 or Mustang GT for me.
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