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How long will a Prelude last?

I keep seeing cars in my price range with mileage in the 140K-160K range. Honestly, I would like to get a car with much less miles than that, like say 120K or less, but not easy to find.

How long will these engines last? I have read ads where people are saying that Preludes start burning oil around 150K+...is this true? How much mileage can someone expect to get out of a Prelude, if they keep the maintenance up?
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

Anywhere from 1 to 1 000 000 miles depending on how its been treated

uh highest mileage ive heard of on one engine so far is around 500 000 miles
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

Depends how u treat it, my buddy has a 99 that has 190xxx miles on his lude and it works great
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

motor in my lude had 120k miles on it and it was slap worn out to garbage and back. Stripped bolts, oil leaking, cylinder walls scared, oil pan hanging on by a thread, stuff rigged. Got new motor in and works fine, its all on who owned the car before you get it. My best advise, look over the motor and under the car, if the car is slap full of oil on the under side stay away from it
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

well my 4th gen has around 270k so if you treat it good it will last forever. but im plannin on doin a rebuild real soon
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

H22's are factory spec'd at burning a quart of oil between oil changes bc of the FRM sleeves. There's a guy that lives up in the NorthEast that has over 300K on his lude and it still runs great. I'm sitting at around 180k with no complaints.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

I would check the compression first of all then I would get a car fax also.. I had my original until 204,000. The motor ran threw oil really fast so I ended up getting a lower mileage jdm motor...
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

I'd say a lot of Prelude owners do a swap or rebuild at about 150-200k depending on how it's running and how it was treated.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

this of course excludes the auto trans 5th gens which last about as long as pack of gum
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

I am doing my rebuild at 137,000 miles but that is because the previous owners did not take care of it at all. It is a Honda motor, it can easily last up to 200-250k miles when slightly abused and 500k if driven right its whole life. Do a compression test and if that is good then I would say you should be able to drive any of them 100k more miles if you take care of it. But if you want a prelude, you are going to burn oil pretty much lol.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

I've got 200k on my Prelude. Original H22A1
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

my 95 has 177xxx and still runs strong.
Doesnt even burn much oil:)
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

My 92 has 177,777 on the clock at this very moment and runs………….. eh.

H22 swap is in my not-so-distant future.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

yea man if u want a lude ur gonna burn some oil
just hit 190k the other day
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

Mine doesn't burn a whole lot of oil, and the only leak was coming from my valve cover gasket. Freak of nature?
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Mine doesn't burn a whole lot of oil, and the only leak was coming from my valve cover gasket. Freak of nature?
I'm leaking from my oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, and cam seal. x_x
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

My lude "Franchesca" has 272,004 and my motor is good but the transmission just sh*t the bed. lol like just a day ago. so i think theu are pretty reliable
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

92 with 230k miles. just did the h.g still going
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forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i would say on average about 200k.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

Mines at 270k and climbing. I have all the service records and besides getting some new shocks and springs some time soon and the oil pan gasket leak dealy, its like it was brand new.
I also had to clean the EGR valve and i'll probably do the IACV this summer since it probably needs to be done anyways.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

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this of course excludes the auto trans 5th gens which last about as long as pack of gum
Mine must be an exclusion to your rule.

180k with original autotragic (not rebuilt).

Recently did timing change, conversion, and all seals on that side. EGR cleaning, port clean, seafoam treatment, etc. Regular maintenance at 3k. Only burns/leaks 1/2 quart of oil between change.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

Mine just went out now and the only maintnence i have done to it was oil, transmission fluid, and that is it that i know of. i bought it with 250,xxx on it and i dont know how they treated it. It was a conadian so i dont know if that means anything lol
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

Mine has 217,000 miles and still going strong and it is an auto!
Just changed the oil, no oil added between changes here, but change often, about every 3,000 miles. Change Trans fluid around 10,000 miles. Timing belt has been changed 2 times. Started getting cel's around 200,000, cleaned egr ports, stopped cel's. Car drives and looks new. I make long trips about once a month (500 mile round trip from Florida to Georgia), very comfortable and fun to drive. People comment on the Prelude fairly often, makes you feel good. Rattles are fairly common, but have continued to fix most of them, very tight car. The Prelude has been babied and it shows. But I do get in the VTEC to keep the carbon blown out, WOW. I know the auto Trans in the Preludes does not like the VTEC, so I try to remember this.
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

ive had really no major problems with mine. mine has 220,000km nd i hit vtec prob.. hmm i would say on a good day 5 times
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Re: How long will a Prelude last?

Just got an auto with 140k 3 months ago to use as a daily driver. Car runs awesome, last guy said he took meticulous care but he was like the 3rd owner so who knows. Car was also totaled out at least once, maybe twice. So it may have a lot of new parts up front haha. Didn't realize reconstructed from Mass meant the same as Salvage in NY on a title. Car is instantly worth less and I have to take it for a $200 inspection now. That sucked. Got more money back from the guy tho with after a few threats ahhaha
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ive got a 96si with over 206k original motor and still running strong! but wanting to do a swap from the original h23 to the h23vtec
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Mine has 185ish and still runs like new
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