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Buying a new lude..

Some kid pulled out in front of me at an intersection a couple weeks ago and totalled my 1993 Prelude Si..and my insurance only gave me $1800 for it. But a week before that a guy t-boned me and I got $1400 for that.
So I was looking through auto magazines and I found this: 1998 Honda Prelude - Greensboro Auto Dealer Inc Greensboro, NC

I called them and they want $1800 down for 300 a month.
What does everyone think?
I've always wanted a 5th gen and this is pretty much the only one I can get in North Carolina because this dealership is buy here pay here.
I noticed a little bumper damage on the front but other than that it looks nice.

Any opinions?

Btw, I'll post pics of the 1993 Si before and after the crash if anyone's interested. It was a damn horrific accident. I got hit by another person behind me and thrown into another car before I ended up parked in front of a utility pole.

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:09 AM
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Re: Buying a new lude..

the price seems right but those payments are pretty high as well as the down payment but if you can handle that much thats up to you
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the price seems right but those payments are pretty high as well as the down payment but if you can handle that much thats up to you
Well I CAN handle that much but I know it's a little high and I'm going to talk to them today and see if I can haggle a bit.
I have $3000 to work with so I guess I'll give them $2500 or $3000 down to see if the monthly payments are low.

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Re: Buying a new lude..

Yeah the more you put down the lower the payments will be for sure....
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I'd stay away from the auto tranny
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I'd stay away from the auto tranny
It's the only thing for sale. I'm not that good at stick anyway.
The transmission doesn't matter to me.
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Re: Buying a new lude..

buy here pay heres are usually shady little mongrel owned places, try to find some reviews on the place.
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buy here pay heres are usually shady little mongrel owned places, try to find some reviews on the place.
Like I said I'm going to go look at it today, and ask them for carfax and to see the title, timing belt, engine work etc. I'm not dumb. :D
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Re: Buying a new lude..

their target market is usually the not so smart....you might be too smart for them lol
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their target market is usually the not so smart....you might be too smart for them lol
Believe me if there's something fishy going on, I'ma notice it. And I'ma walk away and get back in my piece of crap Mitsubishi Galant and drive away. I'll keep looking. :D
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Re: Buying a new lude..

you should care about the tranny because the 5th gen auto tranny is prone to failure. if you're going to buy this car pay very close attention to how the trans shifts. If it's fine, do NOT use the tiptronic shifting feature, and do NOT drive it like a racecar. If you don't heed my advice, the car will leave you on the side of the road, and you'll still have to make those monthly payments.

just because you had a prelude, doesn't mean you know them all. try to pay attention to advice that's given to you on this car.
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you should care about the tranny because the 5th gen auto tranny is prone to failure. if you're going to buy this car pay very close attention to how the trans shifts. If it's fine, do NOT use the tiptronic shifting feature, and do NOT drive it like a racecar. If you don't heed my advice, the car will leave you on the side of the road, and you'll still have to make those monthly payments.

just because you had a prelude, doesn't mean you know them all. try to pay attention to advice that's given to you on this car.
Take it easy bud...lol breathe slow. It seems fine. I just drove it home after buying it. Runs great. I'll pay close attention to the tranny and whatnot.
Thanks for the advice.
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Ehh, Autotragic tranny =(
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Take it easy bud...lol breathe slow. It seems fine. I just drove it home after buying it. Runs great. I'll pay close attention to the tranny and whatnot.
Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Buying a new lude..

Ataranie : You wrote "The transmission doesn't matter to me"
I have converted my auto tranny to 5spd and I know how it feels to have a prelude with failing tranny. If I were you, I will stay away from auto prelude if you intend to keep the car for years.
Please submit to wise council, nobody knows it all ; that's what this forum is about.

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appreciate the attitude, we expect a bunch of useless threads from you in the near future
Thanks for the warm welcome. Tell you what, I'll just leave.
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Thanks for the warm welcome. Tell you what, I'll just leave.
What a huge mistake posting here at all.
wow really? you think that's bad I can give you a couple of other forum addresses that you can try, bet you won't last 13 posts lol.

You were the one who decided to be a smartass to someone that was attempting to give you sound advice. Don't get all butthurt and throw a tantrum. If you can make jokes, you damn well better be able to take 'em.
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Re: Buying a new lude..

ok im in the army and i used to have a 97 h22 v-tec prelude! got rid of it long time ago and im wanting to get nother prelude! so did honda ever make a stock prelude with a turbo or did they ever make a rear wheel drive? and wat is the best year and engine for the ludes???
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ok im in the army and i used to have a 97 h22 v-tec prelude! got rid of it long time ago and im wanting to get nother prelude! so did honda ever make a stock prelude with a turbo or did they ever make a rear wheel drive? and wat is the best year and engine for the ludes???
first i would like to say what a great first post and a lovely way to thread jack. any who, the best yr would be the 2001. it came with a h24 and a turbo making 278 hp. but all of this was only available on the BS type. not the base or SH.
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wats the difference in the type's???
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base model is just a h22. Sh is a h22 but has atts(active torque transfer system) and the BS is the grand daddy of all the preludes. there real hard to find due to the low production #s.
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alright thanks
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BHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
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wow really? you think that's bad I can give you a couple of other forum addresses that you can try, bet you won't last 13 posts lol.

You were the one who decided to be a smartass to someone that was attempting to give you sound advice. Don't get all butthurt and throw a tantrum. If you can make jokes, you damn well better be able to take 'em.
I've been around these cars for 10 years and on the forum boards almost as long. Take it for what it's worth
You're right. Sorry it seemed like I was a smartass. Didn't mean to come off like that. I am taking his advice and am preparing to save up for a 5 speed swap.
I apologize. My new Lude is being towed to a shop tomorrow so I don't want to argue with anyone. :(

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why is it getting towed?
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why is it getting towed?
Overheated a little bit and I needed to change the timing belt so I didn't want to take a chance by driving it any more. I'm also worried bout the head gasket.
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Re: Buying a new lude..

Dude what were you thinking.. there are plenty of 5th gen preludes in NC.. im in Raleigh and I have recently been shopping my ass off to find one.

I ended up flying to new jersey yes, but thats because I was very particular..
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Dude what were you thinking.. there are plenty of 5th gen preludes in NC.. im in Raleigh and I have recently been shopping my ass off to find one.

I ended up flying to new jersey yes, but thats because I was very particular..
Car's fine. :) I'm picking it up tomorrow.
This is the only Prelude I could get for the money because most dealerships don't finance on the lot and aren't buy here pay here.
And most Ludes I've seen in Jersey are completely over valued.
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Re: Buying a new lude..

Hmm.. No leather, ugly interior color, automatic. Wouldn't have touched it. But that's my opinion.

It's good that you decided to save up for a 5 speed swap. Good luck with the car and welcome to the wonderful world of forums. Expect to be harassed onces and a while. I'd say ride that automatic out until it fails then do the swap. No point in really sinking your money in a car that rides O.K. for now. You can't really sell the auto tranny for much anyways if you did the swap right way. Other then that, the car looks fairly clean.
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