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Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

Hi there,

I was just looking for some general advice with respect to the 2001 Honda Prelude SE.

I have an opportunity to buy one with about 98000kms (61000mi) for around $8,000 [classified owner-to-owner sale]. Is that price in the normal range?

It is a 5 speed manual is there usually no problems with this transmission; was it only the automatic?

Finally, when I test drive it, what should I look for to make sure I'm not buying a lemon or whatever...?

Thanks in advance! :D

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

Unfortunately this being american forums the price point to them is different from Canada. But being Canadian, maybe I can help :)

If those are original kms that seems like a good deal. I bought my car with 169000kms and paid about $5000 but i found every excuse in the world to bring it down to that price. For almost half the milage that seems like a good price.

When you go test drive it, check for honda-cancer (wheel well rust). Also make sure you ask if they have original paperwork cuz that always helps. You are right in that the auto transmission was more prone to fail then the standard, but that doesnt mean it doesnt happen. Another thing to check is if the car is all stock or if its heavily modded. If it is modded, chances are the car hasnt been driven very well. Lastly, because tis at 100k, check if the timing belt/water pump has been done. Even though the american lude says 100k miles, because of the weather up here they suggest it be done at 100kms. If it hasnt, thats a good bargaining chip.

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

I bought my 2001 prelude SE for 5000$ and it h as 214000 kms on it. So yeah thats a good price 8000$ for that low mileage is a good deal. There is a book in Canada called the little black book, and the average price of a Honda prelude 2001 SE is 7625$

here is the link for the average asking price : http://www.canadianblackbook.com/bla...style/2D+Coupe

Before you take it for a test drive press down on the clutch to make sure you don't need to replace it and listen if it makes weird sounds.

When you drive it try to go at least 80kms/H and test the steering from left to right to make sure it is as accurate as possible.

Still going 80kms/H try to come to a complete fast stop by tapping on the brakes on and off to see if your brake pads are good, make sure that you are stopping well and that the brake are in good condition.

All in all that's a good price for a prelude with that low kms on it. I'd jump on that deal, but is it in good condition? does it have rust or anything? engine swap?
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

Paid $3700 for mine and it had about 170,000km's but the condition was rough. Front end needed to be redone and both rear wheel wells were rusted. See if the clutch is warn at all and if he's replaced it. I had the person replace the clutch before I bought it because it was slipping so we split that cost for a Bully Stage 2 :)
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

well hope this helped!

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

Thanks for all your awesome replies lol super informative!!

I'll be testing it out in the next few days and I'll get back to you all.

He said it hasn't been in any major accidents... *major* accidents?

Is it worth my time looking at all the places for the VIN numbers (hood, trunk, doors etc.) to try and verify if any part of the body's been replaced because according to the pictures it looks brand new no hint of rust anywhere!
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

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Is it worth my time looking at all the places for the VIN numbers (hood, trunk, doors etc.) to try and verify if any part of the body's been replaced because according to the pictures it looks brand new no hint of rust anywhere!
Check the easy spots if you can. In the front fenders (pop the hood and you should see them), the trunk, by the window. Like I said, check paperwork - perhaps they have records from whatever accidents they had (if they had any). You can also go to registry with the VIN and request a carfax which will show any reported accidents (any insurance claims).
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

I test drove it.

The car's condition is excellent, although there is one small rust spot forming on the top of the rear right wheel's fender. This has been treated and will continue to be treated for rust should I acquire the vehicle. 2 accidents where the car was rear-ended but the bumper has been replaced and all appears to be well. 1 owner vehicle.

The clutch has not been replaced and it has been 98500kms, no funny sounds or problems with it though.

The car seems to run fine, the V-TEC is very exciting haha, but the tires are nearing bald and the brakes may need replacing soon.

All VINs are where they're supposed to be, no engine swap, accurate steering even at 120km/h. No mods, all stock. Timing belt and water pump have just been replaced. Taking to mechanic for $250 inspection.

On average what is it costing you prelude owners to replace the brakes, tires and clutch?

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

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On average what is it costing you prelude owners to replace the brakes, tires and clutch?
not cheap, if you cannot do that yourself
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

Yeah I saw that, very informative. It actually convinced me to use premium gas should I acquire the vehicle.
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

I would try and talk the guy down some since the clutch has never been replaced, the brakes need replacing, and tires. You're talking a pretty penny and even prettier if you're paying a mechanic to do it all. Talk him down to $7000 if not keep working your way up till he gives in. Good luck.
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Yeah I saw that, very informative. It actually convinced me to use premium gas should I acquire the vehicle.
thanks! Im glad it convinced you. What other questions do you have concerning getting the car?
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

I'm generally good at this point, thanks 'westernprelude.' I basically just needed some advice regarding the pricing on the clutch and brakes/tires. I don't have much ground for arguing with the tires since he's not only giving me all-seasons (worn) but winter tires as well (unknown wear). As for the brakes, we'll see what the mechanic says and the clutch seems fine but it could blow any time I suppose. The asking price was $8400 I'm going to try for about a grand less.

**Also the shifting on it, putting it into 1st gear seems a little rough with the hand shifter all of the other gears are fine. It seems like you have to push a little harder on the stick to put it in... is that a sign of a major problem?
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

Not really. It might be a sign that you should consider a new shifter, such as a JTC customs short shifter or something similar.
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Re: Thinking of buying a 2001 Prelude SE

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I bought it! Now I'm just practicing my MT skillz haha... :D
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