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Old 02-23-2012, 12:45 AM
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I am looking for my first prelude and I found this.

2000 Honda Prelude SH

Does that look good to everyone?
Anything sketchy about it?
Price look reasonable??
If I have this in the wrong area my fault. New to the forum.
I am just a little concerned on the engine swap and what exactly happened b/c I know how it can be a little tricky going from a SH to a Base engine b/c of the ATTS.
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Re: I need you opinion...

so its a regular base lude now, id offer him 2400 since it needs new struts and has a list of other things it will need.. id say keep looking this one sounds like problems
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Re: I need you opinion...

Price seems fair but see if he has paper for the swap since it no has a non type sh motor. Lots of people do short cuts and ruin the whole car! otherwise haggle him down to 2800-2900 since it has the Broken windshield, and you truly don't know how many miles the body has.
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yeah man, if you have the money I would def talk him down and put the rest of the cash into fixing what is known to be wrong with it. Good luck man!!
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Re: I need you opinion...

its ok if it doesnt have atts
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Re: I need you opinion...

Well I planned on dropping it anyway so the strut issue doesn't really bother me but it is a great point for helping me to lower to price.
Anyway here is some more info and the motor and tranny according to the seller
"It has a base H22A4 w/o ATTS, and a M2U4 manual transmission in it. I bought the car the way it is, registered it and then found out my wife was pregnant... so i have to get rid of it. But I do have the receipt for the tranny I put in it, East Coast Performance did the work a couple months ago."
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I also found out it has a tsudo n1 exhaust, but the 02 censor needs to be replaced, he said the cat might need to as well.
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First thing I thought was, since the car doesn't have ATTS anymore, it's not an SH, it's a base, so he shouldn't be advertising it as such. However, when you go to KBB, he seems to be advertising the prices of a base. I put in the info for the car and NC for the location, and I'm actually getting about $300 higher than what he quoted KBB for so I dunno what tweaks he put in.

You always wanna be weary of cars that have had work done, unless you're pretty mechanically inclined and can do just about everything yourself, in which case I wouldn't hesitate to get it. It looks alright, he seems to be pretty honest about it's condition, and the engine is ready to be upgraded if you're into that. So many SH drivers hate their ATTS.
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I think it is a good buy as well and I think I can get it for $2500. I am pretty mechanically inclined and I always try to learn more. I am just not as familiar with the sh. So from what I understand is that any engine mods or parts will be for the base but any suspension mods will be for the sh since it is a sh body. Correct?
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I was looking at some more pics of the car and I found some rust on the passenger side quarter panel right by the light.
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Re: I need you opinion...

$2200 at MOST....too many things listed that could go wrong. And yea if the car had 88,000 miles then yes blue book is high but the body probably has 160,000 on it which drops the blue book to 2,300 listed as "fair".
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Wouldn't budge on the price so no gooo.
Thanks for the advice everyone!
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Re: I need you opinion...

Some people just don't know how to sell cars. I wouldn't give but $2300 or so for that car. Says it needs a windshield ($250+ installed),o2 sensor and cat ($200 or so), and struts. Doesnt mention anything about documents on what the motor has or who did the install. An inexperienced back yard install can lead you to a world of problems.

Good decision to steer clear. Just needs too many little things to be a good buy.
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Yea he tried to tell me he was quoted $160 for 02 censor and catalytic converter INSTALLED. I don't know where the hell he is getting his number from. I would have given 2400 but he wouldn't budge. I will find another in the future.
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Yeah $160 for o2 and cat is really cheap. Goodluck on your search!
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