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Buying a automatic 97 prelude! 40K

Im buying a 97 prelude with 40K miles on it from a 65 year old man that comes into my work for 4K, The car has the factory body kit on it and is cherry in the engine compartment and interior! the color is the darker red and thats another story, some clearcoat failure! So all and all I think its a good deal! I'm not to fired up about it being a automatic but should be a good car for my 17 year old!

My question is other than the paint, the car is perfect! does have a little rattle in the right rear corner but should be a easy fix!

My question is knowing nothing about hondas is there anything I should invetigate on the car that may be a weak link in the car? other than the automatic trany, I plan on changing the oil in it with factory oil and will just hope for the best! thanks!
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Re: Buying a automatic 97 prelude! 40K

with hondas check always body for rust and engine for oil leaks

even when it have low mileage timing belt job is needed since its old car... have he done it? its kinda expensive thing...so be prepared

my main concern is really your kid. 190hp car and 17 year old isnt really good a combination. ever. lack of driving skills + urge to show off to your friends + fast car = crash

IMO it would be better to get more slower and more unsporty car to be kids first one, that he can learn to drive safely first
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Re: Buying a automatic 97 prelude! 40K

See Common 4th Gen Issues for things to look at on a 4th gen; most of those apply to 5th gens as well. Although if it were me, I'd hold out for a manual -- I've never driven an automatic Prelude I liked.

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IMO it would be better to get more slower and more unsporty car to be kids first one, that he can learn to drive safely first
Better to take the kid out and teach him how to drive the car, including what happens when exceeding the limits. I insisted my son spend a season autocrossing with me after he got his license, where he learned how a car handles at and beyond its limits, and just how fast he could go from driver to passenger. After his first couple of spins out in the cones, I never worried about him blasting around corners in ignorance. There are other venues to accomplish that, too -- in the U.S., there are a number of weekend driving courses built for new teen drivers that expose them to different conditions and hazards.

A slower car just encourages them to drive around on the limit all the time, and when they get into something that can bite back, it does.
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Sounds like an awesome deal for 4k! Even with the auto : /
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Agree with the racing. I started racing preludes on dirt track when I was 13 and although it is a lot different than on the street, it taught me that the limits on cars can't be pushed and the after math of idiocracy. Now I'm 18 and never had an accident. *knock on wood*
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Re: Buying a automatic 97 prelude! 40K

Get it, not like you'd have a chance of breaking your spine or anythin'..

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Re: Buying a automatic 97 prelude! 40K

The fact that it's an auto is not the worst thing in the world. The transmission should not prevent you from buying a car in mint condition(I usually say under 90K is mint for 5th gens, assuming they haven't been in a wreck or pep-boyd out), and Im glad you are going forward with it. Its a really fun car to drive, EVEN with an auto. Here, check out this guide to Fifth Gens that I put together with a lot of help: Buying a Fifth Gen. Good luck!
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Re: Buying a automatic 97 prelude! 40K

just found out the dealer did the timming belt and a all hoses last year!
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Re: Buying a automatic 97 prelude! 40K

That's a big plus...you can't skimp there, and the timing belt is not a cheap job.
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