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I have a dilemma...

What's up guys, haven't really posted here but I've looked at this site for a good while now. Looking for some opinions.

I own a 2001 EBP Prelude. It's automatic (my preference), and has about 145,000 miles on it. I bought it about a year and a half ago and had to put a few grand into it just to get all of its issues fixed. The previous owner neglected it and it showed. Everything is running well now, completely stock besides window tint and lowering springs and new struts. My issue is that the exterior is in less than stellar condition. The hood is very faded, the front bumper is all banged up and a couple of the bumper clips are broken, and there are just other scratches and such on the car.

I fell in love with the Scion FR-S, and I would love to jump into one, but I still love my prelude. I love the theory of starting out with a car brand new, under warranty, with a pristine exterior and interior. If I sell the lude, this is what I would get.

I have about $2500 saved up just to play with. Was saving for the down payment on the FR-S, but I know this could do a lot to my Prelude. To make me happy, my Prelude would at least need to be repainted (EBP). My headlights are extremely clouded and one of the housing clips is broken so I'd likely replace them, and I'd also like new wheels (17's) and an OEM front lip. I wouldn't mind doing a few small performance mods either.

If you've read this far, I'd like to hear your opinion. Essentially, I'm asking whether you guys think I should stick it out with my lude or go for the FR-S. If I stick it out with my Prelude, what would be some good starting mods, paint pricing/recommendations, etc.

I've been debating in my head for months, I'd like to hear some opinions. Thanks guys!

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I wouldn't mind doing a few small performance mods either. If I stick it out with my Prelude, what would be some good starting mods, paint pricing/recommendations, etc.
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Re: I have a dilemma...

You get an new = a new car payment. Lude is paid for?? If so you would probably enjoy your lude more by going through all the headaches it will bring, because they will come. I personally would not get the FR-S or whatever it is, but at the same time I think paint and body will run you about $1200?? Which leaves you about $1300. With that you. An get rims tint and be ok.

There have been times where I have wanted to drive my prelude off of a cliff, piss on it, and watch it burn. New Car payment is about $250 ?? That's about what I spend a month to fix it when things go wrong, BUT I wouldn't have it any other way. It may be easier for you to spend the money not to deal or haggle with an old car, but I would do it all over again with the Lude.

Weigh your options though some people can't afford to fix a car and would rather pay not to have issues, if so, then good luck bro
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Re: I have a dilemma...

Save more.


People will be buying the fr-s and br-z for the next year and selling them a few months afterwards - because that's how this society is... so you can get a pre-owned one cheaper in a year from now



Paint on the prelude - if just the bumper and hood, at a cheap shop, expect less than 1,000. at a good shop - a lot more + bumper


headlight tabs can be plastic welded on, and headlights can be cleaned if not too far gone


wheels can come at any time



you know about the trans.




just save for now and work with what you've got honestly
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Re: I have a dilemma...

Keep your Prelude, You'll have more fun building imo. But its up to you. The FR-S is nice but wouldn't take me away from my prelude, interior is way outdated and looks old lol.
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You can wet-sand your headlights to be clear again.. it's really easy, I did it with my headlights when I got them. If you take it to the dealership then they will probably charge ~$80 for a "de-glaze". But there are plenty of DIY articles on the internet that will show you how to do it.

I personally wouldn't get the FR-S. I would get it's cousin, the BR-Z. Even if I was to do something like that, then more-than-likely, I would certainly keep my prelude. It's paid for, and it freaking runs. Of course it has it's blemishes and faded paint job but hell, it starts up every morning. With that said, keep your prelude, keep saving, and then go and by a certified pre-owned from the dealership in about 6-9 months.

If you get your car painted, please, do not take it to Maaco. I have heard of and had bad experiences with them. If you get the cheaper deal of a paint job, they will cut corners. My brother took his car to Maaco and they straight up sprayed over his fog lights, so they were destroyed. Maaco wouldn't replace them either. Anyways, find a reputable LOCAL shop that does paint who doesn't cut corners. Yes, you are going to spend maybe $1500, but it will be the last time you paint that car if you keep it maintained.
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Re: I have a dilemma...

If you want a European looking car get the frs. I wouldn't want to deal with car payments but that's just me(and a lot more people)
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Re: I have a dilemma...

Yea car payments are the worst. Stick wit the lude till the price goes down. What's with all the hype with the FR-S.
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Re: I have a dilemma...

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There have been times where I have wanted to drive my prelude off of a cliff, piss on it, and watch it burn.
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Re: I have a dilemma...

Thanks for all the input guys. Still a raging debate in my head, any more input is appreciated!
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At least experience a manual transmission in a prelude before you decide to get rid of it.

Sell auto prelude - buy manual prelude.
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At least experience a manual transmission in a prelude before you decide to get rid of it.

Sell auto prelude - buy manual prelude.
Mine is an auto, what you mean
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not sure how old you are but insurance might be a pain too.
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Re: I have a dilemma...

2500.00 is your I.C.O.S (in case of sh!t)fund. Fix a peice here, replenish the account to 2500.00. Then repeat so you never out of money, leave the paint for last.

Here is a basic finance rundown:

The subuyota car:
26,000- you're a great negotiator just the way you want it.
Dealer prep fee 500.00(don't pay that it's a new car)
Delivery fee 500.00-795.00(don't pay that the car is there already)

* stay away from accessories like mudflaps, vent visors, door ding panels, you're paying premium for something that will be cheap later, unless you REALLY want it. For the example, I'll allow 1500.00 for doodads.

26,000 -car
1,500 -doodads
1,000 -trade (miles/and body condition)
2,500 -down payment
=24,000.00 -your new car
375.00 -tags/registration
2,000.00 -taxes
=26,375.00 financing this amount
48 months at 9% interest (more if you have no credit)=
About 598/month. My math may be a little rusty on financial charges fees and late payments. You also need FULL COVERAGE INSURANCE (new driver right?), on a sports car.

Get that quote first and then add it to the monthly payment. If your ok with that over the next 4 years, that's what your gonna be paying. Wait 2 years, used will be MUCH cheaper.
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Your choice, Prelude or payments!
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FR-S, BR-Z f8ck them man if you want a newer nicer stronger what so ever car, then get an BMW M3, or BMW M5. you will get more wows and head turns for BMWs then f8cking FR BR. even it has a stupid name and those FR's BRs looks like a girl car i mean HELLA GIRLCAR lol.
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FR-S, BR-Z f8ck them man if you want a newer nicer stronger what so ever car, then get an BMW M3, or BMW M5. you will get more wows and head turns for BMWs then f8cking FR BR. even it has a stupid name and those FR's BRs looks like a girl car i mean HELLA GIRLCAR lol.
If only I could afford that man lol
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If only I could afford that man lol
I think Prelude is your choice then. You can make the prelude faster nicer unique with all that rest of the money that you were to pay for FR-S
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Re: I have a dilemma...

I would stick with the Prelude, we all have problems with them but hey, they're more reliable than most other brands out there. If it's paid off, all you have is a relatively low insurance payment depending on age, and some upkeep that you're going to have with ANY car. The BR-Z or FR-S (FR-S is actually lighter) may be under warranty, but this is within the first few years of their production, Subaru and Toyota have bugs to iron out. I'd say wait, what you choose to do, though is entirely apart from us.
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