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Old 10-07-2007, 06:02 PM
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Buying A Used 97 prelude

i just want to know
what should i look at when i test out a 97 prelude
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Rust around the rear 1/4 panel as well.
Some pet peeves with my 5g is the oh sh!t handle comes loose and I have to feed my seatbelt back into place when i take it off. These are common issues but don't really matter as far as performance.
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the drivers side seat belt? mine too. I guess I'll have to fix mine. ugh
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>get a carfax report >put it on a lift make sure its not 2 cars
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Haha, my seatbelt is slow too :) hehehe.

First of all if its a manual or even an automatic, Use those 7,000 RPMS. Do not be a wimp about pushing the car, because almost any car hide problems if you drive it nice and slow. So drive it hard. Do not let the dealer know when you're coming- alot of dealers/most will warm up the car before you go see it and drive it to hide knocking and other engine vibrations that only show when the car is cold. show up, turn it on yourself, let it idle on its own til it reaches temperature, don't get in and rev it and heat it up forcefully- during this time look for knocking, erractic idle, leaks, pullings making weird noises turn the wheels see how the power steering works- once its warm, rev it up slowly, just slow rev higher and higher til you get to about 5 and look for engine vibration or light misfires etc etc- spike rev it, to see if theres issue's with the car piking up rpms, make sure it climbs smoothly and doesn't drove, you might have intake or exhaust issue's if the rpm climb is bad or bad throttle cable that drags or sticks if it acts weird...make sure your fans turn on, for the ac and for the radiator, ask for a car fax report, some places get them for you, ask if your timing belt has been changed, ask maintenance info- what has been done what wasn't, why not, will it be done- etc etc, check your brakes, feel the rotor, run your finger across to see if they're warn out unevenly, they might been to be resurfaced or need new pads, check how it stops, drive it fast, slow down fast etc etc, check your ac, your heater, after you drive it and park it leave it on- give it a few minutes and check for oil spots under the car- some cars wont leak unless they've been driver hard or at all...the rest is cosmetics and thats really up to you how anal you wanna get about that :), but shop smart- drive it hard take it in the freeway if you can so you can use all gears.
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