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Hey guys, this seems like a knowledgeable community so I thought I'd ask for some opinionson this potential buy. I am also quite noob with cars so bear with me :D.

So I've been looking for a lude and a 2001 base model manual transmission, has come up for 4.5k(canadian) and has (190k kms) 120k miles on it. The maintenance was regularly done by their Honda dealer as well (oil changes and timing belt possibly). My question is, how long would this car last me (car is all stock in parts) before I would have to rebuild the engine and swap the transmission/clutch out?

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Re: Should I buy this 01 prelude? HELP!

That's not very high, especially in Honda standards for km. Check when the timing belt was last done. It seems like a decent price if its clean, and the manual is very promising!!
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That's not very high, especially in Honda standards for km. Check when the timing belt was last done. It seems like a decent price if its clean, and the manual is very promising!!

Thanks for the reply! It is 190k kms. And 120miles. Not sure if you caught that.
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Re: Should I buy this 01 prelude? HELP!

The price is very good for the miles. Anytime you buy a car that has a timing belt, that should be the second thing on your list too do, after an oil change, unless you have a detailed receipt with the parts that were used in the change, mileage when it was changed, and the number of the mechanic so you can call and confirm.
If you keep up to date on the oil changes and other maintenance, the car could easily last another 300k+ miles. the manual trans is almost guaranteed to outlast the engine, if your easy on your clutch you can make it last 200k+. I put 255k on a stage one clutch, and I pushed it often. But other things will need.replacing sooner, master and slave cylinders, brake pads, taillight gaskets, o2 sensors, of course tires, the usual stuff. But its honda. You take care of it and it will take car of you. A 2001 base was my first car, and after a 325i, I just had to get another prelude. Sounds like a solid prelude to me, especially with that low of miles. Good luck.
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Re: Should I buy this 01 prelude? HELP!

I'd buy it.

If t-belt is older than 18 months or 50k miles you should change that asap if you do buy it.


Sounds like the car sits a lot. After you start using it, expect them old gaskets to seep oil here and there. No biggy, just expect some driveway spots and keep a close eye on fluid levels until leaks are fixed.
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Re: Should I buy this 01 prelude? HELP!

It's about mid-ranged in price. I've seen them for more and less. If it's well maintained and the timing belt/water pump were done around 100k miles, I'd pick it up. It will last you a very long time, especially a manual. The only issues for them is if you pop vtec whenever you can, you'll find it burns oil sooner than later. Also, get a good feel for the previous owner. A younger driver probably means they drive it hard, which means the clutch could start slipping at any time. If it was driven responsibly, the clutch can last a long time. I occasionally drive an 01 CR-V with 300,000 miles on the stock clutch. No slipping whatsoever.
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Re: Should I buy this 01 prelude? HELP!

I'd buy it. I just bought a car too a week or so ago. It's 2000 white manual base model. I got it for $3900 with 139k miles on it. It's definitely a reliable car with power. This is my second prelude cause I sold my last one cause I was moving and it was still in great shape when I sold it and I drove it pretty hard. If the inside and outside is clean and it's well maintained, then there shouldn't be any reason why it's not a good deal. The price for it is pretty fair I'll say. I've been searching around in my area and the area around and for a lude like that would go for about $5500. So if you bought it changed your mind which I know you wouldn't cause it's a amazing car, you could probably get your money back and some. So buy that lude already! I'm enjoying mines for sure. Loving it! When you open the hood and listen to the engine, MAKE SURE THERE IS NO KNOCKING SOUND IN THE ENGINE as this maybe a indicator that a valve maybe bent then you would have to rebuild or replace the motor. Like previously said, test drive it, make sure the transmission is good and the clutch is not slipping and the timing belt was changed. If it wasn't changed that would be the first thing you change on the car or else it will break and the engine is done for. But yeah if the body is in good shape and interior is clean motor good then it's a good deal. You can probably get them down to $4000. If you go to Kelly's blue book the value of the car would probably be at about $3500 so you can print that out or show it to them on your phone to get them to come down. But the thing is with Kelly's blue book I do not think that they take in the rarity of these cars they just see it as it's a car and the condition and here is the price that's why preludes sell for more than what Kelly blue book go by. But overall it's a honda and parts for it come cheap and if you had to work on it, depending on what needs to be done, these cars are pretty easy to work on too. And owning a prelude is really rewarding. Good luck and welcome to the prelude family if you decide to buy it!

Btw the part about when would you have to replace the motor, if you continue to maintain it well, it can last forever. We'll maybe not forever but a very long time, I use to work at Toyota and this car came in with 2 and a half MILLION miles on it! I didn't believe it until I seen the certificate he had to prove it. It was the same block matching the car. He was on the letterman show and all. That just shows you if you take car of your car, it will take care of you. Good luck! Sorry for the big a$& post lol

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