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Hello everybody, I recently joined this forum since I need some assistance.

I found a 2000 Prelude for $2600 dollars. It has about 150,000 miles on it and it looks relatively stock (exhaust, wheels, spoiler are aftermarket).
I may go test drive this next week and I was wondering what I should look for during my test drive and what I should consider before making the purchase.

On YouTube I found this guy's video saying that the VTEC engine burns up a lot of oil and I should be careful about this. Is this true?

Also in the pictures, the headlights, bumpers, and grill are not inline. Would this be an easy fix?

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Re: Purchasing a 5th Gen Prelude

It sounds like it'll be a bit of a dog to be honest. In my experience with cars, if someone will spend time and money on wheels, exhausts, and, spoilers, but won't invest the time to fix something like panel gaps... their priorities are not where they should be. This will show up in other areas of the car. Skip a couple oil changes to buy a new deck... regular fuel to pay for a tow hook etc.

Is it auto or manual?
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dont buy it if its an auto... 5speed only
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It sounds like it'll be a bit of a dog to be honest. In my experience with cars, if someone will spend time and money on wheels, exhausts, and, spoilers, but won't invest the time to fix something like panel gaps... their priorities are not where they should be. This will show up in other areas of the car. Skip a couple oil changes to buy a new deck... regular fuel to pay for a tow hook etc.

Is it auto or manual?
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dont buy it if its an auto... 5speed only
^^ this...

Check when timing belt was done. Also check the axle boots. How old is the clutch?

If you live in vtec it uses some oil. But keep check on it and you'll be fine.
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Misaligned panels usually means **** got hit.


If you're gonna own a VTEC motor, it's important to know what to expect. They ARE oil hungry motors and it IS VERY important to keep an eye on your oil levels, however;

--VTEC does not 'burn' oil, but losing some out the tailpipe is a by-product of it that we all experience. What happens is sometimes if you're racing the engine, oil that's lubricating your valvetrain can get slung up above the baffles in the valve cover. When you take your foot off the gas to shift, vacuum is created which activates your PCV valve which is also located at the top of your valve cover. This PCV valve is routed to your intake manifold and if that trapped oil gets sucked through that connection, it becomes particulated in the air moving through your combustion chamber and out the exhaust pipe.

--Burning oil is usually a result of some bad piston rings and you would notice it even if the car was idling.


It kinda comes down to how you drive it. If you beat the hell out of it, you might notice you're needing to add near a quart of oil between changes. If you baby it, you may never need to add oil at all.

As for my opinion though, $2600 for a 5th gen with a couple misaligned panels sounds close to right, but like SirSSpec pointed out, if they spent money on other parts and neglected that, beware for sure. If you really want it, I probably would not pay more than $2200, and would also expect to deal with a few headaches here and there. Sometimes it's worth it if you know what you're doing.
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Re: Purchasing a 5th Gen Prelude

There is also a very good write up on what to look for when purchasing a lude on the forums (don't have the link at this time). You might want to check it out as well.
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