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Looking into buying a Lude

Greetings, petrolheads!

I'm quite new here, and I'm kind of new to cars aswell, but I'm surely in love with the 5th gen Ludes. Looking forward to buy one, but well, there are quite some decisions to make, so:

What are the daily expenses on 2.2 and 2.0 engines?
Also, from what I know, I should avoid the automatical tranny, right? Not much of a fan of it anyways.

Is the Prelude a decent option for my first car, maybe you have some tips and neat tricks?
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Re: Looking into buying a Lude

If i remember right, 5th gen preludes only come with a 2.2L engine, unless it's been swapped, and even then, it'd probably be swapped to a 2.3L engine (at least here in the states). I have a 97 automatic (which is the most infamous tranny), but mine, luckily, is still going strong at 145k miles.

In terms of mileage, I get anywhere between 20-25 mpg, but you'll likely see better mileage in a manual.
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are you in US? US only had 2.2.
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Re: Looking into buying a Lude

Some overseas models had a 2.0, so it's possible to have one installed in a US model, but it didn't leave the factory, destined for America with anything but the 2.2

16-19 city, 20-28 highway. Driving style, traffic and conditions of the motor affects any car.

Oil leaks would be something to watch for, and rust along the bottom (inside of the) doors as well as the rear wheel wells.

Don't get the auto if you can find one without it. Holds up for many. Fails for many. Best to be avoided if it's a daily driver.

Depending on your budget and abilities, many times it's best to avoid a sports car as your first. But that boxy 4 door that keeps going day after day aint got no style....
Although a Honda in general is a pretty reliable car, the newest preludes are 14 years old. Plus with it being a sports car, unless you luck up and find one that was driven occasionaly by a crumudgen like me, the likely hood is it was driven aggresively often and even more likely you are buying somebody elses nightmare. If you elect to buy a sports car, try your best to take somebody with you who knows cars in general and can spot a pigs ear disguised as a silk purse.
My 1st car was a no frills, no fun 4 door box. I sold it for a 16 year old sports car. That was 30 years ago. I don't miss that sports car, but would buy back that 4 door in 2 shakes of a lambs tail (and drive it while my prelude is broken.lol)

My son set out to buy a sports car for his 1st. If memory serves, he took about a year to find one. A well preserved 91 prelude. We still have it. He learned over time what goes wrong and now owns a 93 and an 01.

Take your time buying one if you must have a prelude. Let us know what you decide.
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4th gen auto brec was my first car and I never looked back
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