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Prelude and IS300 Handling

So I am about to buy my first car and some options I have discovered are

Honda 5th gen prelude
Lexus IS300
Toyota Celica GTS (I think its sort of a chick car so it barely made the list)


so its bettween the IS and the lude and the GTS

So I drove an IS300 the other day and the handling was GREAT. Is it just like or better than the prelude? I have never driven a prelude so how does it feel and, maintenance wise is it more/less expensive than any other normal import from asia?

Anyone have any pros/cons about each of these vehicles Id be glad to take advice!

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well, i've never driven a IS300 but they look oooo so sexy! but, i own a 1991 Honda Prelude Si and it handles GREAT! i also have a friend w/ a 2001 Honda Prelude Base i havent ever driven it but i've ridin in it and it handles GREAT also! as for maintenance im sure its cheaper than a Lexus because it doesnt carry the "LEXUS" name, u kno wat i mean?!


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^said it best. yea any lexus is gonna be more expensive then a honda. even though they are the fancy version of a toyota, they just dont have the same quality craftsmanship as toyota IMO. my gf used to own one and she hated it. brand spankin new and it had problems. though under warranty, she had to drive 3 ****in hours to get it fixed. when it comes to honda, there's a dealership on every corner practically. as for their handling, they no doubt competitors but iirc road and track said the IS300 is 0.85g and the prelude is 0.88g. they are also very evenly matched in the straight line.
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They can't easily be compared since you're comparing two different sorts of cars. The IS300 is a six cylinder RWD luxury sedan and the Prelude is a four cylinder FWD luxury sports car.

Have a think about what you will use the car for as that will no doubt decide what you should have. Do you need four doors regularly or will you only ever have you +1 in the car? Do you plan on racing or heavily modifying the car?

What about initial purchase price? I'm not so sure about over there but here an average condition IS300 is still double the price of an incredibly good condition fifth gen.
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i've driven both an IS300 and 5th gen prelude and im not gonna lie but i love the way the IS drove, but the only downfall was that it was an auto and they are soo hard to find with a 5 speed, the only bad thing i have to say about the IS is it doesn't seem to have the same high speed handleing that the prelude does, the prelude seems to sink down to the ground when you get on the interstate with it and the IS has that luxury car float at higher speeds that i can't stand, but all in all they are both great cars it but i think the IS may edge the lude out by a litte just for the fact that they have the 2JZ and they are RWD... but they both attract major puntang!!!!!
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i've driven both an IS300 and 5th gen prelude and im not gonna lie but i love the way the IS drove, but the only downfall was that it was an auto and they are soo hard to find with a 5 speed, the only bad thing i have to say about the IS is it doesn't seem to have the same high speed handleing that the prelude does, the prelude seems to sink down to the ground when you get on the interstate with it and the IS has that luxury car float at higher speeds that i can't stand, but all in all they are both great cars it but i think the IS may edge the lude out by a litte just for the fact that they have the 2JZ and they are RWD... but they both attract major puntang!!!!!
Well if you have strut bars all over your prelude it starts to get a little sqirrley at about 135 to 140. Not that I would know or nothing,, ahh hhmmm... Well at that speed anyways you just need to make small adjustments, but yeah I noticed it a bit when this CRX wanted a piece of the 2.2L
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I would say think more about what kind of use you'll be needing out of the car. Think about how much money you can afford to spend on payments, insurance, maintenance and what kind of reliability you need from the vehicle. its cool to have a nice car but with it comes alot of expenses that you might not be willing/able to make.

If you're young and just looking for some wheels i would go with the most economical car that you can find that looks/handles well. Preludes are a sort of high end "honda" cars and, truth be told, even if you get the latest one which would be a 2000+ you'll still have a car that has alot of wear and tear and if you're not careful you can get a head ache because these cars handle well and run good at high speeds so i'm sure people abuse them( i do mine =\ )

IS300's are nice, i've driven stick versions , they look great but as far as performance goes they are about the same as a prelude, more power but more weight and if you've got stock suspension you can't really play too much with the turns because the car slips and its added height does give you that "floaty " feeling... They're so nice though if they've got black leather interior :)

The prelude is really nice, if you like to drive and drive fast i would recommend the SH, which is what I've got- I drive 100 100 115 around here in the LA area 110 freeway and i handle those turns with no slippage if any its so minor i can barely tell and usually occurs when i get height from aprevios slope

I would say if you're young and planning on going to school get a money car( cheap car that gets you from point a to point b with out issue's)
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Still wondering which one to get? LOL. There isn't even a choice.


BTW the reason the Prelude still won at the end is a little thing called VTEC.
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BTW definately get whichever car suits your personal needs the most. We Luders are just a little biased towards the better of the two (the Prelude). LOL just kidding. But seriously, buy a Prelude.
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The IS300 might have the lexus badge but that's about it. you don't even get an armrest in that car.
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It depends on what you like.

Both cars handle very well, mainly because the IS300 is RWD.
The Prelude, being FWD still handles amazingly.
- Car & Driver named it best handling car under $30,000. Type SH that is.

The IS is pretty nice too i have to say so myself. But if you're really considering an IS300, consider an Audi A4 or TSX instead.



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The IS is pretty nice too i have to say so myself. But if you're really considering an IS300, consider an Audi A4 or TSX instead.
What he said, if you have that kind of money you should look into a 3-series too, they are continually rated as a top ten car every year, and for good reason. The A4 would be very tune-able as well, especially if you got the 1.8T or 2.0T versions.
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I have driven both an IS300 5-speed and a prelude 5 speed(own). The IS has one of the most supple rides I have ever been treated too. If I could afford it I would own both cars. The prelude does hunker down like 91si said. Right now, I have to look at getting a cheap beater for gas mileage to make the trip to Honda. That's right I got a job working for honda producing the cars. I might see if I can get one of the only toyota altezzas that are stateside. they have a blue stick that they use for driver training in their r&d division. I have ridden in it, very nice! but, for now have to focus on gas saver and apartment. then comes playthings.
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I have not driven an IS300 but I have an '00 base as my first car. I have to second what brash said because if this car is going to be your daily driver, their practicality are very different.

The lude is a sleek, purpose built sports coupe. Manufacturers don't make these type of cars anymore(Celica, MR2, 240sx.. all dead). There is no complain to the lude's performance. However, it does have its shortcomings with its interior space and the interior design coming from another era 10 years ago. I would say think twice and make the appropriate choice.
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Just be careful when buying any of the cars listed (Audi, BMW, etc...) because repairs on luxury cars (especially German ones) are expensive as sin. I also have a friend that works at a lexus dealership, and he said their charged labor rate for a timing belt and waterpump job is well over 100 an hour... so that is a good indication of how expensive that **** is gonna be lol.

Then again, Preludes are probably one of the most expensive Honda models to repair/find accessories/performance parts for... especially the H22 specific parts. It's not like a B18/B16 where parts are a dime a dozen and you can make power with 30 dollar ebay parts... H series motors are picky about what you put in/on them, and as it's always said on this form (and others): Cheap, Fast, Reliable... you can only be 2 out of the 3.

Either way, just make sure you do your research first... if it was me, I'd go with the Honda =P.

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get the lude now then save up for the other.
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for the money, the is300 just plain sucks. go with the lude.
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you could probably get a lude, and make it rwd for less than an IS300. Hehe

BTW is that possible?
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Anything is possibly with enough fabrication talent and/or money... But if you didn't do all the work yourself... it would probably be cheaper to buy the IS300 =P
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my best friend just got a IS. he loves the luxury but said that he wishes he had done more research into a cheaper car. mainly cause he hates the lack of performance from his IS. thats only 1 persons view but thought id chime in if it would help.
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If i had a choice, i would have gone with an IS over the lude.
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As everyone has said the are both nice cars however the Lexus by name is a luxury car. It is a luxury to own one and when something needs to be maintained at the dealership they will remind you of this. Highend cars are not cheap to own. They initial price is only a minimal part. Every highend jap and euro shop is a minimum of $100/hr. labor. There are still tons of great shops to work on a Prelude at half that. You could do some serious modding to the lude for less than the price difference between an immaculate 5th gen lude and the IS.
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you guys realize the thread is 3 months old, and the op hasn't even been around since he made the post right?
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