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Old 12-16-2008, 01:27 AM
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Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

First of all, sorry if I'm posting a topic that's already been brought up multiple times... Didn't see any others.

Everyone knows that Honda's are reliable and dependable, but mechanical parts are mechanical parts, they stress and break.
I'm trying to get an idea of how much longer our preludes (I have a 4th gen) will keep on running, and when the repair bill is gonna outweigh the resale/sentimental value.

Even the 5th generation preludes are no longer "new" cars, they will be 8-12 years old and in need of general "old car" maintenance.

My goal is to kinda make a, "whats gonna go wrong" thread so people get a general idea what to expect from their cars.
AND I want everyone's thoughts on how long preludes (the 4th and 5th gens mostly) will remain an economical car for the average commute, and when they will become more of a restoration project.

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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

What is nice about the prelude is that it uses some parts from Accords, so most parts are relatively easy to find.
Any rubber piece eventuality will have to be replaced, after drying out. If keep well maintained it should last for quite a while, like you said it is a Honda.
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

The main problem with an old car is always the engine, and I've seen and heard of Prelude engines running over 300,000 miles when looked after properly.
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

anything that can deteriorate: seals, gaskets, hoses, bushings will be the first to go.


just keep up with regular maintenance and she will treat you very nicely
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

Prelude specific things that go bad:

main relay goes bad
climate control goes bad
fuel pump goes bad
ignitor goes bad
H22 auto tensioner fails
oil cooler o-ring cracks

Average car things that go bad:

shocks
bushings
tie rods
engine
transmission
just about everything else
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

yeah im getting ready to do a complete overhaul on my weather stripping this winter, i need to do the inner lining of my door, the trunk seal which is rusted, and then both the rear windows, the windows are find but the stripping is starting to fall apart, can you separate the stripping from the window or is it cheaper to just order a new rear quarter glass with the weather stripping on it??
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

Other than doing basic tune up, i always use engine restore on every oil change to help out a lil bit, and even tho my car doesnt require it, ill use unleaded+ to help some..

CV axles always go out on just about any honda over 150,000
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

what is unleaded+?? does anyone know how to do valve tuning?? ima start a thread on this, i just want the ticking to stop, my friend did it to my car when i got it and it was nice and queit, but the late night superhardcoreextreme street racing has thrown the engine back to ticking. lol
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

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what is unleaded+?? does anyone know how to do valve tuning?? ima start a thread on this, i just want the ticking to stop, my friend did it to my car when i got it and it was nice and queit, but the late night superhardcoreextreme street racing has thrown the engine back to ticking. lol
I'm sorry, whats your question? Is it relevant to this thread?
Unleaded + is premium gasoline... higher octane, 91 or 93 octane... was that your question? Valve tuning-you can get this done by your local mechanic for not a huge amount, its not something you can do at home if you dont know how to/have the tools/equipment.
Engine ticking? do you mean engine knocking or valve timing (or both).
Engine knocking-use higher octane
Valve timing-get it fixed if its really bad, and then stop taking the motor past 9000rpm... you'll get a floating valve and mess up your tranny/motor, not to mention your valve timing gets messed.
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

Ticking is most likely that your valves need adjusted.
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yeah i think that if its possible to rebuilt and refresh a muscle car from the 50's to 70's i think that its possible for us to take car of our cars for the future. keep maintenance on tact and if its possible, garage her as much as you can.
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i dont know about you's but a lot of people think my car is very modern, 06+ some even think 09 from the outside. preludes in staten island aren't that common. plus..knowing that the h22 is the big block of the H series..if anything i feel like i drive a c5 of honda
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

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I'm sorry, whats your question? Is it relevant to this thread?
Unleaded + is premium gasoline... higher octane, 91 or 93 octane... was that your question? Valve tuning-you can get this done by your local mechanic for not a huge amount, its not something you can do at home if you dont know how to/have the tools/equipment.
Engine ticking? do you mean engine knocking or valve timing (or both).
Engine knocking-use higher octane
Valve timing-get it fixed if its really bad, and then stop taking the motor past 9000rpm... you'll get a floating valve and mess up your tranny/motor, not to mention your valve timing gets messed.
yeah that was a stupid question about the octane.

And i love 90,000rpms i love it each and ever rpm
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In some years our ludes will be even cooler!!!
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Re: Our Preludes Are Getting Older... What to expect over the years.

you just got to look at it in your class,^ obviously if someone said would you rather have a Z1 vette or a 96Slude I would take the vette. BUT, if someone place a civic, neon, integra ect.... The lude wins hands down each and every time, thats why we love them, they are one of the best in its class, and 4th gens just look seeeexy when they are done up. Dodge neon, you cannot do a single thing to make that look good.
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you just got to look at it in your class,^ obviously if someone said would you rather have a Z1 vette or a 96Slude I would take the vette. BUT, if someone place a civic, neon, integra ect.... The lude wins hands down each and every time, thats why we love them, they are one of the best in its class, and 4th gens just look seeeexy when they are done up. Dodge neon, you cannot do a single thing to make that look good.
There is a neon going around my town that has token out vipers, and it looks damn sexy its all modded, next time i see it i will take some pics but prelude are still better so

but back to topic
The more ludes that end up in the junkyard or recycled metal the more exclusive we will be
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More likely that it's an SRT-4.

Everything has pretty much been said, but all rubber parts and gaskets will eventually dry up and need replacing. Engines and trannies can last 300k+ miles easily if they are well maintained and maintenanced on a regular schedule. As for the interior, it is relatively easy to keep it clean, but over time carpet/leather/vinyl fades and won't look brand new, people spill ****, and floormats get worn.
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