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Old 05-01-2011, 02:54 AM
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What's Your Prelude Story?

So there was a small uprising in the 3rd gen forum that started after I posted my Prelude story. Basically I ended up blindly buying a 3rd gen prelude si and it soon ruined me for any other car.

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JoshuaaXD's 3rd Gen Testimonial

Soon another member posted his experience with the Honda Prelude

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c1iffyp's 3g story

What I want to see is everyone else's story! Tell us how you came to buy the Honda Prelude, why you hate it, why you love it. Tell us why it is even in your life. I want to know your story and I know everyone else will love to hear yours!
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:44 AM
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Re: What's Your Prelude Story?

these stories are always interesting. mine is nothing really special.

mine (2000) was previously owned by my mom. prior to buying it practically new, she owned a 95 saturn sc2. that thing was a pile... but i loved it. and it was going to be my car when i turned 16 (in 2000). which was coming close. well it was such a pile they had to trade it. they informed me they were trading it for a 2000 prelude. i was so disgusted. i was very anti import back then. well they brought it home one day and i fell in love. they let me drive it on a few occasions. i took it to prom and everyone there loved it. it was first car i actually drove and it was the car i did my drivers license test in.

well i turned 18 and joined the military. once i got out of basic and tech school (2003) i told them i wanted to buy it off them. so i saved up some money, a year later (2004 25k miles), i bought it. owned it ever since. i took it on several road trips and i feel like i've developed a bond with it. and even more so now that i will have it soon with me while i'm in germany for the next 3 years. so i'll get to take it across europe. not many cars and their owners get to tour a foreign overseas country. now i'm just playing the waiting game till it gets here. i can only hope it comes back with me to the states. at 11 years old now, it only has 97,915 miles and i've only had minor issues. so it's been a very faithful car. there is one thing i do hate about it though and it's my laziness to fix the stupid little things i mess up or break on it.
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Re: What's Your Prelude Story?

OK, I'll play along. I love this idea. But you guys may be sorry.

I bought my first 3rd gen in 2006. I was looking for a winter beater. I had never even really looked and buying a Honda, and really never noticed Preludes. I found someone who was selling an 89 S, and it sounded like something I might be interested in. It was a totally rust free car with perfect interior and 150k miles on it. It ran great, and I was able to talk to seller down from $1500 down to $1100. I figured I had a good car to drive in the winter so that I could park my 2002 Mazda Protege 5 for the winter. Well, I didn't take me long to figure out that the Prelude was kind of fun to drive. I joined a forum, and read about the 4ws swap. I found a 4wd car in the junkyard, pulled all the required parts, and installed them onto my S. The fun factor more than doubled. It was the most fun to drive car I had ever owned, and I've owned a lot over the years. My only complaint was the lack of power.

So, I decided that I would sell the S and look for an Si. I sold the S to a co-worker who was very impressed with the 4ws. He paid me $2100 for the car. And he is still driving it btw. I was able to find an 89 Si 4ws that had an "electrical problem" and "slight body damage". The car was located about 100 miles from my housed. I took a chance and hauled a car dolly up to where the car was located. I wan't able to try to start the car because it didn't have a battery. I didn't see any holes in the block, and I was able to talk the seller down to $400, and I hauled the car home. I was actually able to get the engine started, but it was very sick. The "electrical problem" ended up being a broken #4 rod. So I posted an ad on craigslist for a b20a5, and ended up finding a b20a for $200 (short block). Since the head on my b20a5 only had about 1000 miles on it, I bolted it to the b20a. After getting the engine running, I was able to rebuild the rear end damage with junkyard parts. So I then had a running Si.

Then, I was looking for a replacement driver side door because mine had a little damage. I found someone that was a couple hundred miles away who was trying to get rid of an 89 S. I hauled a trailer over and picked up the car for free. The S was a complete car, but the engine wasn't running. I did a compression test and found that there was only 10 psi on #3. I decided to find out why, and pulled the head. It turned out that the piston was burned. I grabbed a piston from the junkyard and installed it. The engine ran great after that, so I gave that lude to my son. He is still driving that car.

In December of 2009 I found someone local who was trying to get rid of a 91 Si for $800. He said it had engine problems, but the rest of the car was mint. I went to look at the car and it was in pretty good shape. He started the engine and it was clanking badly. But I was pretty sure I knew what the problem was. I knew that the 90 and 91 ludes used a 2 piece crank pulley, and sure enough, the pulley had separated. I told the seller I would pay $500 for the car and he agreed. After changing the crank pulley the car ran perfectly. I drove that lude for pretty much the entire 2009/2010 winter. I kept my 89 parked. I had a tough time deciding on which lude to get rid of because I didn't need two of them. I decided to keep the 89 4ws, and sold the 91 Si for $1600.

So now I'm down to the 89 Si 4ws that I rebuilt. It's my favorite car, and will probably never get rid of it. I have put a lot of blood sweat and tears into that car, and it's my baby. I have an affinity for any 3rd gen, but this one is special. Besides replacing the engine and rebuilding the rear end damage, I have swapped the interior with a 91 Si, replaced all the ball joints and tie rod ends, installed a dc sports header, whiteline sway bars, stb's, braided SS brake, clutch, and power steering lines, and short ram intake. Next on the list will be coil over shocks.

I have also owned 88 and 89 parts cars, but since I was only using them for parts I don't really consider them cars I've owned.

Sorry for the long post, but what do you expect from a lude addict. Thanks to those of you who were able to take the time to read all that.
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Re: What's Your Prelude Story?

i was shopping for my first car. after quickly realizing i couldnt afford any STI's/EVO's at that time. i started looking for B5 S4's. all the ones around me were trashed. and there was my current prelude sitting in a lot i was in. bought it the next weekend
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Re: What's Your Prelude Story?

It came as a surprise my love for the Prelude. I was shopping for my second car and had been looking for a two door accord v6. Went to a few dealers, nothing grabbed me, until I saw the prelude, sitting in a back corner of the lot. I walked around the car saw low miles, and hit the back, Type SH. I'll take it.. Bought it and drove it home that weekend. Still covered under Honda's ten year 100,000 mile warranty! Thank god for that because a month after driving and falling in love with it, the tensioner went. 6 months later it went again! both times serviced by honda. Third one I did myself for reassurance, and since then no more problems, knocking on wood now. I dont see myself getting rid of her anytime soon, especially now its no longer my dd. I get to enjoy her every weekend i can.
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Re: What's Your Prelude Story?

My story is pretty simple lol. My Uncle always had an 89 prelude. I didn't care about it and I don't know why. Anyways, he decided to give it away to me so I told him sure? When I took a closer look i noticed it had a 4WS badge, and its 5 speed. It has 200xxx kms on it and small rust. Typical Honda qp/wheel well area rust. Mines nothing serious but I wanna fix it. But yeah. That is my first and only car at the moment lol.
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The VW I drove the last few years of college went up in flames in early 1984, on my way to my first duty station. Since I couldn't afford the 944 I really wanted, I decided on either a CRX or a Prelude...found the Prelude first. I had that 2d gen for 8 years, until the 4th gens came out...a single test drive (and lots of encouragement from my wife) sold me. That 4th gen is still in the driveway...I never did get around to the Porsche.
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I had a 97 eclipse gst auto (cheapest one I could find) blew up 3 motors 4 turbos and 2 starters then sold the pos for a grand bought, the prelude for $1300 kept cuttin out but emptied the oil catch tube on intake and it ran fine lol (filled up with oil) shes a little over 204K now but running strong as all hell leaks a tiny bit of oil but not enough to worry and im more than satisfied with my lude. I got more use out of my lude in 2 months than I did with my eclipse in 2 years im so happy that I switched over to honda preludes ftw
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When I was 17 (2007) my dad bought me a 91 Integra to replace my 89 GMC Jimmy that was crapping out on me. I drove it up until March of this year. Had a ton of memories in that car over 4 years. I wrecked the Teg in January of 2010 in a massive freak ice storm(here in the south thats rare). Since then it was nothing but problems. It died on the side of teh highway countless times from cooling problems, and was on its second engine.

End of January, my woman of almost 4 years leaves me for some kid she barely knew. Blah blah massive depression. I needed something to get my mind off of things, and my craphole of a DA Integra wasn't going to be it. I'm heading to visit some friends over spring break a few weeks later, and my dad says to me "JR, I know you've wanted a new car. What do you think about it?" I told him "HELL YEAH" and what I was looking for (5 spd, sporty, Honda/Acura) and he said "I predicted that, so I've found a couple of 3rd gen Teg's like your brothers, on a couple of preludes"

My jaw dropped at that point, I had always wanted a Prelude. I drooled over the 4th and 5th gens. SO I said I would drive it ASAP. As I'm driving down to Atlanta, the Integra dies...again. So 2 hours between home and my destination, I get to an exit, and wait for my ride to come get us, and kicked the car literally as I walked away. Long story short, I get a ride to my destination, and the next morning test drive the car. I had only had 45 minutes of experience in a 5 speed, and took to the car beautifully.

My Prelude Nessie is a 4th gen, Prelude S, 165k miles. Sebring Silver. Got it for $2800. A little overpriced I think, but I really enjoyed the car. A lot of the money was mine, but some came from my parents and my grandfather.

In the 6 weeks that I've owned the car, its turned into a dream that I've used to move on in my life from something major, being a car and a girl, into a car that I developed into truly my own personality. I've put in new wheels, tires, suspension set up, and setting up for an H22A swap in a few months when I can afford it.

I know thats looking a LITTLE deep into it, but thats okay. I love my lude!
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My first car was a 95' Civic EX, after about 6 months of it, the head gasket blew and it was pretty well gone. Fast forward another 6 months of being without a car, it was almost school and during that 6 months, I've been looking on craigslist all the time for a 1999-2000 Honda Civic EX auto, there was none that caught my interest and school was starting soon. Until I found a white 5th gen lude selling for $3.4, it was an auto, 119k, salvage, about a 2 hour drive, so me and my friend went there, drove it around, found minor problems, and talked the price down to $3000 flat. Loved the lude ever since, was glad I never found the civic I wanted.
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OK. My brother's first car was a 2nd gen prelude. This is when I was about 7 or 8. Even then I thought that the car was amazing.

When I was turning 16 I searched craigslist about every day with my dad. He would point out the "realistic and reliable" cars, and I would just waved him off. I almost got 2 integras, but one of the cars ended up being sold before I was able to go see it, and the other seller was just a douche (wouldn't sell it to me). So by this time I was 17 and without a car.

One day I was on the way to the mall with my parents, and I was on my phone searching on craigslist (as usual). I found an 89 prelude for $1700 listed with "immaculate" interior.

A week later my dad picked me up from work in the car without my knowledge. Bought it for $1500. Loved the car ever since!

And then I had to learn to drive stick. haha. It only took me like 3 days (4 hours total) to be comfortable enough to drive it on my own.

That, my friends, is my prelude story.
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After 4 years of High School without a car and two years of college without a car my dad was getting ready to replace the engine in his 86' fiero and needed a junker to drive around while he replaced the engine. He stumbled across an 88 prelude with 60k miles on it for $1500 bucks that had been driven by an old lady and had all the original paperwork and documentation of all the maintenance for the life of the car. He got a macco paint job in blue and replaced the water pump and timing belt before he sold it to me for $750 bucks. I drove the heck out of that thing and love riding with the sunroof open and the windows down as it hugged the curves of the road. Sadly in January of this year I was driving back late at night when a ford truck ran a stop sign and was t-boned into my prelude ending its life. It was totaled with only alittle over 81k miles on it and now im hungry to find a 5th generation prelude to drive around.
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