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hey everyone . i live in australia i am looking to buy my first car and i am just woundering if a honda prelude would make a good first car? if so whats the pros and cons of the car? thanks
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Re: first car

If you've been racing go karts since you were 4 it's a great 1st car. You already know what goes wrong with hot rods.

If you have not, but are looking for cheap, completely reliable transportation, don't know a lot about fixing a broken car, then avoid the prelude.

These cars are minimum 14 years old. And although were made by Honda, time has taken it's toll. An unmolested Accord would probably be a wiser choice since parts are much easier to find when they do break. And more shops are familiar with them.
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^Agreed, if you don't want to get down and dirty then don't get a prelude.
But once you go prelude you will never go back, this thing is a drug.
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It's because of the prelude that got me into modding cars in the first place, and will eventually become an auto sparky too $$$ best cars if you wanna be taught a few lessons
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Re: first car

I would have never imagined a honda would have cost me so much money lol. Ill break down my list, and then you can decide if you still want one. I bought the car at the end of march 2014, for just under $3k. Since then I have added;

Timing belt - $300
Ks tensioner - $125
Water pump - $50
Alternator - $85
Thermostat - $30
Distributor - $230
Spark plugs - $20
Wires - $45
Valve cover gasket -$20
Misc seals - $30
02 sensors - $120
Power Steering Hose - $65
Fuel filter - $40
Fuel Pressure Regulator - $70
Exedy OEM Clutch - $120
Fidanza Flywheel - $230

I may be forgetting some things.

All of that was completed over the course of a year since april 2014

Not including $800 for tires/wheels an additional $500 for coilovers, plus another $350 on a catback exhaust with Cat delete.

A grand total of $6230 in a 17 year old car.

Its been an expensive game. Plus 93 octane and 25mpg could be better also xD

I dont regret it thought, the car is phenomenal. Im hanging onto it until enough dough is here for a WRX. Good luck with what you decide
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Re: first car

If you have Time, Money, Tools, Mechanical Aptitude (able to work on cars), Patience, a friend to help, a garage to work in, and transportation for the time being...

GO FOR IT!

I have a 3rd GEN that I bought for $800 and I have $4K in it. Some parts were needed, but most were "wants". I probably could have kept it around $500 in parts but. well, you know!
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I would have never imagined a honda would have cost me so much money lol. Ill break down my list, and then you can decide if you still want one. I bought the car at the end of march 2014, for just under $3k. Since then I have added;

Timing belt - $300
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$300 for a timing belt??

Is it made of Kevlar or Titanium?

Either way, I hope you don't have to change THAT every 80K...
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$300 for a timing belt??

Is it made of Kevlar or Titanium?

Either way, I hope you don't have to change THAT every 80K...
Sorry I was half asleep writing this. It was a quick estimate. To be clear and accurate it was $80 for the belt, $30 for the balance shaft belt, and $350 for the labor
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Sorry I was half asleep writing this. It was a quick estimate. To be clear and accurate it was $80 for the belt, $30 for the balance shaft belt, and $350 for the labor
Ah... That sounds a little better... Not sure how much a "Brand Name" timing belt for your GEN car is but a Gates Brand belt for my 3RD GEN is only $28.

Hey Vandy, What year Lude are you considering?
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I say do it. They are easy cars to work on
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Re: first car

Agreed with all above. These cars are up near the top of the FWD heap for whatever era you're looking to buy from. As mentioned above, some parts are going to be... interesting... to come by (owning a gen-2, I might have a skewed view on the matter).

Any older car you buy is going to have its share of problems, and is going to require some (or a LOT, depending on condition as purchased). If you plan on doing your own work, the Preludes are no worse than any other car. If you're planning on taking it to the shop for every little thing, be aware that labor is generally going to be a bit worse, just because they're less common.
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