Hey all... among the quest for my first car, I've stumbled upon a few nice
lookin' Preludes. I've only heard great things about this car, but I'd like
to hear a few more people's opinions on it. What I know is that the '92-'96
generation features S, Si, and VTEC engines. The car weighs around
2800lbs. Knowing I only have less than $3000 to spend, the best I can shoot
for is an Si model. I've found a few that look pretty nice, and my Dad and
I will probably check 'em out today or tomorrow. The jdpower.com ratings
look impressive, but I want to hear what the people that have actually
driven it think. Is it reliable? Does it handle well? How accessible are
parts (stock and after-market)? Will I be able to upgrade the Si to VTEC
power for under $800?
Thanks for helping me with my first car, everyone.
The 92-96 Preludes afre very strong cars. IMO they are better than the heavier 97-01 Ludes. The Si is harder to find parts for than the VTEC model (h23a vs. h22a), but you wont have problems finding what you need. You're not going to increase 160hp to 200hp for under $800. Well you could come close to that... CAI ($200), header ($300) and custom bent 2.5" exhaust ($200-$300) should put you over the 190hp mark. Only way you'll see stock VTEC power with a Si for under $800 is nitrous.
Preludes are awesome cars. I drive a 98 and love it. The 4th gen is cool
too, but I havn't driven a non vtec so I dunno how the si drives. Handling
is very good. Parts are quite plentiful.
And thunderbird, the 4th gen weighs 2,932 lbs, and the 5th weighs 2950 lbs, so there is not that much weight diff.