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Old 23 Apr 2010, 09:31 pm
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Default 2001 Honda prelude SH a reliable car?

I'm selling my 99 eclipse gs because i want to upgrade. 2001 Honda prelude Sh a dependable car with good amount of power?

I found one with 82,000 miles and he wants 10k

++++HEY ITS ME------- hear is a question i posted up awhle ago and im hoping you can add to your answer

Okay so i really want a honda prelude sh and i looked at one the other day... It was a 2001 prelude type SH with like 82,000 miles 3 owner car, and when i went to check the oil it barely had any! it was almost empty and they guy said he had Honda put oil in it a few days ago... i looked under the car and i didn't see any oil leakage or anything... what could be the problem? the car has a clean title and everything but do you think i should stay away from this car? it was extremely clean... thank you.

So do you think that i should buy the 01 prelude sh? the kid had it 5 months but he says he wants a truck... 3 owner car and it beeing a 2001 worries me a little...

SHOULD i have a mechanic check it out before i buy it? if all goes well take it?
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Old 23 Apr 2010, 09:46 pm
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it's a good car. but that price is too much

kbb suggested value for a fully loaded Honda prelude SH with 82,000 miles and in good condition is $8600

that's with no rust or anything of problems

if you can get it for 8000 i believe that's a fair deal. assuming the car is in good condition, cosmetically and mechanically.

talk him down, see if he'll deal on a lower price. offer him 7800. start low and work your way up. but i wouldn't go any higher than 8500

about the oil problem... i'm not sure why it wouldn't have any oil in it. i'd say your best bet would be to check with the honda dealer. there could be a sticker on the windshield saying the next time the oil needs changed. if not get the vin # and contact the honda dealer. if they did in fact change the oil ask them why theres barely any in it now.


honda just didn't put enough oil in.

there might be a leak and you just cant see it. look under the hood and try to see under the engine. there's a black cover that seperates the open road from the bottom of the engine. look with a flashlight to see any fluids on it.

or the guy could just be lying. if there is a sticker call whoever did the oil and see when the oil was last changed. if the car has been running on no oil for a while there could be damage to the cylinders.

if he gets his oil changed at honda when you call them ask for records because they should have them and see how often he changed it. if you call and they did in fact change the oil and everything checks out ok i'd say they just didn't put enough oil in. (which would be strange) just add more and no worries. make sure you use the same type of oil though.

if this is the case i'd go look at the car. add the oil. ask to drive it after you add the needed amount of oil. and then come back a day later. if the same amount of oil is in it then that means there's no leaks.

i'm not sure how much experience you have with oil so it is possible you checked it wrong. let the engine warm up, wipe off the dip stick and check it again with the clean stick and when the engine is warm.

just add details and let me know how it goes or if you have any more questions.

you could have a mechanic check it out but even a mechanic won't be able to tell if there's damage to the cylinders from running with no oil. they would have to open the engine up and it would be expensive.

i just suggest adding more oil running it and seeing if it's leaking any. check if the level has gone down again after driving it and then letting it sit for a day.

if there's an unexplainable loss of oil i wouldn't buy it. if there's simply a leak and it leaks oil out the bottom that would just be a seal problem and wouldn't be overly expensive to fix. it's not really a major problem.

once again add the oil. see if it stays after driving it and letting it sit for a day. if the oil level is ok get it. when the car is running listen to the engine and see how it sounds. it's a japanese engine so it should sound fairly smooth. there's shouldn't be any noticeable "knocking" sounds. or "pinging" sounds.

if you do add the oil, drive it, and let it sit over night to check the oil make sure the car hasn't moved when looking under it for leaks. it's possible that when you looked before he had just moved it and there wasn't any oil under it yet.
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