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Old 03-14-2006, 07:16 PM   #1
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Oil leak on 2000 Prelude

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I'm looking at a 2000 Prelude (base) with 120k miles. It's a one-owner car and everything seems to work fine. However, there is a fair amount of oil leak, and the seller's mechanic said the VTEC valve seal, the distribution O rings, CAM cap seal, and the valve cover gasket need to be changed.

Does anybody know if this oil leak problem is related to any other problem like overheating? and also, is the car worth $9200?

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Black, 5sp, HID headlight, optional spoiler, and everything looks clean and nice

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:19 PM   #2
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I wouldn't pay that much for the car if it has that bad of an oil leak even though those parts are easily replaceable. Maybe get the guy to drop the price a bit more since you'll have to fix all that
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:25 PM   #3
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I wouldn't pay that much for the car if it has that bad of an oil leak even though those parts are easily replaceable. Maybe get the guy to drop the price a bit more since you'll have to fix all that
Thanks for the quick reply. I'm new to Prelude. How much is a good price for this Prelude? The owner wants to split the cost of the repair. Also, is this a wear-and-tear problem or there may be other problems associated with it

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:25 PM   #4
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yeah and a 2000 with 120k on it is crazy, my 97 only has 112k
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:30 PM   #5
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I wouldn't pay that much for the car if it has that bad of an oil leak even though those parts are easily replaceable. Maybe get the guy to drop the price a bit more since you'll have to fix all that
Also, the owner showed me a $1300 receipt for a major tune-up with timing belt, water pump, and battery change etc... Tires have about 30-40% tread left
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:31 PM   #6
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mine is a 1998 with 68k.

kbb.com says 11,480 MSRP for the '00.
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mine is a 1998 with 68k. i'd say maybe 8500 for that one?
I'm willing to pay a little more for a well-maintained car. I guess my main question is that "should I be worried about the oil leak as a sign of trouble because it may be associated with some other problems" Or "is the oil leak just a common wear-and-tear problem and everything should be fine after fixing it?"

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sorry, i corrected my price quote before. 9200 seems a pretty good price. just have it checked out by a good honda mechanic and go from there. replacing gasket/seals would be fairly normail wear and tear for 120k, i suppose.
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Thanks for the many quick replies. It's really comforting to know that it's just a common wear-and-tear problem

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no prob. if you decide to get it make sure to post up some pics!
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no prob. if you decide to get it make sure to post up some pics!
Sure will, but it's gona be all stock, though. Thanks
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Also, the owner showed me a $1300 receipt for a major tune-up with timing belt, water pump, and battery change etc... Tires have about 30-40% tread left
1300$.....LOL such a waste i can do it all for under 400 and include a new red top batery amd extra 200 and i get all new cooper tires

well then again i just dropped 2500$ and payed off my autometers and WWRS kit and a bunch of other goodies
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:58 PM   #13
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9,200 is way too much for a 2000 base with 120k, i got my 1997 type sh with 78k (at the time) for 8,200, well maintained, clean record and everything
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leaks a lot of oil or burns a lot of oil? Fixing a leak is cake, but you should be able to talk him down from that price, you're getting a not so awesome deal. I guarantee you can find lower mileage for that price.
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Also, the owner showed me a $1300 receipt for a major tune-up with timing belt, water pump, and battery change etc... Tires have about 30-40% tread left
That's just regular matience that is required for the car. That can't affect the pricing of the car. I still wouldn't pay $9200 for it. I'd offer $8000 maybe $8500 at the most....
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That's just regular matience that is required for the car. That can't affect the pricing of the car. I still wouldn't pay $9200 for it. I'd offer $8000 maybe $8500 at the most....
Thanks for all the advice guys. I may not be able to get it after all. First, I don't have enough money. Second, I was going to sell my 91 Supra turbo (w/ automatic ) for a new model car with relatively less maintenance because I was going to start medical school in August. But I have to defer my acceptance for some stupid shit, and I will need some money to pay for tuition for some more stupid classes (long story)

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