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Old 03-11-2009, 09:25 PM
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hello guys,
im on the hunt for a 5th gen prelude..
i live in Tasmania and there isnt much about :S well not manuals anyway,
there are a few semi-autos (have no idea what the difference between auto and semi auto?), is it worth buying a semi then convert it to manual (if i can) or ship/wait for a manual to show up.

also any things i should look at when looking at a prelude, common rust spots, anything that ppl/ car yards might try to hide?

any advise on the stuff mentioned or about different models of 5th gen would be appreciated.

thanks.
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Re: New member looking for advise

Well a semi-auto means that you can basically put it in "manual mode" and shift to your desire I think. (You just move the shifter up or down or something, no need for a clutch.) And then you can just leave it in D if you want. (For auto mode)

You should check the oil to see if it's really black, check for oil leaks. I personally would wait for a full manual. Solely due to the fact that my '88 Prelude had auto transmission problems, so I bought a full manual '99 Prelude.

Also check the trunk. Because there might be a trunk leak that would make water fill in the trunk. (In my 99, the trunk has a leak in a taillight gasket, can't fix it now, so I just have the trunk plug on that side taken out for draining. I think Preludes are notorious for trunk leaks. Both my 88 and 99 Preludes have rusty trunk. Not sure what the problem is for the 88 though.)

Check to make sure all electronics work, gauges, radio, speakers, moon roof, ect.


For a manual, clutch in and make sure it can shift into all gears smoothly. For an automatic, put it in each gear and see if it "lurks" badly. That isn't a good sign I think.

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I would buy a 5sp from jump street.
I check for rust under the spare tire.( signs of water leaking pass the tail lights)
I'd make sure that the timing belt has been changed( if the car has high miles)
I'd check for oil leaks also.

I know there are a lot more things that you can look for but those are some things that I'd like for.
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:14 PM
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thanks guys,
there is nothing in tassie :'( but i will wait to get the right one.

thanks for advice, a semi auto i looked at had a huge rust spot under the spear wheel, i checked there thanks to you guys.
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