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Old 12-23-2012, 08:25 PM
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Looking at a 5th gen

I've been looking at buying a fifth gen and I'm wondering what to look for.

It's a 2001 Base with an Auto transmission. New paint job a couple months ago and an engine rebuild. The body has 260,000 km and the engine has 4000 km. It's been owned by a mechanic with 3 other 5th gens so I think he knows what he's doing. My primary concern is the auto transmission so I'm going to pick at it the most, but I want to know what other common issues this model and year has.
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

just read about you losing your old lude, sorry to hear that man. im sure you know the auto transmissions go out on 5th gens (5th Gen Auto Transmission Failure Guide) make sure he has recipts of the swap, see if he knows how many miles were on the motor before the swap. check the trunk for bottles of fluid, sure sign it burns or leaks something. check the oil level for sure. if he lets you jack the front end up, wiggle the wheels. if it kind of "clicks" up and down, ball joints; if it "clicks" side to side, tie rod ends; if it "clicks" in all directions, it is wheel bearings.

you seemed reasonably mechanically inclined with your old one, it took me and my dad (im 17 btw) about 6 hours to do ball joints and tie rod ends that involved removing the steering knuckle and cost around $200 bucks, so you could get some money off of it if you find those issues.

any pics would be great. lots of people drive autos on here, and you could save up for when it goes out to get a 5 speed swap or a new auto (about the same price), and if you can get a donor car, then sell the rest after the swap as a part out, you can do a swap of either for next to free.

on another note: could you pull the leathers from your old lude and sell them to me? :P
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

Okay, he showed me pics of the re-paint and engine re-build, but yeah I should ask for receipts. I heard the auto fail was for the years 97-99?

Also my insurance company totaled my other 5th gen and I won't be able to take anything from it, sorry :(.
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

you know about the auto fail trans yet you are gonna get one anyway? id keep looking
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

they improved the auto tranny in 99-01 so it just takes longer to fail.

i've heard of folks getting decent life span from them. 150k etc.

i won't go near one though.
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I'd be afraid...very afraid of the autotragic tranny!
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

Not all autos fail. It's got 260,000 km on it so I'm guessing the tranny is original, after this long it should show signs of failure or it could just be fine.

I'm gonna take it for a test drive and see how it is. The guy is a mechanic and only drives 5th gens so I have a bit more faith in him than most people.
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

Check out the "Buying a Fifth Gen" Thread.
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

forget that Lude, just buy my RHD Prelude which is a 5spd with all the maintence already done and oil seals changed
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forget that Lude, just buy my RHD Prelude which is a 5spd with all the maintence already done and oil seals changed
uhhhhh no?
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

Any results of the test drive?
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uhhhhh no?
can't handle a 5spd?
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

Haven't had time to test drive yet, too much Christmas stuff going on, and my old 5th gen had a 5 peed, I'd actually rather have a manual even without the auto scare, but this lude looks really clean and once again it's by a mechanic that only drives 5th gens so it seems worth checking out.
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

go for it. i'm hoping they fixed 'em and you could be the test dummy. i have a possible chance at a well maintained 99 auto that matches my 97 but too many people say stay away.
keep us updated please. i'd love to have an auto tranny 5th someday.
may do an accord tranny swap ..nah..
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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

I have no problem with owning an auto as long as the car is in decent shape. I don't know how reliable a 5spd swap is and I'm sure it cost a lot of money so if the auto craps out I'll have to consider the swap or just buy a new prelude and re-shell.

Nobody on here has an 01 Auto? Really?

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Re: Looking at a 5th gen

there are some 01 auto here. they're the ones who post my automatic transmission broke..

i've heard some do fine. don't know if the ones that fail are being treated like F1 tranny's or just regular driving. i'm curious myself.

why is dude selling it?
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He has four of them and doesn't have the space to keep it.
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