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Old 05-20-2008, 04:51 AM
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Thinking of buying - But transmission is converted

Hi,
I'm considering this 97 Prelude, which seems to be in very good condition although not very low in milage (it is approx 85000 miles)
But the point that bothers me is the trany; it is converted from automatic to 5sp manual, which is actually both a positive and negative thing for me;.
It is positive because here in Turkey you cannot find Preludes with manual, which is a definitely necessary thing for me, and I would not consider to buy it if it was an automatic in the first place.
But it is negative too because the car was not originally manual. The owner says the installed gearbox is Prelude's original 5sp gearbox, not of Accord etc. But how can I make sure of that? Of course I will ask for the trany's receipt, but what other things should I check for (any serial numbers etc to confirm that??) And does this conversion likely to cause any problems??
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At the front of the car under the hood u can lookstraight down at the engine and find where it says h22a4 and to left on the trans will say some thing like m2s4 urs wont be that number but find that and i can tell ya further
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At the front of the car under the hood u can lookstraight down at the engine and find where it says h22a4 and to left on the trans will say some thing like m2s4 urs wont be that number but find that and i can tell ya further
Thanks! I will be able to meet the owner this weekend, I will send you this number as soon as I get it. By the way the owner says that its the 195ps version. I think its the base version. So what number should I read on the engine? Think the H22 is the higher version?? (Sorry don't know about the Preludes so much yet, I've just made some research around the net. Who knows maybe I'll join you soon )
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it should be the h22a4 on the engine code unless its a jdm swap. should be to the left of the header. and the trans code should be to the left of the engine code
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it should be the h22a4 on the engine code unless its a jdm swap. should be to the left of the header. and the trans code should be to the left of the engine code
some 5th gens in other countries didn't come with an h22 motor in a base model. know your 5th gens!

burcak: if you want a 5sp prelude, this might be your only chance. Just keep in mind that prelude trans are for the most part interchangable and will make little difference in performance, especially if you don't have a performance motor such as the h22.
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yeha i know in some countries 5th gens came with H23's in them but i doubt that it puts down the 195....UNLESS...its the H23 VTAACCKK! in that case get it, as far as the tranny if it came out of a prelude or even and accord you should be fine, just drive it and see how it feels

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yea the conversion should be fine... i kno a couple ppl with converted cars... as long as everythin was done right u shouldnt even beable to tell that it was ever automatic im planning on converting my car shortly...
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Thanks for the info, it is also good to know that there are quite a lot of enthusiasts of this car like you in here!

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Just keep in mind that prelude trans are for the most part interchangable
I could not understand what u mean by that? Can u explain a little more? Does it mean these trans are used on a lot of different models?
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it should be the h22a4 on the engine code unless its a jdm swap.
It may be a dummy question again but what does JDM stand for? I see it around often. And what is jdm swap???
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By "interchangable" he means they all fit each other (for the most part)

And JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market. Its all parts, motors, and equiptment that are made specifically in japan, and the products used in japan.

JDM Swap, simply means the motor out of a japanese prelude was put into your prelude that you are now buying.
The swap usually includes motor, transmission, axles, ecu, all wires, pretty much everything under the hood.

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Thanks for the info, it is also good to know that there are quite a lot of enthusiasts of this car like you in here!


I could not understand what u mean by that? Can u explain a little more? Does it mean these trans are used on a lot of different models?
I mean Honda trasnmissions for the most part are interchangable. you can mix and match.
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