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Hey y'all,

So I'm about to buy a 97 lude it's got 160k on it but it's in good shape just some minor rust I need to take care of.

So I understand that the transmissions on these auto ludes were hot garbage and I'm concerned. Drove the car and its running fine but I want to replace some parts I've read are essential to keeping the car running.

Timing belt, auto tensioner, water pump, tranny cooler.

I was thinking once I buy the car I would buy all these components first and get them in the engine ASAP. I am taking the car to a shop for a tune up before I make the purchases but I was wondering from you pros if these are the most important additions I should make to this car NOW.

I keep hearing about only using OEM parts but where the heck can find OEM parts? What website?

Yes I'm a n00b

What else can I buy to prolong the life of my tranny? Please list any websites you guys use when needing new parts for your ludes!

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Don't buy an automatic, period. That's the best thing you can do to prolong the life of your car.

Also, if you're buying a slushbox 1997 Prelude with 160k and visible rust, I hope you aren't paying a dime for $2,000 for it.
 

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haha, there really is one of these threads every week. if you're looking at a lude with both rust and an auto tranny, I'd keep looking. once that Honda quarter cancer starts, its tough to stop it.
 

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Don't buy an automatic, period. That's the best thing you can do to prolong the life of your car.

Also, if you're buying a slushbox 1997 Prelude with 160k and visible rust, I hope you aren't paying a dime for $2,000 for it.
I'm paying $1000 and in my current situation I need a car ASAP. I'm actually looking forward to fixing up this car I don't have time to shop around.

Again, what can I do to improve its function?
 

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Level 10, if you buy an auto.

Better have deep pockets, like deep as in as deep as a porn stars catcher mitt!
 

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I'm paying $1000 and in my current situation I need a car ASAP. I'm actually looking forward to fixing up this car I don't have time to shop around.

Again, what can I do to improve its function?
Expect that $1000 to be closer to $2,500 to have a reliable vehicle. If you plan on doing anything other than driving it, you're wasting your time and your money- the car won't hold any value as compared to a 5-speed car. But, you asked nicely, so I'll rehash some information that will be of use to you.

If you want to buy OE parts, buy them from www.MajesticHonda.com, they have their parts under the "Service, Parts & Collision" tab on their homepage. They're a dealer that sells parts directly from Honda at fair prices. Shipping kind of sucks, but that's the nature of the beast when you're getting parts from Japan.

For stuff like the manual tensioner conversion, transmission cooler, and other aftermarket parts, look at aftermarket suppliers like Import Replacement Parts (www.importrp.com). These guys sell the tensioner conversion into an entire kit with OE parts, highly suggest buying from these guys.

Rock Auto (www.rockauto.com) sells some good parts that you can use for your timing belt service as well- water pumps, timing belts, balance shaft belts, spark plugs, gaskets and other little stuff are cheap from here.

Summit Racing also sells some universal parts that would work in your application, but that's up to you. Another spot you can get parts from is Amazon- I've purchased a few go-fast parts from them recently, and it pays off if you have Prime.

There are dozens of threads on here that explain what you can do to make your ticking timebomb transmission last a tiny bit longer. The best thing you can do is keep up with fluid changes every 10,000 miles with OE Honda ATF and pray. With 160k on it, I wouldn't expect miracles.
 

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I'm paying $1000 and in my current situation I need a car ASAP. I'm actually looking forward to fixing up this car I don't have time to shop around.

Again, what can I do to improve its function?
Expect that $1000 to be closer to $2,500 to have a reliable vehicle. If you plan on doing anything other than driving it, you're wasting your time and your money- the car won't hold any value as compared to a 5-speed car. But, you asked nicely, so I'll rehash some information that will be of use to you.

If you want to buy OE parts, buy them from www.MajesticHonda.com, they have their parts under the "Service, Parts & Collision" tab on their homepage. They're a dealer that sells parts directly from Honda at fair prices. Shipping kind of sucks, but that's the nature of the beast when you're getting parts from Japan.

For stuff like the manual tensioner conversion, transmission cooler, and other aftermarket parts, look at aftermarket suppliers like Import Replacement Parts (www.importrp.com). These guys sell the tensioner conversion into an entire kit with OE parts, highly suggest buying from these guys.


Rock Auto (www.rockauto.com) sells some good parts that you can use for your timing belt service as well- water pumps, timing belts, balance shaft belts, spark plugs, gaskets and other little stuff are cheap from here.

Summit Racing also sells some universal parts that would work in your application, but that's up to you. Another spot you can get parts from is Amazon- I've purchased a few go-fast parts from them recently, and it pays off if you have Prime.

There are dozens of threads on here that explain what you can do to make your ticking timebomb transmission last a tiny bit longer. The best thing you can do is keep up with fluid changes every 10,000 miles with OE Honda ATF and pray. With 160k on it, I wouldn't expect miracles.
Hey thanks for your input I really appreciate it. You've changed my mind on the prelude officially. It's a shame I really like the car but oh well. Thanks for listing those sites too I never know where to look for parts.
 

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Hey thanks for your input I really appreciate it. You've changed my mind on the prelude officially. It's a shame I really like the car but oh well. Thanks for listing those sites too I never know where to look for parts.
The automatics are not a good idea whatsoever. If you must have an automatic car, this is not the car for you. If you search this forum, you will quickly find out why. Alot of the information on these cars is in the FAQ and other sticky threads.
 
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