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These pictures were taken September 2013. I bought the car in April 1993 with 38,000 miles on it. Now 21 years later it has 350,000. Interior is still in very good condition and there's no rust anywhere on the car. I'll probably get rid of it within a couple months because the original transmission has started slipping. It's finally about time to say goodbye. This post is a tribute to this excellent car that served me well for 21 years!
 

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In early 2002 it had a cheap Maaco paint job which held up a lot better than expected. The original OEM paint top surfaces were in bad shape.

The car's never lived anywhere that snowed (other than Dallas the last few years), and never lived real close to the ocean. I waxed it about twice a year, and usually Armor-all the interior about 2 to 3 times per year. I did use a windshield sunshade always when it was parked in the sun, and it's always had tinted windows.

I am still considering an H22 and trans swap, or an F22A1 and trans swap, but I think these engines are no longer very easy to find, and I can't do the installation myself so I will probably pull all the stereo equipment out of it and sell it.
 

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She is a looker. The paint job looks great and that interior looks new. Did anyone actually sit in the seats?
 

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Beautiful! I've always loved those CB7's would love to find a sedan as clean as this one. Keep it I'm sure you'll regret getting rid of it.
 

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She is a looker. The paint job looks great and that interior looks new. Did anyone actually sit in the seats?
I don't know the first 38,000 miles and 2 years of the car, but it was almost new-like condition when I got it. Since I've owned it the back seats were hardly sat in, probably 10 times total. The passenger front seat are lightly used too but more than the back seats.

The paint looks pretty good, but not as good as in the pictures which don't show details like real life. There are some small rock chips on the hood and a few dings that don't show in the pictures. Some pieces of the black side molding are looking bad and the bumper covers need paint touching up, especially the rear. I decided to keep it another 6 months max but to probably get rid of it before renewing my insurance on it. I am going to do 3 drain and fills on the transmission with Honda fluid to buy some more time and temporarily help the transmission and use the car while I get some body and touch up paint work done to the 05.

This has been a great car that I am glad to have owned for so long, but the 92-93 4th gens got several significant improvements over the 90-91s including disk rear brakes on EX, an Airbag on EX, Anti-lock brakes, got rid of the motorized seat belts of the 90-91, some 92 -93s got body-colored side and bumper moldings, and 92-93 got slightly more horsepower.
 

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Honestly, I'd at least find a good used tranny. The car is perfect otherwise. I know auto trannies suck but this one lasted 350k. Million mile Joe had the original trans on his 91. Keep it, not need to get rid of it.
 
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Honestly, I'd at least find a good used tranny. The car is perfect otherwise. I know auto trannies suck but this one lasted 350k. Million mile Joe had the original trans on his 91. Keep it, not need to get rid of it.
Thanks for the suggestion! It's a good idea and I have considered this, and looked around online some for a transmission. I have also considered getting a used engine and transmission combo for this car and replacing both.

The problem is that the car is 23 years old and there are not any (or many) used transmissions or engines left to buy for it. And the few that are left are most likely used up and worn out. I checked ebay and there was ONE used transmission for this car and they wanted $799! Also used f22a1's or f22a4's (one on ebay for $699 and who knows the condition) are now hard to find. I have recently searched online locally in the DFW area and cannot locate even one single f22* engine, or a transmission for this car locally. None.

On top of all this I would have to find a shop to install it. I live in an apartment with no place to work on my car, nor the tools, so DIY is out of the question unfortunately too. I don't want to sink more than about $1500 total into this car, and that only for a lower mileage used engine AND transmission. I doubt anyone would sell me an engine and transmission, and install it, for less than $2500 - $3000 I am guessing which is totally not worth it to me. $1500 and I'd do it otherwise it's finally time to move on get another second car.

I'd still like to find a local shop and get a replacement transmission and engine installed for a reasonable cost but I don't think that's possible now with such an old car even if I did decide to trust a shop to do it. As mentioned I have looked and can't find a transmission for this car locally in the entire DFW area.
 

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Beautiful car man. She is in great shape for sure.

Does Honda still support these cars with parts? I know it would be expensive but can you still get a a factory new transmission for these from Honda?
 

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Hats off to you and the car. I love that gen. Hope it goes to an owner who will keep it running, and original.
 

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The car doesnt look that bad for 350,000 miles...I see cars with 60,000 that look a lot worse...Honda never ceases to amaze me with the reliability of their products. See if you can get to 400k :thmsup:
 

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Oh wow, that photo just reminded me of those weird automatic seat belts cars from those years had! I remember how annoying it was, once the "this is sorta neat" factor wore off a week after having the car. I'm really glad that kludgy crap didn't stick around!

This was my first car; I drove it from 1998 or so until 2000 when I was able to buy my first new car, the 2001 Honda Accord EX Coupe V6. Yep, this car had a good enough impression on me that I've been a Honda owner ever since. :)
 

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Just goes to show that taking care of your vehicle can make it last a long, long time. The OP is just lucky he lives in TX - up here in NH most of these turned into swiss cheese a long time ago. Salt is a terrible thing!
 

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You should actually get the transmission issue diagnosed by a professional before getting rid of the car or deciding to have it replaced. I thought the transmission was toast in one of my cars, but a $250 remanned valve body fixed it.

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I agree with the above. If it's the AT, there are known issues with the TCM, if so equipped. Not 100% if the 91 had the electronic transmission or not. I know my 93 did, and it was just a few components inside the TCM needed to be replaced. If you're handy with a soldering iron it'll cost you less than $20, IF it's a TCM issue.

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What a great looking car. That style was one of the best designs they did.
 

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Very likely but doesn’t change the fact it was one of their home runs.
 

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Puh-leeeease don't sell it! It's a jewel! I'm in Dallas also, and I can recommend two shops that might not be that awfully expensive just to rebuild or fix the tranny. Christian Brothers https://www.cbac.com/midway/ and Stuttgart in Addison where I've been a customer 18 years Stuttgart Auto Center
 
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