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Old 08-14-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Question 1991 EX Coupe Stock engine?

I've been wondering on how my car is so damn old, with 250k+ miles. on what i thought to be the original engine was still running.. Since i bought her i knew she was a 1991 EX which stock, come with the A4 model engine. Out of curiosity I check the stamp on the engine where it meets the tranny and I see that F22A1 stamped on there. Now I know that the 1991 EX models come with the A4 but I am confused as to how to verify that it is a swap.. i can't find any VINs on the engine (if there is any). My Accord is the "Pre-Facelift" Version according to Wikipedia. Even though it is a small downgrade from the stock engine i would be very delighted to have the engine swap verified so that i know i still have a few thousand miles left till she starts dying on me. The previous owner (Not First) said that the engine was stock on it so i doubt he knows anything about that.. anyways. my 8th VIN number (Engine code so i've read) is 6. Someone please shed some light on this mystery of mines and get me motivated to dump some cash on my Beaut. Thanks Sorry for any noob questions :P

P.S. I've googled a bunch of times regarding VIN Engine code and such but with no luck.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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The fact that it says F22A1 means it is a swap, unless you have a Canadian model (the Canadian EX was the equivalent to the US LX) If it's a Canadian car, it may be the stock engine.
Of course, the only difference between the F22A1 and F22A4 is the exhaust manifold... so if your manifold looks like 4 tubes, instead of a cast iron blob, then you have the A4 manifold... and the A4's 130hp (well, before losses due to wear and tear...)

If the engine was properly maintained, it could still have PLENTY of life left in it even with 250k miles. Hell, I drive a 2009 Fit every day with 270k on the odometer (and counting... quickly!) As long as Honda engines are maintained at least at the bare minimum level, they can last a VERY long time.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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I've been wondering on how my car is so damn old, with 250k+ miles. on what i thought to be the original engine was still running.. Since i bought her i knew she was a 1991 EX which stock, come with the A4 model engine. Out of curiosity I check the stamp on the engine where it meets the tranny and I see that F22A1 stamped on there. Now I know that the 1991 EX models come with the A4 but I am confused as to how to verify that it is a swap.. i can't find any VINs on the engine (if there is any). My Accord is the "Pre-Facelift" Version according to Wikipedia. Even though it is a small downgrade from the stock engine i would be very delighted to have the engine swap verified so that i know i still have a few thousand miles left till she starts dying on me. The previous owner (Not First) said that the engine was stock on it so i doubt he knows anything about that.. anyways. my 8th VIN number (Engine code so i've read) is 6. Someone please shed some light on this mystery of mines and get me motivated to dump some cash on my Beaut. Thanks Sorry for any noob questions :P

P.S. I've googled a bunch of times regarding VIN Engine code and such but with no luck.
You are correct, it is a swap if I'm not mistaken, only the DX & LX came with the A1. Not to be the person with bad news but technically if the engine is swapped doesn't really guarantee less mileage as the engine could had very well came from a '90 accord with an A1. As for the Vin my 8th number is a 7, not sure what it means lol but thought I'd share and I have a 92 EX coupe with an A6

Plus what Deev said lol Honda engines last forever with good maintance
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback... almost 100% sure my car isn't canadian. and well yea it's 4 independent tubes. I agree with the higher mileage thing but lets just hope it was a rebuild! ill just keep truckin' then till i see blue smoke in my rear view. Thanks again.
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