Nothing is easier than looking in a Hollander Guide, but if you don't want to do that, I use the Rock Auto web site for reference a lot. First follow the menus to select your car, then in the Manual Transmission section, click on "complete assembly". You'll get a list of what is available, often from multiple sources, and it will give each supplier's part number.
Next you can go back and select your model from a different year, or a different model from 1997, then look if they show the same part number for the same supplier. If you find one that is the same as for your car, a transmission from that vehicle should interchange. The first problem with doing it this way is you can spend days searching through all the possibilities, and you will potentially overlook a totally different car that may have used a Honda transmission. The second problem is you might overlook a similar transmission for one application that has a different part number for some reason that is not important to your car. For example, the transmission from a different year might have a mounting ear cast onto it for an application that isn't on your car. If you used that transmission, you would simply ignore that extra ear and not use it for anything, but they have to give it a different par number because your transmission wouldn't have that ear, and it's needed on that other car.
Another example has to do with Chrysler automatic transmissions from the 1970s. There were only two models, and they were used in everything up to two-ton trucks. Those used in the trucks needed to have more internal clutch plates to handle the load. Those transmissions would bolt up in any car and work fine, but if you put the relatively wimpy car transmission in a truck, it wouldn't hold up to the stress. Those got different part numbers even though they could be interchanged one way.
Friday, January 16th, 2015 AT 11:59 PM