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#190 of 504 2001 Integra
Jan 31, 2000 (3:51 pm)
Post #179 has a link to the (supposedly) new Integra for 2001. I am sure Honda/Acura will do a great job with the engine and performance, however; IMHO this design is butt ugly. It looks too conservative and they stuck with the same headlight design as the current Prelude, which a lot of people don't like. Although, I remember when the current model Civic was released some criticized the design, the headlights especially, but the car still sold well. What do you all thing of this design ?
#191 of 504 Post #179
Jan 31, 2000 (10:41 pm)
I actually posted that but I don't have any faith in the speculation. If anyone has accurate info, please let us know. Thanks.
#192 of 504 TYPE R vs GS-R
Feb 01, 2000 (10:18 pm)
I have a 1999 GS-R and although I love its handling characteristics I am still a bit disappointed in its acceleration. Is the 2000 Type R noticeably quicker or should I wait until the 2001 GS-R and/or Type R's come out? (Assuming the rumours of significant horse power increases to both.)
#193 of 504 here is the scoop!!
Feb 02, 2000 (8:00 pm)
This came from autoweek or automobile magazine and many other sources.
Looks like there is going to be only 1 Integra for '01. It will have a 2.0L 217hp engine and will be the Type-R but may not have the "R" name.
It will just be called Integra but will have all the Type-R trimmings, suspension, brakes, exhaust, etc. It will be a true sports car.
www.vtec.net also said the new Integra will have 220hp so 217 is most likely it.
It also looks like that picture of the '01 Integra is it! Because the magazines spoke of the Prelude lights, etc.
BTW, there will be no more Prelude but there will be a new sporty Accord Coupe to take its place.
The sad things is that they said the new '01 Integra will not be available till 3/01!
It's going to be a hek of a machine though and will kick Celica butt. I just hope they keep the price reasonable and make it affordable. The current Type-R stickers for $24.8K. If they go higher than $25K I don't believe they 're going to seel too many of them.
There will also be NO MORE 4dr Integras according to this article. It's too bad they 're not making a lesser Integra with 150hp or so or a GSR in between with like 190hp to compete directly with the Celica GT-S. I guess they just wanted to blow the doors off anything out there that costs $30K or less. They 're showing no mercy It's estimated that this new Integra will do 0-60 in just over 6 sec. and 1/4 mi. will be in the low to mid 14's!
Feb 11, 2000 (1:26 pm)
Does anyone here know a good place to get cheaper Acura parts for my '93 Integra Hatchback? integra.vtec.net is down, so no help there, and I can't find the number for the California dealer I've gotten discounted parts from in the past (discovered in the back of Autoweek). One of my headlights died, and I'm not paying my dealer to replace it! So, I want to save money on the part, too. Any help appreciated.
#195 of 504 Should I buy it?
Feb 16, 2000 (2:27 am)
I am just about to buy a 93 Integra RS (base model) with 147K. The car seems to be in very good condition looks-wise. My car-freak friend checked it out and said it had had no accidents (front or rear) and has a healthy engine. It's black/black and looks well taken care of. It drives nicely and has a recent "pass" smog test. But :
1- It makes this tick-tick sound in the back (not too loud) when I brake and the same sound (from the back) when I turn left at about 40-50 mph.
2- The odometer wire makes a fit-fit-fit sound when the car's cold (New England winters !).
3- It has a slight leak around the sunroof that wets the upholstry on the roof when it rains.
4- Antenna mast is broken.
5- Otherwise looks and runs well and quite peppy compared to the brand new ones I have driven.
Now, considering the price ( $3700 which is about the KBB trade-in value, and I am NOT trading in but buying it from an owner) and considering the estimate to take care of the above problems (which I am absolutely clueless about !!), is this car worth the money?
Please help me out. Thanks for your help friends.
#196 of 504 carlady
Feb 16, 2000 (7:42 pm)
Dave, have you had a chance to use our Used Car pricing for the Integra? If not, go to the homepage, click on Used Cars, click on Acura, click on 1993, then click on Integra. It allows you to take into consideration mileage and the features on car you are considering.
Without casting aspersions on your car-freak friend, I'd invest some bucks and have a mechanic look over the car for you. Ask your questions about the noises, etc. and find out if anything is really a problem. You may also want to do a VIN check to discover the history on this car.
Also, ask to review all of the service records. IMHO, if the person does not provide service records, do not buy a used car from him.
This way you won't have to worry about being "clueless."
What do others think?
Feb 16, 2000 (8:33 pm)
The suroof leak would bother me and I probably wouldn't buy the car just for that reason. The RS models did not come with a sunroof so this is probably an aftermarket sunroof which is why it's leaking (not that factory ones don't leak).
The speedo noise you hear is normal. The rear noise could be wheel bearings or some kind of suspension problem or just a cracked bushing..
$3700 I assume is for a car in really good shape. I wouldn't pay more than $3K for this one. Considering it's 7yrs old, the body will start rusting in another year or so since you 're in New England and it's been through bad winters.
Is it a 5-sp or auto? If it's a stick you have to consider the cost of a new clutch in the near future as well.
147K is really not a lot miles for an Integra engine (depending how it was driven..) and I 'm sure this will probably last well into the 200K's (before the head gasket goes - can be replaced for about $500) but it's the other stuff around the engine that goes..
Next major maintenance item around 150-160K mi. is a timing belt ($250-400 depending if they replace the water pump or not at the same time).
The owner of this car has already changed the timing belt at around 60-80K mi. Make sure he has, ask for receipts! Timing belt usually goes between 70-95K miles. If it brakes you can have bent valves and head problems that could cost you up to $1500 to fix! That's why you must replace it before it goes.
These are some things for you to think about. Basically what I 'm trying to say is that you have enough money for some maintenance & repairs on top of fixing the sunroof and the other noise.
Another advice from me would be to ignore little noises because a car with that many miles on it develops noises every couple of months as the body and other things loosen up. What you should watch out for is major clunking, banging, metal scraping, etc. Little rattles and slight ticking, is usually normal and I wouldn't go crazy over them. You will have a lot more than one or two as the mileage gets higher..
Feb 17, 2000 (8:25 am)
My above post should have read, 'I will drive the car harder than the former owner',,, so handling
(performance) is important,, as is longevity.
Feb 17, 2000 (3:25 pm)
Do not buy the same Michelins again. They really suck and every GSR owner will tell you this.
See if you can find the Dunlop SP8000 in 205-50.
They 're supposed to be discontinued any day now.
You will not get good longevity if high/ultra performance tires. There must be a compromise. The Michelins do just that, last a long time but perform poorly in dry & wet. I think in the wet it is the worst tire I 've owned.
I have Dunlop D60-A2 HR rated tires on my Civic and like them a lot better than the Michelin
XGT-V4 that I have on my '99 GSR.
You might want to go for the little more expensive Dunlop SP9000 in 205-50. BTW, no other mods are required to accomodate one size larger tire because the diameter of the 205-50 is almost identical to the factory 195-55 so the hight of the new tire is pretty much the same (it's about less than a 1mm shorter, 10mm wider and look better).
Again, these tires are very dangerous in the rain or when the road is slightly wet, they have no traction whatsoever in the rain and the car has a lot of power so it's easy to slide and loose control. Dunlops perform excellent in the wet! Almost as good as in the dry believe it or not. They 're really amazing. Try and get a ZR rated Dunlop tire if you can, you won't regret it. The Michelin XGT-V4 don't hold a candle to the SP5000, 8000 or 9000 or even the D60.
I used to own Dunlop D40_M2 (same as SP8000) and loved them. Couldn't even get the tires to squeal at ramps doing 80mph.
If it doesn't snow where you live you don't need an all season tire. Get the Ultra performance SP8000 and you will get about 30K mi. of pure driving excitement with this tire.
BTW, I just visited Tirerack.com and there are 1/2 dozen GSR owners who gave their comments about this tire. Search by brand (Dunlop), and then click on the SP8000, page down a little and you 'll see what people are saying about the tire. A lot GSR & BMW owner swear by it. A lot of good information there. Also if you read the test results the SP8000 beat the Michelin MXX3 which is almost twice the price! Don't get Michelin. You 'll be paying more for the name and get crappy performance. You can't go wrong with the very popular SP8000.