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#252 of 504 Just bought a 1993 Integra RS
Mar 28, 2000 (5:13 pm)
Hi guys, i just bought a 93 manual RS which
apparently has ZERO problems. I replaced
the front boots because they were broken,
changed the oil, added lots of fluids around,
changed the tires and right now it runs great++.
The car has almost 80k miles on it. Still there
are several things:
1. if the timing belt is to be changed at 90k
(as written in the manual) and i don't have
any more resources to do it right now, can
something bad happen if it breaks ? (right
now the car has 80k)
2. one front secondary headlight bulb is out
and it seems to be a big thing to change it
because apparently i have to pull out the
entire front cover etc etc just to get to the
bottom screws for the headlights. anyone
knows how to do this easier ?
3. any experiences with unchanged clutch at 80k ?
it feels ok but makes a little noise when
the stick is on parking and i release the
pedal ... any advice ?
4. would you recommend to install alarm on it ?
i heard many stories about alarm circuit
installment messing around with the normal
circuitry and that noone actually gets it
right on the G2's ... is this true ?
5. on the engine there is a small, round,
plastic cover which leaks a little bit of
oil ... just a little bit but i haven't found
that part in any part store. should i go to
the acura dealer or does anyone have any
please email sioncs.purdue.edu
Mar 28, 2000 (5:45 pm)
Now make sure you break in the engine properly. No trips to redline for the first 1K mi! Just shift 1st,2nd & 3d around 4-4,500rpm. Then after 1k mi. increase the RPMs but gradually. Don't go straight to 8100..
Mar 28, 2000 (5:51 pm)
I 'd recommend to take it in to your mechanic to have the oil leak checked and maybe get the headlight bulb replaced there too.
If your timing belt goes it will damage the valves! Get the timing belt replaced around 90K.
An alarm won't help if thieves want your car bad enough..
Mar 29, 2000 (9:31 am)
to any prospective integra buyers out there, please don't get the auto transmission. the only trim i would consider is the gs-r. i wish i had known better two years ago...i hear acura has improved the auto transmission for '00 (a little late for that, huh?), but i am skeptical of what an "improvement" means to them (i have a '98 ls).
it's a fun car overall; however, i would be more than happy to find it gone tomorrow morning. just my .02 and wishful thinking...
Mar 29, 2000 (11:06 pm)
what does your post mean?
Mar 30, 2000 (5:21 am)
sorry, did that seem incoherent? yeah, it was late, i was rambling. i just don't think the integra was made to be driven automatically; everytime i drive i feel like it's missing something. it lags and doesn't pull when you need it most (i.e. merging onto freeway). i was naive - just bought it for looks and convenience. wish i had a gearhead friend to car shop with back then!
Mar 30, 2000 (5:34 am)
hmm, I was a bad boy and wasn't entirely nice. only really got it into high rpms a few times in the first 1k tho, and never higher than 7k. fortunately I had an 800mile roundtrip this past weekend so that took care of the breaking in!
hey here's a quick question.. if I replace the stereo, will the new stereo still control the power antenna? I really have no idea how those work.. anything else I need to be careful about?
Mar 31, 2000 (5:21 pm)
Well we always advise against automatic Integras on this board. Takes away about 1 sec. from the acceleration to 60mph and a little more to the 1/4mi.
On the other hand I would not limit everyone to the GSR. An LS with 5-sp is a very good performer. It's also 70lbs lighter than a GSR.
It has the same torque as the GSR and it pulls well in all 5 gears up to 125mph (my brother had a '95 LS manual). Although it's not as fast as a GSR, a 5-sp. LS is not slow at all and it actually gets your adrenaline going when redlining 1st,2nd & 3d. With two 6'2 200lb adults in it, my brother's 95 LS pulled very well and had good passing power.
I have been in an automatic Integra once and I know what you mean. I was disgusted with the amount of power that was wasted by the automatic tranny. The only thing we can do to help now is discourage people from getting automatics unless they don't care at all and the car is only basic transportation to them.
#260 of 504 A/C conversion?
Apr 01, 2000 (11:33 pm)
My wife's 1990 GS needs the a/c recharged. Dealer can no longer recharge with R12 freon and recommends conversion to R22 (?). I have that converting to the NEW freon does not work well with the old compressors. Has antone had this done? Does the a/c still work as well? Is it still possible to get a R12 recharge anywhere besides a third world country? (they were exempt from the R12 ban)
Apr 05, 2000 (1:53 pm)
Maybe the conversion they want to do is to replace your old compressor? What does this conversion involve??
Dealers always give you a 12mo/12Kmi. warranty. Make sure the warranty includes the A/C working properly and as good as before. Ask them if they 've done this before in other g2 Integras. Call another Acura dealer as well. Don't tell him the other dealer said to go with R22.. Just ask some questions and how the new Freon works with the old compressors to see what they say. Also call a Honda/Acura independent shop/specialist and get their opinion as well as pricing.. You might save yourself some money if you go with an independent import shop.