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#59 of 504 Sedan Vs. Coupe
Nov 03, 1998 (8:36 pm)
Hum...I might have agree with MZN (Carlady/Host). The sedan model of the GS-R adds some lbs. to the curb weight; In addition the overall length of the car is longer all with the same engine/tranny/supension/etc.
It may be worth checking into however, no Ford will ever be the Integra for reliability. If the handling on an Integra Sedan is decimal points less than that of a Contour SVT...I'll take the Acura any day of the week.
Anyways, I have the 1998 GS-R Coupe/Hatchback and love it.
#60 of 504 SVT no contest for VTEC
Nov 03, 1998 (9:31 pm)
Yes, the Ford Contour SVT is a great sedan for Ford and a step in the right direction, but it can never top the Integra in the looks department or customer service and warranty. Here's an interesting thought...if Ford can make 195 hp with a 2.5 liter six, that's great. Acura has already made that much horsepower with only 1.8 liters of displacement.
Nov 09, 1998 (1:29 am)
Any tips or stories on buying a car? I've never bought one and I'm trying to prepare myself as well as I can. I'm looking at an Integra Type R, so if anyone has tips about dealerships, I'd really appreciate them!
#62 of 504 carlady
Nov 09, 1998 (10:13 pm)
Edmunds has loads of tips on how to buy a car. Be sure to see the Consumer Advice section (click from the home page) as well as the Smart Shopper conference (click on the menu to the left) for help and advise. And of course, Integra buyers are invited to share their stories here.
Please, be sure to keep us posted on your encounter with the Integra, realbuyer!
Nov 10, 1998 (12:38 am)
Unfortunately, the Type R is a limited production car, so some of the rules don't apply. Your best bet may be to let the sales person "Talk You Into" a Type R. (Nudge, nudge. wink, wink. [%^) If you go into the dealer, with only one car on your mind, they know they have you hook, line and sinker.
Play a little hard to get for the Type R. That's my advice.
Bruce. Who REALLY wants a Type R too!!
#64 of 504 Type R
Nov 10, 1998 (6:22 pm)
One of my cow-orkers saw one at the local dealer. He was told "Sticker plus $5k - no negotiating." He went back two weeks later, it was gone. For sticker plus $5k. Ouch.
Nov 12, 1998 (9:14 am)
We pulled off a variation of this once. A student worker in my wife's office wanted an Integra LS Special Edition coupe in the worst way, but had the sense to listen to our suggestion to be as non-committal as possible when looking at cars. No "falling in love" with a particular color or feature.
After viewing and test-driving the LS, we started the initial negotiations. Tucked away in a corner of the lot was a white LS Special Edition from a prior allotment, pushing the magic 60-day mark. We "allowed" the dealer to persuade him to see if the numbers would work on this car compared to an LS and made the deal at the same price as the regular edition, getting the special wheels, sun-roof, and spoiler. Dealer made a decent profit, buyer saved around 2K.
Sticker (MSRP, I presume) + 5K for the current Type R? He got stuck, but, if he was willing to pay that, more power to the dealer! A willing buyer and a willing seller = a meeting of the minds.
#66 of 504 carlady
Nov 12, 1998 (11:10 pm)
Thanks for a great example, prophet2!
#67 of 504 kelt
Nov 16, 1998 (8:18 pm)
My brother just bought his type R this saturday from Indy. He paid sticker -- no add ons or price hike. If you do some footwork you can get a deal.
For those of you willing to spend the extra dough, it is worth it. The thing is a beast on the highway. I drove both his R and the new gsr and found them both a thrill. The type R is not nearly as loud (cruising) as all the articles say it is. My civic si is a lot louder on the highway. It is however loud once it hits 6000 rpm, whoa!! it sounds cool though.
#68 of 504 2nd generation question
Nov 17, 1998 (5:47 pm)
I was wondering if anyone experienced rattles
and squeaks from the hatch area of a second
generation Integra (90-93). I had the dealer
tighten things and checked around (including
the spare tire area) myself and the noise
persists. Mine is a 90 and it developed this
problem about two years ago.
I do have after market Alpine CD player that can
overpower the noise but any other suggestions?
Other than the noise, the car has great engine
and transmission (5 speed). I read on earlier
posts about break pads not lasting long enough
(on third generation models) but I have been very satisfied with their life on my model. Front pad every 80K miles and rear every 60K miles. I do a little more highway driving than city and also I am pretty gentle with them.