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Acura Integra, Coupe, Hatchback
#1 of 1037 carlady
Nov 07, 2000 (9:56 pm)
As this wonderful car has become an integral part
of the Hatchbacks conference (I know, I know but I
couldn't resist!) let's continue here the
conversation we started earlier.
#2 of 1037 How much for a 200k Integra?
Nov 10, 2000 (11:00 pm)
Just to satisfy my wife's curiousness...but does anybody have any idea how much one could get for selling a '92 LS Integra w/ 201k miles on it? Would I be crazy asking $4500? Or would somebody even desire a car like this, besides me?
I'm not going to sell it, but I want to let my wife know that we'd be better off keeping the car and driving it onto +300,000 miles because it's not worth selling. I'd think I could at least get $3500... any comments.
Edmunds.com's cool new TMV used car appraiser says I could get $5,800 for it!!!! Really?!! Automatic, clean condition, no mechanical problems, spoiler.
#3 of 1037 96 LS Special Edition
Nov 14, 2000 (7:39 am)
I am in the market for a used car and I am looking at a 96 LS Special Edition tomorrow. I would like to get some info/advice.
1) What are the differences between the standard LS and the Special Edition. I found a feature comparison on Intellichoice, but the only differences were leather seats, custom wheels and different tires (which I'm sure have been replaced) I read somewhere that the Special Edition has suspension tuned like the type R. Any other differences?
2) Do the coupes handle better than the sedans?
3) The technology for ABS and airbags has improved since 1996. How has it change in the Integra?
Thanks for the help!
Nov 14, 2000 (2:13 pm)
1.)The LS Special Edition does NOT have a Type R suspension. Special Editions are LS models with the GS-R appearance upgrades, but not the mechanical bits. (In other words, the 140 hp engine, etc.) Honda does this a lot, like the with the Special Edition Accords (basically an LX model with a sunroof and alloys)
2.) In theory, the coupe would handle better than a sedan, simply due to the extra body rigidity inherent in having two fewer doors, but they're mechanically identical and you'd be hard pressed to find a difference in real-world driving.
3.) I'm not sure, although if I were to guess, I would imagine 2001 model Integras might have dual force airbags, but that's speculation on my part. I'd go to www.acura.com to find out.
#5 of 1037 '91 LS Water Leak
Nov 15, 2000 (4:05 pm)
Has anyone experienced a water leak, pass. side, under dash? Dealer has checked A/C, cowel, and windshield w/no luck. Also eliminated the drains from the sun roof. I'm desperate and running short on options. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
Nov 15, 2000 (4:56 pm)
Did the dealer check the A/C drain tube? Blow it out with some compressed air. I bet thet'll solve your problem.
Nov 15, 2000 (4:58 pm)
Of course, the previous post should read, "that'll ..."
Anyway, the drain tube is located under the hood, probably on the right side of the car. They tend to get mold and sediment built up in them over time, and will cause leaking into the passenger compartment exactly where you describe it. This same thing happened to me with my Accord. The dealer didn't even charge me for the fix.
Nov 15, 2000 (9:37 pm)
The Integra '96 SE is basically a '96 LS as Lancerfixer said but with alloy wheels & leather.
Now, the suspension is not exactly the same as the LS but it's definitely not Type-R or anything close. The '96 Integra SE is supposed to have the GSR's 24mm front sway bar instead of the LS's 22mm one. Not sure if it has the GSR's front upper strut bar. You can look under the hood for that. Look for a black bar between the two shock towers (also called upper shock tower bar or front upper tie bar). If it's not black (with no writing), it means the owner has installed an aftermarket one and it most likely didn't come with one.
Now I can't confirm the 24mm front sway bar. I was told that by someone who owned a '96 SE. It kind of makes sense because I remember seen a couple of road tests back in '96 of an Integra SE by R&T and C&D, and the roadholding (lateral g's) index and slalom speed were higher than those of an LS. It was almost identical to the GSR's. So I 'd have to make the conclusion that it has the GSR's beefier suspension or close to it or it's "tuned" to the GSR's suspension as you put it, not Type-R's.
The coupes do handle slightly better than the Sedans because they're 100-150lbs lighter (thus faster too)! 100+lbs less means faster steering response & cornering and slightly less body roll.
If you want Type-R handling with the SE let me know. I did it with my GSR. There are many aftermarket companies that make performance springs, shocks, sway bars & tie bars to improve your car's handling.
#9 of 1037 1st time
Nov 19, 2000 (2:04 am)
I have just found this site & this is my first time asking a question. Here goes...my favorite car in the world was a 1988 intergra 5 speed. Unfortunately, i had to sell it. I am now looking to buy a new car but the new integras are a bit out of my price range & also seem expensive for what they are (seem a bit bland on the inside). So, I'm debating between a Civic HX or a Golf GL. My priorties in a car are reliability, fun to drive, low cost maintenance. When I buy my new car I want to buy piece of mind. I always thought Hondas were "bulletproof" but have been reading some of the postings & been getting scared. People looking fondly back on their 1988's...yikes! Also read examples of things falling off VW's. I know no car is perfect but can't decide between these 2. I'm 35 & plan to own this car for at least 5-7 years. All suggestions welcome!
#10 of 1037 used Integra?
Nov 19, 2000 (4:59 am)
A ceritifed used 1997-1998 Integra can be had for $14K-16K, even less if you lose the certification...hmm...lessee here...
I looked at the ridiculously high-priced CarMax inventory here in Dallas-Fort Worth and found a 1996 LS hatchback, automatic, in green, with 44K for $12,598. Also a 1997 LS hatchback, automatic, in red, with 57K, for $13,998. And also a 1998 LS hatchback, 5-speed, in black, with 20K, for $15,998. New Integras (2000 model) are being advertised for $16,995 in the newspaper.
I also know that BMW 318 hatchbacks are coming down in price. I saw a 1996 5-speed in red for sale not too long ago for $14,500. Ten years from now that will make a great courier car for me because it will be $4,500, more reasonable.