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#299 of 1037 I need your help please!
Feb 25, 2002 (12:08 pm)
Hi everyone, I wanted to get your help and advice on solving a major problem I'm experiencing with a 1999 Acura Integra GSR I just bought a month ago. This car is a Certified Acura car, which means that it had to meet some standards before certification. A 150-point inspection must be done to the car prior certification. I bought my car in Jackonsville, two hours from Orlando, where I live. While driving to Orlando, I noticed some odd noises and vibrations in my car. My brakes need to be replaced, and the master cylinder is leaking (according to an inspection made by Acura in Orlando) just to name a couple of problems with the car. I have called the manager of the dealership in Jacksonville to let them know of the situation, and to get the money to fix the brakes, I also sent him a fax because he never answered my phone calls. It has been almost two weeks and I have not heard from him yet. I called Acura Client Services, but they said that they cannot do anything to help me, and that I had to talk to the manager of the store which I tried already.
I don't know what else to do, and I'm getting very frustrated and upset. Please let me know if you know a way to get out of this situation. Thank you so much.
Feb 25, 2002 (1:22 pm)
DRIVE to see the manager in person, show them the repair bill, and threaten to call the DMV and/or Florida State Attorney General's office unless you are reimbursed.
If he does not budge, make good on your threat and then make it a personal mission to destroy this dealer: write a letter to the editor of this dealer's hometown newspaper, badmouth the dealer online (making sure to forward all comments to the dealer's email), and call the Acura CS DAILY and demand satisfaction.
Warped rotors and a leaking brake master cylinder should have been replaced when the car underwent the "certified" inspection.
#301 of 1037 Thank you himiler!
Feb 26, 2002 (6:09 am)
Wow! Thank you so much for your help and advice. Finally, last night I got a call from the Sales manager in Jacksonville, he said he was going to take care of the brakes, but that I had to drive again to J. to get them fixed, he said that Orlando was charging too much. I called Acura in Orlando, and I am going to tell you these guys have been great to me, they gave me a discount to save me the trip to Jacksonville, and they are also going to make an inspection to my car to make sure that everything else is all right.Thanks again.
#302 of 1037 Please clear my doubt with Integra GS automatic Transmission
May 02, 2002 (3:27 pm)
I am a first timer to Integra and likewise car. I recently got an Integra GS '99 Automatic transmission with 34 K miles. While test driving, changing from 1st to 2nd gear was very much evident and clearly felt like a jump in slow acceleration and kind of OK in faster acceleration. Infact all the 3 shifts can be felt slightly. Which I never felt in any of the mid size sedans, except for 95 TBird that I had before.
I was told by dealer that it is normal with all the Integras and the shift is computerized based on RPM. I wasn't satisfied, and I did a 120 point inspection from certified technician, and he also said the same. I still have doubt...
Can anyone tell, if this really is normal with Integras. It's a certified car with 2yrs' warranty on it.
thanks for reading the whole story and responding
#303 of 1037 Hi skedmunds - Welcome to the Hatchbacks Board.
May 03, 2002 (11:54 am)
Have you tried test driving another Integra to see how it compares...? Just an idea. Hopefully others will come along soon that can respond to your question. Good luck.
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May 03, 2002 (1:27 pm)
Yep, it's actually how the atuobox works. The shifts are fairly abrupt at slower engine speeds because this particular generation of Honda/Acura trannys does not allow for much clutch-pack slippage when upshifting. In general, the smoother an autobox shifts, the more wear you get. Hence, a hard-shifting automatic will probably last longer.
As long as you get your Integra's transmission serviced regularly, you should have no problems whatsoever.
If it makes you feel any better, the Civics that share this same tranny shift the exact same way as your car. This was a tendency of all Honda transmissions until the early-90's, and Honda used to take some heat for it by automotive writers who liked smoother part-throttle upshifts.
Honda has since changed their shift programming to provide for smoother operation.
I hope this helps to clear up your concerns.
May 03, 2002 (2:00 pm)
Perfectly normal. There's nothing wrong with your tranny.
May 03, 2002 (3:02 pm)
Just like my old Legend...nothing to worry about, just keep up on your maintenance like you would with any car and it will reward you. Good luck.
#307 of 1037 Thanks for clear up on GS auto
May 08, 2002 (11:35 am)
I drove 2001 integra, which was smooth in shift. They probably improved it in the millenium.
Thanks for clearing the air. I love driving it. Can't drive it slow . Will keep your advice in mind.
#308 of 1037 Is it a common problem in a high mil integra?
May 14, 2002 (7:07 am)
I have a 94 Acura Integra with 138000 miles on it. I bought it second hand from a private party at 70000 mile and have been driven it for 4 years. The car was fine until last year. First the starter failed, then the ignition component, then I have to replace the CV joints and some booth under the car. The the right side front lower ball joint broke later and I have to change and axle Then ABS light is on. Right now when I drive over a bump, two knocking sound will appear from the left side of the car bottom near both wheels. ( One garage could not find anything wrong about it and the other one said I need to change some booths.) Also, the antenna won't retreat all the way down. One the high way, I can hear some rattling sound on the rear end of the car( under the trunk ?). I guess some of the problem is caused by the New England's bad weather. I saw so many posts saying about how good an Integra can be and I am really confused. Because this is my first car, I don't know if they are common problems or not. Anyone can help me?