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Acura Integra, Coupe, Hatchback
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.
#11 of 1037 Integra suspension
Nov 21, 2000 (4:13 pm)
The previously posted info. on the SE model suspension is correct. IE-Bigger roll bar.
Also, in 1999, Acura upgraded all LS and GS model suspensions to GSR specs. The wheel and tires are even the same.
#12 of 1037 2000 Integra price
Nov 21, 2000 (8:13 pm)
You can get the 2000 LS around here for under 18 bottom line, out the door. (Maryland)
#13 of 1037 NEW INTEGRAS???
Nov 23, 2000 (7:08 am)
Hey y'all, has anyone seen, or know of any sites that have pics of the new Integra? Not just the spy shots that have been in almost every car magazine I've looked at... just wondering thanks if you can help...