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Acura Integra, Coupe, Hatchback
May 22, 2003 (9:04 am)
is on its original head gasket at 243K, so I would not call it something to worry about from personal experience.
I assume you have checked the CV joints, and there are no problems - also boots are fresh and intact?
Be sure the timing belt was done, or better yet, have them do it now.
Valve cover gaskets and distributor o-rings tend to leak - not such a big deal though.
Make sure all the primary ignition parts that would fall under routine maintenance are fresh - friends' integras have tended to go through those fast.
carscout: you should be able to get a late 90s or even 2000 integra GSR for that money - that will have the VTEC engine.
Or you could an almost brand new Civic EX (which has VTEC) for that money - lower power, different car. Do you want a Honda or an Acura? Civic is a coupe with a trunk, integra is/was a fastback hatch.
#424 of 1037 Nippononly
May 22, 2003 (9:09 am)
The distributor cap and sparkplug wires are new. The right side CV boot is brand new. I'll have to take a more thorough look at the joints. I'll bring my cousin's 91 Integra along for a better comparo when I go see it on Monday - will most likey (90% sure rite now) get it.
PS: I remember asking this same question last May when I was toying with the idea of an MX-3 or Integra. Looks like it's gonna be an Integra.
May 22, 2003 (12:04 pm)
they replaced one boot and the other one did not need replacement? Maybe one CV failed and they just did one side, not such a great sign. (could mean the other side is ready to go - dealer quotes $500 per to replace them, although I am sure there must be cheaper parts and labor available).
Get it in a parking lot and crank the wheel all the way over, drive forward slowly, listen to them. Do the same thing with wheel cranked the other way. If you don't hear anything, should be fine since this is only a "tide over" car 'til next year for you, right?
Cap, rotor, wires, plugs are all crucial for integras - they use 'em hard. Good that these are new.
PS Don't know if everyone does this, but I always park the car, then rev it a little and turn the wheels all the way left and right - good way to get a rough idea of the condition of the rack and the steering pump. (you want to hear nothing beyond a slight wheeze from the pump, and have movement be smooth and fluid)
May 24, 2003 (1:00 am)
I've got a '91 with 112,000 miles on it. All the things you mentioned have been replaced--radiator, timing belt, water pump, head and valve cover gaskets, CV boots. I've also replaced the distributer, cam seals and various belts and hoses as it is 12 years old.
A couple of things you didn't mention that I had to replace/repair on a previously owned and sold Integra (I've had two '91s in my family) is the master cylinder and rack + pinion. Brake pedal sank almost to the floor while waiting at a stoplight with the a/c on. There's a valve in the cylinder that commonly starts leaking that causes this. Rack + pinion was also leaking fluid. Also had to replace the whole exhaust including cat--muffler and cat were rusted out after 10 years.
Nippononly's advice to test CV joints is good--don't want to hear any 'clicking' noise. Price for replacement from dealer is not surprisingly high--I've had one side replaced for $200, mostly labor.
Okay, after all this I still think it's a great car and engine still runs strong even though it burns a little oil. Still pulls all the way to redline. Only complaint is heavy understeer as 64% of weight is on front wheels. Handling and road feel are greatly improved with aftermarket rims--stock 14" wheels are a joke. Stock speakers are also cheap and rears are probably in bad shape from being in sun all the time. Replace all of them or move fronts to rear and get new fronts.
My wife and I only need two cars and have two much newer ones but still keep our old Integra as a third car--just can't bring ourselves to part with it for amount of money it currently goes for. Good luck.
#427 of 1037 96 LS Integra for $5100 ...need advice
May 27, 2003 (7:29 am)
As it has 144k on the Odometer. I've been eyeing it for awhile now (white, with gold emblem). Actually took some time to turn it on have it run (blocked in lot so no test drive). Here's teh scoop:
exterior: no signs of damage, immaculate, no rust near sunroof, shocks passed bounce test, exhaust seems new (still looks good at least).
interior: immaculate, nothing broken, scratched etc....interior conditioned wheel, no scrathes, discolorations etc..
goodies: sunroof in working condition, quickly opens and closes after 4 tries to trip it up., 10 cd changer in back working, cell phone in center console working (!!!), power windows quickly open and close, and power locks working
pedals felt great, brake pedal felt good (no squish, nice and firm)...
engine: stuttered a sec, but no more than when starting up a 2000 camry after not driving it for a few.
I just wanted to know if this sounded like a good buy...he originally wanted 6K but thanks to edmunds worked him down to 5k...carfax clean by the way...
btw: damn is insurance high for this car or what(so far got one quote for 2400 w/o collision)
#428 of 1037 1990 LS with 210,000 miles
May 27, 2003 (12:56 pm)
And rust, thanks to the first 60k being in Michigan. Trunk lid and apron only; $900 to replace and paint entire car. CV joints at160k,new struts at 200k, exhaust at 100k and the usual brake pads, timing belts and 3000k oil changes. Still does 28mpg and 1 quart/1500m.
So do I drop a grand and drive it another 5 years/75k, or am I crazy to even contemplate this when I should just buy a new car?
May 27, 2003 (4:38 pm)
I'd buy it. Insurance: not only is it a sport coupe with the "young racing male" stereotype that goes along, but it is a much-stolen car - dump comprehensive and it will go down a lot.
goblue: expect a radiator and a fuel pump and a couple of hundred $$ of incidentals in the next 75K...if that cost plus what you are putting up now is OK with you, and you still like how it drives, go for it! I would.
PS I get 34 mpg in mine!
#430 of 1037 Thanks for all replies
May 28, 2003 (5:46 am)
I haven't found THE car yet, but I'm searching nonetheless.
Will keep you posted if I find anything. That 91 was leaking coolant and had oil around the head gasket, so I skipped it. It was sold over the weekend BTW.
May 28, 2003 (8:03 am)
dsantiago -- that's a good buy. I say snap it up.
#432 of 1037 clutch problems??
May 28, 2003 (5:34 pm)
I recently purchased a 94 Integra LS, 5spd, one owner, well taken care of (112K).
Anyway, the previous owner had replaced the cellunoid ( not sure if I spelled it right) switch on the clutch.
Here are the problems I am experiencing, I am hoping someone might be able to diagnose what is going on.
1. Car will sometimes not go into gear with clutch petal to the floor, now if you take your foot totally off the clutch put it in neutral and depress the clutch again it will go into gear, it does this behavior while moving (ie trying to downshift or upshift) and sometimes when trying to get into first from being stopped, it's more so with the moving.
2. Sometimes the clutch petal will not come all the way back up right away, it will stay have depressed and you can pull it back up with your foot.
3.There is no slippage or popping out of gear.
Does the clutch need to be replaced or could it be something more simple like the clutch was not properly adjusted when the switch was replaced? or does the clutch maybe need to be bled?
Help! I am really thinking it may not be the clutch as much as it might be an adjustment but I need all the advice I can get ASAP, this thing locked up (couldn't get into any gear until I did the "trick" w/petal today at an intersection)so it's a little concerning.