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Acura Integra, Coupe, Hatchback
#533 of 1037 maintainance and fuel
Mar 20, 2005 (12:03 am)
I'm thinking of buying a 2000 GS sedan with 45000 miles for $9000. Car is in good shape. Is this a good deal? Also I have never owned an Acura before. Does it need premium gas or is regular unleaded gas okay? Are parts and repairs a lot more expensive than they would be for a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry? I'm also thinking about buying a 1999 Infiniti I 30 with 73500 miles for 8995. But I think it requires premium unleaded gas and I don't think I want to pay twenty cents a gallon more for every gallon of gas, especially with gas prices going up. Very different cars but both have their plusses and minuses. I am changing jobs and will be driving thirty miles to work now. I like the sporty drive and mpg of the Integra and the comfort of the I30. Are Acuras more dependable and reasonable to repair and maintain? Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Mar 21, 2005 (6:52 pm)
has the 140 hp non-VTEC engine, so you can run regular gas in it. The I30 is the Infiniti version of the Maxima, so if I am not mistaken you can also run regular in that, if you like. There is a slight knock to performance, but it doesn't hurt the engine.
$9000 for a five year old GS with 45K is a good deal, at least in my area, but so is the I30 deal you mentioned. Integras last forever and a day without a lot of trouble. Common repairs are not notably more expensive than for an Accord. Remember that keeping up with timing belts is crucial for the Integra.
Obviously, even with a commute that is mostly free-flowing highway, you will save a goodly amount of gas money in the Integra.
#535 of 1037 Re: adamssj [adamssj]
Mar 29, 2005 (3:58 pm)
I have the same thing happening to me on my 1997 Acura Integra GSR coupe. I have owned mine since it was brand new. Over the years there was that rattling noise around the 3500 or so rpm while shifting. To me it sounded kinda iffy like i should take it in and check it out. I did, the dealer said the same thing as yours did, it was the A-pipe, and he said its nothing major, but the sound was never there before. I guess its nothing major as they said it was. If i had fixed it the whole labor and everything would cost me about a $300 price. So, not to worry, my acura is in perfect condition, it just sounds like theres some exhaust on it or something...but It'll do fine, this was 2 years ago, and it still makes that sound.
#536 of 1037 help with my gsr?
Mar 29, 2005 (11:19 pm)
i recently bought a 95 integra. How do i tell if it is a gsr. the guy i bought it from told me it was i just want to be positive .
Mar 30, 2005 (8:04 am)
a gsr, it has VTEC, and in that case there will be a little silver panel under the right rear taillight that says "VTEC". Assuming the car hasn't had any major bodywork at the back where the badges weren't replaced, this will be the easiest way for you to tell visually.
#538 of 1037 squeaky front end
Mar 30, 2005 (3:28 pm)
Hi there -
I just purchased a 95 LS 2dr 5-speed, 125K miles. The car is in excellent condition and runs extremely well. However, when it gets cold (around 50 deg - okay, chilly - cold for southern California), the front suspension squeaks noticeably when you go over a bump. The sound only lasts for a moment (the time it takes the suspension to deal with the bump). When it warms up (around 70, say), there is no noise at all (well, you might get a little if you go over a big speed bump). The woman I bought it from (middle aged, original owner), never noticed anything. She garaged the car and never drove it hard. Can I grease this squeak away or is it something more serious?
#539 of 1037 90 auto trans...
Mar 31, 2005 (11:20 pm)
I'm looking at a 90 integra with an auto trans that will not shift higher than second gear. Any ideas on whether this is mechanical or an electronic problem?
#540 of 1037 Re: timing belt and others [lighthearted76]
Apr 01, 2005 (2:27 pm)
If you have not bought your warranty yet:::go to:
www.insurancepoliciesonline.com go on left side to car warranties, clicl on cars, for your car you can get a 48/48 zero deductible for 1085.00 check it out, as i bought a 99 integra LS with 15,000 miles in december...This warranty is underwritten by AON Corp, a Virginia surety company, in business over 40 years. Carmax's extended warranties are underwritten by AON...I have heard mixed things about 1source, and it is $500.00 more...GOOD LUCK!!
Apr 03, 2005 (12:19 am)
well i have a question i feel kinda stupid asking it, but everytime i ask somebody what vtec means I always get a different answer. so please can somebody tell me what vtec means please!
#542 of 1037 wish I could remember
Apr 03, 2005 (1:01 am)
what exactly it stands for - it is something like "variable valve timing and engine control".
It basically is the first type of variable valve timing Honda ever used. It has now been supplanted by all sorts of more modern controls that continuously vary the valve timing, some on the intake and exhaust valves, as well as varying lift and all sorts of other stuff.
But originally, VTEC just did two-stage valve timing, with a crossover point way up high (like 5000 rpm) where it went to a different cam that changed the timing to allow for better high rpm breathing. Consequently, you got a huge power surge as it went onto the hot cam above that engine speed. It was loads of fun! The i-VTEC that most Hondas have these days is nowhere near as much fun, although of course it is much more sophisticated and provides for power at lots of engine speeds, even low ones. The new ones never take off like jet engines above 5000 rpm like the old ones did.