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Acura Integra, Coupe, Hatchback
#589 of 1037 Re: 1991 Acura Integra GS $850.00 [mrblau]
May 16, 2005 (6:55 pm)
Honda/Acura build soild cars. 180k is nothing for some. my girlfriend and her old man had matching 92 acura ledgends. her car is pushing 260k with a slight valve tap and a little oil leak, and her dad's had 305k! Those where v6's but they both still run like new. If the engine sounds good after warming up, no taps, pings or such, then it might be a keeper. check the oil, look to see if it is dark black, it could mean a dirty crank case, which could leave you with problems. Also have someone rev the engine and stand behind it looking at the exhast. Grey exhast is good. Black=burt out rings,valves and burning oil. White=coolent leak, cracked block broken head gassket etc. The alternator must be changed thats probably why the car won't start. when they start it at the dealership, the alternator can't charge the battery. This must be fixed! If you buy the car, tow it to a outside mechnic, dealerships double prices, but have better quality although.
1.Ask about the timing belt. it probably needs to be changed. if it breaks while you are driving, the valves bend and you will be sitting in a piece of junk.
2. Stay away from acura automatics, japanese don't make great autos before 1998!
3. check the clutch. when taking the car for a test drive and if it is a manual, bring the car up to 35mph then shift into 5th gear. If the engine revs, but the car dosen't move, then the clutch is going out soon.
If you do buy the car, imediatly change the oil, it's been sitting with the same oil for 6 months, it needs changing! Also run some fuel additave through the car and fill only a quarter of the tank up with premium fuel leving the rest empty. Go on the highway and leave the car in 4 gear while staying at 70-80, be easy on it. This will help clean out fuel lines, and upper cylinder heads
If you buy it, welcome to the Acura family!
May 16, 2005 (7:49 pm)
how much would a 1996 acura integra special edition hatchback (automatic). sell for? in pretty good d#$ condition, too
engine is super clean
May 16, 2005 (9:41 pm)
LOL! Honda doesn't make great automatics AFTER 1998 either!
I know 180K is nothing for a Honda engine, but this $850 car sounds like it has been neglected badly. Unless you are looking for a project, why pick this one up? There are a lot of fish in the sea. What kind of dealer would be trying to sell a car with a dead alternator? The bad kind, that's what kind.
May 17, 2005 (8:56 pm)
Im what you might call a newbie driver. Most car work i did was maybe put in a radio and a front lip, and strut bars. Anyway i want an integra. I found a 94 special edition one. This car features 17 inch racinghart rims wrapped in falken tires. The car is lowered with Eibach peformance springs and KYb performance shocks along with neuspeed rear lower tie bar,and Type-R rear strut tower bar,and Type-R front tower bar and rear sway bar,and performance shortshifter. Type-R Wing, Front lip and Rear Alteeza lights. This car also features an Alpine Stero system. The car also has a CompuStar alarm system with a remote starter. It has 94k miles on it. And its stick. The pictures look amazing.He wants 4800 obo And im thinking this deal is toooooo good to be true because the one i was looking at yesterday was a 97 stock with 99k miles for 5200. What do you guys think, Is that a good deal?
May 18, 2005 (2:37 pm)
cars that are heavily modded are often used to race. That's why it can often be better to pick up a stock car, since the raced car may have been abused. If you get the stock car, YOU can be the first one to race it!
#594 of 1037 you wanna be careful
May 19, 2005 (9:49 am)
i think that , that teg is a pretty good d#$%deal!!!. i mean i bought my teg for 3,999 and its a 1996 special edition 2dr, but it was all stock. i guess it does seem too good to be true, but i guess you could obviously take it for a test drive. Just make sure who you are buying it from, there are cases where the seller might come back and take it back illegally, if you know what i mean.
#595 of 1037 Used '94 Integra...new to acuras!
May 19, 2005 (5:11 pm)
I've been a Nissan Z guy for many years, but have finally decided it's time for a change. (my '85 300z had too many problems at only 130K. )
I'm considering a used Integra, '94, 130K for about $2500. No major body rust, newer radiator, rear brakes. The power sunroof thing is jumpy, but it seems to run fine.
What can I expect to go wrong with this car? Anything that might potentially cause a breakdown on the road within the next 30K or so? How long can I expect this thing to last if properly maintained?
Thanks in advance,
May 19, 2005 (9:50 pm)
I am sure it will go longer than you would ever want to keep it, if properly maintained. What do you know about the timing belt? if you don't have a record of replacement, do it now. That would be one thing that could strand you.
What do you mean, the moonroof is jumpy? Does it keep water out when you go through the car wash?
Those are nice miles for the year. As with all older Hondas, keep an eye on the oil level. Remember to check it at least once every third gas fill-up, or at least every 1000 miles or so. They are great cars. have fun!
edit...oh wait, I see you haven't bought it yet? Definitely ask about the t-belt, and also oil consumption if you think they will tell you the truth. Check CV boots and joints closely, also rear lights, all wipers, and HVAC fan and all controls. Should be fine. That was the first year of the squinty little headlights - loved that style myself.
#597 of 1037 Re: removation [nippononly]
May 21, 2005 (8:41 am)
Hey thanks! This was the impression I got. good advice 'bout the cv joints and bootz. since it's a trans-mount drivetrain, I'm guessing the timing belt ain't too expensive? I think it was done at around 85 or 90K.
Sunroof opening jumpy meant that it seemed to be skipping in and out of it's tracks...maybe the motor is starting to go. as long as it seals water I'm happy!
I like the squinty headlights as well - the earlier years are also good cars, but it's the style that got me for the 94+. (I also found out, although it's unrelated, my cool old Z-cars are marketed to women in japan. Damnit!
May 21, 2005 (1:53 pm)
dealer will charge you about $500-550 to replace the belt, the water pump, and the camshaft seals behind it. Indie shop will doubtless beat that price by 10-20%, although with this one repair I would have the dealer do it myself - it is a bit tricky on DOHC Hondas.
You can also get the cost down by not replacing the seals and pump, if you are so inclined. And since it is a 90K belt, you shouldn't have anything to worry about anyway, if you have the records to prove it was done at 85-90K.