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#635 of 1037 Re: Acura Integra
Jul 19, 2005 (2:39 pm)
Amazingly, I just read on the internet the 1999 Acura Integra is the No. 1 car stolen this year. But not only that, the 98 Integra is 3rd, the 96 is in 6 place, the 95 is in 7th place, the 97 is in 9th place, the 2001 is in 11th place, the 94 is in 14th place and the 2000 Acura Integra is in 16th place. Meaning the Acura Integra is the most popular car for thieves to steal taking a whopping 8 places out of a total of 25. The other type cars being various makes and models, only 2 other makes listed twice within the 25.
They said the 99 was so popular because the street racers wanted the fast engines in these cars, and they could be converted over into other Hondas very easily.
I would recommend putting a GPS of America tracking system on it to protect yourself from theft. They are not that expensive to buy, plus only costing 17 bucks a month for constant tracking as well. Much less than most others. They will also shut the car down once they turn the key off where it will not start again too. Plus reveal the exact location the car is at, at all times as well. That is what I am going to put on my car for sure.
Anyway, just thought I would share what I read today concerning the Acura Integras.
#636 of 1037 Read The Same Article Also
Jul 19, 2005 (4:59 pm)
I read the same thing also. Have always loved the Integra's since they came out!
The Sandman (aka Sandy)
#637 of 1037 Re: Acura Integra [sandy10]
Jul 24, 2005 (3:06 pm)
The Integra has been the #1 stolen car since the late '90's.
Most of the stolen Integras are GSR's (VTEC) and the limited production Type-R. What makes Integras the highest ranking stolen car is the percentage of the cars being stolen. Not a lot of Integras were sold after '98. From '94 to '97 an average of 40-50,000 Integras per year were sold. From '98 to '01 sales dropped to the 30,000's. This number is small, say compared to the Civic or Accord that sell at the rate of almost 400,000/yr. This is why the Integra continues to be the No1 stolen car. In '00 or '01 I read that almost 1 out of 10 Integras had been stolen.
If you own an '94+ Integra RS (which was discontinued early '98), LS or GS, or basically the 140hp Integra, you car is much less likely to be stolen than the 170hp GSR. Nearly 2 out of 10 Integras sold were GSR's. I believe the reason thieves prefer prefer '99 models, is because the '00 and '01 models came with the immobilizer.
#638 of 1037 Bay Area
Jul 26, 2005 (11:11 am)
Just to kind of build on what everyone's said, the things you wanna be aware of is what you have specifically in your integra that theives want. Most theives want the GSR's because of three essential items: Leather seats ($300-400 on ebay), GSR rims: Blades / 5spokes ($300-400 on ebay) and sometimes they wanna run a "hot" (stolen) motor in their hatch back or civic. The immobilizer Harry speaks of is the best defense they could come up with for the 2001 GSR. However here in the bay area we've even had a couple of RSX's stolen too!! You'd think wit h all that anti-theft, window frame, new wiring locations!!!
Aug 02, 2005 (8:50 am)
Hello everyone im having a problem with my integra.
Its a 93 gs hatch 5 speed. Its been wrecked from the front but thats not the problem. The problem started when my brother and i changed the valve cover gasket, water pump and timing belt and adjusted the valves. The car works fine at high speed but it sometimes has problems starting and it seems to be gasping for air when it idols. It just seems like it wants to turn off but it doesnt. we got a code from the car that said it was something with ignition. My brother was thinking that it might be the distributor. The valves were really loose before we adjusted them and the timing belt is on right. The car had been running fine before we did these changes. Could we just of overtighten the valves, or could it be something else. I really enjoy driving the car so i hate to see it parked in the driveway.
Please if anyone has an idea i would appreciate your help.
#640 of 1037 Re: Having problems [deviousguy]
Aug 02, 2005 (10:20 am)
You 're on the right track. The problem is either with the installation of the timing belt or the valve clearance adjustment, ie: whatever you messed with last.
I hope you just didn't "tighten" the valves but measured the gap properly with a thickness gauge that meassures to 1/1000th of an inch. I know people that have gone to the narrowest setting allowed (see the sticker under your hood) by Honda, (or lower if they didn't measure the gap properly) and had some rough idleing or it seemed like it didn't have good spark..
The timing belt installation in '90-93 Integras can be tricky. I 've know mechanics and repair shops that have installed them incorrectly. It's been a while so I don't remember exactly where people make the same mistake installing the timing belt. There is a trick to it when installing a new one but that data has been pushed out of my brain to make room for new ones.. It wouldn't hurt replacing the distributor cap & rotor, plugs and wires if these parts are several years old. Basically doing a tune up, but most likely the problem will continue. It's something you guys did when performing the other 2 maintenance items.
#641 of 1037 Re: Having problems [only1harry]
Aug 02, 2005 (6:06 pm)
Yeah At first we did just tighten them but realized that that wasnt the right thing to do. So we went and bought the vehicle maintenance manual and got the gapping from there. The strange thing though is that the dealer told us a different gapping than the manual. We went with what the manual told us. So i guess the thing to do is retrace our step and try to readjust the timing belt and check the gapping on the valves.
Thanks for your help. If you happen to remember the trick to the timing belt,please let me know.
#642 of 1037 Re: removation [nippononly]
Aug 05, 2005 (7:22 pm)
My 92 Integra runs great all the time but will not start unless I let it sit for 20 minutes before attempting to start it after turning engine off. Can this be the fuel pump relay as well? Any other ideas if that is not the fix it?
#643 of 1037 how many miles can i expect
Aug 06, 2005 (6:19 pm)
Looking at a 94 hatchback with 158000 miles. It looks in great shape. What kind of mileage are folks getting from these engines?
#644 of 1037 Re: removation [hairguey]
Aug 07, 2005 (2:19 pm)
My 90 Integra had the same problem and the mechanics couldn't solve it for a couple of years. The car would start up and run fine in hot weather until I stopped and turned off the engine. If I tried to start the car again within a few minutes, it wouldn't start. I'd have to wait 10 minutes or more before I could get the car started again. They cleaned the torque plate to no avail. Finely, last year, the guys at Zimbrick Acura suggested replacing the main relay. As the problem has not reemerged this summer, I'm assuming that did the trick.