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Acura Legend, Sedan
Jul 10, 2000 (4:53 am)
I have to admit that I like the older Legends too. Especially the 1989 and 1990 model. They looked better than the 1986-1988 models. The 2nd generation car was no looker, but I'm come to like it too, I once almost bought a 1994 as a 2nd car. They make a great used car now from about 15K, especially the LS models. I kind of wish Acura would drop this silly RL designation and go back to what people remember "Legend" and make the car just that, a Legend. I still can't believe they dropped the name, it has to be the silliest thing they've ever done.
Jul 10, 2000 (8:28 am)
I really think that Honda made a mistake of dropping the Legend name badge. Even though they might bring it back in 02 or so, the styling will never be that of the Legend we all kno, remember and miss. I do know as a fact that the Legend name badge is still in use in europe, but still, its the 3.5 RL to us (basically it doesn't matter). I have test drove the RL, and frankly, I felt that the power just wasn't there. Extreamly underpowered. I think if I was to go at it in the 1/4 mile (the RL vs my 87 Legend w/ stock componets) I belive my old "crap ass" Legend would burn the RL like crazy. But overall, I like the RL as a compleate lux car. But the fun is just gone in the Legend/RL... same engine as the NSX, why doesn't Honda just give the RL the same power as the NSX (I mean that would make up for some of the loss).
#4 of 812 Buy this Legend?
Jul 24, 2000 (1:15 pm)
I have been looking at a '91 Legend with 105,000 miles. It drives nice and is in acceptable condition (great outside and appropriately worn inside). What should I look out for? Thanks for the input.
#5 of 812 Re: Buy this Legend?
Jul 28, 2000 (10:02 pm)
I own a Cobalt blue '91 Legend with 115,000 miles and it is still a great car. What kind of interior wear does it have? Are you buying from a dealer? The only things you should look out for are the timing belt and water pump. These should have been changed so get all maintenance records before you buy it.
#6 of 812 Legend suspension
Jul 29, 2000 (11:59 pm)
I own a 90 Legend STD sedan for almost 4 years now. It has about 110k on it (I bought it with 47K). So far it had some eletrical problems (relay, alternator) and oxygen sensors has been replaced. Other than these, it has been a nice car. I started to appreciate it more after I drove some other cars (Altima, Tarrus, etc).
Lately I feel the suspension is becoming weak (jumping a little too much on bumps), and is considering replacing the struts. I am not a car racer, just want to get a better handling. Could anyone who has done this give some suggestions on different options, eg. original parts, performance parts or generic parts (Monroe, Midas, etc)?
#7 of 812 1990 Legend
Jul 31, 2000 (4:27 pm)
I too own a 1990 Legend. It is a great car. I just had the suspension repleaced -- Struts etc. -- I had it done at the dealer and am pleased with the results. My experience with Midas et als is that on struts and brake work they are a little too sloppy and too generic for me and my car. Just my opinion as they say.
By the way as a ringing endorsement of the 1990 Legend, I told the service manager at the dealership that I was thinking of trading it in or a new Acura and he told me not to, that rather than trading it in I should sell it to him since he felt the car has another goood 125,000 miles on it! Pretty impressive when the guy who services the car wants to buy it.
My only real problem with the Legend is that it is strting to have lower panel rust problems and I just can't see the cost benefit of paying $2500+ on a car that has a street value of about 4000 - 5000.
#8 of 812 Rust problems?
Aug 02, 2000 (3:23 am)
I was just wondering what kind of rust problems you're having because I just removed some rust from my '91 today using GS-27 scratch remover. I had minor rust on the front where the bumper meets the fender. I just rubbed the GS-27 on with a cloth and it removed the rust! I then painted the area with Acura touch-up paint and it isn't noticeable that I painted it until you get up close. Pretty good for $15 for the GS-27 and $5 for the touch-up paint.
#9 of 812 Buy this 1991 Legend?
Aug 11, 2000 (11:17 am)
I am about to buy that 1991 Legend LS I mentioned above. I have been able to track down the previous owners and service records. At 105,000 miles, the timing belt and water pump have not been replaced, but the dealer will have those done for me. The car has spent most of its life in Greenville, SC (a no road salt or sea salt area). I have driven it for 20 miles or so, it seems to run well. The shifts seem rather hard. Is this normal? Otherwise everything seems solid. Is $8900 a fair price?
#10 of 812 1990 Legend
Aug 13, 2000 (5:56 pm)
I too have a 1990 Legend - 4Dr L series with 134,000 miles on it. I've thought seiously of trading it in on a new Acura TL but the service shop that does the routine maintenance on my Legend advises against trading it. With no ax to grind and a very objective analysis of my car, they say that the $4k I would get on a trade-in does not do justice to its true value. These folks think the Legend ('90 & older) was one of the best automobiles ever built. I certainly agree as this car has been extremely reliable and still runs like a new one. Bought it used in '92. Incidentally, does anyone know what the original MSRP was on the '90 Legend?
#11 of 812 Re: Posts #8 and #9
Aug 16, 2000 (12:57 am)
It is normal for the transmission to be rather rough because for some reason it was made to be like that. Maybe the rough shifts help performance. $8900 is fair if it is in excellent condition and has all the maintenance done. I say go for it since these things last hundreds of thousands of miles when maintained properly.
I believe the MSRP was probably close to $28k for a 1990 Legend L Sedan.