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#139 of 812 Radio, rocking seat, CD changer and antenna- 1991 LS
Dec 31, 2000 (3:35 am)
This message is for apowell1 or anyone else who can provide me advice on a 1991 Legend LS sedan...
I just bought one with 101K miles. It's pretty nice!! I bought it from a dealer who I think was straight with me about the car. After checking it out thoroughly, here's the problems I noted, and it sounds like some of you have similar issues with yours. Any advice would be much appreciated:
1. Radio going bad - My driver's rear channel doen't work (Bose unit), and I get a slight hissing sound from the rear speakers only. An occassional loud feedback noise comes from the bad channel, but this goes away as the car gets warm. Sounds like a bad amp, which apowell1 replaced with an aftermarket unit. Any other ideas? Has anyone tried a used amp from the bone yeard? Is this something I can replace myself (I'm a little handy) with either a used Acura part or an aftermarket part?
2. Does anyone know whether a factory trunk mounted 6-cd changer from a 1999 RL will work with this radio?
3. I have also noticed a slight rocking of the front driver's seat. Was this a safety recall on this car? I read the NHTSA bulletin that apowell1 mentioned (NHTSA#SBO32944) but it only lists a summary at the NHTSA site. Any info on the cost of the fix and whether it's a do-it-yourself thing?
4. My antenna mast is stuck. Dealer says I can replace the mast only for about $30. Motor works when the radio starts and stops. Lube doesn't help.
I found an entire replacement power antenna unit at http://globalmartcameras.com/audvid/car/accessories/antennas/hirschmann/AUTA-2040.htm for $39.95. Reviews I read on replacing power antennas indicate this new one is pretty smooth. Has anyone replaced the entire power antenna or just the mast on this vehicle? Is it easy, or should I stick with a dealer fix? Any advice would be appreciated.
#140 of 812 Legend Lovers, HELP ME PLEASE!
Jan 02, 2001 (6:35 pm)
I have loved legends for years, but never owned one due to cost. I have craved a 94-95 coupe for years, but due to an upcoming wedding, I'm looking at sedans. The GS model is what I've been waiting for. It seems as soon as one comes up for sale, it's gone in days, even with high milage. I assume they are pretty rare vs. the LS's. I have found one at a local lexus dealer, 94 GS, black, 85K, very cheap I think at $11,900. What do you think?
My biggest question is when looking at Edmunds, it has an optional 4 speed auto listed during 94. I thought all GS's were 6 speeds, either the rare manual or auto. Is this true?
Do you have any comments for me about the GS?
I love the wheels on the GS's, not to mention the 230 h.p. It apprears to me that the 4 spd auto was the only option.
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions about becoming a 94 GS sedan owner.
Jan 02, 2001 (7:11 pm)
The automatic was indeed an option even on the GS but the six-speed is the way to go. I owned a '94 Coupe with the six-speed until building a house, which necessitated the need for a truck.
#142 of 812 After market rear amplifier
Jan 05, 2001 (1:44 pm)
You mentioned that you replaced your rear amplifier with a Phoenix Gold amp. Do you know the model number for the new amp? I am interested in replacing mine in my '92 Legend LS.
#143 of 812 Red Paint and 6 speeds
Jan 06, 2001 (5:53 am)
I own a 1995 Legend coupe in San Milano Red with a six speed. The red paint is in great condition primarily because I garaged the car and have only let a detailer wax and clean the car for the past few years. If your car has lost its luster, spend the $150 or so for a good detailing befire you try anything else. You will be amamzed at the results.
The Legend GS did have a six speed manual as one option. It is not an automatic. I love my six speed. Cranking the engine to red-line and blasting through the gears is too much fun. However, the six speeds are very rare. i would recommend that you search nationwide for a six speed if that is your desire. When I purchased my legend in 1996, I wanted red and a six speed. I found one in Minnesota and flew from Massachusetts to Minnesota for pickup and drove it back to MA. I still love getting inthat car and driving it. Good Luck.
#144 of 812 Acura Legend L Sedan------Best car I ever owned!
Jan 07, 2001 (2:12 pm)
I bought a '91 Legend in '94 w/70K miles on it, for $16K. Got rid of it last summer------only because I hit a deer in upstate Pa. & ins. co. gave me more than I was ever offered by a dealer for a trade. I had 378K miles on it. I'm an outside sales rep & drive 45 to 50K miles/year. I now have a 2.5TL 5 cyl., but I don't think I'll get the miles out of it, like the Legend----the 2.5 runs like a 4 cyl. Don't be afraid to buy a Japanese Engineered car with highway miles already on it. I'm thinking about getting rid of the TL to get another Legend-----even if it's a '95. (My budget requires me to be price conscious & stay around $15K or less.) Am, also, seriously considering a '97 or '98 I30 with 50K to 70K miles on it. Any opinions about I30 as opposed to Legend?
#145 of 812 95 Legend for sale - how much?
Jan 07, 2001 (6:02 pm)
I have a 95 Legend - 83K mile- still a pup, right? I love the car, but have three cars now so it has to go. I advertized in Autotrader for $14,500, 6 weeks, no calls.
How much would you think its worth? Its in practically mint condition, still under warranty, and as I said, 83K miles. Oh, BTW, its in Rhode Island.
Any help would be appreciated.
#146 of 812 Reply to rjd3, message #144
Jan 07, 2001 (7:22 pm)
I recently bought a '94 Legend Sedan with 66K on it for $15,000. I studied used car reports and the local market very hard. I test drove 14 cars in the sport/near luxury class in the $12,000 - $20,000 (used) price range, including Millenias, Maximas, I30's, Audi's, etc. I stayed away from BMW's and Benz' because I live in Michigan and need front wheel drive. My previous cars were an Accord and before that a Prelude.
I think I made the best possible choice after much research. A talented multi-line salesman who befriended me told me that Legends are built with more precision than Maximas, etc., and that condition, not mileage, is the determining factor in finding a good Legend. His dealership services them all the time with up to 250K and more on the odometer. He recently bought an old one for his daughter. To me, the I30 was just a Maxima with additional overhead built in. I think you would be happier with a 93-95 Legend in the $13,000 - 18,000 range..
I read a while back that the success of the Legend nameplate caused Acura to rename all their models numerically for the U.S. market - "Legend" was becoming more of a brand than "Acura" (early 90's). In fact, in Japan the RL is still known as "Legend" and is a great $40,000 car.
#147 of 812 reply to fortunate2001, message #145
Jan 07, 2001 (7:32 pm)
If your 95 Legend is, as you say, in near mint condition and you are asking $14,500 at 83K miles, I think you are in the ballpark. I researched these cars a long time before I bought my '94 with 66K for $15,000 from a private individual (he was fanatical about dealer maintenence and upkeep), and I'm very satisfied.
What I found is that the availability and the desirability of these cars ranges greatly depending on your local market. Most people just don't know how great these cars are and what a bargain a good used one can be. It may be that in Rhode Island the market is just not there.
If you were to drop your price to around $14,000, I cannot imagine it would remain unsold for much longer.
#148 of 812 Legend trailer wiring harnes
Jan 08, 2001 (12:19 pm)
I have just purchased a 1992 Legend and am trying to locate a wiring harness for a trailer. There is a light blue connector plug at the left tail light which appears to be part of the original vehicle harness. I believe what I am looking for is a T1 connector and has an integral adapter. A local Acura dealership tells me there was never a harness available yet there is provision for one. The PO of the car clearly pulled a trailer,it has a hitch, but there is no evidence of any prior "hard" wiring. This is a Canadian vehicle with just "Legend" on the trunk but has all the standard equipment of the American LS version. Anyone have an original part number or perhaps a NAPA or Honda equivalent no. ?
Also does anyone know the original MSRP. of the '92 LS ?
Thanks in advance.