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#176 of 812 1990 Legend LS
Feb 06, 2001 (9:04 pm)
Just purchased my first Acura Legend LS today....a 1990 LS with 117k miles on it, garage kept, immaculate inside and out, all service records and maintenance done a dealer recommended intervals, including timing belt and water pump at 90k miles. Paid the grand total price of $4,800 from Crown Acura in Richmond, Va. Every oil change done at 3k mile intervals, everything is original and working, car has only had 2 owners since new. Based on what I have seen....looks like this was a pretty decent price. I think it will be a nice addition to my 95 Lexus ES300 and 93 Cadillac Deville. Only bought this as a spare due to the price. Would appreciate any comments as to maintenance items to look out for.
#177 of 812 1987 LEGEND GAS SMELL
Feb 10, 2001 (10:35 pm)
Hi all. I have two Acura Legends; a 1987 and a 1990. I love them both. The '87 has 230,000 miles and only major problem was not replacing the timing belt in-time and had to have top-half of engine rebuilt. That was about 30k miles ago. Problem is a gas smell, mechanics can't seem to figure it out. The Acura dealership after a thorough check suggested $2,400 worth of parts and labor. I about fell over, especially since aside from the gas smell, this car runs excellent. They said I need all 6 fuel injectors, Oxygen sensors, etc, etc, seems like they want to replace anything that is in contact with fuel. I apologize for this long diatribe, but I would really love to know if anyone has had a situation like this, and what did you do? This is my first post to your forum, I relate to all of you other Acura fans out there! (fans of the car, not necessarily the service dept.)
#178 of 812 Buying a 94 Acura Legend four door
Feb 11, 2001 (5:11 am)
I have been eyeing this Acura Legend for a while now. It has 96K miles on it, and it has leather seats, sunroof, auto. I did not pay too much attention to trunk lid to see any letter disignation for model. Is there any on the trunk lid? If not, how can I tell by looking at the car. What kind of things I need to watch for when buying a legend 91-95 style.
I test drove a 92 with 124K miles several months ago, and I liked the way it drove. It felt like a very refined Accord. Right now, I drive a 96 Camry XLE V-6 with 47K miles. Edmunds put the value of the 47K Camry the same as the 96K mile Legend.
Feb 11, 2001 (10:20 pm)
At the beginning of this year, I drove my 1994 Legend GS (I guess) 6-speed manual coupe about 1500 miles to my new place of abode, in the Phoenix area. It was a pleasure to drive and gave me no trouble the whole way.
The problem is what I've posted about before. At low speeds, especially when turning right at low speeds, I hear what I describe as a rumble. At first I thought it was coming from the tires, brakes, or right (psgr) side front, but now I think it may actually be in the steering somehow. No vibration in the steering wheel, though. Front end was checked no less than three times - cv joints are supposedly okay, brakes are new x two months. After reading earlier posts, dealer checked out the heat shield for a different rattle, but rattle not fixed. I'm leaving that one alone until or unless it gets worse, but I'm worried about this rumble sound. And it wasn't the transmission mount that they replaced either--that was causing that dragging feeling when backing out and a big clunk when going over a driveway bump or speed bump, and that was fixed after they replaced that part. Any ideas on whether this is a steering problem or what?
Also, had brakes done because I was hearing a kind of a throbbing noise (woom-woom-woom) while going down the highway - it's beter, but not gone on the passenger front. They replaced the pads and turned the rotors. Any ideas on what the noise I'm still hearing is? Could they have messed that job up too (lots of problems with bad work on timing belt replacement)?
One more mechanical thing - I now have to find someone new to work on this baby. Should I go to the dealer in this area, or should I use a Honda mechanic the people I work with have recommended?
By the way, an earlier post asked about finding a GS coupe 6-speed. Around the time I bought mine (1998) I know there was another one similar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mine is pearl white. And yes, these cars were a limited edition. I got lucky. Good luck finding yours.
#180 of 812 '87 Gas Smell
Feb 11, 2001 (10:27 pm)
A gas smell indicates a serious problem you don't want to take a chance with - a fire. Take it to another shop and get another opinion. Maybe something is loose and it's an easy fix. Also there are such things as rebuilt parts and you could find a way to get new parts in the car for a lot less by finding an independent Honda/Acura repairman but first this - how long do you intend to keep the car? If the answer is more than 5 years then it might be worth repairing it if the car is in flawless condition inside and out but realistically, save your money and start looking for another car.
Feb 12, 2001 (9:23 pm)
Okay, I'm posting this without looking at my manual for the car. I should know this, but I'm just a part-time car buff. I must have a 1994 Legend LS Coupe, 6-speed manual, since there is no GS model listed when you go under Edmunds "used cars...." Anyone care to clear this up? I've seen others post about GS models that have a 6-speed manual transmission, but apparently there isn't one? You guys that are real car buffs should know the answer, if you care to enlighten us.
#182 of 812 rooba10
Feb 13, 2001 (7:03 am)
There is no letter designation on Legends... There are several ways to tell which model it is:
if it has automatic climate control, it's most likely LS or GS... If the engine has written "Type II" on it - the car is a GS.
Also, I believe the body molding on L is black, wheras LS and GS have body matching color...
W/ the car having 94K miles, you should find out if the 90K service was performed (mainly timing belt/water pump). If done at the dealership, these two will set you back ~$700/800 (I had mine done by local mechanic - ~$450 using Acura OEM parts).
#183 of 812 siriusgirl...
Feb 13, 2001 (7:08 am)
Yes, you do have 6 speed LS coupe...
Yes, there are no 6 speed GS coupes, but ... there are 6 speed GS SEDANS...
Btw, can I be your friend ??? I would love to get my hands on 6 speed... I only have '91 I auto
Regarding mechanic - if you can find someone cheaper than the dealer (yet qualified) I would definitely do it. If needed, you can easily pick up OEM parts on-line (from www.ahmotor.com or www.asian-auto-parts.com). I am fortunate to know someone who is really good and CHEAP (working out of his garage)...
Feb 14, 2001 (11:53 am)
Thanks for the info. Re: the mechanic -- how do I know if they are "qualified?" Is a good Honda mechanic that comes recommended by two people that I work with "qualified" to work on my beloved Acura? Your friend working out of his garage doesn't happen to be in the Phoenix area perhaps? I'd let you drive the 6-speed if he is!
What are OEM parts? Are they substantially cheaper than just letting the mechanic get the parts and then do the work all at once?
How is your 91 holding up? Did you have any ideas on the problems I described? Any info is appreciated!
#185 of 812 94 Acura Legend Speaker problem
Feb 14, 2001 (12:49 pm)
Message # 122 states to correct speaker problems for my Acura Legend, replace Bose Amp with Pheonix Gold Amp.....does anyone know what model Pheonix Gold Amp is compatible?????Help