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#225 of 812 In the market for a 1995 Legend Coupe Black or White FULLY Loded !
May 06, 2001 (7:22 pm)
I am in the market for a 1994 preferably a 1995 Legend Coupe Black Or White Fully Loded Automatic with low miles. Can anyone Help me I am aware this is most likely the rarest Acura out there but I would really like One , I have a 1989 Legend Coupe Bright Red only 75,000 miles love the car but I really want one of these Legends if anyone can help me please post thank you all so much !
#226 of 812 Vigor and Legend questions please
May 07, 2001 (5:07 pm)
Considering for purchase a 93 VigorGS or 91-92 Legend LS - Both within a kilobuck of each other, both ca. 100-120K.
Test drove the Vigor and quickly found the lacking rear seat room. 4" less than the legend (that on-axis 5cyl really pushes things back compared to the transverse mounted 4cyl in the 90-93 accord body the vigor is based on..
1) Does anyone have any bad comments re: the AT in the Vig? must be rather unique (for honda/Acura) to transmit the on axis 5cyl to FWD? Also noted no "sport mode" options - they must figure the vigor is already sports car - no need for two modes?
2) On all the Legends I've looked at - there were labels with the VIN# on the edges of all the original doors, trunklid, hood, etc. Couldn't find any on this particular Vigor. Car looked cherry and carfax had no indication of a total loss/rebuild. Do all Honda/Acuras have these little labels??
#227 of 812 Wow - some action on the site!
May 07, 2001 (10:38 pm)
Siriusgirl - Yes, I believe your car is worth $3K in repairs but my antenna goes up when I hear the diagnosis of your problems. A grind when turning is more commonly a CV (constant velocity) joint that's gone bad. Was it originally a clicking sound when turning that has progressed to the grinding? That's the common CV joint progression. The problem occurs when the CV boot (a flexible rubber covering) on the joint cracks and lets in dirt and grit. Fix is in the hundreds of $$, not thousands.
The rattle in the engine is when idling? Could be a loose exhaust or catalytic convertor heat shield. It was on mine - fix is clamping it down for $50 or new heat shield.
Yes, do get a 2nd opinion. They could be right but I'm just giving you the more common problems.
May 08, 2001 (6:36 pm)
Thanks much for your reply. Am taking it tomorrow for second opinion. This guy has looked at it once, but "wanted to spend more time with the car." So far, I've had two people tell me it is more likely the clutch than tranny. If you put the clutch under a load, the rattle goes away. No other real symptoms, though, such as racing engine or burning smell. CV boots etc were checked - never have heard a click. After reading some earlier posts on this site, had heat shield checked, and mechanic said "oh yes, there were rocks in heat shield and that took care of rattle." He was wrong, but I'm assuming the heat shield is okay. If this second opinion tells me its tranny, I'll get a third, but if he says its clutch, I'll probably just let him change that. I'm just too paranoid to let it wait and get worse - I really hate to be stranded or worried about driving somewhere. Thanks again, and any other comments are welcome.
#229 of 812 First car purchase
May 09, 2001 (12:53 am)
And what a nice car at that. i wasn't even thinking of buying a car that day, and then i drive by that legend on the lot with a big sticker for under 4k. i actually make a 180 and inquire about the car. A few hours later, i drive away in a Legend 91 L sedan with 178,000 miles (probably a lot of highway miles). Not a whole lot of reconditioning done. Not much needed though. Retailed (small local used car dealer) for $3600, just under $4000 out the door after tax,license and title. Financing will probably add another $2-300. no warranty. i think i got a pretty good deal, however.
No problems so far except for air conditioning doesn't work, a little crack on the windshield by the passenger side and some rust above the rear fenders that was repainted (not too well). The bose has been replaced by some aftermarket detachable-face system(clarion) and i don't think there's a car alarm. And no owner's manual. That's really about it. Checked out the carfax report for $15. Completely clean title, but i don't have any of the maintenance records. Under the hood, engine compartment "looks" good and clean. Overall a very nice car that runs great.
Questions: i would really like to know where i can get an owner's manual (is an Acura dealer the only place?). i'm not sure how to use everything in the car yet (various instrumentation; i could have broken the ashtray trying to pull it open instead of pushing it ), as well as what proper maintenance is required at specific mileage. At 178,000 miles, i'm pretty sure the original timing belt and water pump have been replaced. When should i expect to change the timing belt again (can i just get it checked or is there really no way of determining when the belt's going to break?) and what other major repairs/maintenance is coming my way. Is it unreasonable to expect 30-50,000 relatively trouble-free miles in the next 3-4 years? Or am i going to be looking at spending about $2000+ a year on maintenance/repairs. There's no weird noises, shifts, chatterings, grinds, smells, phantom lights(well, the parking brake light came on for a split second during a turn), etc. It "seems" almost perfect, so far anyway (just got it yesterday).
wow, didn't mean to write a book. any answers to just any of my numerous questions would be greatly appreciated. The legend has been a dream car of mine for quite a while now, and i still can't believe i have one. First things first, i'm going to get a much overdue oil change (any recommendations on what type of oil works best? it hasn't had an oil change since last November over 5,000 miles and six months ago), and then get it detailed (a little dusty inside and out). Anyone know what kind of wax works best? Then maybe later, i'll get the rims refinished (they really do look their 10-11 years) and then clear out the corners...did i say $2000+ a year? Really, thanks in advance.
#230 of 812 Some answers...
May 09, 2001 (7:24 pm)
The factory service manuals are available from Helm Incorporated. You can order them thru their website at Helminc.com. I would recommend these over the aftermarket manuals - they're much more complete and informative. As far as big ticket scheduled maintenance, replacement of the timing belt, water pump, and drive belts is recommended every 90K. Don't know if you can tell by looking at the timing belt if it needs replacement. See if you can find a private (but knowledgeable) mechanic to do the work - you can save quite a bit over what the dealers would charge. With regards to wax, I'm a big fan of Zaino. Easy to use, does a great job. Go to zainobros.com for more info. Good luck!!
#231 of 812 Electrical System
May 10, 2001 (10:22 pm)
I just purchased a 1992 Legend Coupe L. The lock on the drivers door was giving me a problem (alarm would sound) when i tried to unlock it, so i would have to unlock it every time from the passengers side. So i went to car toys and got a remote entry, and the locks fixed.
Other small things are starting to happen, like the memory seat not wanting to go all the way to the memory position, so i have to press it over and over. But when it does decide to go all the way it beeps about 20 times when it is finished, instead of the normal 2 times. The steering wheel radio controls sometimes switch functions on me, like the vol up button would change the station. Are these common things? Does anyone know what it would cost, and what it would take to get them fixed? Are there any other things that i sould be expecting to happen? It anybody knows, pls message so i can find out. Thanks, Alex
#232 of 812 2002 Acura RL (Legend) ????
May 20, 2001 (12:15 pm)
Is it true they are redoing the RL for 2002 and maybe bringing back the Legend Name ? If anyone has any info Please post !
#233 of 812 1993 Acura Legend Locks
May 22, 2001 (8:22 am)
I'm about to purchase a 1993 Aura Legend with 46,000 miles. It was a neighbors car and she hardly ever drove it. It's in great shape, in fact my mechanic wants to buy, but I noticed a problem with the locks. A couple of times after I locked the door with the key, the locks continued to try and re-lock. I let it continue to re-lock itself over and over. Then after three attempts of unlocking and locking with the key, it stopped. That was it and it didn't happen again. Does anyone think this is a major problem and should I be concerned? Thank you for any help you can provide.
May 22, 2001 (9:37 am)
This is a known issue with the Legend. My 1994 Legend Coupe had the lock actuators replaced twice. The service advisor indicated that this was not uncommon. It would set off the alarm at random and lock and unlock the doors for the heck of it. Both replacements were under warranty so I don't recall the cost.