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Acura Legend, Sedan
May 22, 2001 (4:39 pm)
I am looking at a red 1992 Legend ll sedan with 86K miles on it... The guy would sell it for approx 5G's. Mechanically it feels like a good car (I know to differentiate cars in good shape from the cars in bad shape). I'd say it is a good car and a good price. But, after everything I read on this forum, it feels like Legend, though an Acura, is nothing but problems. So, I am tempted to get the car, but, can anybody tell me, is it worth buying this car at all?
#236 of 812 qualityguy
May 25, 2001 (1:45 pm)
For $5K, I would have to say - heck yeah!!!
You've got to remember - almost any 10 year old car will give you some problems.
#237 of 812 Re: 1993 Legend with 43K miles
May 28, 2001 (1:22 am)
A 1993 Legend with 46,000 miles is practically a brand new car. Depending of course on the price, it would be a great deal and a very reliable car overall. I own a 1991 Legend LS with 108,000 miles.
The easiest way to find out about common problems on the car is to visit the alldata.com web site and look for the section dealing with recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Sometimes you can get Acura to "goodwill" a repair, or they will replace a part if you pay for the labor.
Be sure to have the brake system checked, including the master cylinder and the ABS modulator; these seem to have trouble on the Acura's -replaced mine twice! Flush the brake system every 15k miles for good measure to prevent contamination.
The power door locks can be buggy at times. A common problem as someone else noted.
#238 of 812 Legend Maintenance
May 28, 2001 (1:36 am)
Timing belts should be changed every 90,000 miles. You can get it changed along with other belts and water pump for about $600-700 at an independent, maybe less. Expensive but a lot cheaper than a new engine.
5W-30 oil is the recommended oil for Acura's, especially in the mid- west with cold winter starts. I buy the best I can get, like Valvoline or Castrol. Mobil 1 is excellent in the winter. Always buy extra Acura oil filters to keep in the trunk and use them if you get oil changes at Jiffy Lube or other quicky-lube joints. Never use their crappy no-name brand filters.
If the car needs tires I highly recommend the Yokohama AS dB (see the Tirerack.com website for more info) I just bought some a month ago and they are super. Good price and great, quiet ride with nice responsive handling in all but heavy snow country.
The car is very reliable -- but little things go bad like the power windows.
Some weak points:
I have had to put 2 new brake master cylinders in the car, and the ABS system has a habit of seeping, so keep on eye on this. Excellent preventative maintenance would be to have the brake system drained, cleaned and refilled every 15-20,000 miles.
With good maintenance you could get 250,000 - 300,000 miles on this car. Just change that oil regularly and and change your anti-freeze every two years. Also keep an eye on the transmission oil (check while engine is running). Needs to be changed every 15,000 miles. JiffyLube has a trans purge service which I think better than the usual dump and refill service you get elsewhere. I think my car ran better afterward.
#240 of 812 sirius girl trans problems?
May 28, 2001 (1:51 am)
The noise you complain of doesn't sound like a transmission problem to me.
I doubt highly that you have a bad transmission. I have over 100,000 miles on my '91 Legend and the trans is still fine. Maybe not as good as the day I bought it but good enough and no repairs needed.
If you want to focus on the tranny, go and get the auto trans purge service at JiffyLube and see if it doesn't run better ($75). Mine did.
#241 of 812 Vigor vs. Legend
May 28, 2001 (1:56 am)
The Vigor was a one-shot wonder. It's a smallish, five cylinder car that came and went in a year or two. The Legend on the other hand has a great name and good rep. Much better resale value and reliability on the Legend.
#242 of 812 Which one?
May 30, 2001 (12:47 pm)
1. 1992 LS, 128000 miles, $8K.
2. 1994 GS, 65000 miles, $15K.
Both are very clean, well maintained by the owner.
Which one will you buy and why? Thanks.
#243 of 812 I would buy...
May 31, 2001 (6:30 am)
...the '94 GS.
Besides the obvious (newer car/fewer miles), it has the Type II engine good for 230 HP (as opposed to the LS's 200), some interior improvements (more gadgets ), larger wheels (16" vs 15") and more...
#244 of 812 Re: two Legends
May 31, 2001 (12:24 pm)
But the '94 GS costs almost twice as much...
People say Legend can last for a long time and 200K miles should be no problem if maintained properly. Should I take advantage the reliability and save the money for other toys?