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#303 of 812 Need Advice on 92 Legend LS Coupe
Oct 16, 2001 (6:34 am)
I have stumbled across a 1992 Acura Legend Coupe LS. 90,000 miles, 5 speed, loaded, black on black. Seller has stated that the timing belt/water pump has not been done, Throttle Body has been replaced 3 times (CEL on), and ABS light is also on. Am I looking at some serious money for fixing these items? The car is in very good condition and he is asking $8600. I want to use this as a daily driver so I am looking for a reliable vehicle. Is this a good deal or something to stay away from? Thanks!
Oct 23, 2001 (8:48 am)
I had a similar problem with my 92 Legend LS, which was driving my wife, mechanic, and local Acura dealer nuts. Finally discovered that there was a dead spot in the ignition switch caused by the wear of the key being inserted in and out over the years (the switch would think the car was already running and not allow the starter to engage.) Anyway, after a new switch ($450.00 installed by my local mechanic), it appears to have solved the problem. One dead giveaway will be an ignition switch that's really fussy about having the key at at certain angle before the key will release. Good luck....
#306 of 812 89 Legend for $2300
Oct 26, 2001 (9:40 am)
A local Saturn dealer has an '89 Legend L 4D for $2300. I don't have any other details yet. Any opinions on a Legend this old?
#307 of 812 89 Legend for $2300 - more
Oct 26, 2001 (2:03 pm)
I found out this car has 166k miles. This is about 13-14 k/year. It's in very nice shape, but it is 13 years old.
Any advice or suggestions? Thanks.
#308 of 812 any service receipts?
Oct 27, 2001 (9:06 am)
Have your mechanic check it out. You have to expect that any vehicle with that kind of mileage will have many areas of potential breakdown. I bought an '87 coupe in 1997 at 104K for $4500. In addition to brake pads, tires, muffler, and other wear-and-tear items, over time the distributor went out, speedo replaced (127K), motor mounts cracked, and the AT was overhauled (135K). ABS components needed replacement, but the service supervisor recommended disabling the system and relying on the four wheel discs - cost was prohibitive ($2K) and the system was technically obsolete. I also converted the AC to the non-CFC R-134 refrigerant, and had rust repair because of leaks into the trunk and passenger compartment. The leather was dried out, cracked, and some sections replaced with vinyl (!) - covered it with sheepskins. Lots of $$$ expended. All receipts were in the glove compartment and confirmed by the dealership that service and repairs were done on a regular basis (time and mileage).
In general, the car ran well and was in good shape. Too bad it got "totaled" a few months ago. I miss that car!
#309 of 812 Legend Overheating, Bleed the System
Oct 30, 2001 (2:11 pm)
The engine temperature on my 93 Legend L (about 94,000 miles) shot up to almost the red mark. Not sure if it was the thermostat but we replaced it. About a week later it ran hot again. Turns out there was an air pocket since we didn't bleed the system after we added antifreeze.
#310 of 812 Help, 93 Legend Still Overheating
Nov 06, 2001 (8:08 pm)
Help, here are the symptoms:
93 Legend 94,000 miles. Car starts to overheat on occassion. Engine also then begins to occasionally surge. It revs from back and forth from 1,000 rpm to 1,500 in park. No heat comes out of the air vents when engine temp begins to climb to an overheated situation. I shut the engine down before it ever hits the red zone.
I replaced the thermostat a week ago and refilled the radiator with coolant. It ran hot again so I then bled the radiator hose from the valve on the top hose and everything was ok for a week. Then samething happens. Park the car and check a few hours later and the radiator is low. I refill and bleed again. The next day engine temp ok, heat working. After about three hours, I take the cap off of the radiator since it was not hot but cool, and there is a lot of pressure and the fluid shoots out. What is going on here? Why is this car overheating and yet no heat is produced when it does? I am at my whit's end. Any help greatly appreciated.
#311 of 812 87 Legend also overheats
Dec 07, 2001 (10:41 am)
I have purchased new and have taken very good care of an 87 Legend. Very littlt maintenence required until this year. The car started to run hotter than usual this year. On three seperate trips speeds at 60 to 65 mph and the temp gauge was in the lower 1/4 of it's range. At 75 mph, the temp creeps up to the top 1/3 of the gauge range and I can tell that the engine is warmer than it was in past years. I have tried changing the thermostat and the coolant. I have seen the comments about the air pockets and will also try to bleed that again. I remember several years back that the Acura dealer recommended an engine purge product that was supposed to clear oil flow screens in the engine. I did that once at an oil change but have not done it again. The dealer now says that it is a head gasket problem to the tune of $2900.
I hate to tear into the engine of a car that has only 86k miles on it.
Any advice on engine overheating or how to verify that it is a blown head gasket????
#312 of 812 93 Legend Overheating
Dec 07, 2001 (12:09 pm)
I now believe that there is a small leak from the water pump. I thought maybe it was a blown head gasket but I did find a leak. This will need to be verified by a pressure test.