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#322 of 812 Should I buy it?
Jan 17, 2002 (10:22 am)
A recent change (for the worse) in my financial situation has made it necessary for me to find and purchase a car within my cash payment capabilities. My boss drives a 1993 Acura Legend which has 170,000 miles on it and he is recommending that I buy a 1994 Legend. This particular Legend is a 1994 LS with 155,000 miles on it. The owner has recently replaced the timing belt, radiator, tires and brakes. The body is in excellent condition and he is only selling it because he needs a larger vehicle to transport his son and his hockey equipment.
My daily commute consists of a mostly interstate 70-mile roundtrip. After reading many of the entries on this board, I am learning that it is not uncommon to drive Legends beyond 200,000 miles. I need a car that is reliable and with manageable maintenance costs. Could someone please let me know what other big ticket maintenance or repair issues I should expect if I do buy this Legend? I would also welcome any advise and opinions as to whether this would be a relatively safe choice (in terms of upcoming expenditures). In other words, will I end up spending lots of money every month just to keep it running?
The current owner is asking $8,000 for the 1994 Legend LS. The interior is in very good condition.
Sorry for the length of the message. Thank you for any advice, opinions and suggestions.
#323 of 812 92 Legend Trunk Release not working
Jan 17, 2002 (1:25 pm)
Has anyone had their Trunk Release button on the drivers side door go out? If so, any ideas on how to fix?
Jan 18, 2002 (9:31 am)
Buying a used car is always a gamble, but yes these Legends do tend to go on and on if properly maintained. I would research CarFax.com on the car, you need the VIN number. Also have a trusted mechanic look at it and drive it. A compression test wouldn't be a bad idea. Metal does wear, even Acura metal.
#325 of 812 92 Legend Overheating
Jan 24, 2002 (7:16 pm)
I have a '92 that is overheating also. I have experienced the rise and fall of the needle just as "jkr1" has mentioned when turning corners. It will also spike when sitting still too long. It appears as though a lot of Legend owners have had the same or very similar experience. It sounds like a design flaw. I had a service guy tell me recently that they this alot and do a number of head gasket replacements (~$1500.00 - $2000.00) I have a friend who owns an 1989 Legend with over 200k miles on it, that has never had a similar problem. I've read stories on-line of folks that have had all the repairs suggested here done and are still having problems.
Has anyone had success resolving this?
#326 of 812 RE: Should I buy it?
Jan 27, 2002 (9:49 am)
A '94 with 155,000mi is still just a baby. I have a '92 with 190,000mi and I won't be planning on replacing it anytime soon (I expect it to hit 300,000mi before I invest in another vehicle).
An Acura will bring more costly repairs then a domestic car would but the key is not to bring your vehicle into an Acura dealer and have them place all new parts into the repair.
I had to replace the Transmission on mine at 110,000 miles and that was less then $1200 for a lifetime warranty on a used trans (They guys down at Acura said this repair would be around $3000 to rebuild with new parts of course!).
To get to your question of should you budget a lot of money to keep a Legend running I would say NO! Besides my little transmission spoof I have spent nothing on the car other than Oil, Gas, Carwashes and a handful of air filters!
#327 of 812 To MBLAKEN3 - Overheating problem
Jan 29, 2002 (2:10 pm)
I have not fixed my '92 Legend yet. I was told this is somewhat of a common problem with Legends. I don't plan to replace the head gasket unless the car temp continually rises about 1/2 on the gage. I would call around if you plan to do. I found a Honda-Acura repair shop (not a dealer repair shop) that would do it for $1200-$1300. Like you, I want to hear from someone that had this done and it actually fixed the problem permanantly! My only does it when I let the engine idle and sit for a few minutes. As soon as I start driving, it goes back to normal.
Feb 02, 2002 (10:52 pm)
Before checking anything else, try checking both radiator and condenser fans. Years ago, my 86 Legend overheated (needle at max), and when I noticed, I turned car off to let cool. I drove to my mechanic and he found a busted condenser fan (the blade had fallen off). At his recommendation, I bought a replacement fan at a junkyard for a small amount of $ (forgot how much), and he replaced it in less than an hour. Cheap repair, and the car has never again overheated.
Hope this suggestion helps people in here ...
#329 of 812 Metallic Rattling Noise?
Feb 03, 2002 (6:44 am)
My legend has a Metallic Rattling Noise. I found a discussion on this dated from Aug of 2000. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem? I use medium grade fuel in my 92' but mine only makes the noise when it's just started and I am going less than 20 MHP. I always figured it was a loose muffler shield or something. Anyone have any ideas? If not I guess I will give the "Techron" fuel cleaner a try!
#331 of 812 Trunk Release not Working
Feb 15, 2002 (7:33 am)
First thing I checked was the glovebox valet switch. That is not the problem... Nor is it a fuse...