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Acura Legend, Sedan
Feb 12, 2003 (8:17 pm)
I am currently looking to replace my wife's old car (1994 Chevy Cavalier - Teal) with a 1995 Acura Legend L.
I'm wondering is the dealer giving me a fair deal.
It's got all options for an L (leather, keyless, automatic, and cd changer). 54599 miles(??) What is wrong with the prior owners? Pay almost $40,000 for a car and not drive it??????
I've had it checked by a mechanic, they found a bent (and rather scraped up rim) but other than that they thought it was solid. The car doesn't appear to have been serviced recently and they couldn't tell on the 30k service.
But based on age and mileage it's due for some pricey work. Needs tires, timing belt (age), etc, and that rim replaced. Plus it has one very small dent in the trunk (trailer hitch backed into?).
They were asking $10,995, I've got them down to $10. But they haven't agreed to fix the dent and they aren't planning on detailing (fine by me, it's clean).
Do I buy it? Or should I be concerned about the lack of mileage (seems like a strange question) and service records?
#422 of 812 89 Legend Overheating Problem
Feb 24, 2003 (8:06 pm)
I have been reading the various messages about the seemingly normal overheating problems that occur with Legends. My youngest son is currently looking at an 89 model that the current owner admits 'is overheating'. He has replaced the radiator (twice), the hoses, belts etc but nothing seems to work.
The main symptom appears to be a 'surging' effect in the water level when the radiator cap is removed. Would this point towards a cracked head ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#423 of 812 Davinga, Legends
Mar 05, 2003 (7:53 am)
Dave, in the USA, they changed the name between '95 and '96 from Legend to RL when the body style changed. No new "Legends" in the USA. They are both called Acura over here. The '91 through '95 Legends look the same. I bought a '91 in 2000 for my daughter to use at college. It has been good, but it did need a head gasket job at 141,000 miles which set me back about $1800. Had the valves done at the same time. You probably can't go wrong with either car, in the USA most would prefer the automatic. The '96 is just the most recent model change, and still the one we see here. Called an Acura RL 3.5.
Also these things tend to hold value.
#424 of 812 bazza, overheating
Mar 12, 2003 (10:53 am)
Given my experience it is most likely a blown head gasket, but a cracked block might do the same. See previous post about the $1800 is spent on a head gasket and valve job last summer.
#425 of 812 where can I find tinted side mirror
Apr 17, 2003 (11:00 am)
I have a 93 Legend.. very nice car and running well... recently, I drove my cousin's new Golf...
1 thing I noticed is that they have a "slightly blue tinted mirror"... that makes it sooo much better when driving at night... esp. if a suv / truck is behind you....
I tried to look for tinted side mirror, but with no luck... anyone can give me a pointer ??...
May 01, 2003 (7:13 am)
I have a 93 Acura Legend L (auto)with 80K miles. I started to experience some starting problem and would like to get your help.
When I try to start, it would crank and ignite, but die out in a 1~2 seconds. I first suspect there is something wrong with my battery which was replaced only a year ago. I tested with Voltage meter-it's 12 V. Could that be the alternator problem? I turned the headlight on, it's no problem there. One more thing is that when I insert the key and turn to on position right before to ignite, the cluster signs do't display as usual. What's wrong with it? Thanks in advance for your input!
#427 of 812 starting problem to Paulchen
May 02, 2003 (7:06 am)
Since the headlights seem to work fine, it isn't the alternator. Does it crank, start and then the engine dies? If so, it is not the starter, battery, or alternator. It seems to be in the engine. Does it stutter and die or just die? With the problem with the cluster lights mentioned too, I am guessing that the problem is a single one and is actually in the ignition switch in the dash itself. Try jiggling the key a little and see if it keeps running or the cluster lights come on.
ES '91 Legend Sedan
#428 of 812 Starting Problem
May 02, 2003 (12:59 pm)
Your syptoms sound like a failing main fuel sending relay located under the steering wheel, pretty easy to change out yourself. The cost is about $40 if I recall. This is a so&so common problem with the Legend and early 90's Accords. Your best bet would be to visit www.acura-legend.com a great site with tons of info. and very informed Legend owners. Hope this helps.
#429 of 812 Door Problems 94 Legend Coupe
May 24, 2003 (12:59 pm)
I own a 94 Legend Coupe (L) and I recently had my front seats reupholstered. When I picked my car up I noticed that my driver side door was not electronically catching anymore and that even when I closed my door my door open sign was still on and the interior lights were still on as if the door was never closed. I called the local Acura dealer and they recommeded that I replace the door switch which isn't visible to the naked eye like in most cars. Needless to say $200 later (part and labor) and I still have the same problem and to compound the problem, it has now drained my battery...any advice would be greatly appreicated.
#430 of 812 Expensive dealer parts
Jun 01, 2003 (4:58 am)
A couple things I have noticed about my 95 Legend Coupe in 2 yrs of ownership...The 1st to 2nd gear shift is rough, but dealer and independant jobbers tell me this is normal on the Legend. I did have trans fluid changed with a power-flush to get ALL the old oil out for about $150. It still shifts rough-with a jump... The radiator was developing a minor slow oozing type leak at top (plastic) cap, so I changed it myself. Acura part est. was $454. vs. 160 at Sims radiator shop in Atlanta. So I bought the $160 one & installed myself but had to buy the hoses at dealer because the others wouldn't fit correctly. Last week, my drivers window went down, but wouldn't go up. Honda dealer charged me $440. to replace the switch cluster in the door panel...way too much I thought but whatchagunna do. I love the Legend look & ride and hope I can drive for many years to come. I can not get overly excited about the new Acuras. I want to get a Vigor soon also.