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#449 of 812 1995 acura legend shifting problem
Jan 04, 2004 (8:41 pm)
I have a honda accord and an Acura Legend. The Legend has a slightly hard shift from first to 2nd gear but each higher gear thereafter is super smooth. My Honda has a similar shift patter. However, with 250K miles on it, the Honda does exemplify a little more of a rough shift from first to 2nd. I took it to the dealer multiple times and each dealer stated that the shifting was normal for Hondas/Acuras. The think you should really look out for is harsh shifting of the engine which could signify bad mounts. I had that problem on the honda and hopefully won't have that on the Legend. Has any one had harsh engine shifting on their legend? FYI...(Harsh Shifting) The entire car jerks when shifting from park to reverse or to Drive.
#450 of 812 Legend seat adjustment
Feb 06, 2004 (8:51 am)
Hi, recently I purchased a used 92 Legend, very nice car. I'm now the 3rd owner. The passenger seat adjusted all the way back does not provide adquate leg room for me or my wife. I'm 5'11" and wife is 5'6". I have a 92 Vigor and it provided much more room. Does anyone have a solution to this, I called a Acura dealer to no avail? Also, I would like to know if engine parts, ie, alternator, starter,are interchangable with the Legend? Please help. Thank you
#451 of 812 Acura Legend Suspension
Mar 09, 2004 (8:46 am)
I have been told conflicting things about a rattle in the rear suspension. Both are from authorized repair shops. One says most likely strutt bracket. Suggest replacing strutts and brackets. The other says nothing wrong with suspension and doesn't believe that the strutts need replaced, he says he hasn't had success with replacing strutts and that once the originals are replaced that you have to continue to replace more frequently.
Mar 09, 2004 (9:03 am)
I own a '91 Legend L with a 105k miles. I replaced all four struts and hubs with monroe lifetime warranty from Sears. They run sales in the spring and fall. They seem to work just fine after 20k miles. You may need to change them every 50-60k because the legend is a heavy car.
I hope that helps.
#453 of 812 Acura Legend Suspension
Mar 09, 2004 (9:08 am)
Did you have improved ride and handling? The repair guy said they put strutts on his wifes and the car has been worse?
#454 of 812 Re: Acura Legend Suspension by sdorrii68
Mar 09, 2004 (3:38 pm)
After you replace any strut system. The car will handle and ride differently. My experience was an improved ride but the handling was lighter for about 5k miles. These cars are great but they are hard on suspensions.
Mar 16, 2004 (6:53 am)
I am buying a 94 gs sedan w/ 80k miles from a family member. I was told the radiator was leaking so when I went online to order a radiator, it was recommended that a head gasket/pressure check be done since a cause of a leaking radiator is often a blown head gasket.
From reading the posts here (I read them ALL) it seems a leaking radiator is a common malady of the legend. Have many of you who have replaced the radiator also replaced head gaskets?
What is the norm with timing belt changes? I heard the 3.2 is an interferance engine so I am going to be conservative...anyone change the belt themselves? Is it worth doing the water pump at the same time?
Mar 17, 2004 (9:32 am)
The Legend radiator design uses a plastic top portion (poor design) that will crack over time and once your engine overheats there's a real good chance that your head gasket is toast and there's permanent warpage due to the aluminum constr. Around $3K at the dealer to fix. I would go with a Modine aluminum unit to avoid this. You don't need to ever change the head gasket normally only if it's determined that there is damage already.
The TB should be changed at 6 years or 90K miles whichever comes first. The water pump is usually done at same time due to everything being apart since the job is mainly labor. About $500-650 at most good independent shops. I would never attempt to change it myself as you need special tools to remove certain bolts which are really a pain to remove. Plan on a whole weekend to do it, it's normally a 1 day job in the shop
Mar 17, 2004 (10:45 am)
I bought my legend new, actually leased it, and when I was done w/ the lease, I purchased it, knowing that it's very expensive to do that, but I also knew that this car is a great car. I don't own it anymore, but when I turned it over to my mother in law, it had 345k miles on it. Sure I had the normal things go out on it, alternator, wheel bearings, tires, brakes, even a/c fans, both blower and cooling fan, and a handful of ox sensors, but the engine is original. sure it lacked real power by today's car standard, I think 160 HP, I have a TL Type S w/ 260 hp, but the most amazing thing about that Legend is that I got 22 mpg the day I got it and it's still getting 22 mpg in mixed driving.
If anyone is wondering if a Legend can go to a mere 200k miles? I'd say easily if it's maintained well. They are nearly bulletproof if driven properly and maintenance is done on them properly, and I might add, good OEM parts used on them.
No trans, fuel pump, steering or a/c problems. I knew I should have bought a 95 model but back in 95 my car was only 8 yrs old, and still running strong. It's '04 now, the Legend still is impeccable shape and still motoring around town, so someone save me a '90 to '95 Legend. I'll get around to buying one someday.
Oh, if your wondering why I got the TL. I really had no choice, my Legend was stolen, and I of course bought it back from the insurance company.