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#79 of 812 To #61, about Legend/car of dreams
Nov 05, 2000 (4:14 am)
I just bought a 1991 Acura Legend with 109,000 miles. Not my first choice, but I know the owner and knew I could trust him when he told me the car's history. It runs fairly well, and my mechanic said I could expect to keep it until it has 150,000 or more miles; however, it's not free of certain minor problems (one engine light malfunctions; control button for one window is broken, another is on its way out; radio antenna won't extend; tape deck is broken; leather seats are cracked and worn), and I'm a little wary about mechanical problems to come. I would encourage you *not* to hold out for a 1990 or 1992 Legend at this time for the following reasons:
-- Bad mileage: about 17 mpg city. (I wouldn't have purchased mine if I'd been able to find something affordable with better mileage when I needed to replace my car). We pollute so much in so many ways -- it's crucial that we try to minimize wherever we can.
-- You would do much better to spend $4000 on a car with 50,000 miles that's about 5 years old -- no matter how well a person has maintained a car, parts simply wear out over time and affect the integrity of the machine.
-- If you buy a car that you can't afford to maintain, you're throwing away the money you invested in it; and if you struggle to find the money to maintain it, then you're mortgaging your future -- incurring debt to pay for maintenance and repairs, harming your credit if the debt is unmanageable.
-- I sympathize with your yearning for this car -- most of us know what it is to want something intensely -- but: you're 25 years old, and you have plenty of time in life to purchase what you believe to be the car of your dreams. Also, and I offer this is a friendly way, and am not sure that it applies in this instance: when anything in life takes on disproportionate importance (a relationship with annother person, material objects, food, sports, gambling, partying), it's time to ask ourselves, "What is really important in life? What do I really want? What is missing in my life that I am overly focused on having something or someone?"
Best wishes, and hope you find a reliable car that makes you happy.
#80 of 812 researching cost of legend when new
Nov 05, 2000 (4:17 am)
Call your local Acura dealer.
Call national headquarters for Acura.
Or call your local library -- reference librarians are amazing. If they can't find the info for you, they can tell you where or how to find it.
#81 of 812 94 sedans
Nov 06, 2000 (2:55 pm)
Contemplating purchase of a 94 sedan for my wife, down to two choices, both clean one-owner; 1) LS w/67k miles $14k(private seller); 2) L w/35k miles $17k(dealer-not Acura). Lot of money for a seven year old car, but have wanted one since they were new when we owned a mid-eighties Cressida which I loved. You Acura owners seem passionate about these cars...I'm pretty much convinced on how good they are, looking for feedback on these two possible deals. Also considering a mint 92 Mazda 929 w/70k for under $5k
Nov 07, 2000 (11:36 pm)
Good choice for your wife. The L-model didn't have some of the goodies that came on the LS-model but had enough to confirm that it was still luxury car. If I were you, I would stick with the L for $17k because it is being sold by a dealer and has about half the miles. When you buy from a dealer, a warranty is usually available and would provide some peace of mind if something were to go wrong with the car(not likely, it is a Honda product). When buying from a private seller, you can't have a warranty and they more than likely aren't going to back up the car. About the Mazda 929, I believe that car is one of the best used car values out there. IMO it looks good, comes with all the bells and whistles, and I've yet to see one that isn't in good condition despite it's age. Under $5k is a great deal and at that price it is safe not to buy from a dealer, since you're not spending as much as you would on the Legend LS. Good luck with your purchase!
Nov 08, 2000 (12:15 am)
It doesn't sound like your car is that bad. The engine light could just be a glitch in the electrical system and could mean nothing. The broken window control switch is harmless unless it's the driver's window switch that doesn't work. The antenna is fixable as long as the motor still works and I can tell you how to fix it if needed. If the motor is broken then you can pull the antenna up and leave it up all of the time. About the tape deck, I don't even know if mine still works because I don't use it. I don't believe that any 10-year-old car is free of annoyances. My car has a few problems of its own that are similar to yours. My heated mirror light burned out just last month, my ABS light has been burned out for a while now and I accidentally broke a rear-door lock tab just recently. So look on the bright side, it could be worse. How much did you spend on it? You may have gotten an overall better deal than you believe you did. Good luck my friend and I seriously doubt that you'll have any major problems with your car unless your friend hasn't maintained it properly.
#84 of 812 maintenance problem
Nov 08, 2000 (11:27 pm)
just last week had the 90K mileage done on my 1994 Legend coupe, incl. timing belt and water pump. Dealer did something to a hose and had to do the job over again, replacing that hose. Then had second hose not reconnected well leak antifreeze (now fixed). Now hear new noise, comes and goes, sounds like a rattle similar but not identical to how the engine sounds when the a/c is actually on--the new noise is present with or without the a/c, but dealer told me today it's a bearing in the air compressor that must have been loosened with all the work. He can't do anything about it. My uncle (very knowledgeable) isn't convinced that's what it is. Any ideas?
Also, the idea in paying for all this (mega bucks - had new front brakes too) is to keep the car running without getting stranded anywhere. Should the dealer have replaced the hoses too even though they are still pliable?
Nov 10, 2000 (1:47 am)
I'm not sure I understand what kind of rattling noise you are hearing. Does the noise come from the engine compartment or from the exhaust system underneath the car? Honda products are known to sometimes have a catalytic converter rattle that occurs during acceleration when they get older (5+ years). I don't know what could cause a rattle in the engine compartment. Hoses should only be replaced when they show signs of wear and /or starting to crack. I hope you find out what that strange noise is and have it taken care of.
#86 of 812 legend........!!!!!!
Nov 11, 2000 (4:01 pm)
thank you to azsundevil. Now I know that my 1995 coupe six speed in red posts aggressive times. Although, I knew from the feel of it and the fact that cars seem to follow me at lights.
Siriusgrl, Hondas are known for weak low speed torque (post 49). See critiques of the S2000. However, they are strong at higher rpms. The engines love to get gas and start best at around 2500 to 2800 rpms. The beauty of the engine is the lack of weakness throughout the rpm range above 3000. Have you redlined in first and second gears yet? 65 miles per hour is what you can expect.
116,600 miles and loving every one.
#87 of 812 Re: #75 1991 Legend Price
Nov 11, 2000 (4:55 pm)
I leased a '91 Legend L 4 door 5 speed in Sept '91. While list price was about as described in #76, the lease was based upon a capital cost of $27,498 (before cash and trade-in but including everything except lease security deposit and first month's rent). My only complaint is that the shift from 1st to 2nd is almost impossible to make smoothly, despite an alleged dealer volunteered clutch replacement at about 5K miles. I bought it for the $12,750 option price at the end of the 5yr lease. Car has 77K miles now, and only non-routine-maintenance repair was new ball joints at 70K miles. I love the car, and it out performs in all respects my former '68 911L Porche.
#88 of 812 Legend L and Porsche 911L
Nov 11, 2000 (7:09 pm)
Your situation proves that even with leases, the price is negotiable. The $27,498 price may be roughly the same % to the MSRP as my LS purchase. Leases are not automatically based on MSRP unless you allow it!
May you continue to enjoy many happy miles with the manual trans. My first Legend (1986) was a five-speed stick, but I waited in vain for a 5-speed 1987 L coupe - "ordered" one in April '87, took an automatic in July, dealer never received any manuals in their allocation till February 1988 although they had "tons" of stick-shift sedans.
I also owned a 911L, which I enjoyed immensely in the callow days of my youth, before I finally "grew-up." What a great car, at least for my "image" back then!