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Acura Integra, Performance Mods, Engine
#987 of 1734 When should I replace the timing belt?
Mar 16, 2003 (7:10 pm)
I just bought an acura integra LS,1998.
the milage is 105,000, but the timing
belt hasn't yet been replaced.
The inspector of a car repair told me
that it's really expensive to repair
the cylinder if the timing belt isn't
replaced,and the price of replacing
the timing belt is about $450. I don't
know whether I should replace it right
now or I can drive a little more.
Do you have any advice?
thanks a lot.
Mar 17, 2003 (6:31 am)
What's peace of mind worth to you? To wit: I sold my '89 Prelude to a guy at 93K miles, having never changed the timing belt, of which I informed the new owner.
Three weeks later, he called to inform me that the belt had broken, causing the valves to impact and bend to the tune of $2100.
Having owned more than a few Honda/Acura cars since this episode, I've been fairly religious about swapping the belt every 90K, and have had no problems.
I'd get it done sooner rather than later.
Mar 17, 2003 (1:47 pm)
Weather has started to improve in Chicago. Got a chance to spend more time on the GS-R again to unhibernate it. Last couple of outings required a 3rd passenger in the backseat (happens sometimes). Was wondering if an '03 Accord Coupe, 6mt, 6cyl, 3.0 should be considered as a viable option for swapping the GS-R with. Having heated seats and navigation sys would be nice but are not that important enough to do a trade.
I am aware that these are 2 different cars, but just wanted to see what other's had to say about giving up a 2000 GS-R (8k miles) for a 2003 Accord EX Coupe. Thanks in advance.
#990 of 1734 thanks to himiler.
Mar 17, 2003 (6:59 pm)
Thanks to himiler.
it seems that I'd better replace the timing
belt right now.It sounds terrible.
Apr 13, 2003 (5:41 pm)
Hey, guys which integra trim is best value for performance? LS GS GS-R or Type R?
Any advice on buying a used integra?
Apr 13, 2003 (6:44 pm)
the GSR. Type-Rs are not that easy to find and you 'll pay a few thousand $$ more than GSR for one. LS/GS are not that much less than GSRs and you get 30hp less. A used Type-R will range from $14-21K depending on the year. Most Type-Rs sell for $16-19K depending on mileage. For $11-14K you can find good deals on GSRs with relatively low miles so I would say the GSR is the best value for performance, but if you plan on racing the car (autocross, roadracing/track) the Type-R is the car to get because it's just a very different car than (a non-modified) a GSR. If you don't know what the differences are (besides 25hp) between the two let me know.
Apr 13, 2003 (7:26 pm)
Hey thanks man, yea i know the difference specs wise, and I love v-tech engines. Although I dont like that integras have low torque they are fun to revv
Lots of consumer reports state that integras are unreliable and have lots of problems, my sister owns an LS and shes been having lots of problems with it.
So what car do you think I should go for? gs-r or related coupe type?
#996 of 1734 vegoen and himiler
Apr 15, 2003 (2:11 pm)
alright, let's take it easy. Nobody is a troll and himiler isn't 12 years old. He's given lots of useful info, so he knows some stuff.
Anyway, I've just gotten my skunk2 camberkit in, and it's a beauty. I can't wait to get my camber back, or close to, 0 degrees. I've had my kumho 712's on for about 1000 miles and I've already taken off about a quarter inch of tread on the inside 2 inches of the tread. Before raceday, though, I'll set the camber to -2 degrees or so. Is that a good idea? or should I just leave it alone?
vegoen, I agree with harry. The gsr is the best for the money. It has good performance, a wealth of aftermarket support, and it's a lot cheaper and more available than a type r. Also, the gsr and type r have vtec, not vtech. vtech is a phone manufacuter and vtec, well, you know what vtec is.
About the reliability of integras, there really isn't much of a problem with them. The only things that went bad on my car were my tanny and clutch, and that was my fault. I downshifted VERY poorly and destroyed the clutch, and in turn, destroyed the main shaft bearing. I replaced both, and the car is running very well. Oh, the water pump and timing belt should be replaced between 60-90000 miles. The integras don't have a tendency to break as long as you do the routine maintainence and don't do anything stupid like I did.