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Acura Integra

wgintzwgintz Posts: 22
edited March 17 in Acura
Does anyone own an Integra?

I'm driving a 96' Integra GS-R and could not be happier. Does anyone have any other opinions about their Integra?
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  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Thanks for sharing with us your enthusiastic vote of confidence for the Integra! Tell us, what do you like most about your car?
  • GuyPGuyP Posts: 50
    Wgintz,

    If I'm not mistaken, your car is a coupe (or sedan if you have the four-door). You may get more responses in the "Coupe" or "Sedan" conferences, but you're very welcome in the "Hatchbacks" too.

    Yeah, what is it that you like best about your car?
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
    Hey wgintz,

    Tell me more. I'm wanting to replace my 91 CRX. God knows why, because I LOVE it. It's the perfect car for my commute from Washington DC to Rockville (reverse commuting over parkway, beltway and freeway. Pedal to the metal!) I would not have believed that any car could be this much fun and get 40 MPG at 80 MPH.

    Anyway, the GS-R looks like a good replacement. I'm sold on Honda quality, (although I also like the German design of the VWs I've owned) and the Integra would be a nice step up (I just got a new job and promotion).

    How is the handling?? Any floating? (I hate what they did to the Mark 3 Golfs!! They wag like an excited puppy. I hope they fix the Mk 4.)
    Have you gotten it to understeer yet? How is the steering "feel", my CRX has no power steering and great feedback. There's an exit off the beltway here that is a 270 degree curve and it has new concrete strips where they have repaired the joints every 1-200 feet or so. When I'm at the traction limit, I can feel in my steering wheel the difference in slip angle when I go over the patches because they have slightly less traction than the rest of the road surface. It's neat, just something you would have to feel.

    Please tell me more about you GS-R and your experiences.

    Bruce.
  • wgintzwgintz Posts: 22
    GuyP,

    I just checked in the coupe section and sure enough there is a conference about the GS-R.
    While this car is a "sports coupe" it also has a hatchback. Whats the true definition of either class? Is it set by the manufacturer?

    What I like best about this car is its engine. There is no rush like revving this vehicle to 8000 RPM's. It feels like a turbo when the VTEC kicks in... and it gets 30 mpg.
  • wgintzwgintz Posts: 22
    Bruce,

    The Integra GS-R probably is not the best handling sports car on the road, but I think it can still hold its own. I have not experienced much floating or wagging in this vehicle and I've taken some fast curves and experienced very little understeer.

    I'd have to say the best qualities of this vehicle are in the engine and transmission. Like I said above there is nothing like revving this engine to 8000 RPM's. Also this is the best 5-speed I've ever had. Quick seemless shifts in all gears.

    When I first test drove this car the sales rep went along so I did not get a chance to really see what it could do and was not really impressed. I went to another dealership and the sales person gave me the keys and told me he has chirped the tires in third gear. I had to try this feat for myself. Well it can be done and my wife will never drive with me again... (just kidding although she was mad).

    Last, I just want to say I believe this car will be an excellent replacement for your CRX. You'll get slightly less gas mileage but greatly increased performance.

    Check out the Integra Performance Page at www.integra.vtec.net for some great info about this vehicle.

    Bill
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
    Bill (wgintz),

    Well, I never chirped the tires in 3d gear in my CRX, mad wife notwithstanding ;-)

    Thanks for the info. I think the new Mercury Cougar is also going to have a hard time convincing anyone it's a hatchback.

    Let's think back a ways though! Wasn't the Jaguar E-Type a hatch?? My (derivative) Triumph GT-6 was, as well. Still, I don't think we're going to get many of those drivers in this section. They're probably out driving......

    Bruce.
  • ecnivecniv Posts: 1
    Has anyone here driven a Hyundai Accent? I've been very happy with mine thus far, and I'm curious to know what other people's experience has been with them.
  • I'm looking to purchase a '98 GS-R. I have a '90
    LS. Can anyone tell me what they paid for the GS-R?
  • wgintzwgintz Posts: 22
    markadt:

    I paid around $800 over invoice for a 96' GS-R with floor mats and mud flaps (plus a bottle of wine). Check out http://www.integra.vtec.net for some buying tips. It looks like $500 over invoice is a pretty good deal, so I paid a little extra. But the dealer I purchased from has an excellent service department with free loaner cars, etc.
    I seriously recommend checking out the service departments at the competing dealerships. This is my second new car and in my experience the actual purchase is just the beginning. The service you receive after you buy the car is what will really matter in the end.

    Good Luck,

    Bill
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Bill, that's great advice about checking on the service areas and comparing dealers. After sale service can be a dream or a nightmare. I've had both. Going with the dealer who has Saturday and evening hours, free loaners (& lots of them), and well-trained mechanics who fix problems the first time around might even be worth paying a bit extra for. Looking at the total investment gives a good perspective that helps make the decisionmaking just a little bit easier.
  • Thanks Bill...was wondering if anyone with a newer
    Integra can give me there review on cargo space. I
    currently have a'90 Integra and with the seats down I'm able to put my mountain bike in with tires on. I also can carry 2 long skis and equipment during the season with lots of extra space. Would this work just as well with the newer style Integra?
    Thanks.
  • edngedng Posts: 2
    Just curious on what people think...I'm also
    replacing my old CRX with something bigger and
    have narrowed it down to either an Acura Integra
    GSR or a VW VR6. Both are at about the same
    price range but are vastly different cars.
    Any advice?

    Ed
  • wgintzwgintz Posts: 22
    Ed:

    I can tell you that the Integra has better resale, reliability, and ratings in most automotive and consumer magazines...
    But the most important factor is which car rides and performs the way you like?

    Here is one tip though. When test driving the GSR open it up to redline through at least third gear (you pay the ticket if you go higher) to get a good idea of its power...

    You can also setup a Topic, either here or in the Coupes section and get a discussion on which one is better.

    Bill
  • Referring to: "When test driving the GSR open it up to redline through at least third gear
    (you pay the ticket if you go higher)..." Redline in 3rd gear on my RS is 80 mph. On the GSR it is even faster. Are you telling us that YOU'RE gonna pay the ticket between 55 mph and 80? hehehehe....
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    What's all this about speeding and tickets? Surely not among the hatchback crowd? ;-)
  • wgintzwgintz Posts: 22
    guitarzan:

    good point...

    carlady:

    Maybe you should be called carMOM. ;-)
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Hmmmm, moms aren't ladies? ;-)
  • millermemillerme Posts: 1
    I have a 96 GS-R and I am hooked.

    My only piece of advice would be to replace the stock Michelins when you buy an Integra. Take the car to the nearest tire shop and work an "exchange/credit" deal on a new set of Bridgestones for your "new" Michelins.

    Mike
  • jcjjcj Posts: 1
    (Mike) I've heard a lot about the poor wet perfromance of the michelins. How much credit do you think you'd receive for each "new" michelin you trade in? Also, why do you pick bridgestones over Dunlop (sp4000 or 8000) or BFG comp TA?

    James
  • warpdryvwarpdryv Posts: 4
    The new integra has slightly less cargo space due to c-pillar redesign
  • LoJackLoJack Posts: 2
    Hi everyone,
    I noticed a LOT of Integra enthusiasts, and I couldn't agree more! My first car was an '87 LS (back in high school and college) other than great in overall satisfaction, I have to complain about the stock tires. They had the worst traction ever. Anyway, I just got my '98 Integra LS, vogue silver metallic, the works. I was eyeing the R-Type, but hey, I'm more afraid of the insurance (don't forget, I live in NJ!!) killing me in premiums. If I was ever to get the R-Type, there is no point getting speeding tickets just to enjoy its potential, so I compromised! Anymore LS owners out there?!
  • wgintzwgintz Posts: 22
    LoJack:

    Why did you pick the LS over the GS-R?
    It seems like the GS-R would be a good compromise between the type-R and the LS...
  • pjhalenpjhalen Posts: 1
    Does anyone know anything about the 1999 Integras? I'm looking to buy, but don't know if I should wait for the '99 revision models or go with the '98's. Advice?
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
    PJHALEN,

    I wish I knew more about the '99 Integras. I, too am looking at an Integra to replace my CRX. I don't want to kick myself in the near future after seeing the new model....

    One of the things I have always liked about VW is the fact that they go on sale in Europe one year in advance of their entree into the US market. This give us in North America a nice look into the future.

    Bruce. Edmunds Host.
  • bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
    WGINTZ,

    I'm also looking at the LS, although my heart is in the Type-R.

    WHY:

    Lower insurance!!!!!!

    No sunroof: I really don't want one, but in the GS-R, it's not an option.

    Add a Cam, Chip, Header,tires/wheels, maybe a turbo and you can ROCK the freeway with a much lower cost-of-ownership.

    Make sense???

    Bruce. Edmunds Host.
  • romanotsromanots Posts: 1
    I'm looking to trade in/sell a 1986 Celica GT, 5 speed, 130,000 miles, no radio/tape, AC works, body in decent shape. Edmunds used car prices stopped at 1988. Celica GT listed there at trade in price of $2170. I'm wondering what the trade in price range would be for my 86?
  • rguzmanrguzman Posts: 2
    wgintz,
    I recently leased a 98 LS Integra coupe. I have had a power steering fluid leak for four of the eight weeks that I have "owned" it. I have attempted to have this fixed twice already. I have had to do the dealership after sale service shopping around routine. It has been my experience that warranty repairs are a hassle. The passenger side window also screeches when being rolled up/down. The passenger side door is hardly ever used. I did submit a letter to Acura Customer Service about the rude level of service that I received from the dealership that I leased the car from and I haven't had a response back. In all fairness, the letter was only received by Acura eight business days ago. I personally think that it is an over rated car. It is not uncommon for the brake pads (rear) to need to be replaced after ~25K miles. I guess part of my situation is the luck of the draw and the other part is that I didn't do enough research about the maintenance of the car. I have previously owned an '85 RX7 SE a '77 Celica GT, and a '95 Altima. I guess that I have been spoiled by just having to do oil changes every 3K miles and tune-ups every 15K/30K miles.
  • cluwcluw Posts: 1
    rguzman:

    I'm thinking of leasing a '98 Integra LS also. But now that I heard you story, I'm having a second thought. Did you get the lease deal that was advertised by the manufacturer ($230 per month for 39 months, $500 down)? Please advice me on whether or not I should lease one.
  • rguzmanrguzman Posts: 2
    Cluw,

    I don't know if you should lease a new Integra or not. I can however almost gaurantee that you will have to shop around for a decent dealership to do warranty repairs if they are needed. The necessary part for my car is on "National Back Order". Acura denies that the part is on back order as a result of so many cars needing to have the entire power steering unit replaced. In my instance I think that they are replacing the entire unit because they don't want me to bring the car back for the same repair three times. I did not get the $230 per month with $500 down lease. I have a 36 month lease and put down a little less than $1,000. I guess you should consider how much you like the car. Test drive it several times and inquire about regular maintenance and the costs of maintenance. Try to find other Acura owners who have their car serviced at nearby dealerships and find out if they are satisfied with the level of service that they have received. I think that this holds true with any vehicle that you are considering. I'm sorry that I didn't do this before I leased the Acura. I don't know how much replacing the rear brake pads cost, but I would also check into this before making a decision. As of this date, I have not had a response back from their customer service department. You may also want to read about what other Integra owners are saying about their cars here on the Edmund's site. People do seem to really like the car. Good luck and I hope that this is helpful. If you would like I'll sell you my Integra!
  • achiangachiang Posts: 4
    Hi All,

    I just bought a used 1990 Integra LS 5speed about
    two hour ago. So far, I am loving it.

    It has 90k miles. Is there some sort of mailing
    list/users group that I can join to see what
    problems will crop up for a car its age? Thanks!
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