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Acura Integra



  • manickemanicke Posts: 1
    I knew about the dealer incentive before I chose carsdirect. But, you know, even if you tell them to the dealer, they don't come down this much. So, I finally bought from carsdirect. Anyway, thanks for taking time in sharing your experiences. Bye and take care.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    I have no idea how they arrived to that. I didn't even know they rated cars. I wouldn't trust Edmund's ratings. Go with Consumer Reports.
    They 've been doing it for a lot longer than Edmunds and have their own test centers and facilities plus they survey thousands of people before they release ratings on a car.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    Good luck with your new car. I know what you mean. I went to 3 dealers and the best price I could get for a GSR was $21,200 even though I kept mentioning the $1,000 factory-dealer incentive that was running last June of '99. Then someone told me of which was just starting out back then, and wouldn't you know it? I got the car for $19.8K from one of the same dealers that wanted over $21K for it. It was very painless. Carsdirect took all the negotiating stress out of the picture.
  • bdavis32bdavis32 Posts: 13
    Thanks for mentioning Smartshopper for, as it saved me $100. has a $100 rebate for you if you register with them (free) and buy a car from
  • wwang025wwang025 Posts: 3
    I'm new to this forum. I browsed through most of the forum, but I don't think anybody mentioned about problems with the automatic transmission.

    My wife's '94 LS has 101,000 miles on it, and for the past 40,000 miles, the transmission seems to slip out of gear to try to get to a lower gear when I try to give it more gas. I'm not talking about flooring the gas, but rather a slow increase such as going up a freeway ramp. It eventually gets into gear, but for about a second the engine seems to spin freely and then engages in gear abruptly.

    This car has not been abused. My wife drives it, and the original set of Michelin tires lasted until 91,000 miles! If she wanted to, she could have gotten another 20,000 miles out of them. She changes the oil every 3000 miles and rotates the tires every 6000 miles.

    I'm wondering if any of you experienced this, or even heard about it. I checked around, mechanics have recommended many different things. One said that the cellenoids need to be changed, another said to pull out the entire transmission to just check on it (which will cost about $2000).

    Thanks in advance.

  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    Have you done the regular maintenance on the tranny like change the tranny fluid every 30-40K miles? It will sometimes slip if it's low on fluid but I will assume you 've checked the fluid level. '94-95 Integra auto transmissions had some problems and they were hit or miss.
    Those Michelins are hard to kill! I replaced mine after 14K hard (racing) miles and they were like new!! I even autocross raced with them hoping I 'd take some tread off. No way, those tires were built to last and that is why Acura put them on the Integra. They want to get good ratings on "operational costs" of the vehicle or low ownership costs as they call it.
    Also check to see if there is a filter that you can replace in the tranny. Most cars have a tranny filter that's supposed to be replaced often.
  • kalykaly Posts: 1
    I am looking to buy an Automatic Integra LS Coupe. What would be a good price to buy it at ? Are there any rebates etc currently available on this model ??
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    the "INCENTIVE/REBATES" section of Edmunds!

    For good prices check out
    I think the LS auto is like $18K. You purchase the car through carsdirect too (you actually buy it from the dealer but they negotiate the price for you that they advertise).
  • kskilskyjkskilskyj Posts: 7
    I'm looking at leasing a 2000 GS, automatic. Can anyone give ballpark figure for a 36mon 15K mile/year lease?

    Also, the lease on my '97 LS auto is up in a month and I'm trying to decide what to do. The residual is $11.9K. It's got 41K miles. Should I just turn it back in? Sell it myself? Do you think I can work a better deal out of the dealer on the new Integra if I turn this one in?

    Anyone interested in buying it?

    Also, what happened to these incentives I was reading about earlier? $1.5K, $2K? Where are they now? It's coming down to the end of the model year, shouldn't they be out now?

    Thanks for the help,
  • zacurazacura Posts: 13
    Hi everyone. I am responding to you Kevin in particular. I am currently leasing a 2000 integra gs. It's been 2 months so far, and all is great. I put about $1200 down, and my figure is $305 a month for 36 months. I figure this is normal for the amount I put down. I love the car to death. Not too many GS's on the road where I live. Very fun to drive, even though I have an automatic. However, the car is very heavy on insurance. Don't let your salesman tell you it's not, it ranks very high on insurance. I'm 20 with a perfect record, and it's still high. As for your car, I would try to sell it on your own, the Acura dealership I bought from, Superior Acura in Overland Park, KS., were very courteous and polite, but they dont give a rats a** about your trade unless it's exotic or another very luxurious car. They probable will give you 15% under blue book, what they gave me. However, I believe that after all the negotiating pain is done, you'll feel great driving around town.

    Let me know if you have any more ?'s.

  • kskilskyjkskilskyj Posts: 7
    Zia, is that lease for 15000 miles/year or 12000? How hard did you have to push them to get that price, or was it easy? I am expecting that they will treat me well since I will be re-leasing from them.

  • zacurazacura Posts: 13

    I would say that negotiating was fairly easy. I was trading in an old family van, which was worth probably 1800 to 3000 dollars. They gave me a figure of 320/month at first. I did some calculations and figured that I was only getting about $950 for my trade. So, I told my salesman that I was'nt sure if I was ready to make the deal any longer. He said "would you be happy with $1200 for the van?" So I agreed. It was somewhat of an emotional buy, but it worked out fine. The lease is 15000 miles per year. However, the people at Acura are great, very courteous. I went in about a week later to ask about an underbody spoiler kit, and mentioned that my dad was thinking of a new TL. So, my salesman simply gave me a new 2000 loaner TL for the evening. Very nice of him, and he will make a deal for that car soon.
  • kskilskyjkskilskyj Posts: 7
    Thanks for the reply Zia. At least I have some numbers to work from now.

    Looks like there is a $1500 dealer incentive on the Integra's now. This may be a dumb question, but it will only be the second car I lease, so...Do dealer incentives and customer rebates apply to leases as well? I would think they do, but I want to make sure.

    Also, what about the special financing rates? Right now it is at 4.9% for 36 month financing for the Integra's. Is this the rate they would use for my lease, or is this only available if the car is being purchased.

    Thanks again,
  • kskilskyjkskilskyj Posts: 7
    Thanks for the reply Zia. At least I have some numbers to work from now.

    Looks like there is a $1500 dealer incentive on the Integra's now. This may be a dumb question, but it will only be the second car I lease, so...Do dealer incentives and customer rebates apply to leases as well? I would think they do, but I want to make sure.

    Also, what about the special financing rates? Right now it is at 4.9% for 36 month financing for the Integra's. Is this the rate they would use for my lease, or is this only available if the car is being purchased.

    Thanks again,
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    Well, I 'm looking at right now and the price of a 2dr GS auto is $18,950! Sticker is $22,230. Dealer invoice is $20,088 so the price is below dealer invoice because of the $1500 incentive.
    Lease price is $247 but that's probably for 12K mi. Add another $10 or so for 15K mi/mo. That's a great deal.
    To answer your questions, YES, the incentives also count for leased cars. BTW, LS and 4dr GS carsdirect says are SOLD OUT in my area (NY). I guess they 're going fast due to these factory to dealer incentives. Why don't you give carsdirect a call? They take all the negotiating away. It's a lot less stressful that way. It was for me. I say return your '97, terminate the lease and get a new car.
  • kskilskyjkskilskyj Posts: 7
    Yeah, the lease prices they give on are for 12K mi/yr, with a 60 mo. lease. Also, they want about $2500 out of pocket to start with. If you take away that $2500 out of pocket and make it a 36mo. lease with 15K mi/yr, the price jumps up to $330's or so.

    What kind of intrest rate does use to come up with the lease price?

    Acura has a 4.9% financing incentive on Integra's now too. First, can I use that financing wate as the intrest rate on my lease, or is that only for purchasing? If I can use it, can I combine that with the incentive since it is a dealer incentive and not customer cash? I'm just trying to see how this all works out so I know what a good price is to expect.

  • bonjornobonjorno Posts: 9
    I hope someone can help me. I'm looking for where I can buy genuine Acura accessories for my Integra (ie. mudflaps, spoiler, moonroof wind deflector, touch-up paint, etc.) without having to pay dealer prices. I'm familiar with some great web sites for Honda accessories, such as,, and I've used them before for really good prices on genuine Honda accessories for my Accord, but unfortunately they don't also sell accessories for Acuras -- I checked. So does anyone know of a place to get really good prices on Acura parts?
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137 and also check out A&H Motorsports at and compare prices. They 're both 20-35% less than what the dealer charges. A&H Motorsports is very big and carry both Honda & Acura genuine parts as well as aftermarket performance parts.
    For Honda parts I think noone beats in prices. That's where I get everythng for my Civic. For Acura parts A&H is probably one the lowest ones out there but they don't quite match's discounted prices or the percentage I should say.. For accessories HondaAcuraParts is pretty descent too. Check them out and let us know.
    I haven't ordered anything from A&H Motorsports yet but I know many who have. I get my Integra oil filters from because they 're the same for both Civics and Integras! is like $3.60 per filter while A&H is $4.25. Dealer is $7.75! I love shopping on line!
  • integsrintegsr Posts: 1
    I just bought a white integra gs-r for 265 a month plus tax, with 1100 total down (including first month, acq fee, security deposit, etc) for 36 months, 12000 miles a year. My question is..I saw the subsidized leases and incentives on edmunds said that for a 36 month lease an integra gsr should go for 241 a month with 15,000 miles a year, but it doesn't say the down payment. Does anyone have any idea what this down payment is?? Did i get a good deal, or did the salesman pull one over on my when he told me i was getting the "acura lease." Thanks a lot for your help!
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    deal. I 've seen others here pay $309 (including tax) or more for a GSR lease. I think most Edmund's leases are calculated with $1500. Your $1100 down is really not a down payment, it's 1st mo, acq. fee and sec. dep. like you said, so it's almost like you got it for "no money down" (if there 's ever such a thing..). Don't worry, you did alright. It's too late now to worry about it anyway. Enjoy the car.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    One piece of advice which has served me very well: once you drive off the lot, forget what you paid and enjoy your new car!

  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    I read that a couple of days ago. Sad news. Might as well call it 2.0 CL (Type-S) and put us out of our misery :(
    They should maintain the Type-R name so as to distinguish it from the others as a true sports car, unless they plan to soften up the suspension, etc. that would be a shame.
    Anway, I read another rumor that the Type-R will have 220-225hp 2.0L and the regular Integra will have 195-200hp and both will be RWD! Now that (RWD) I don't mind..
    The new Integra will be released as per earlier rumors, in March '01 which makes sense that it's making its debut in January.
  • eclipsegseclipsegs Posts: 66
    A RWD Integra? Wow, I'm not quite sure Acura is ready for that move. It would change the entire carriage structure and engine layout yes? Where did you read this information?
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    The S2000 is RWD and rumors were that the new Integra would be build on the S2000 platform, using a milder version of the S2K's 2.0L motor. There are other stronger rumors though that the new Integra would be built on an entirely new platform (wouldn't mind the S2K platform at all).
    I think I read about the RWD rumor in Car & Driver or Sport Compact Car. There are also many people talking about it in other Acura-Honda boards & forums. Who knows? It's all rumors. For all we know it could still be a 1.8L for the regular Integra and only 2.0L for Type-R. I 'm done guessing.. I 'll wait until there is official announcements from Honda. I 'm just hoping that the Type-R won't be limited production again because I don't want to pay the dealers anything above sticker, let alone sticker! I 've always bought my cars for a few hundred above invoice or below invoice like my GSR..
  • geckoboygeckoboy Posts: 1
    I am seriously considering buying a new Integra. My first question is this: When will the next generation of Integras come out? According to some magazines I've read, it seems the newly designed Integras will be debuting either 2001 or 2002. Is this correct? If I buy a 2000 LS now, will my car look "old" after a few months compared to the next generation integras?

    My next question is this: Based on what I've read, it seems the next model will have a 220 hp engine. Is this true? Is it worth it to wait and spend the extra bucks for this superior engine? How will fuel efficiency be? I imagine I would lose a few miles per gallon.

    Thanks ahead of time.

    Btw, reading this forum I can see how passionate people are about their Integras. I want to join this group!
  • joeg26erjoeg26er Posts: 10
    I just got a 94 GSR Sedan
    I need some interior fasteners that secure the trunk side lining.

    Any online places to get these or would it be just as cheap to get them from an Acura Dealership?

    Thanks in advance!
  • bonjornobonjorno Posts: 9
    My '95 coupe integra's black body side trim has started turning white-ish and rough as if somewhat deteriorated. I tried some Armorall as well as other products to try to bring it back, but it just made it look wet. By using black liquid shoe edge polish on it I got it back pretty close to being black, but it still always looks dirty, rough, and uneven -- never shiney, even with that "wet" look of Armorall. What puzzles me is that this is the case only on the large piece on the door, and NOT with the smaller piece behind the door (on BOTH sides). The smaller pieces still look brand new! On the road I saw several other Integras that were the same way. Why does the big piece age so poorly while the small piece is great? Surely they wouldn't be different materials, would they? I know later year Integras used painted body colored side trim that probably don't share this problem. Has anyone with the 'old' black trim found a way (short of replacing them) to bring them back to looking decent so that they match the rear piece for color, smoothness, gloss, and eveness of sheen? Or is there at least a way to stop it from getting worse? I also notice the same problem with the trim around the rear side windows, but not on the front side windows.

    Also, the black has almost all come off my windshield wiper arms and assembly. (Every Honda I've ever owned has done this within five years.) It's not a huge deal, I'll probably just buy new arms and assembly -- but is there a way for next time to prevent this or slow the process? I once tried to repaint them black on my '88 Accord, but that only lasted 6 months before they turned silver again. Any help would be appreciated.

    Oh, thanks only1harry for the Acura parts links. Both were similar to each other in prices for the items I was looking for. I'll probably use ahmotor because I had to call hondaacuraparts and they weren't very helpful to me on the phone. You're right though, that neither are quite as discounted for Acura parts as hparts is for Honda parts. But for my Accord, I've just tried and their prices were better than hparts, and their shipping was cheaper too. (Sigh - If only they sold Acura parts.)
  • bonjornobonjorno Posts: 9
    See post #397.
  • eclipsegseclipsegs Posts: 66
    I'd say every car I've owned had the same problem.
    Over time, if not properly oiled, the trim fades due to many substances. One of the worst hidden elements is oxidation. This effects the entire car. Unlike paint finishes, it is very difficult if not impossible to bring the black back from plastic trim that has faded.

    If you plan to keep the car for awile, I'd suggest getting the trim painted the color of your car. It ads a modern look to the vehicle with all the black side moldings color matched.

    Good Luck bonjorno.

    Geckoboy- I'd wait if I were you. As a matter of fact, I'm looking forward to test driving the new Integra and maybe make a purchase.
  • bonjornobonjorno Posts: 9
    eclipsegs, thanks for the response.

    Any explanation on why the front piece is bad and the back piece is like new (on mine and all the cars I've seen)? Why would oxidation attack one and not the other? Just curious.

    Instead of painting it, maybe it would just be easier to replace them by buying the already painted ones that go on a later model Integra. I think my wife prefers the black though.
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