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Acura Integra

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  • 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: 1,136
    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: 1,136
    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 carsdirect.com 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 carsdirect.com, as it saved me $100. Gomez.com has a $100 rebate for you if you register with them (free) and buy a car from Carsdirect.com.
  • wwang025wwang025 Posts: 3
    Hi,
    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.

    Bill
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    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: 1,136
    the "INCENTIVE/REBATES" section of Edmunds!

    For good prices check out www.carsdirect.com
    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,
    kevin
  • 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.

    -Zia
  • 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.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
  • zacurazacura Posts: 13
    Kevin,

    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,
    Kevin
  • 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,
    Kevin
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    Well, I 'm looking at carsdirect.com right now and the price of a 2dr GS auto is $18,950! Sticker is $22,230. Dealer invoice is $20,088 so the carsdirect.com 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 carsdirect.com 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 carsdirect.com 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.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
  • 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 www.hparts.com, www.partscheap.com, and www.manhonda.com. 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: 1,136
    www.hondaacuraparts.com and also check out A&H Motorsports at www.ahmotor.com 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 hparts.com 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 hparts.com'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 hparts.com because they 're the same for both Civics and Integras! hparts.com 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: 1,136
    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.
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