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Acura Integra



  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    1438, it sounds like you've done your homework! Have you contacted any dealers in your area? Please, keep us posted on your progress.

  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    If you own a 1996 Acura Integra GS-R, Edmunds is looking for you! See the details in our Long Term Road Test area!

  • to Pam, in response to your message to 1348:

    I am 18 years old and most likely going to be buying an Integra GS-R. I have only 2 years of driving experience, true, but I have no tickets and no accidents on my record. As for insurance, its expensive, but I can afford it. And NO, my parents AREN'T paying for the car, I AM! I have enough money put away to make the down payment, I make enough to pay the monthly bills and insurance costs, and I still have enough to put away, because I have NO EXPENSES. My job pays my college tuition, and being that it is 50 miles away from where I live (though I will be buying a house next year closer, maybe), I need a reliable car that I wouldn't mind driving 2 to 3 hours a day in. The point is that I can afford it and am a safe driver, despite being only 18. I imagine this is true also of 1348.
  • achiangachiang Posts: 4
    Hi natstahl,

    Which model Integra are you getting? The price
    sounds good, considering that it has the 14xHP
    engine (the '90-'91 had 13xHP).

    I bought mine from an individual. He retained
    the original manuals, sticker-price sheet, etc.
    The CV joint sounded it was ticking very lightly,

    On, several people have Integras
    with over 150,000 miles!

    The car is not very fast, but it is fun! Tell us
    what you pay for it and how you like it.

  • 14381438 Posts: 3
    ... my point exactly. I thank you for your support.
  • 14381438 Posts: 3
    also, even though i am not paying for the car myself, i believe i have been a filial enough of a son to deserve a car. i.e. i have a 4.0 grade point average in school (honors classes0 and am on track to be valedictorian of my school.
  • pam2pam2 Posts: 185

    As I said in my "hidden" message to 1438, it's really just a pet peeve of mine that young kids have expensive cars handed to them. If you have the means to buy your own car, then absolutely go for it. And enjoy it - you've earned the right.


    I don't see how your situation is like Caligula's. It's just my opinion - for what it's worth - but I just disagree with parents buying expensive cars for their kids. Regardless of grades, etc. I think it builds character and responsibility for a person to buy a car themselves - whatever they can afford. If you personally can afford a $20K car - fine. But if not, then buy what you CAN afford. Maybe something around $7,000 and still get something decent.

  • pam2pam2 Posts: 185
    I saw a 1999 Integra in a cool new color!! It was a bright bluish purple. Looked great!!

  • Does anyone have info on what the next generation of Integra will look like. I've seen only one or two things. Honda knows how to keep a secret. {;-)

    The most persistent rumor is that the Integra name will go away, because Acura wants us all to think "ACURA XYZ" instead of just "Integra". I guess they REALLY like their family name!!

    Actually, I don't care what they call it, as long as it stays the best handling FWD car on the road.

  • I have a 95 integra gs-r not only is it good at
    hauling a** it is great for hauling fertilizer too. I recently put 8 bags of compost ( you know
    the big ugly white cubes) which was twice as many
    as my wife could put in her neon even with the passthrough. I could probably haul more stuff in my integra than one could in an explorer or blazer. But of course I cant really go off road but who does in an SUV ( Stupid non Utility Vehicles. I don't understand the fixation here in the US of driving a $35000 vehicle that is based on a $14000 pickup. Did anyone notice the insurance quote difference between the sedan and the 3-door GSR, it sucks . I don't like the way the sedan looks but if I had bought one I would have saved about 300 a year in insurance. That is really silly given that there is no performance diff.
  • dtungdtung Posts: 2
    Hi folks,

    I am looking into buying a 89 Integra LS for about $3750. The only thing that is wrong with this car is the fuel gauge - it is non-functional. Does anyone know how much it would cost to fix it? Is there any problems with the 89 Integras I should be aware of? This car has 133K miles on it. Thank you for your help.

  • ajvdhajvdh Posts: 223
    Make sure the timing belt and water pump maintenance have been done. If you have any doubts, have the belt changed. One of my coworkers had a belt with 45k miles on it break on her '88, and the repairs would have equalled the Bluebook value for the car.

    Check for oil leaks at the valve covers, cam seals, crankshaft seals and head gasket (the last one costs over $500 to fix, a look at the shop manual will make it clear why). According to my Honda/Acura mechanic, the first two leaks are pretty common on the first generation Integras, mine happens to have the head leak, so my driveway looks like hell.

    Rear brake pads wear out faster than you might think, but if you replace them before they score the rotors, it's very cheap.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    ajdvh, good advice! Thanks for contributing your expertise and experience.

  • dtungdtung Posts: 2
    Hi ajdvh,

    Thanks for the advice! I ended up not getting the Integra. The gear box felt overly loose during the second test drive, and I had trouble telling if the gears were engaged at times. I am now looking into newer models of Integras.

  • momo3momo3 Posts: 1
    This is in response to Edmunds newest comparo test between the A4, G20, and Countour SVT. In response, the Ford is quoted to be the "best handling front wheel drive sedan sold in this country."

    Hmmm, I've got a hard time buying that one. I would think the Integra GSR sedan could give the Ford a run for its money. I've got a '97 GSR coupe and if the sedan handles anything near the coupe, Edmunds might want to reconsider.

    So how about a comparo between the Contour SVT and the Integra GSR? They're very close in price and Edmunds seemed to be very keen about the power of the Ford. And here's a reminder, the GSR has better 0-60 times (this from a puny 1.8 liter four, vs a V6 in the Ford), shorter braking distance, and a better road handling index (check out each car's numbers at Edmund's) than the Ford.

    I would love to see this comparo and perhaps Edmunds might want to reconsider what is the "best handling front wheel drive sedan."

    Comments anyone?
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Hmmm, sounds like this should be a discussion in the Sedans conference. :-) Have you tried the search feature on the menu below? You may find just such a topic already in action!

  • Hum...I might have agree with MZN (Carlady/Host). The sedan model of the GS-R adds some lbs. to the curb weight; In addition the overall length of the car is longer all with the same engine/tranny/supension/etc.

    It may be worth checking into however, no Ford will ever be the Integra for reliability. If the handling on an Integra Sedan is decimal points less than that of a Contour SVT...I'll take the Acura any day of the week.

    Anyways, I have the 1998 GS-R Coupe/Hatchback and love it.
  • Yes, the Ford Contour SVT is a great sedan for Ford and a step in the right direction, but it can never top the Integra in the looks department or customer service and warranty. Here's an interesting thought...if Ford can make 195 hp with a 2.5 liter six, that's great. Acura has already made that much horsepower with only 1.8 liters of displacement.
  • Any tips or stories on buying a car? I've never bought one and I'm trying to prepare myself as well as I can. I'm looking at an Integra Type R, so if anyone has tips about dealerships, I'd really appreciate them!
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