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Acura Integra - (All years/styles)

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  • adamssjadamssj Posts: 11
    Yeah sounds about right. Im looking at a black 95 integra GSR with 140k miles, it looked pretty decent in the picture too and its going for 5500. Thats a pretty sweet deal isnt it? For having the faster engine in it, but then I guess with that much age its not gonna have its full 170hp anymore either. Should I be looking for a deal like this when I'm ready to buy?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    for the price. Check it out though before you get too happy! :-P

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • For those looking for a used vehicle or evn new...my personal advice to to NOT buy Acura's Extended warranty. You can buy one from a third party whic is about 50-75% less than Acura. Of course Acura brags about their "Geniune parts" but I personally wouldn't buy it. I bought a 99 GSR 3 yrs ago (42k) and when I bought it the e-brake light wouldn't come on so I took it to them and they fixed no prob. Now almost 2 yrs later w/ 58k, my extended warranty kicked in, my e-brake lights won't go off. I took it to the same dealer and they said that its not cover under my extend warranty cause its a wear-and-tear issue. Before they can even tell me that its not cover, they want to look at the car and if it comes out that its not cover (which it wasn't) I will have to pay them $100 just for looking at it! I said WTF, if I knew that the extend warranty will not cover these stuff and I have to pay you guys, the dealer which I bought the contract and vehicle from $100 just for looking at it and you guys won't even tell me if its covered....I would not have even bought the stupid warranty! The warranty costed me $1400.00 I'm going back to the dealer to cancel the extended warranty although I still have 1 year and 40k miles left on the contract, I want whatever that is prorated back! The stupid finace managers does not go over what is covered and whats not and also that you have to pay $100 just to have them look at your car and to find out its not covered! Luckily I just bought a 05 RSX type S and did not buy their extended warranty which they where going to sell to me for $1275, I told them that I can get on from my insurance "Mercury" for less than $600 and covered MORE than what they cover. Of course the only thing they had to say was "well, it might not be genuine acura parts!" I work for Mercury so I know their products unlike Acura who they don't even know their own product they they sell. For example, I got the 05 RSX w/ Aspec kit and they didn't even know if the spoiler lip was bolted or glued on since they were having problems getting the wing to fit. I was like "Um..its bolted on!" Stupid people, even I know that its not glued on....last but not least, they think that I don't know [non-permissible content removed] about negoatiating and about what I'm looking for in cars just because I'm tiny and small and is a female...But bad experience...So if anyone wants to buy their extended warranty make sure you go over EVERY details with them first! Or you will regret like me.
  • adamssjadamssj Posts: 11
    Im going to go look at a 96 integra GSR 4 door sedan tomarrow. Is this car supposed to have a
    V-Tech engine? But anyway, says its a woman single owned vehicle with 110,000 miles on it with records of all maintanance done by acura with replacement of timing belt at 96k miles and recent 112k miles tune up all by acura. And to top it all off it has a 6 cd changer in it :) Overall shes willing to sell this thing to me for about 5000 bucks, but im going to go look at it tomarrow, is this a good price? Because I think this is ONE HELL OF A FRIGIN DEALLLL. Gonna drive it to make sure everything runs smooth and what not, whats yur oponion anyone??? And this car will haul [non-permissible content removed] alot more than a reg 5 speed 2 door LS right?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    yup, the GSR is the VTEC, 170 hp I think it was in 1996? A HECK of a lot of fun to drive when you wind it up to the VTEC crossover point. The price is up there a little, but it is a fairly hard car to find in stock condition, which it sounds like this one is. Not to mention the major maintenance items have been done, so hopefully this lady kept it in good shape over the years.

    Don't forget to check the CV boots and joints, the trunk under the floor (for moisture or staining), and eyeball the radiator fluid while it is still cold. Hopefully the leather and the paint are in good shape.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • jcarterjcarter Posts: 2
    hello, i have a 1990 interga LS and i am having some of the problems that u talked about, the water in the trunk and condensation in the rear lights, i have looked everywhere and i dont know where it is comin from i just wondered if u knew how to stop it.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    as for the lights themselves, it is because their seals have dried out and shrunk, letting in water. The only way to fix this is to replace the whole light assembly - the installation is fairly easy, or a shop would do it for $50-75. The part itself had a price on the order of $125 when I bought one a while back.

    If you are lucky, that is also the source of the water in the trunk. Do that repair first and see what happens. Also, make sure that if your year has a drain under the floor, it is free of junk and can actually drain. If it does have a drain it is where the spare sits and is there to deal with this exact problem.

    If that is STILL not it then the next problem is the weatherstripping around the hatch or trunk lid itself. Even if it looks intact, it is not. It loses elasticity over the years, and when the door comes down on it, parts will flatten out too much allowing water in. It is cheap to buy, but a pain to install (at least it has been for me the couple of times I have tried to do that over the years). I can't imagine a shop charging you more than an hour's labor or so to install it. Also, the gutters around the hatch/trunk lid tend to accumulate junk like leaves and dirt, which causes water to overflow into the trunk - clean all that junk out.

    Good Luck!

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • jcarterjcarter Posts: 2
    thanks for the help, i will try this n hopefully it works!
  • hi! am a fan of your message board and have just bought a '99 integra LS 36k which i intend to keep for as long as it runs
    wanted to know if the timing belt needs to be changed now or at some mileage. and there is noise on turning sharply, starting, stopping...is that the cv joints as you say above...what will it take to get fixed?
    also what is your opinion on online warranties from 1source autowarranty or warrantydirect...1source is giving a bumper to bumper 48m/48k miles warranty for 1550!
  • khovkhov Posts: 1
    Hello friends. I just bought a 96'model Integra LS and Im not quite sure what to do with it. What should I do? Also, the car has leather seats, a moonroof, power, everything, so does that mean I bought a special edition??? I cant believe the lady sold the car to me for $4000!!! I do think it has been in an accident though since the front seems a little odd...Any ideas???
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    the timing belt will go 90K on that car without a problem, but if I were you I might change it sooner, simply because of the years. That mileage is VERY low for the year. It hasn't been driven enough IMO. Don't change the timing belt now though, wait until at least 60K or so. Get a feel for the car first.

    I am very surprised if you already have broken CV joints at that mileage - they do not deteriorate with age, unless the boots crack and all the lube drains out. Broken CVs sound like a clicking that speeds up to sound like loose pebbles in a can when you are on the roll.

    The warranty probably is not worth it - these cars are rock solid, but it might be worth it for you to get a thorough inspection from a mechanic so you can be aware of any issues it might have right now.

    khov, your message is more perplexing. Yes, if you have a '96 LS with leather, it is an SE, and you should know that, because it should have a little silver plate just below the right rear taillight that says "special edition". If it doesn't, there is always the possibility it is aftermarket leather. I don't know the miles, so I can't tell if $4000 is a good deal, but if it has been hit badly, $4000 may well be too much. How does the front seem odd?

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • bought my acura today...drove it for the first time on the streets of chicago...almost ended up wrongside into oncoming traffic, but then took it 40 miles on the freeway
    this car is really nice to drive...its like falling in love with a car!!
    yes nippononly i think there is no clicking/ pebbles in can sound so jts seem ok
    and i'll wait till 60k for the timing belt
    i did get it checked by a firestone mechanic b4 buying...there is an oil leak; and brake and auto trans fluids need to be changed
    what is your take on maintenance...dealer vs friendly corner mechanic?
    and this car was not driven much at all for last 6 weeks since the owner left the US nd left it to stand outside in the snow...anything special i should look into?
    thanks and will enjoy this ride i am sure!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    can handle this car no problem. The one thing that was tricky about those cars was replacing the timing belt - VERY easy to get wrong, and instant destructo if so. When the time comes for that, you may want to consider going to the dealer, or at least a Honda specialist.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • adamssjadamssj Posts: 11
    Well, I went ahead and bought the 4 door GSR sedan. Everything about the car seems to be awsome. The leather and interior is in mint condition. The paint is awsome except for a few marks left by bird droppings and a couple dings from someones shopping cart. The only thing I dont like about it is this noise it has. Now the lady showed documents for all the services by the acura dealer and the dealer supposedly said this noise was normal. But what it is, is about everytime I hit 3000rpms to about 3500 rpms there's this vibration noise you can hear that's kind of loud. once it gets past 3000 to 3500 rpms it goes away but I'd like to get that taken care of if possible. Has anyone else heard of anything like this? My car is a 1996 and supposedly alotta the models around this year had something like that, but I think im gonna devote my paycheck comming up in a few days to having the car taken in and looked at just to make myself feel better. Any input?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    no specific input...the sound is coming from the interior then? Should just be a matter of tracking it down (time-consuming but not too difficult).

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • adamssjadamssj Posts: 11
    Okay I feel better now, I called the closest acura dealership to me and talked to a guy who apprently knew exactly what the sound was. I guess a lot of those mid-year integras had this same problem which is nothing big. He said it's a vibration in the A-pipe (whatever that is)which is a pipe within a pipe that vibrates and makes that somewhat loud echoing vibrating sound. He said not to worry about it and that it has no effect on your car performance wise. I then asked him "So I shouldn't even worry about taking it in to have it fixed or anything?" And he was like no not really and especially beacuse the Apipe is NOT cheap to do. I didnt ask how much and just took his word for it. So in short I guess its not a big deal and the car is perfectly fine then...so long as I can bare the stupid noise every now and then!
  • I'm thinking of buying a 2000 GS sedan with 45000 miles for $9000. Car is in good shape. Is this a good deal? Also I have never owned an Acura before. Does it need premium gas or is regular unleaded gas okay? Are parts and repairs a lot more expensive than they would be for a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry? I'm also thinking about buying a 1999 Infiniti I 30 with 73500 miles for 8995. But I think it requires premium unleaded gas and I don't think I want to pay twenty cents a gallon more for every gallon of gas, especially with gas prices going up. Very different cars but both have their plusses and minuses. I am changing jobs and will be driving thirty miles to work now. I like the sporty drive and mpg of the Integra and the comfort of the I30. Are Acuras more dependable and reasonable to repair and maintain? Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    has the 140 hp non-VTEC engine, so you can run regular gas in it. The I30 is the Infiniti version of the Maxima, so if I am not mistaken you can also run regular in that, if you like. There is a slight knock to performance, but it doesn't hurt the engine.

    $9000 for a five year old GS with 45K is a good deal, at least in my area, but so is the I30 deal you mentioned. Integras last forever and a day without a lot of trouble. Common repairs are not notably more expensive than for an Accord. Remember that keeping up with timing belts is crucial for the Integra.

    Obviously, even with a commute that is mostly free-flowing highway, you will save a goodly amount of gas money in the Integra.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Hey Adam,

    I have the same thing happening to me on my 1997 Acura Integra GSR coupe. I have owned mine since it was brand new. Over the years there was that rattling noise around the 3500 or so rpm while shifting. To me it sounded kinda iffy like i should take it in and check it out. I did, the dealer said the same thing as yours did, it was the A-pipe, and he said its nothing major, but the sound was never there before. I guess its nothing major as they said it was. If i had fixed it the whole labor and everything would cost me about a $300 price. So, not to worry, my acura is in perfect condition, it just sounds like theres some exhaust on it or something...but It'll do fine, this was 2 years ago, and it still makes that sound.
  • kbizzlekbizzle Posts: 1
    i recently bought a 95 integra. How do i tell if it is a gsr. the guy i bought it from told me it was i just want to be positive .
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