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Acura Legend

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  • danspadanspa Posts: 3
    In addition, the transmission sometimes takes longer to shift than I like and it's a sloppy shift. I get the transmission fluid changed every 20k miles since I noticed the problem. The fluid should be changed every 30k miles, but it seems to need changing before that. Is this true for other Legend owners in general? I've heard that the original transmission in general goes on the Legends and other import cars around 150k miles and it's usually the overdrive that goes out first.

    Is this true in general? Does anyone know of a way to make a transmission showing signs of trouble last much longer? I just started using Prolong Transmission Treatment to try to help it.

    Thanks,
    Dan
  • fivofivo Posts: 5
    Danspa,

    Did you order your power antenna kit from rockauto.com ? How long did it take to replace ? Did you run into any snags ?

    Thanks,

    fivo

    95 GS
  • abenoitabenoit Posts: 1
    currently have a 1990 Legend "STD" model with approximately 177000 kms (110,000 miles) have had starting problems with this one as well in the past told dealer about the problem and he advised that it was common on this car the correction was to " remove and resolder relay " this has cured the problem this was done in June of 2001 and the problem has not returned hope this helps someone out there currently having a problem with the oil light coming on all I have to do is shut the car off and start it again the light goes off and stays off sometimes I can go months without it happening again and other days it can happen 2 or 3 times dealer has checked it out and can't find a problem the sending unit has been changed with no difference currently looking for a different car there is only a 1997 RL for sale at the dealer no legends currently advertised the RL recommends premium fuel what octane rating would this be my legend recommends 91 octane but runs fine on regular unleaded I would appreciate any help you could give thanks
  • bretts4bretts4 Posts: 1
    We have a 1993 Acura Legend with 110K miles (it's for sale now if anyone is interested) that has been a wonderful car. It did experience some starting problems about a year ago similar to those discribed here. The problem was the electrical switch that is attached to the ignition keyswitch. It took about 10 minutes to replace, and it only cost $60 from Autozone for a lifetime guarantee part. Also, this new switch solved the "ghost door lock" problem that we had been experiencing now and then where our power locks would mysteriously start clicking when the car was sitting in the garage.
  • danspadanspa Posts: 3
    Fivo,

    I only replaced the power antenna, not the motor. I bought the antenna from the dealer for about $75 as finding a good aftermarket antenna is not worth the time. The process took me 30 min. start to finish.

    The most important part is to use extreme caution (I used an old thick bath towel around the lip) when trying to unscrew the lip where the antenna goes in. If you do it wrong without a towel or other protection, you'll have scratched paint. I think it has 2 notches and needle nose pliers will work. You need two people to install the antenna, one to operate the radio power and one to try to perfectly get the plastic notches of the antenna to catch perfectly inside the antenna hole. It may take several attempts before you're successful.

    The Acura dealer was going to charge me $125 for labor to install it. Ha!
  • hoolickhoolick Posts: 16
    my wife's 1990 legend l coupe has 29,545 miles and were putting it up for sale next week and i'm trying to decide on an asking price.it's white and it still smells new,the only added options was real wood that still looks great and we had our acura dealer lower it,it really looks great but we need 4 doors and we've just about decided on the 03 tls. any price ideas would be appreciated.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I had to remove a couple of posts - your Membership Agreement explicitly forbids using the Town Hall to sell or buy anything at all.

    Some of you might want to check out Edmunds.com's Used Power Shopper either to list a used vehicle or to look for one available in your area.

    I hope everything works out for you.

    Pat
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  • jeffmust2jeffmust2 Posts: 811
    Hoolick -

    Boy, I wish I had never given up my '90 Legend! Was offered a company car at the time and made the rational, economic choice then - just dumb in hindsight.

    Anyway, '90s go for $3-6k depending on the mileage and condition. One with only 30k miles would probably command more but it's still 12 years old and a lot of folks are turned off by vehicles that old.

    I have a friend who's a sales rep at my local Acura dealer - if you want, I'll ask him what these vehicles go for at dealer auctions and what he gets for ones on their used car lot. Let me know any questions you may have.

    The Wiz
  • hawks1hawks1 Posts: 57
    Just discovered this forum on Legends and am very appreciative of the good info I've been able to obtain from it. I've got a '90 Legend (L Series with cloth interior) that my wife drives daily to her work - approximately 60 miles daily. It's got 165,000 miles on it with never a wrench to the engine (tune-ups, etc excluded). After reading some of these posts, I checked with a good local mechanic who was dumbfounded that I hadn't replaced the timing belt. I guess ignorance is bliss as I had never even considered it. He said he would replace the water pump and timing belt for $550. Does this sound reasonable? I'm one of these "don't fix it 'til it's broke" kind of guys so parting with this kind of cash hurts! Incidentally, could there be any serious damage to the engine if the timing belt broke?
  • th83th83 Posts: 164
    Spending $550 to replace the timing belt and the water pump could save you a lot later. If that timing belt breaks, it will cost a few grand just to repair the damage done to the engine. I hope this helps...
  • prophet2prophet2 Posts: 372
    You've been lucky so far. Honda (and most manufacturers, Toyota being a notable exception) builds engines that wll be TRASHED should the belt break during operation. This is definitely NOT an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" situation. As mentioned above, it will cost THOUSANDS. $550 is a fair and reasonable price.
  • I have a 95 Legend GS and the service guy at a local Acura dealer quoted me for $859.99 for a timing belt and water pump change. I gave him..."I'll think about it" line! He knows I won't come back!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Maybe one or two of you missed pat Apr 9, 2002 4:43pm.

    Sorry, but the Town Hall *expressly* forbids selling or buying things here - I don't know how to be any clearer.

    Pat
    Sedans Host
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I see you are not getting a lot of help on pricing your Legend. You could hop over to a discussion on our Smart Shopper board where I think you will get some assistance. Here is the link: Real-World Trade-In Values.

    Good luck! And don't forget to check out the Used Power Shopper link in my post immediately following yours.

    Pat
    Sedans Host
  • fivofivo Posts: 5
    I have had my 1995 Legend GS for couple of months now, but I just noticed a Mode button on the back of the radio remote buttons on the steering wheel. I have pressed this button a few times and can't figure out what it does. I have looked in the owners manual and there is no mention of it. Can anyone shed any light on what this button does?

    Thanks,

    fivo
  • jaguarguyjaguarguy Posts: 1
    I own a 1995 Legend with 68K miles, there is a weird push when the car goes to the first speed, that everything is smooth, local dealer suggest that transmission need to be replace. Any suggestions would be appreciate.
  • fortiermjfortiermj Posts: 1
    I too have a 1995 LS sedan with 110K miles. I just bought it a week ago for $10500. It is sweet, really was kept in mint condition. It looks more like a 3 year old car than a 7 year old. Anyway, I have noticed that the shift from 1st gear to 2nd seems a little hard compared to other cars, but from what I have read this seems to be the norm for the Legend automatic tranny. Not sure if this describes the "wierd push" you are experiencing, but if not I would definitely have either a transmission shop or the dealer (if you trust him) take a look at it. Not sure if I trust a dealer that says it needs to be replaced right up front before actually looking at it. Good luck with that...
  • subzero206subzero206 Posts: 111
    a way to stop the battery terminals from corroding so often is to lube it with vaseline. yes the kind u use on your lips or whatever. just basic vaseline, put a generous amount on the cables and terminals and that will help it from corroding so soon.
  • y2k4my2k4m Posts: 9
    I just said good-bye to my '91 4-dr drk blue L w/leather. It was still in it's prime with 145,000 mi. Loaned it to a friend while his car was in the shop, and then got the dreaded phone call. It seems that a 4 wheeler loaded with teens rear-ended another 4 wheeler and shot it across the road into the Legend. No time to react or hit the breaks and in seconds it was gone. The front end/drivers side is literally unidentifiable from the sustained damage. The good news ... my friend walked away with a small cut and a few bruises. Until the bitter end my Legend served me well. My friend was impressed enough that he said he would be hard pressed not to look at an Acura for his next vehicle to which he owes his life. So, to all of you that still have your Legend, appreciate it for what it can do for you because it'll give up it's life to save yours. Sorry if this sounds corny, but my Legend was my first Luxury car that all future cars will have to be compared to and now exceed to impress me. A tough act to follow.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    I'm not convinced that make the new cars as well as those old Legends... the CL and TL don't inspire sturdiness as much as the Legend to me. Still, they are the closest thing you will find to those great cars.
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