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Acura Legend



  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Thanks for your reply. She drove it back to college on Monday morning (about 250 miles) without the transmission light flashing. Since I bought it used in August, I don't know when the fluid and filter were last changed. The fluid looks fine, but I'm going to have the maintenence performed while she has it home for Christmas. There are 110,000 total miles now.
  • cale- radiator cracking is one of the more common problems with the Legend. Also, a tendency for the driver's seat to "rock" is another common one.
    I had to have my radiator replaced at around 50K miles because it had cracked.

    You can go to and ask more questions there.

    The timing belt/water pump job is more like $900 from the dealer.
  • qzback is right about the radiator though I haven't had such trouble. I had my timing belt changed at a local mechanic whose labor rates are much lower than Acura's so it only cost me $300. You really don't need to worry about the water pump, all it needs is to be inspected. It will show certain symptoms if a failure is eminent. I have 116,500 and my water pump is still going strong (knock on wood). Good luck with your decision!
  • I have two Acura Legends, a 1991 and a 1995. About two months ago, I had the problem described. The problem started with the speedometer suddenly going to zero and then back to normal. The next phase involved the D-4 light blinking. As with yours, the problem disappeared for quite some time and would then return. The problem was the speed sensor in the transmission. The cost to repair at the dealer was about $250 if I remember correctly.
  • My 1995 Legend has a metallic rattle sound seemingly coming from the off-driver side of the car in front of the firewall. It only happens when the car is cold, and occurs at about 1500 rpm's. It lasts only a second or so and I suspect some kind of heat shield. Anyone else had this problem?
  • Since purchasing this sedan I have noticed that the power to the speakers will partially fade out, and fade in, on the right side. If I thump the dash the speakers will have full power. There isn't any hiss or static when the fade-out occurs, so I assume the power amp is working properly, but I wonder if the radio itself is the problem. Any suggestions?
    Also, my ABS light has recently come on and I got it to go out by quickly jumping the positive lead on the battery to the sheet metal in the engine compartment. Does this sound kosher?
    Thanks for the input.
  • apowell1,
    I am not sure what that rattle you are hearing could be. I probably isn't anything major since it only lasts a few seconds but if it gets worse, have it checked out.

    Since thumping the dash fixes your speaker problem most of the time, you probably have a loose connection. Your local car stereo retailer could probably fix it for you. Your ABS light is probably trying to tell you that there is a malfunction or problem somewhere in the system. I would definitely have it checked out by your local dealer if I were you.
  • apowell - if you find out, please let me know; I've experienced the same problem.

    My rattle tends to happen only after left turns, but under similar circumstances.
  • I just bought a used 1988 Legend. Anybody know what differences there are in the 86-88 Legends and 89-90 Legends? I am particularly interested in the differences in the suspension and powertrain.

    Does anybody also know if the first generation Legend uses shocks or struts? The think I need new shocks. Shocks are cheaper to replace than struts, right?
  • I am not sure about the suspension but the '86-'88 Legend sedans had a 2.5 litre V-6 151HP, 154Lb-ft of torque and the '89-'90 had a 2.7 litre V-6 161HP, 162Lb-ft. All coupes '87-'90 had the 2.7.
  • The first generation Legends '86-'90 have shocks and I got the years messed up, yours has the 2.7 V-6.
  • apowell1 and qzback -- see my post #84. Does your rattle seem similar to that? Mine seems to emanate from the driver's side close to the firewall too. However, mine is always present after the maintenance I had done, just worse when cold.

    Also, since the brakes were done, I hear a rumble on the right front wheel when I turn right at low speeds, i.e. when using the brakes mostly. Is this something to be concerned about?
  • goodness, I dunno. My rattle comes when I power-on after a left hand turn. I actually did a U-turn in a parkway and went to 6k RPM in 2nd gear and had this horrible rattle start to emanate. I backed out of it all the way and it didn't continue. Something is wrong, but I don't know what it is. Maybe transmission or could be suspension, I don't know. My rattle seems to come from the right front of the car, though.
  • Well, my problem is gone for only $250. It was the heat shield for the Catalitic Converter. The dealer diagnosed it over the phone. My car is very quiet now even at 20 degrees.
  • Thanks, apowell1. I'll have my dealer check it out. qzback, you're on your own!(joke)
  • As mentioned before, I have two Legends, a 1991 with 120K and a 1995 with 50K. I have had the 1991 for nearly eight years, and just bought the 1995. They are really excellent cars, that is why I searched for a 1995 instead of buying new. They just don't make anything that compares in my mind except possibly a $40000BMW but that is too much to pay for a car as far as I am concerned.

    Re: Speaker problems-Bose system
    My speakers made crackly noises, sometimes faded out, sometimes worked fine. The problem was the power amp in the trunk. It is between the back of the back seat and the protective cover to the trunk. The cost for an Acura replacement is about $700. I considered replacing the entire system, but was informed by my service rep (at Tischer Acura in Laurel MD) that I could go to a auto radio shop(also in Laurel) and that they could fix the problem cheaper. They installed a Phoenix Gold Power Amp. for about $300. The system now works swell, probably better than new.

    Re: Used 1992.
    Problems to look for include 1)cracked radiators. Mine cracked at about 50K, 2)brake rotor problems, which can be mostly eliminated by torquing the front lugs to the proper value (I think 80 ft.lbs)but having all the lugs torqued to the same value is what is most important.3)Bose stereo problems as previously mentioned. 4) the rocking seat, for which there is an Acura service bulletin.

    According to Consumer Reports, and from all the research I have done, the 1994 and 1995 models are more reliable than the 1991-1993 models, but they are all excellent. I can say that the 1995 is quieter and seems to ride and handle better than the 1991, but the 70 K miles difference may be a factor. In either case, they are excellent cars.

    Re: Rumbling noise while turning
    Check the CV joints
  • You mention a service bulletin on the rocking seat. I have a 1993 with a rocking seat and my dealer claims they can do nothing. Where can I find the bulletin? I have also had trouble with my Bose and have had the head unit, amps and two speakers replaced under warranty. On cold days, I still get a static or buzzing noise until the unit warms up. Does anyone have any thoughts on a fix? Other than the seat and the Bose POS it is the best car I have ever had.
  • Alright - after reading some of the entries over the past week, I decided to post my own story about the speaker problem. First of all, I have a '94 GS. The problem with the speaker is the driver side one - the door mounted Bose is the only one which gives me problems.

    I first noticed the problem a few months ago, but it only happened a few times - usually, I would turn off the radio, wait, then turn it back on and everything would be okey. But, over the past three weeks, that one speaker has gotten really bad! A hissy, strained, broken up, crappy sound comes out everytime I get in the car. The only thing I could compare it with is when a radio station is just out of range, but you can still pick up the station, just not clear. Well, the weather has gotten much colder out, and this might be one of the problems. Tonight I was out and had the radio on - well about 5 minutes go by and it starts to come in clear! Maybe it "heated up" but this had never happened before - when it plays bad, it has always played bad for the whole time - but this time (for some reason) it was okey after 5 minutes.

    Either way, I plan on (perhaps) taking the door cover apart next week (when I finally get some time off!) - I will be looking for perhaps just a bad connection with the speaker. It was also suggested to me by my father that the speaker might be shot, but I don't think so because all the other ones are fine and nothing has ever happened to the system before which would cause this problem. I might check out the amp if the wiring is okey with the speaker at the door, but it is only one speaker!

    Boy, I love this car!

  • Thanks for the link to the service bulletins. I have seen them before but I reviewed them again and I still could not find the bulletin regarding the rocking seat that apowell 1 mentioned. On the other hand, who could miss the multiple bulletins on the POS Bose.
  • Hi folks. I've been lurking around the Acura & Legend list for some time. I have had a 5-speed '86 since '87 (previous owner traded it in for a new '88)...and I now have 210K miles on her. I can certainly relate to all of the posts about the "love affair" with the Legend - for I am only now toying with the "keep or buy new" argument. [Tangent: If I do buy I want to remain in the same "class" of car...but to do so I am finding I'd have to pay $40-$50K...grrrh.]

    From a repair history I can truly say that she has not been without fault - but my average total yearly repair cost has remained around $1000-1500. Some years have been higher...but on the whole she has been a *fantastic* car.

    This year will probably be her breaking point since I am trying to work out a vexing starting problem.

    The problem appears to be similar to the key ignition problem mentioned earlier; however, in my case the car always attempts to turn over...but never "catches". Usually it takes two or three trys...but sometimes, on cold and wet nights it might never catch.

    When the car finally does start I see/smell oil/gas out the tail pipe. After that first hard start she has little or no problem - and still manages to pass emission inspections.

    I have been to a few dealerships and they basically have recommended replacing the fuel injectors - but they admit they are just "guessing". And, of course, they are more than willing to guess on my dime!

    Has anybody run into this before? The problem is similar in nature to a Mazada problem my better half had years ago that turned out to be an ignitor problem...but the dealerships nay-say that idea.

    I would rather not play "replace-da-parts" game...and I've already be stranded does anybody have any suggestions?

    driven2perl "only wish she handled better in snow...and could take a supercharger!"
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