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Acura Integra - (All years/styles)



  • chem123chem123 Posts: 272
    Holy crap! Are you talking about the timing belt change you should have done @ 180K? Seriously man, you need to have it changed before you cause much more expensive damage.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    The '94 & '95 paint wasn't that great. My brother's '95 LS had noticeably faded after 3yrs. He never garaged it. The sun in the summer & the snow in the winter can be very bad for your paint. He had the body buffed & waxed before he sold it so it did look better and brought some of the shine out. You should not have white spots though. That's probably a defect but I doubt the dealer or Acura is going to do anything for free because I believe our cars only have 5 or 6yr body/paint warranty or 100k mi. whichever comes first. Your car is at least 7yrs old. Good luck. If the car is in good shape and has relatively low miles, why not pay for a decent paint job? It will look like new again and will increase its resale value by a lot! I 'm shopping around for a good car cover now because my wife has too much junk in the garage and I don't want my '99 ending up the same way.. You really have to take care of an Integra's exterior otherwise they 'll fade on look dull. My friend's early '98 doesn't look too hot either. When garaged or covered though, a 5-6yr old Integra can look almost like new. I 've seen '95-96 Tegs that looked just as good as my '99 because they spend most of their time in a garage and have a small commute. I gotta get that cover soon!
  • brekkebrekke Posts: 304
    heh, were you referring to me? My brother gave me the car @210K miles, I asked him back then when did he last change the timing belt, of course he couldn't remember...but he's pretty good with maintenance so I assumed...heck, I better ask him again!
  • I am interested in a 95 Integra 4 door with antilock brakes, moonroof and leather. The only problem is that it has 113,000 miles. I know that Honda/Acuras are built extremely well. Does anyone have any experience with a particular model like this? What are some of the mileage areas where I can expect repairs to be needed? Thanks!
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    or 5-sp? You shouldn't encounter any problems till 180-200k mi. especially with an auto tranny. Just keep up with the maintenance of which you have to increase the frequency. This means change the fluids more often and do tune-ups every 20-30k mi.
  • It is an automatic. I feel that it is the best deal for the money right now compared to 96 model Celicas with fewer miles. Its mileage is significantly higher, but I feel that Acura has proven itself. Its one of the few brands I'd buy, especially used. Does the Integra have good visibility? Its hood and rear window look as though they give good visibility in both directions. Thanks.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Guilty as charged! My '96 LS needed new valves at 218K, and now gets pounded by my kid sister with 248K. The valves were really fried, probably due to a lack of adjustment (only did it every 60K) and carbon deposits from 87 octane.

    My '98 GS-R (now driven daily by my father, who is realizing his own Walter Mitty fantasies) is creeping up on 228K. Damn thing still breathes fire and handles like a slotcar. No valve trouble yet, as I learned from the '96 and had them adjusted every 25K. The 91+ octane helps too, I'll bet.

    I now drive a 2001 Prelude 5spd. Picked the car up on 10/15/01 and turned 18,000 miles on it yesterday (that's 6K a month, folks)! The Prelude has longer legs for highway travel, and has much lower NVH levels than the Tegs. The engine is so smooth that I sometimes forget to upshift from 4th to 5th when leaving town. Even in 5th, it revs high -- 4100 RPM @80 MPH. It delivers 26-29MPG, depending on my mood.

    It definately gives up some steering response to the GS-R (even after I installed a strut brace), but I guess that's what [non-permissible content removed] OE tires and an extra ~300lbs gets you. This spring I will mount SO3's, which will solve most of the problem.
  • chem123chem123 Posts: 272
    Geez, why all the high mileage on your family's cars? Congrats, though.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Chk my profile.
  • brekkebrekke Posts: 304
    How do you know if you need new valves, or if they must be adjusted?
  • chem123chem123 Posts: 272
    Wow! Question answered! If I drove that many miles a year, I think I would seriously consider buying an Insight especially if most of the driving is on the highway where driving a higher performance car isn't felt as much. Once again, though, congrats on the success with your Hondas. Have you thought about contacting Honda/Acura and doing some sort of testimonial advertisement?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Insight: rotten in snow + noisy + not much fun to drive = no thanks. I do like the technology, however, and would consider a hydrid Honda if they could make it a belter. Dualnote, anyone?

    Yes, I have considered contacting Honda/Acura to tell 'em all about what great cars they make, but my guess is that they already know. I wouldn't mind contributing to a car magazine (paper or cyber), but haven't made any efforts to do so. My driving habits make "long-term" road tests look like a Sunday drive.

    re:valves---When you start getting misfires, they're done for. If you start hearing more valve clatter than normal upon start-up, distinct "tickticktickticktick" sounds at warm idle, or a decrease in fuel economy and performance, it's a safe bet they need adjustment. The safest bet is to just have them checked every 25-30K, or once a year if you're doing a bunch of hard driving.
  • I just had my 90 Integra serviced. It has 192,000 miles on it. I was told I need to replace both front core springs. I am thinking about replacing both struts in the front at the same time. Does anyone has any suggestion about what kind of struts should I get besides the genuine parts by Acura.
  • chem123chem123 Posts: 272
    What do you want out of your Integra and what is your budget?
  • Hi! My wife has a 1995 Integra SE with 80,000 trouble free miles on it. For the first time in 7.5 years, while running it through the car wash (soft cloth), she decided that the antennae's refusal to power down meant she got to listen to tunes in the car wash. Not. So, with that logic behind us, does anyone know where I can get an aftermarket antennae for this car? I had a '91 legend which I sold with 137,000 miles on it last January 2001 (to the same guy who has my '87 Integra RS 5-speed - sold with 117,000 miles in 9/94, it now has 241,000 miles and he reports it's still going strong!). The Legend needed a new antennae, which the dealer replaced under warranty, though they claimed it would have been $300 plus with installation. Any ideas as to how to get to the antennae on the '95 Integra?
  • I will say at least 250K. Two core springs will cause me about $250 to $300. Budget for the struts will be around $100 each.
  • chem123chem123 Posts: 272
    I was going to recommend some performance struts but am not sure of any that can last for 250K mi and it seems like you are more interested in longevity anyway. Stick with factory, my friend.
  • I saw a 90 Integra GS for sale at a parking lot for $2400. They had the Blue Book sheet printed out on the window, which was $3050. However, when I priced this out on Edmunds, it was $1200. Both were Private Party (expect to sell price). I was wondering what the huge disparity was from and what cost you guys thougth would be good. 165k miles in Wisconsin (lots of salt used in Winter) with crack/hole/rust damage in front and back of car.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    When talking about a car this old, I think it's more realistic for the seller to understand they're in a "whatever the market will bear" pricing situation. The Blue Book vaules no longer really apply, and without a complete service history, I would be hesitant to spend more than $1500 on this car, even after having an Acura shop look the car over.

    If you're considering this car as a tuner/project vehicle, you might not care much about the current condition of the mechanicals. As a daily driver, you should be very concerned. Either way, you will be spending significant $$ to replace worn components. And never forget that rust is the automotive equivalent of cancer.
  • zmpzmp Posts: 24
    Hi everyone, I wanted to get your help and advice on solving a major problem I'm experiencing with a 1999 Acura Integra GSR I just bought a month ago. This car is a Certified Acura car, which means that it had to meet some standards before certification. A 150-point inspection must be done to the car prior certification. I bought my car in Jackonsville, two hours from Orlando, where I live. While driving to Orlando, I noticed some odd noises and vibrations in my car. My brakes need to be replaced, and the master cylinder is leaking (according to an inspection made by Acura in Orlando) just to name a couple of problems with the car. I have called the manager of the dealership in Jacksonville to let them know of the situation, and to get the money to fix the brakes, I also sent him a fax because he never answered my phone calls. It has been almost two weeks and I have not heard from him yet. I called Acura Client Services, but they said that they cannot do anything to help me, and that I had to talk to the manager of the store which I tried already.

    I don't know what else to do, and I'm getting very frustrated and upset. Please let me know if you know a way to get out of this situation. Thank you so much.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    DRIVE to see the manager in person, show them the repair bill, and threaten to call the DMV and/or Florida State Attorney General's office unless you are reimbursed.

    If he does not budge, make good on your threat and then make it a personal mission to destroy this dealer: write a letter to the editor of this dealer's hometown newspaper, badmouth the dealer online (making sure to forward all comments to the dealer's email), and call the Acura CS DAILY and demand satisfaction.

    Warped rotors and a leaking brake master cylinder should have been replaced when the car underwent the "certified" inspection.
  • zmpzmp Posts: 24
    Wow! Thank you so much for your help and advice. Finally, last night I got a call from the Sales manager in Jacksonville, he said he was going to take care of the brakes, but that I had to drive again to J. to get them fixed, he said that Orlando was charging too much. I called Acura in Orlando, and I am going to tell you these guys have been great to me, they gave me a discount to save me the trip to Jacksonville, and they are also going to make an inspection to my car to make sure that everything else is all right.Thanks again.
  • skedmundsskedmunds Posts: 2
    I am a first timer to Integra and likewise car. I recently got an Integra GS '99 Automatic transmission with 34 K miles. While test driving, changing from 1st to 2nd gear was very much evident and clearly felt like a jump in slow acceleration and kind of OK in faster acceleration. Infact all the 3 shifts can be felt slightly. Which I never felt in any of the mid size sedans, except for 95 TBird that I had before.

    I was told by dealer that it is normal with all the Integras and the shift is computerized based on RPM. I wasn't satisfied, and I did a 120 point inspection from certified technician, and he also said the same. I still have doubt...

    Can anyone tell, if this really is normal with Integras. It's a certified car with 2yrs' warranty on it.

    thanks for reading the whole story and responding
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Have you tried test driving another Integra to see how it compares...? Just an idea. Hopefully others will come along soon that can respond to your question. Good luck.

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  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Yep, it's actually how the atuobox works. The shifts are fairly abrupt at slower engine speeds because this particular generation of Honda/Acura trannys does not allow for much clutch-pack slippage when upshifting. In general, the smoother an autobox shifts, the more wear you get. Hence, a hard-shifting automatic will probably last longer.

    As long as you get your Integra's transmission serviced regularly, you should have no problems whatsoever.

    If it makes you feel any better, the Civics that share this same tranny shift the exact same way as your car. This was a tendency of all Honda transmissions until the early-90's, and Honda used to take some heat for it by automotive writers who liked smoother part-throttle upshifts.
    Honda has since changed their shift programming to provide for smoother operation.

    I hope this helps to clear up your concerns.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,137
    Perfectly normal. There's nothing wrong with your tranny.
  • chem123chem123 Posts: 272
    Just like my old Legend...nothing to worry about, just keep up on your maintenance like you would with any car and it will reward you. Good luck.
  • skedmundsskedmunds Posts: 2
    I drove 2001 integra, which was smooth in shift. They probably improved it in the millenium.

    Thanks for clearing the air. I love driving it. Can't drive it slow :). Will keep your advice in mind.
  • 94acura94acura Posts: 12

    I have a 94 Acura Integra with 138000 miles on it. I bought it second hand from a private party at 70000 mile and have been driven it for 4 years. The car was fine until last year. First the starter failed, then the ignition component, then I have to replace the CV joints and some booth under the car. The the right side front lower ball joint broke later and I have to change and axle Then ABS light is on. Right now when I drive over a bump, two knocking sound will appear from the left side of the car bottom near both wheels. ( One garage could not find anything wrong about it and the other one said I need to change some booths.) Also, the antenna won't retreat all the way down. One the high way, I can hear some rattling sound on the rear end of the car( under the trunk ?). I guess some of the problem is caused by the New England's bad weather. I saw so many posts saying about how good an Integra can be and I am really confused. Because this is my first car, I don't know if they are common problems or not. Anyone can help me?
  • chem123chem123 Posts: 272
    Actually, most of the things you said that broke should be replaced or are expected to go at the time they did. No, I don't drive an Integra.
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