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Acura Integra - (All years/styles)



  • man, I dont know. That doesnt look like a steal to me. I am looking at a 99 gsr for $14k @ 40k miles. anyone know if the 99 model comes with heated front seats?
  • why isnt it a steal....u tell me where u will find one else where...the se color(burgandy) not to many around (grey leather) the most wanted gsr rims on it...runs strong feels strong looks strong..
    stop drinking haterade...
  • I just won a bid on a '98 Integra LS 4Dr (67K mi) on ebay, picking it up on Monday in the town of Oxford, MS. Any advice on the following would be greatly appreciated:

    1. Any special instructions for the mechanic's inspection? Is there any remote chance that someone here knows a trustworthy mechanic in that town?
    2. Any tips about the test drive?
    3. Once back here any tips on the initial service: should I have the timing belt replaced?
    4. Any other tips?

    Thanks in advance,
    Gilbert Weinstein

    PS. BTW price tag: $7311 + $99 docs. Reasonable?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Check out the tips in this Edmunds' article: Buying and Selling Cars on eBay.

    Others here may have more to add. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your delivery experience. ;-)


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  • i post get no replies ...this guy post about getting the car and get replies...did i do something wrong here...ahh hell with it..h-t here i come
  • Thanks Revka for the congratulations and for the link.

    Yes, I think I did all that...

    Only thing it's not easy to find a Honda/Acura mechanic in Oxford, MS! Checked the yellow pages online, but how do you find out who's reliable. Even found a guy that works only on BMWs!? Oh well, guess I'll just have to take a chance.

    I'll follow up later this week.

  • Well, we picked up the car today (my two daughters and myself). Had it checked up there, but probably not a very comprehensive check-up. Only a couple of points came up:

    1. Kind of noisy (after-market) muffler (see more about this below).

    2. Front bumper replaced. No car accident on the Carfax report and no frame damage. Mechanic conjectured that it was a small collision and was never reported to the insurance.

    3. Small tear in the back passenger door panel (plastic). Seller suggested magic glue and liquid leather. Also minor damage to headliner.

    4. At first, I could not get the ignition key out. The mechanic managed to do it and showed me the trick. Don't push the gear lever all the way to the top (or nudge it back a tad). Seller claimed that this problem is endemic to Integras and Civics. Is that so?

    Car behaved very well on the way back (192 miles). I do want to replace the muffler. If anyone here want to make an early offer on the muffler, he can see the item on ebay:

    I have a 3 months/3000 miles powertrain waranty, so I guess I will take it in somewhere here in Birmingham to make sure there are no serious problems.

    Any suggestions, tips, etc, will be greatly appreciated.

    I do have one specific question: the timing belt. Edmunds says replace at 60K; I've seen here 90K; Seller says 75K. I know this is probably not a science, but which figure is more accurate?


  • I disconnected my friend's battery (both cables) in order to recharge it. Now, the radio won't play and the dealer wants $120 to reset the code. We know the code, but don't know how to pull the radio or how to do the reset.
    Can anyone help us?
  • czuczu Posts: 1
    Car has 160k miles. Oriiginal owner. Well maintained.

    For over a year, I have been trying to diagnose my integra's overheating problem. Replaced thermostat, hoses and radiator is not original.
    Thermostat registers near "red" when driving freeway speeds over about 30minutes and gets worse going up hills.

    Recently "overheated" around town and mechanic said it was the Oil Filter Housing Coolant Hoses which were worn ..but also said he had never replaced those on any car.

    Well one week later the car is still running hot and this time on a short 15 mile trip.

    Also have the leaking sunroof which has been mentioned a few times on this board...

    Otherwise a great car that I want to keep going.

    Any Ideas?
  • I am looking at a 200 Integra LS 2-dr Auto with 27K on it. It is Acura ceritified -- used to be the service loaner for the dealer so they looked after it themselves. Dealer is asking 13,900 for it - but might settle for 13K or even less.
    Seems to me like a good deal. However, there are certain questions that I have about the Integra LS:

    1. The dealer said that the car has a immobilizer system, Edmunds also mentions an 'Alarm System' among the standard features. However there is no standard keyless. Does someone know how this alarm system works ?
    The dealer said it would take $600 to install an Acura alarm system with Keyless on it - sounds a bit too much for me. If I wanted to install something aftermarket what would be a good choice for the Acura ?

    2. Does the Integra LS have a VTEC engine ? I found the car to be slightly sluggish in both city driving as well as while trying to reach 60mph on the highway. I had expected a much better response. I drive a Subaru Forester (H4 165hp) and that drives much zippier. This might however simply be a psychological since 0-60 on the Acuras are supposed to be 7.5 sec. ALso it was quite cold (below 10) when I did the test drive -- could that affect the performance ?

    3. Does someone know what kind of mileage the Integra LS will give with a auto ?

    4. What is the main difference between the LS and GS models ? Another dealer in town is selling a 99GS with 32K. They might come out to the same price almost. Is is worth going for a GS ?

    Any comments/suggestion will be welcome.
    Thanks in advance
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    1. a chip in the key has to present a code to the computer before it will allow the car to run. That is the immobilizer. Also happens to make for very expensive replacement keys. The keyless w/ alarm also gets you a glass breakage sensor, and an audible alarm if the car is being ripped off.

    2. 2000 LS does have a VTEC engine - you have to rev it way way up to cross over to the high power cam, so if that is not your driving style you will not get the full benefit from this wonderful engine! The Forester is all about low-end torque, that is a vehicle I have some experience driving, and it is zippy for moderate-speed stuff, but runs out of gas trying to do fast passes on the highway. The Acura is exactly the opposite - a bit of a dog when it comes to low-end torque, but once you get it wound up, it takes off like a rocket.

    3. mpg can vary a lot with driving style, of course. I have a friend with a '99 that always gets mid-20s. If you drive like Mario, you will probably get less, especially around town. Get the manual if you can drive stick - it is a lot more fun!

    4. LS and GS have the same powertrain but GS has standard leather seats, and usually has the alloy wheels where the LS often had wheel covers. GS has more features.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    overheating at highway speeds sounds an a-w-f-u-l lot like you need a new radiator - is there any reason for you to think that it doesn't? It might also be a sign of problems with the head - do you lose any coolant? I am assuming you have checked and there is plenty of coolant present, and no obvious external leaks.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The LS/GS engine does NOT feature VTEC. It's a standard DOHC configuration w/a redline below 7000rpm. It does make its power in the upper end of the rev range, but the cam profiles do not change.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I have had an old '88 LS for a couple of days now, and I am super impressed. This thing drives like it is new, 240K, original engine and trans (manual).

    It is the most fun to drive of any car I have ever had, except maybe the '02 celica. But the celica was super confining inside, and this thing is spacious by comparison.

    The engine is the best, bar none. Accelerates instantly and easily, spins freely.

    Plus, I know I am hopelessly outdated, but I like the pop-up headlights!

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • xiuxuxiuxu Posts: 6
    I am planning an used acura integra LS,1998,
    hatchback,red,looks nice.leather,ABS,CD,
    in wisconsin.
    the milage is 100k,the seller asked for
    $6500,is this price reasonable?
    thanks a lot.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Have you tried plugging this vehicle into Edmunds' Used Vehicle Appraiser? This will give you the average prive others paid in your region. Others here may have more to add....

    Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase. ;-)

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  • xiuxuxiuxu Posts: 6

     thanks for your reply.
    I checked this car in Edmunds'Used Vehicle Appraiser, and the prices of Trade-in Private Party, Dealer, Retail are $6,568 $7,826 $9,278,
    respectively,it seems that the price of the car
    is acceptable,and even a little cheaper.
    But,I think the prices in Edmunds' used vehicle
    are a little higher than usual.

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    "...I think the prices in Edmunds' used vehicle
    are a little higher than usual."

    Sure seems that way in your case. Edmunds' TMV is based on a regional average (not lowest cost) over a given period of time, so prices will vary from city to city. Of course your seller may be also eager to sell... and has priced the vehicle below the local market value. Have you compared it with other 98 Integras in your local newspaper ads?

    You may also want to copy/paste your question in the Integra GRS discussion on our Coupes and Convertible Board. Someone there may have some helpful feedback to offer. Good luck. ;-)

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    a 5-year-old integra with leather and 100K for $6500, I say jump on it! I would think it would be worth closer to $8-9K in my area.

    I am assuming of course that it does not need repairs right now, and for goodness sake make sure they have already replaced the timing belt!

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • xiuxuxiuxu Posts: 6
    we went to make an inspection,the inspector
    told me that it's a nice car,but the timing
    belt replacing will cost me $450. So,the
    seller lowered the price to $6000.I bought
    it. I don't know whether I should replace
    the timing belt right now or I can use the
    car for several months more,then replace
    the timing belt.Could you please give any
    thanks a lot.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    DO NOT WAIT. Get the timing belt changed right away - after all, that is why the price was lowered anyway, so you should have it figured into the cost of the car, right?

    They have a rep for breaking soon after their normal service life, especially if you make full use of the rev spectrum of the engine, and they will destroy the engine internally if they break.

    Get it changed. Make sure they do the water pump as well. These little Honda water pumps never go 120K.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Also, congrats on your purchase. Sounds like you got a great deal. Btw, in Edmunds' Maintenance Guide you can look up manufacturer recommended service schedules including estimated parts/labor costs.... For future reference, you'll find this guide in our Ownership Section. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your Acura Integra experience.

    To nippononly- Thanks for all your help/feedback on this board. Happy motoring! ;-)

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  • brekkebrekke Posts: 304
    I need to buy front struts for an 87 LS. Does anyone have any suggestions on where or what to buy? I wasn't crazy about the ride, it was very harsh. This car is not worth anything, and my brother-in-law will be doing the install. Also, I had them done in 12/00, there's probably less than 25K on them. How long do they usually last? Should I just buy from Pep Boys?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    is that few miles on them, why replace? Are they leaking? otherwise they should still be fine.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • brekkebrekke Posts: 304
    the front end is totally collapsed and even touching the right tire. I'm assuming it was from all the snow - it hadn't been driven in weeks. (I took it out briefly after spring thaw and realized, hmmm, something is very wrong) It's undriveable as is. I was instructed to buy struts, for all I know it could be something else.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    it was buried under a snowdrift? That does not bode well!

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    are a type of strut, whereas KYB is a brand that makes shocks and struts.

    KYB are pretty good in general.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • hopeful4hopeful4 Posts: 2
    I'm considering the purchase of a '99 Integra GS (leather, moonroof). This was purchased by the dealer off-lease, with 35K miles. The dealer performs a quality inspection, as well as a local repair shop. He's asking $12,998. Seems like a great price. The reliability and sportiness are big attractions.

    Now, about the details. When test driving it, I noticed a steady hum after about 35 mph. The dealer suspects it's from a wheel cylinder, and he's having that inspected/repaired tomorrow. I've seen some complaints of road and engine noise in other postings. Is the Integra generally a quiet car? Also, what about driver seat comfort? I'm about 200 lbs, and have a 30 minute commute to work. I also enjoy weekend drives out of town. How comfortable is the seating for a length of time?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The noise could be a bad wheel bearing. Your profile doesn't indicate what part of the country you're in, but if it's anywhere snowy, there's a good chance that could be it (salt kills 'em). If the noise increases/decreases when you go around corners or turn the wheel at highway speeds, you'll know for sure it's a bearing.

    More likely, however, is that the original tires have hardened and are growling. The stock tires on every Integra (save for the Type-R) were pretty crummy to begin with. Try to work the deal for the cost of new tires (~$400), or at least get the dealer to commit in writing that they'll mount and balance your new tires for free (worth ~$120).

    And no, the Integra is not known for a quiet ride. Fun, yes -- quiet, not really. Your choice of tire can have a lot to do with road noise, if that's a real concern for you, and you could always get some Dynamat to put in the doors to help quell the wind noise

    I did a bunch (~450,000) of highway miles in two Integras, and found the seats to be excellent. I'm a bit narrower in frame than you (150lbs.), so there's a chance you could find the relatively tight interior kind of claustrophobic after a long time in the seat.

    Good luck with your purchase. The Integra is a modern-day classic.
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