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Acura Legend



  • 1. Regarding the Cracklie random playing speaker. My problem started with one speaker, the back rt. then spread to the rt. front. Sometimes the system would work fine for a week, and then the problem returned. As I mentioned before, the problem was the Bose Power Amp behind the back seat. Once replaced with a Phoenix Gold Amplifier, the speakers were fine.

    2. The Rocking Seat. For the 1991 model, the service Bulletin is 92017R Date 93/01 NHTSA#SBO32944. If you need a list of other yrs, go to Look for "Safety Problems & Issues, then go to Tech Service Bulletins. There is a wealth of information available from NHTSA.

  • As a former Rx-7 owner, I believe that the problem that you are referring to was a fairly common "flooding" problem caused by the fuel injection system. A manual fix to this situation is to remove the fuse for you fuel injection and crank the engine for about five seconds (burning off any excess fuel). Replace the fuse and it should fire up easily. Should you find this method to be a huge pain, you can also get a mechanic to hard-wire a switch (mounted on or under your dash) to break that same fuel injection circuit for about a half hour's labour and less than $5 in parts. Good luck!
  • azsundevil: Thanks for the suggestion. I really had not though about interrupting the fuel . Rather than doing that did you ever find out the source of the problem on your RX-7 (not a GSL-SE by chance? )? Was it the distored (aged) shape of the injectors - suggested by the dealerships - or something to do with flow / mix regulation that caused the hard start that then led to the flooding?

    ...even though the cost-benefit ratio is rather lop-sided in this case (hey, an '86 is worth ~2K on a trade-in) I would rather "fix" the problem.

    Thanks for the suggestions! I may yet dance with the parts man...
  • Did any first generation model owners have a problem where the automatic transmission makes a loud clunking noise when shifting from P to R to D, when the engine is cold? Any input would be appreciated.
  • My 1994 Legend has 117,000 miles on it and I am starting to notice some problems occurring. It recently started shifting hard between first and second gear. The transmission fluid is fine so I don't know why that is. Also sometimes when I go to start it, the odometer needle will jump between 1 and 0 when my foot isn't even on the accelerator and smoke will come out the exhaust, then it will put-put & stall out. Immediately after I go to start it again it starts right up like it is perfect. Anyone out there had this problem and can tell me what it may be?
  • I've had that happen, but only a couple of times. It never happened again after I changed my air filter. If your air filter has already been changed it may be your fuel filter that needs changing or your idle speed may need adjustment. The worst case scenario would be a problem with your fuel injection system but I would start with the little things first before you conclude something is wrong. Good luck and if you have any more questions just ask!
  • Hey,has anyone found a 1992 LEGEND ?She was stolen back in March from NY.Yeap,life sucks so hold on to your LEGENDS gyus.
  • I'm considering buying a 90 Coupe. The body and interior appear to be in excellent cond. Car has had two older female owners. Car has 125k miles. Within the past year the automatic trans was rebuilt and the timing belt, water pump, cv joints, distributor and tires replaced.
    In driving it I noticed a pronounced shift between 1st and 2nd. After reading this board that seems to be common...? Car is white, sleek and in great shape to the eye. What should I look for? Of course I will have an Acura mechanic check it out. Asking price is $5400. After checking Edmunds and KBB I realize this is kind of high. I intend to offer between 4 and 5k. Any pointers or suggestions?
  • Hello All...

    I am considering a 1993-1995 Acura Legend for a used vehicle purchase. After looking at several vehicles, I have some concerns regarding the durability of the San Marino Red color. The cars I have seen seem to show poor gloss retention and signs of white surface haze.

    Any comments from owners experience would be greatly appreciated.

  • luvthattiger-I agree that most older cars with red paint do look kinda shabby. I believe it is because red shows fading more than other colors. Most other colors just get a little lighter than they were when new, but lighter red means pink, which is bad. My Cobalt Blue Legend is a little faded but it is only slightly lighter blue than it was in '91 and most people don't even know that it's faded. As for glossiness, red isn't as shiny because most reds(with the exception of dark reds) aren't a pearl color like blue, green, etc. and therefore less light reflects off of the painted surface giving a dulled appearance. I have a friend with a red '90 Integra and her paint doesn't shine like my similarly aged '91 Legend or other '90 Integras that are a pearl color even though her car still has a clear coat. So unless you find a good San Marino Red Legend and plan to take really good care of it(garage it), you probably should pick another color that won't show fading as much.
  • realbook - i bought a 89 legend coupe last year so your situation is quite similar to mine. IF (and this is a big IF) you can be certain that all the maintenance that you mentioned was done correctly, then I'd say you have a bargain in the making. when i bought my legend, it was poorly maintained and i found myself having to put in a new timing belt, replace the water pump (wanted to do those two things anyway, just in case), replace the ball bearings (i don't know if that was the correct terminology but it fixed the looseness in my front wheels), replace the starter (it died when i was at the bank getting money to pay for my earlier repairs!), replace the brake pump (the brake pedal was feeling like a soft sponge), and a couple of other things that don't come immediately to mind. I bought the car at $4100 (down from the the $4700 asking price) thinking I got a great deal.. only to find myself paying well over $5700 after everything was fixed. So if yours is in really good condition and the mechanic gives it good marks (I didn't have one check mine, bascially took a gamble) then i would say go fot it! in the end, the car will be well worth the money if you keep it properly maintained. i just think i did the car a favor by rescuing it from the loser who negelected it. and the harsh shift from 1st to 2nd is quite normal, subsequent shifts are smooth and acceleration is .. satisfying.
  • I previously posted about a rattling noise on driver's side and a rumbling noise on passenger side, both in front. After reading an earlier post, I asked the mechanic to look at the heat shield on the catalytic converter. He said it had rocks in it and that fixed the rattle -- he was wrong about the rattle. Apparently those heat shields do get rocks in them, though.

    Anyway, as for the rumble noise on the passenger front, apparently it was caused by a broken transmission mount. There was also kind of a dragging feeling at the beginning of a takeoff at low speeds. I had asked the dealer no less than three times to check the front end because I knew something was not right and finally they came up with the transmission mount, which seems to have been the problem. I felt like a whine, but I know my car extremely well and I knew something was wrong. I guess you have to be persistent.

    And, since this is for "personal reviews," I love that car! Many's the time I've appreciated the thoughtful engineering, such as the way the windshield is designed so that some of the runoff from wipers, etc., doesn't fly back on the side windows. And yes, the acceleration is "satisfying!" I am about to move to an area with a high rate of car thefts, but I made sure I've got a garage to park this baby in! These cars do cost to maintain, and you've got to take some responsibility for finding out what's wrong, but overall, it's cheaper than a new one, and well worth the luxury that I couldn't have afforded otherwise.

    Happy New Year to all.
  • ugougo Posts: 1
    Hi There,

    I am looking for used wheels on my '94 Legend Sedan. I am really interested in a set of 16" rims from a '96-'98 Acura RL model. If you have any information or other sites that I might find
    what I am looking for, I would really appreciate it!

    Thanks for the input!

  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    I had the speed sensor replaced in the Legend's transmission that was causing the D4 light to flash. All seems well. While it was there I asked them to service the transmission with fluid and filter since I had bought the car in August and didn't know when this had been done. The service guy said that they just replace the fluid (and I don't think they can change all of it at any one time). They didn't charge me for a new filter. My question is: Do these transmissions even have filters?
  • I think it does have a filter but I don't think it is changeable.

  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444

    Thanks for the information about the transmission. I am happy that I had the fluid changed because it was previously brown on the dipstick and is now a healthy appearing pink. It does seem odd that there is no changeable filter, but Mother Honda seems to know what it is doing, so who am I to question it.
  • I own an 89 Legend with approximately 100K on it. Recently the brake light and the ABS light on the dash started illuminating. My mechanic checked the car, and couldn't find anything wrong with the system. The brake fluid level is normal. The brakes seem to be fine, even in icy conditions. What could be causing these problems?
  • This message is for apowell1 or anyone else who can provide me advice on a 1991 Legend LS sedan...

    I just bought one with 101K miles. It's pretty nice!! I bought it from a dealer who I think was straight with me about the car. After checking it out thoroughly, here's the problems I noted, and it sounds like some of you have similar issues with yours. Any advice would be much appreciated:

    1. Radio going bad - My driver's rear channel doen't work (Bose unit), and I get a slight hissing sound from the rear speakers only. An occassional loud feedback noise comes from the bad channel, but this goes away as the car gets warm. Sounds like a bad amp, which apowell1 replaced with an aftermarket unit. Any other ideas? Has anyone tried a used amp from the bone yeard? Is this something I can replace myself (I'm a little handy) with either a used Acura part or an aftermarket part?

    2. Does anyone know whether a factory trunk mounted 6-cd changer from a 1999 RL will work with this radio?

    3. I have also noticed a slight rocking of the front driver's seat. Was this a safety recall on this car? I read the NHTSA bulletin that apowell1 mentioned (NHTSA#SBO32944) but it only lists a summary at the NHTSA site. Any info on the cost of the fix and whether it's a do-it-yourself thing?

    4. My antenna mast is stuck. Dealer says I can replace the mast only for about $30. Motor works when the radio starts and stops. Lube doesn't help.

    I found an entire replacement power antenna unit at for $39.95. Reviews I read on replacing power antennas indicate this new one is pretty smooth. Has anyone replaced the entire power antenna or just the mast on this vehicle? Is it easy, or should I stick with a dealer fix? Any advice would be appreciated.

  • I have loved legends for years, but never owned one due to cost. I have craved a 94-95 coupe for years, but due to an upcoming wedding, I'm looking at sedans. The GS model is what I've been waiting for. It seems as soon as one comes up for sale, it's gone in days, even with high milage. I assume they are pretty rare vs. the LS's. I have found one at a local lexus dealer, 94 GS, black, 85K, very cheap I think at $11,900. What do you think?
    My biggest question is when looking at Edmunds, it has an optional 4 speed auto listed during 94. I thought all GS's were 6 speeds, either the rare manual or auto. Is this true?
    Do you have any comments for me about the GS?
    I love the wheels on the GS's, not to mention the 230 h.p. It apprears to me that the 4 spd auto was the only option.

    I would greatly appreciate any suggestions about becoming a 94 GS sedan owner.

  • L8_ApexL8_Apex Posts: 187
    The automatic was indeed an option even on the GS but the six-speed is the way to go. I owned a '94 Coupe with the six-speed until building a house, which necessitated the need for a truck.
  • apowell1

    You mentioned that you replaced your rear amplifier with a Phoenix Gold amp. Do you know the model number for the new amp? I am interested in replacing mine in my '92 Legend LS.

  • I own a 1995 Legend coupe in San Milano Red with a six speed. The red paint is in great condition primarily because I garaged the car and have only let a detailer wax and clean the car for the past few years. If your car has lost its luster, spend the $150 or so for a good detailing befire you try anything else. You will be amamzed at the results.

    The Legend GS did have a six speed manual as one option. It is not an automatic. I love my six speed. Cranking the engine to red-line and blasting through the gears is too much fun. However, the six speeds are very rare. i would recommend that you search nationwide for a six speed if that is your desire. When I purchased my legend in 1996, I wanted red and a six speed. I found one in Minnesota and flew from Massachusetts to Minnesota for pickup and drove it back to MA. I still love getting inthat car and driving it. Good Luck.
  • rjd3rjd3 Posts: 1
    I bought a '91 Legend in '94 w/70K miles on it, for $16K. Got rid of it last summer------only because I hit a deer in upstate Pa. & ins. co. gave me more than I was ever offered by a dealer for a trade. I had 378K miles on it. I'm an outside sales rep & drive 45 to 50K miles/year. I now have a 2.5TL 5 cyl., but I don't think I'll get the miles out of it, like the Legend----the 2.5 runs like a 4 cyl. Don't be afraid to buy a Japanese Engineered car with highway miles already on it. I'm thinking about getting rid of the TL to get another Legend-----even if it's a '95. (My budget requires me to be price conscious & stay around $15K or less.) Am, also, seriously considering a '97 or '98 I30 with 50K to 70K miles on it. Any opinions about I30 as opposed to Legend?
  • I have a 95 Legend - 83K mile- still a pup, right? I love the car, but have three cars now so it has to go. I advertized in Autotrader for $14,500, 6 weeks, no calls.

    How much would you think its worth? Its in practically mint condition, still under warranty, and as I said, 83K miles. Oh, BTW, its in Rhode Island.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  • dzinrdzinr Posts: 2
    I recently bought a '94 Legend Sedan with 66K on it for $15,000. I studied used car reports and the local market very hard. I test drove 14 cars in the sport/near luxury class in the $12,000 - $20,000 (used) price range, including Millenias, Maximas, I30's, Audi's, etc. I stayed away from BMW's and Benz' because I live in Michigan and need front wheel drive. My previous cars were an Accord and before that a Prelude.

    I think I made the best possible choice after much research. A talented multi-line salesman who befriended me told me that Legends are built with more precision than Maximas, etc., and that condition, not mileage, is the determining factor in finding a good Legend. His dealership services them all the time with up to 250K and more on the odometer. He recently bought an old one for his daughter. To me, the I30 was just a Maxima with additional overhead built in. I think you would be happier with a 93-95 Legend in the $13,000 - 18,000 range..

    I read a while back that the success of the Legend nameplate caused Acura to rename all their models numerically for the U.S. market - "Legend" was becoming more of a brand than "Acura" (early 90's). In fact, in Japan the RL is still known as "Legend" and is a great $40,000 car.
  • dzinrdzinr Posts: 2
    If your 95 Legend is, as you say, in near mint condition and you are asking $14,500 at 83K miles, I think you are in the ballpark. I researched these cars a long time before I bought my '94 with 66K for $15,000 from a private individual (he was fanatical about dealer maintenence and upkeep), and I'm very satisfied.

    What I found is that the availability and the desirability of these cars ranges greatly depending on your local market. Most people just don't know how great these cars are and what a bargain a good used one can be. It may be that in Rhode Island the market is just not there.

    If you were to drop your price to around $14,000, I cannot imagine it would remain unsold for much longer.
  • jdo4jdo4 Posts: 1
    I have just purchased a 1992 Legend and am trying to locate a wiring harness for a trailer. There is a light blue connector plug at the left tail light which appears to be part of the original vehicle harness. I believe what I am looking for is a T1 connector and has an integral adapter. A local Acura dealership tells me there was never a harness available yet there is provision for one. The PO of the car clearly pulled a trailer,it has a hitch, but there is no evidence of any prior "hard" wiring. This is a Canadian vehicle with just "Legend" on the trunk but has all the standard equipment of the American LS version. Anyone have an original part number or perhaps a NAPA or Honda equivalent no. ?

    Also does anyone know the original MSRP. of the '92 LS ?

    Thanks in advance.
  • I think you are probably right about it being a local market thing. The only people interested in looking at the car so far are previous Legend owners. One guy pulled up in the identical car (only white). And- he said he had another at home :)

    Thanks for the response.
  • bluebeastbluebeast Posts: 261
    Another problem that you may be encountering is for the price your asking, a person could buy a Lexus LS400 (1990 - 1994), and I for one would rather have a Lexus LS400 a couple of years older than a Legend. I have owned both (1991 Legend - new until sold in 1997, had a 1990 Lexus LS400 for 13 days (bought it just to make money, person was leaving the country) and sold it for a 1996 LS400 which I currently own). Legends are great cars but I sure love the SMOOTH V8 power and SMOOTH automatic transmission, both of which are far superior to that of a Legend.
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