acura used cars : Every year, Consumer Reports asks its readers to report on whathappened to their cars in the year just past. In this survey, they notedtheir experiences with 604,000 cars, minivans, pickup trucks, andsport-utility vehicles (SUVs).Readers were asked to report on problems they considered serious -ones expensive to repair, putting the car out of commission for atime, or causing a safety problem. The lists are complied from thetrouble summaries, which were averaged over the 1989 to 1995 modelyears. Problems with the engine, engine cooling, transmission,clutch, driveline, and body rust have been weighted more heavily thanother problems because they are difficult and costly to fix.In the "worst" list, the GM SUVs were in 1995, so 1995 data wereexcluded; reliability might have improved in newer models. Andseveral of the models in the "worst" list are actually "twins" or"triplets": Chevrolet S-10 Blazer (redesigned; now the Blazer)/GMCS-15 Jimmy (redesigned; now the Jimmy)/; Chevrolet Camaro V8/PontiacFirebird V8; Chevrolet K-Blazer (redesigned; now the Tahoe)/GMC Yukon;the Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth minivans; Ford Tempo/Mercury Topaz.
acura used cars : CR loves Honda and Toyota for buying used. I think the Acura Integra alsoscores well in CR for used. I've had a Honda and an Acura -- both were verywell-made cars.Value books can be bought in book stores -- the most common (here in theMidwest) is the NADA Blue Book. The NADA Blue Book is broken down regionallyand will cover the 1990-92 models. CR also puts out book specically on usedcars with a listing of recalls for each model, price ranges and their opinions. Dealer v. private seller? Hmmm ... I've bought most of my cars from privatesellers without problems (fortunately). But private sellers offer no warrantyor 30-day returns (which you pay dearly for). Check with your area BetterBusiness Bureau and the state Attorney General's office to see if any localdealers have bad histories. Ask friends about their experiences. Check withthe state AG's office about your state's lemon law on used cars. Get ahold of the repair records and talk to previous owner(s). If a dealer haswon't provide either, walk away.
acura used cars : Hey all ! Just wanted to help dispell a belief that Hondas are all thatgrand...at least anymore.I'd appreciate hearing from anybody with an opinion here...Am I wrong tobe disappointed with Honda or not? And forward this to any Honda/Acuraowning friends you may have.I consider myself experienced on this subject because I've owned severalhondas/acuras during the last ten years. In fact, I learned to drive onan '80 Accord.Until my most recent purchase (a '91 Integra GS 4dr), I was a sincerebeliever in Hondas and their quality. Today I think they're about asnoteworthy as Fords.Now, I hate to offend anybody out there...I'm with YOU ! I loved them(at least the earlier ones) and I still have a big desire for the newAccord coupe. I just don't think that Honda has been keeping thequality going.I wrote to American Honda because of all the trouble I've had these lastcouple years with my '91 Integra. Their response and disinterest in mydelima have fueled my departure from Honda praise. In the words of therepresentative I talked to...(David Sweet), "There has to be a point atwhich the problems with a car become the responsibility of the owner".This was in response to a request for just parts to combat the manytroubles I've been having. After being such a loyal Honda owner, theyall but spit on me. All I wanted was parts...I would've been happy todo the work myself.
acura used cars : David Sweet asks me on the phone "What EXACTLY do you want fromus"...after I spelled it out quite straightforward in the letter (hesounded on the phone like it was a chore to call me...like I was somesorta inconvenience to him). I told him simply "for Honda to standbehind its product and help me with the parts". He tells me they "do"stand behind their products and offers me absolutely NOTHING after 10years in the Honda "family".Now, I have been under cars since I was ten...maybe even earlier, and Iknow that machines break. But the frequency with which I've been havingexpensive troubles lately has been hair raising. I just want whoeverreads this to take that second look before buying into the notion thatHondas are so superior.It occurs to me that Honda has it way to easy these days...riding on thereputation that their previous generation's leaders, builders, andengineers put there for them... to use up like a bank account...and notkeep with tradition. Style-wise they've come a long way and continue toWell, I've had some similar problems with my 89 Integra LS, and all I canfigure is you win some and you lose some. Not every Honda is going to beperfect. I bought mine 2 1/2 years ago with just 58K on it. And I boughtit from an Acura dealer who had (supposedly) already done the 60Kservice. It now has 88K. Aside from the obvious timing belt, and therecent 4-rotor replacement (yep, one of those, about $400) it had thedistributor ($300, like you say), the whole AC compressor assembly (about$1000 after I added the R-134 conversion) and the damn ECU went out andstranded me ($600; the guy told me it was twice as much as the next mostexpensive one he had ever seen.) That's about 2 grand in 2 years ofowning a Honda that had less than 80K on it. (I don't know how much I mayhave gotten raped on those repairs, though.)
acura used cars : But, I love the thing. It runs great, drives great. I'm thoroughlyconvinced it can continue just fine without serious non-wear problems. (Gonna need clutch, tires, etc. eventually) I'm sure I'll get my money'sworth out of it by keeping it even longer. I'm going to put out somemoney on a real 90K service. And I think it can run just fine for another30K over another 2 1/2 years.actually, i don't know what you want from honda/acura either. do youwant free parts from them? because that's what it sounds like. butanyway, i truly think that you bought a lemon. i have a 91 integra gsand i have had no problems with it. a couple of my friends have 90-92integras and they have no problems either. maybe the previous ownertreated the car horribly; like take it off-roading or something. it'strue, the longevity of your car depends on how you treat it.and i can't believe that you paid $75 for an inspection done by adealership. in most cases, it's really a *visual* inspection. ifeverything "looks" good, then the car passes. i would've taken it to anindependant mechanic for a more thorough inspection; someone that knowshondas really well.
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