Great city car that doesn't cost much to fix.
Most of the work I've done myself. Changing the brake pads are a lot easier than I expected, although I left the CV joint to someone else. A couple of pits in the windshield, but that's OK.
Starts every day with absolutely no problems. In the winter time the heat comes on really quickly, although the heat gauge never seems to rise past the 1/3 mark (1/2 is normal I think)
It doesn't like the bumpy roads very much as little bits start to rattle here and there, but I sort of expect that for a car that is nearly 19 years old. The shocks or struts are probably worn, but it would be too much work to replace them, the front ones seem easier than the back, but I'd rather live with the ride than mess with seized bolts or pay a mechanic $600 to fix them. In fact, I'd rather not mess with them, because if I set up a turn properly, I can corner with the best of them with what seems like absolutely zero body roll. When I do it right on the perfect pavement, it's an amazing feeling. No jarring motions, just a great carve. The little squeal from the tires are fun too!
The car rides 100% fine up to about 80-90k. Above 100, the wind noise is distracting, and the engine is a little buzzy.
Gas mileage is excellent for a car with 320k I get about 7-8l/100k. Better than a brand new Corolla, but not as good as an echo, however, there is no depreciation with this car.
There are days when I curse this car and wonder if I should get something more impressive, but there are more days where I think that I have the cheapest, funnest car that barely costs anything to repair and barely requires any work. Needs on average about $200 a year in odds and ends, including oil changes.
It has a computer that messes with the fuel injection and that's it. Nothing else to worry about. I don't even know if there's such thing as a check engine light on this thing.
I was considering getting a jetta, because it's trendy, but after seeing all the blue frowny faces, I'll reconsider. The 87 integras have all smiles and I"m one of them.