1988 Acura Integra Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1988 Acura Integra LS 1.6 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance295000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Excellent car. Honda was ahead of its time when they designed it

Faults:

Windshields tend to crack every 2-3 years.

Alternators last 5-6 years.

Rear window wiper stopped working at 250,000 km.

Premature rusting of all quarter panels. Repaired at 200,000 km.

Rocker panels were replaced due to excessive rust at 250,000 km.

Both outer tie-rod ends need replacing every 40,000-50,000 km.

General Comments:

The car has good acceleration for an automatic. The transmission is the original and is absolutely flawless and extremely reliable. Original engine still working great. Never needed to add oil in between oil changes until 285,00 km. The rear passenger area is cramped, and the front seats could have been bigger. It handles very well at all speeds. It is fun to drive at highway speeds. Can hit 180 km. with little effort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2002

1988 Acura Integra RS 1.6 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired131300 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

The worst Acura that continues to move

Faults:

In chronological order:

Fuel leak in gas line. Cost: $16.

Exhaust has become deafening. I never got around to fixing it; I just keep the music volume high.

Fuel leak in gas tank. I continue to drive it with the leak. It only leaks on left turns.

Driver side outside door handle was ripped off by a mechanic, it was always weak. Cost $45 from a savage yard + hours (maybe 5) of time to get it in and working.

Passenger window fell off track. I glue it in place with epoxy, but it broke again within 2 week of minimal use. I choose to leave the door panel off so I could fix it quickly when it brakes.

Rack-n-pinion. No more power steering. I'm junking the car so there is no need to fix.

General Comments:

I was a fool to buy the car. The previous owners obviously knew nothing of car care. Within a month after I got it I realized it burn oil like crazy, when I changed the air filter I was black, I think it was still the original 1988 filter. The car was beat.

I loved the proformance before the power steering went. I love the look and the 5 door design. I want another with the reliability of a Acura.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2002

1988 Acura Integra RS 1.6L DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles

Summary:

Worth what you pay for it, but could be better

Faults:

Clutch went out, bad driving by me.

Glove compartment latch broke, fixed.

Radio stolen, no alarm.

Driver side window can't hold its own weight, slides down after a few hours.

Sunroof leaks after rain.

General Comments:

Quick little car.

Good acceleration, but high rotations.

Clutch strong after replacement.

I am going to replace the 1.6L engine with a used Honda Accord 2.3L engine with a turbo. That should add a little speed to it. Also a bodykit is going to be added. Have painted the car a metallic blue. Looks 100 times better now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2001

1988 Acura Integra LS 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance144000 miles

Summary:

An unattractive but quick bargain

Faults:

Since I have had the car, many things have gone wrong.

It needed a new transmission.

I had to get the clutch replaced.

The air conditioning compressor had to be replaced as well.

The rear head rests seams are torn, and still need to be replaced.

I had to replace the distributer as well.

General Comments:

I do not really like this car, but it does get me where I need to go.

I like the fact that it is four door, but I dislike the hatch-back trunk.

Rust has formed in the rear as well as above the rear tires.

I am hoping to sell the car, but I would probably buy another one if I found one in better condition with fewer miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2001

11th Nov 2001, 19:49

Well if you get another one you should look for less miles. Mine has 85,000 and is nearly perfect.. and for sale.

1988 Acura Integra RS 1.6 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carHonda Toyota

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

Burns oil due to the neglect of previous owners.

No other problems.

General Comments:

Great quick car. I would love to buy another newer one when I have money or spend money on fixing this one up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2001

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 26 reviews