1990 Acura Integra LS 1.8 petrol/gas from North America
Zippy and upgradable
The speedometer cable was broken when I first bought the car. A problem the Acura dealership had neither heard of nor encountered before. Repairs costed approx $150(US). Actual starting mileage is probably quite wrong.
Also, the car had been jump-started incorrectly and this blew most of the fuses. Replacing them was easy and no other components were damaged. Every part of this car is readily accessible for the do-it-yourselver though.
Parts ARE expensive however (and getting harder to find), and most work has to be done by an authorized dealer. Fortunately, most of the minor things the average owner can do themselves, often with just a 10mm box-end wrench and a #2 phillips screwdriver.
I picked up my '90 Integra LS for $2900 (US). It had a few body dings but ZERO rust even after 11 years and 127,000+ miles. After replacing the fuses and speedometer cable, it's running great!
Eventually, the plan is to take advantage of the multitude of aftermarket performance parts available for such Japanese imports. But for right now, there is enough performance to satiate my driving habits. :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th February, 2001
12th May 2002, 04:30
I also expienced what you did with your speedometer cable, and I was wondering where you got a new one, because I have been looking forever.
21st Nov 2002, 17:22
I am wondering about the speedometer also mine is broken.
26th Aug 2004, 00:22
If anyone is looking for a new speedo cable you can find one at any acura dealership. It will only cost about $50 and a half hour to install.
1st Oct 2004, 04:09
Hi I also have to replace my speedometer cable can anyone give me an idea as to how difficult this is? and if its something that should be left for the dealer to do? Thanks Cano.
21st Aug 2006, 11:42
It's really not that difficult to replace. You take your gauge cluster out and disconnect the cable from the transmission. You slide the new one in and put it all back together. Takes an hour if you don't hang out under the hood very much. Half hour if you do.
26th Nov 2006, 19:26
Ya it took me a bit to figure out there are screws under the AC/HEAT knobs and under the little shield at the end of the sliders.
8th Feb 2010, 16:22
Yeah I put a new speedometer cable in my car. Did everything right and my speedometer still doesn't work. I think my gauge cluster is garbage.