1991 Acura Integra GS 1.8 from North America
The gear ratio's, power-band, and handling make this car a ferocious little commuter
The main fuel pump relay was bad when I bought the car. The engine would start, but shut off immediately on hot starts. Cold starts were not a problem.
I put new pads and rotors on the front. The passenger side rear caliper failed not long after.
The cars suspension was deteriorated when I purchased it. The front springs were brand new (probably replaced out of necessity). The 155000 mile front shocks however, were ignored. The drivers side rear spring was cracked and noisy. Aggressive cornering and evasive maneuvers were very dangerous.
The clutch was also worn out when I picked up this neglected little Integra. I put an additional 5000 miles on the car with the clutch disk worn to the rivets and release bearing sqealing every time the clutch was engaged.
With the new brakes all the way around save for front calipers. This car stops like nothing I have ever driven! The ABS on a 1991 econo-box doesn't hurt either.
I originally picked up the Integra so my wife could park her 1999 Civic SI during the winter. I like the Integra so much I gave her my 1999 Civic DX for winter driving so I could drive the Acura.
Everyone that has been in this car with me has been surprised, if not shocked, by its acceleration.
Some may be put off by the cars cramped interior space, but at five feet five inches tall, I find the Integras low entry-exit, roof line, and seat height inviting. The car actually makes me feel tall.
The Integra's stance whether looking at it from the outside or sitting in it is that of a genuine sports car.
The driving position would be perfect if the steering wheel would lower one inch further.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2004