1996 Acura Integra Reviews

1996 Acura Integra from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles

Summary:

Very reliable. No major mechanical problems. Loved it!

Faults:

This 96 Acura Integra was my first car, which came to me in the time when I first came to America, and I knew nothing about cars, and I did not know how to drive. A friend of mine helped me test drive it, and said: "It is a good car" And I just bought it. Thinking back, that was a little crazy. But it turned out that I was very lucky to have a very reliable car. Now I just moved to another state and needed to get a new car. I searched online and I found this website. It helped me a lot with other people's experience of different cars. So I want to share my experience with Acura with you guys.

This car is VERY reliable. But the timing belt needs to be changed at 10k miles. The previous owner did it, which saved me a lot trouble.

I got an oil leak twice, because the rubber in the engine and the heat exchange hose got old and I needed to replace them. Not a big deal, just rubbers get old.

I replaced the battery and the tires when they got old too.

One common problem of Acura, as I heard, is that the ignition starts to have a problem when it gets old. But it's also an easy fix. Just bring it to the mechanic and pay about $200; they will fix it for you.

And that's it. My 3 years driving experience with 96 Acura from Aug 2007 to the end of 2010. Never dies on the road.

I would say this car is mechanically super reliable. And I am looking forward to get another one if I am lucky.

BTW, I am very happy to see that the comments on 96 Acura Integra were ALL positive!

General Comments:

Very reliable. Worth buying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2011

1996 Acura Integra integra LS 1.8L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.8L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired165500 miles
Most recent distance165800 miles
Previous carHonda Odyssey

Summary:

Perfect foreign car

Faults:

I have really never had any mechanical problems with the car.

The only thing was the tailpipe broke and made the car really loud, but other than the pipe, the car is in good mechanical condition...

General Comments:

The car handles great. It has awesome power under the hood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2011

1996 Acura Integra LS 1.8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance180500 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

Thermostat, front wheel bearings.

Replaced the original timing belt and water pump at 163,000.

Exhaust has been welded twice.

Cruise control has never worked.

General Comments:

This car has been absolutely fantastic. I picked it up for 500 dollars, put two new tires on, and have driven it every day for the past year and a half.

I drove this car to and from school, over the mountains of New Hampshire through the snow, sleet and all of the other fun weather New England has to offer. I also drove this car over 9,000 miles cross country, zig zagging through the Rockies and various other high altitudes.

Honestly, the only things that have gone wrong have been standard wear and tear items. I drive this car over 40 miles a day on average around Los Angeles/Orange County, California now. It was recently rear ended, and she just kept on ticking.

For a 500 dollar car that gets about 34 MPG, I honestly cannot complain one bit. Fantastic car for anyone really, well unless you have a German Shepherd or something.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2010

1996 Acura Integra LS 1.8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carHyundai Chevy Camaro

Summary:

The best car I've ever had!

Faults:

Basic maintenance - brake pads, rotors, battery.

Starter replaced.

Radiator and hoses needed to be replaced because they were cracked.

Water pump was also cracked and needed replacing.

Timing belt went around 120,000 miles.

Radio antennae hasn't worked in a few years. It won't go down.

General Comments:

I love my car!!! It has always been reliable. Great gas mileage, great handling. Would highly recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2008

1996 Acura Integra RS B18B1 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission B18B1 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired188000 miles
Most recent distance216500 miles
Previous carDodge Ram

Summary:

Awesome engineering from the guys at Honda. Very well thought out

Faults:

I bought the car with 188,000km on it and had no knowledge of what the past owners had really done to it. Throwout bearing went just shortly after the purchase. The rear right side strut was broken. At about 210,000km the timing belt broke while I was shifting into 4th gear. I was in traffic and leaving a stop light so there was no excessive acceleration or anything like that. 50/50 chance that I crushed some valves... not one was damaged. I had the head and all parts cleaned and inspected by a machine shop and installed an OEM Honda top-end gasket set. There were indications of a bad head gasket before the timing belt incident, but after re-assembly the car is showing no signs of being old or having 216,000km on it! Easily ran a 15.3 1/4 mile time with basic intake and exhaust upgrades... but the aftermarket LSD is what makes the difference.

General Comments:

All in all, I had always wanted an Integra. I jumped at the first opportunity to purchase mine instead of shopping around or searching in depth before I bought it. It had a few things that needed to be taken care of, but what can you expect from a car that is 10 years old? ... and has most likely been driven like most Hondas are driven. On repair costs - I've spent probably about $1500 in total. I've also done quite a bit of aftermarket mods to the suspension, brakes, and drivetrain. As for the engine; all internals are stock and most sensors are original. The car can still pull all the way to redline without any complaining.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2007

29th Jan 2008, 12:38

Well an update for anybody viewing this. I no longer have the Integra... in fact I traded it to a gentleman for a 1986 Toyota Celica GT-S with a 3S-GTE swap from an 88 Alltrac/GT4. The car had 222004 when I handed it over. The only things I've done to it since last posting this review was replace the fuel filter, oil changes at 4k mile intervals, new clutch master cylinder, brake system blead and new front pads/rotors, adj. FPR (fuel pres. reg.), and new wiper blades front and rear.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 27 reviews