1996 Acura Integra GS-R 1.8 VTEC from North America
Reliable sporty daily transportation
Brakes had to be replaced, including front rotors at 30,000 miles.
The car comes standard with a full stainless steel exhaust system. There is a flexible stainless pipe that cracked coming off the engine that needed to be replaced at about 40,000 miles. The cover over the catalytic converter came loose and is rattling, possibly I hit something.
The salesperson never told me about the 15,000 mile valve adjustments that require the car in the shop for a day and cost several hundred dollars.
Original equipment tires worked good for 5,000 miles.
Excessive amount of door dings, sheet metal seems thin and easily dented.
Few problems for a car 6 years old.
Excellent pickup and great gas mileage all from a four cylinder.
I use Pirelli P7000 in the summer and Michelin Pilot Alpin's in the winter for excellent traction and performance year-round.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th September, 2002
13th Mar 2004, 16:59
About the 15,000 mile thing that puts the check engine light on is there anyway to reset that? That would be a lot cheaper and easier than having to go to the dealership?
16th Apr 2004, 19:05
I love my GSR, but have had problems with the clutch - replaced x2 and now the master cylinder (again). Car is a 96 with 80k on it. Also, the radiator "wore out" at 60k. For such a fun car to drive, these things have sure been a hassle.
9th Dec 2005, 16:17
Had identical problems with the clutch, master cylinder, and radiator. HOWEVER, I have never put brakes on it and it has 94k on it. It runs like a top and it's fun to drive. The car has never stranded me. The only major complaint I have is that it's "door-ding city" given the way the side panels are designed. Anyway, I'll keep it until it dies.