2001 Acura Integra GS 1.8 from North America
Performance, reliability, fun, comfort, inexpensive
This car was in two wrecks before I bought it.
Nothing has gone wrong with the car in the 8 months and 9,000 miles that I've owned it.
Nothing will go wrong with this car until at least the year 2009.
The sunroof (when closed) is a little noisy on the highway when the cover is slid back.
Another bone I pick with this car is that the cruise control is no better than it was in 1990, as it has about a 4 mph range around the desired speed setting.
I am also disappointed that Acura took away the fog headlamps.
The car's handling results in pure, simple fun! I have so much fun just driving this car.
This car, however, is not as peppy as the 1990 Integra I owned, even though the engines are very similar. I suspect different gear ratios for more sedated acceleration.
The comfort level is very high for this car's price. The AC is cold and the fan blows hard enough to circulate cold air throughout the car. It still is not as cold as my Sentra's AC in the heat of the summer, but it gets the job done.
Why on earth are there two horn buttons located on the side of the steering wheel? It's a design flaw, in my opinion. It is nearly impossible to find the horn while in a turn or a curve.
I love Integras. The car's responsiveness is exceptional for any car in its price range. My only lament in performance is the slight loss of pep in the pedal.
I love Integras. The handling is very similar to driving a go-cart. They seem to hug the ground and never feel like they're going to tip over, like my Sentra does even when sitting still.
For its price, this car cannot be beat in the combination of reliability, fun, comfort, and performance. How do I know this? You cannot find a single Integra for sale if it has less than 100k miles on it, unless it has been modified or wrecked. People won't sell them, because they're such an excellent value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st June, 2005