1986 Acura Legend 2.5 from North America
Would buy again, great car
Basic tune ups, distributor cap, rotor, replaced every 40,000 miles; if not, you could be stranded & it won't start.
Alternator, starter, & A/C compressor lasted 200,000 miles. Buy these parts from Acura as they are better quality. 100,000 miles on all of them & still going strong.
Converted A/C Freon to new Freon 5 years ago, but cools a little less.
Almost all of the work is done by a mechanic I know, & I keep car out of Acura service. I change trans fluid, radiator coolant every 20,000 miles, & use Honda coolant & trans fluid only. Use only Amsoil 10w 40 oil.
Just had car repainted in Mexico for $600, plus had an oil seal between the trans & engine replaced for $125.
Drive the car down to Mexico every winter from Wisconsin 2200 miles (900 miles south of Texas).
Has been great car, but just bought a 1999 Lexus SC mint with 48000 miles. Will continue to drive the Acura down to Mex; if the trans or engine blows, it will be in a Mex junkyard.
I used ceramic brake pads that last 100,000 miles.
Get 26 mpg running around 30 on the highway. If I go 60, I get 30 mpg, 75mph I still get 30mpg.
The engine still runs as smooth as new, but gets lifter noise in winter until the engine is warmed up.
They say buy a Japanese car the first year it comes out, they're better built. 1986 Acura was the first year. Great car, you just have to keep up the maintenance or it will fall apart.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th May, 2011