1989 Acura Legend Reviews - Page 3 of 7

1989 Acura Legend L 2.7L V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.7L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired164000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carAcura Subaru Impreza

Summary:

The car is great for long distance driving.

Faults:

The oil pressure light came on and I pulled over and shut the car off. I started it again and it came on again a short time later. I had the car towed to the dealer and they fixed it quickly and for a more or less reasonable $270. Also clutch went out, very expensive to fix: $960 at dealer or $750 by my mechanic. Way too expensive for a clutch!!

General Comments:

This car runs so nice. It is a 2dr coupe, 5 speed and it is very nice and powerful. This car has every possible option on it and everything works great. Good acceleration and decent gas mileage. As a big man, I don't fit into it height-wise very well, but put the seat back and it is quite comfortable. I don't like the leather seats, uncomfortable in the summer. Trunk is also not that big. Car is very fun to drive...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2004

15th Dec 2005, 02:28

I have a 1989 Acura legend and I was having a similar problem with the oil light coming on. But, in my case it goes away once the car is restarted, then I don't see it for about a week, then it comes back again. $270 sounds a bit steep, I will try to find a cheaper way of fixing it.

1989 Acura Legend L 170 hp V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 170 hp V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Grows older with dignity and class, still a looker, always a Honda

Faults:

From beginning, trouble with antenna retracting all the way - warranty service done, but problem continued after warranty period - motor is good, but design of mast with geared plastic "tail" is faulty.

Oxygen sensor started acting up (engine light comes on) within first 500 miles, and continues.

Cassette deck has always played tapes slightly fast, making vocalists sound like they inhaled helium.

Plastic screw cover buttons in interior began falling out from moment I drove it off the lot.

General Comments:

All in a all a great car, and much better looking to this day than the later cars of the same name.

5-speed manual, though mentioned by Consumer Reports as not lasting past 25K (clutch), lasted well into the 100K range before it gave out.

Front seats are fatiguing after a few hours behind the wheel - seems to be most apparent on legs, just above the knee, and the "lumbar" support is weak at best.

Antenna should be controllable, like my mom's old Sable wagon, which has a separate antenna switch, enabling you to put it as high or low as you with... or down altogether for tapes.

Window defrosting adequate on a perfect day, but quite spotty and sometimes totally useless on bad days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2004

20th Nov 2008, 18:07

Honda baby, the only way to go! Domestic cars only wish that they were given the love that any Honda was given at birth!!!

21st Nov 2008, 17:47

What Honda design ever gives you that impression? I especially see it taken a step further and cringe when I see the high winged Honda warriors, decals down the sides, large windshield decal telling it's name, large f... pipe, and the aftermarket rims.

1989 Acura Legend L coupe 2.7 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 miles
Most recent distance235000 miles

Summary:

A reliable luxury sports car

Faults:

The boot on the CV axle ripped at 225,000 miles.

There is minor rust by the gas tank.

Had to replace the alternator due to big stereo. grounded the battery better to correct the problem.

General Comments:

This is a very reliable and gets 25-30 miles per gallon (when not racing).

Very fast car, does 0-60 in 8 seconds.

Haven't timed the 1/4 mile yet.

Very good handling and smooth ride. 100 miles per hour feels like 60.

Interior has plenty of room and is very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2004

8th Nov 2005, 22:19

I own a 1989 acura legend L and get 24 mpg.

1989 Acura Legend L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Firenza

Summary:

Amazingly reliable and durable

Faults:

If a more durable CV boot material could be developed, I would have virtually no unscheduled maintenance with this car. Those darn CV boots! I've had 4 CV joint replacement jobs due to boot failures. Of course over 10 years, I can't even complain about that too much.

General Comments:

I'm not sure you can kill these cars. Mine simply runs and runs and runs. The drive train is as smooth and zippy as it was when I first got the car. It is also surprisingly quick for 160 horses. Amazingly all of the accessories still work, including some bells and whistles like 6 way power seats, with memory. The interior and exterior are completely intact, although the exterior is understandably showing some age. Having said that, the factory paint still has solid color and gloss, and it's very noticeable because I have some areas with body shop paint that is newer, but failing. 220,000 miles, doesn't use any oil and has never stranded me. I still enjoy driving it, and besides, I'm not sure how to get rid of it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

13th Mar 2009, 22:12

I hope you are right, I'm buying one tomorrow with 207000 miles, it looks and drives great, just a little scared about the mileage, but it is only 400, can't complain.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 30 reviews