I agree, it sounds like this car has been involved in a flood or drenched in sea water, possibly in Japan before import: This would explain the smell, the electrical problems and corrosion.
Maybe ya mechanic is dodgey.. ie. breaking ya car so that he can charge ya to fix it :P.
I don't know where you bought your car, but I think you got scammed. I've had my car for about 9 months and the only problem was the drive-shafts. (because I drive it hard) and that's it. and it still smells fine to me, just like the day I bought it. everything is fine. this is a great car, the only real problem is being separated from my car when I get it serviced. and having to plod around in the rental civic from the workshop..
I disagree to your comment because Honda is the most reliable car I ever had especially the Integra.
I used to have the 94 Integra for 4 years and surely it is a great car and I am willing to keep it even today. I think you r one is particular and may have serious accident before.
I've got a Honda Integra motor in my Civic and it's fantastic! Honda make the best cars in the world.. so I don't know what your problem is; poorly treated by its previous owner is my guess, or it must have fell in a volcano before you bought it.
I have owned my Honda Integra 95 DC2 for the past year and a half, and I'm loving every part of it.
The only thing I have had to fix since buying the car were my drive shafts. That's because I had bought the car like that, since then, no money has been spent maintaining, only modifying.
The car handles like no other. The only noises you hear is the V-tech kicking in. I get 400kms out of a full tank on average, I have no idea how you're getting so less? You sure you're filling your car properly???
I agree with the comment about the car being submerged in seawater. It's a shame because as a longtime Honda owner I have been very happy. Reliability on these cars is generally superb. Just because your car seems to be the Integra from hell doesn't mean you can bag such a quality car manufacturer. It's a shame, because after the hell you've been through I don't blame you for being scared off.
I've owned a 1994 Integra VTi-R since new (only done 105K kms) and have been immensely happy with it. The only time the car has ever let me down has been when the battery has failed due to age.
It's fast (when you want it to be), looks cool (so I'm still told), and for a sports car is fairly practical with the hatch/boot space. Must admit I'd prefer not to be an adult back seat passenger for long.
I have owned my 94 vtir Integra for 4 years, and taken the car from 160,000kms to 250,000kms, and it has no problems at all, and still beats most things on the road.
Ha ha ha ha ha... Hate to say, but this sounds too bad to be true - I mean, seriously, if it were costing 5-8k per year in repairs, why would you keep it at all? Replacing bits and pieces dozens of times? It would only have cost you once, as GENUINE parts come with a warranty. I think somebody may have blitzed you in THEIR Integra...