20th Dec 2003, 00:51

Hello their the Honda legend is definitly a work of art, I currently own the sports version of the (Honda legend - 2 door-89), is their much difference between my one and the sedan version - 4 door.


8th Jan 2004, 02:28

I have bought a 1988 Legend Coupe and also have the problem with the engine light. My main concern is the ALB light that is often on. When it isn't on, my car makes a horrible vibrating sound on acceleration and braking. Noise stops if ALB light is on. Does anyone else have this problem or know what it is or how it's fixed, and how much approx it would cost to fix? Thanks.

12th Jan 2004, 23:57

Hi guys,

I own a 1989 Honda legend and am fully obsessed with the whole Honda Legend range, if you have any questions I would be happy to try and answer them, email me at, waldo78@msn.com I will get back to you as soon as possible.

The ALB light comes on because of a malfunction in the Anti-Lock brake system, simply this means that you will have no ALB, but normal braking will continue. A fuse can be removed to stop the noise and vibrations from the pump, most service stations can do it in a couple of minutes. Any other questions please email me at: waldo78@msn.com

Kind Regards,


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10th Jun 2004, 03:24

I have just recently acquired a 1989 legend coupe, my first car and stoked with it. I have had all the problems written above, but have fixed them. the only prob I have had is at low speed sometimes the engine sort of shacks hey, not sure what to do. Any help?

Too bad about the fuel consumption hey, doesn't worry me though. I like the power! better if it was a rear wheel drive.

Steve, cronulla.

12th Jun 2004, 14:28


I like Honda Legend Coupe. Maybe someone have interior pictures. Please send -skovteknik@hotmail.com.


16th Nov 2005, 18:41

Hi, I have recently purchased a '89 honda legend.. i have a 'cricket' type noice coming from the front end.. i have been told that it could be the ABS compressor.. does anyone else have this problem with their honda? At the moment my honda is using a lot of fuel.. is this typical? what can I do to reduce the fuel consumption? apart from not drive it of course.. can anyone tell me of any other typical problems that this make of vehicle have, so I am aware of them..

9th Apr 2006, 10:54

My '89 Honda Legend starts off in 2nd instead of 1st gear in drive. Also, shift points are low which cause the engine to lug and down-shifts are sluggish in this function. The Sport function; however, works just fine. Any idea what problem (s) my vehicle might have and what I could do to fix it?

10th May 2006, 03:06

Hi peoples I have a Honda Legend 89 4 door sedan.

I can only start my car when the s4 light is on. If not, I'll be stuck out somewhere. I also have a gear box problem like above.

Can some one help me please? You can e-mail me on hondalegend89@hotmail.com

Your help will be appreciated.

26th Sep 2006, 05:29

All Legend owners - go to the Legend forum section related to your model at http://www.acura-legend.com/

The guy with transmission problems check out entries for transmission solenoids - simple job, & order new solenoids from the USA. Parts are 50% less than ordering locally.

Also from the Legend forum, download the shop manual for free...

JB Legend coupe 88, which was written off this weekend!

23rd Aug 2007, 05:45

The shuddering is the gearbox. His problem will most likely not get worse than an annoyance and the box must be removed and reconditioned for it to be repaired.

At 180ks it should be the second box as these boxes are super unreliable. Opposite to the motor which can be expected to do 350K

My reference is that I have had three of these and gone through three gearboxes... well two had the shuddering above and I just kept driving, but the other was a bust. Often flag at about 80K.

Other problems were the front window guides, which after a while start to scratch the glass terribly.

13th May 2008, 06:02

Automatic 89 but won't go into reverse, what are possible reasons?

3rd Apr 2010, 16:24

ALB probs are most likely down to one or more anti lock brake sensors; replace 'em!

Gearbox issues most likely down to the use of incorrect gearbox fluid in the trans. It does NOT take the standard ATF fluid; if you have this it's likely to slip, clonk, whine and not engage gear properly. I'd suggest a double flush with 'Hondamatic' fluid. Drain old fluid, refill with Hondamatic, then drive 10 miles, then repeat. Expensive, but much cheaper than a new box and there's 70-80% chance this will fix it.

24th Jan 2012, 10:21

Hi to all coupe fans.

The generation one coupe to me is the smoothest car I have ever had the pleasure of driving. Have owned a few auto boxes, which were sublime, but you cannot even come close to the experience of the manual, which I have the pleasure of owning two. The immense power on take off is the mutt's nuts.

Unfortunately my partner is now obsessed with Legends, and has taken over the fleet. She now is the happy owner of the coupes, a generation two saloon 3.2 and a generation three saloon 3.5, and I thought I was the car enthusiast.

We actually acquired the manual coupes six years apart, but registrations are concurrent; one is F709###, the other F710###. I have actually owned a Jaguar XJS in the past, and the Legend is just as smooth, if not smoother.

Bob, Edinburgh.

9th Apr 2013, 07:26

I'm a Honda lover, but it's near impossible to find a Honda Legend Coupe 1st gen. with manual.


24th Jun 2015, 19:08

My uncle has a 1st gen 89 Legend with a manual, but with aftermarket stereo and speakers.

28th Jul 2016, 08:54

Hi, can anyone help? My 's4' stays on. My one is a Honda Legend 89 Coupe. I already taken an aftermarket gearbox and installed it, but still that 's4' light is on. I've run my car and it seems like is has no power, like it's staying in gear 4 only. Please drop your comment here and help me to find on what the problem is, thanks.

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