I inherited the Acura from family. It did spectacularly for 1.5 years, with problems every couple of months (I got the car with 140K miles). All I can say is that it was a dream. The car handled extremely well, and, as a new driver, it helped me avoid collisions and accidents (I have not had one since driving on it). It felt like it could turn on a dime, quickly, and accelerate in tight corners. It was a really great car, but at 200+K it died of alternator, transmission, and fuel line failure compounded to create an unusable car. In my experience, I had to perform maintenance every few months to keep the car going, but, to me, it was worth it because the car was such a great drive.
Got this car new when I turned 16. I still have it in 2006(My first and only car) Mostly a commuter car now with over 190K. No problems. It's overly reliable. Only problem is that teenage kids are attracted to trying to steal it, take emblems, or break in. It is the only car I owned and has been the most pleasant experience. Average 30mpg, accelerates wonderfully at all speeds, handles extremely well, and brakes phenomenally. Only took it in to replace rear struts and timing belt. That's it. I replaced the front brakes pads twice and the rear once on my own. They last forever. Will retire it in 6 months as I am getting too old for it. It sits low and I need cushier seats. :)
Acceleration, gas mileage, handling, exterior design, interior layout, Reliability.
Road, wind, and engine noise. Man, you really have to turn the radio volume up as you reach higher speeds.
I bought my Integra in the Spring of
1997 and sold it in the Spring of
2002. This was the best car I ever
owned. I would have kept it but I
needed a 4-door vehicle. I purchased
it with 60K miles on it and sold it
with 150K miles on it and it still ran
so quiet you didn't even know the car
was turned on unless you looked at the
tach! Honda makes the best 4 cylinder
motors on the planet, period.
Very peppy. Excellent handling. Best
clutch I have ever used.
My Integra came to me last summer after
being owned by my mother, then my
grandfather, from the time it was six
months old... We just can't seem to
bear the idea of getting rid of this
car, and for that, I'm glad--I love
it! Almost everything under the hood's
been replaced within the last two
years, so it should be good to go for a
few more years. I spent a lot of time
driving it on rural country roads this
past summer, and it was a lot of fun to
get it moving--it has some kick to it.
Overall, I'd recommend this brand to
anyone interested in a reliable, fun
Love the power sunroof, fold-down
seats, stick-shift (easiest to drive,
I've found!), and comments on the car
(the mechanics have a good time
discussing my car--"That's a high-
performance engine! I could have a
good time w/that!").
I'm beginning to hate the frameless
windows. Mine have started to lose the
tight seal around the top corner, and
it's frustrating. Other than that,
very few complaints.
I got it as my first car last month,
i've put quite a few miles on it, and
its great. The clutch seems to last
forever, and its really forgiving. The
original owner learned how to drive
stick on the same clutch, as i did,
only 100,000 miles ago...great car.