Performance - 3
This is the weakest aspect to me, of course this is just the RS, but it's slow.
It handles great, I love taking corners with it. It's FWD, so if that's your thing then you will love it.
Comfort - 4
The chair's are nice but not great, driving for more than an hour gets uncomfortable.. The cup holders are pretty small.
Value - 5
This car has so much going for it, and the price is excellent.
Awesome car, but just slightly too slow, and spongy.
Interior - 5
Mine is black and blue.. it's immaculate.
Exterior - 5
The design is still excellent and eye catching.
Build - 4
140k miles and still holding together very well.
140k miles and nothing is wrong.
I love the way the car looks, both inside and out.
Honda's have a way of being reliable, and so far, this car has done nothing unexpected.
I took this car to a drift trick and tested it around their track. The body roll is pretty noticeable and you can feel it push on the tires causing a loss of traction.. But it drives fantastic, it carves through corners and does really well for a FWD.
It's lightweight and it's easy to tell, I feel like my car has more agility than most on the road.
The steering feels solid.
30MPG has been saving me so much money.
It has 4 seats.
The engine is Honda and just makes sense, nothing about it is questionable in design for it's time... Except the ABS
ABS is crap, and mine is broken and will stay forever broken as I have no desire to fix it.
The cup holders could be bigger.
It could be RWD. lol
The 14' rims just look too small. Upgrading to 16's
That's it.. that's all that really bugs me.. This car is great on many levels.
resurrected my '96 two years ago. it had been sitting for 2 years, the prior owner parked it when the engine light went on around smog test time. picked it up for $300. started it up, was not running too well, like on 2 cylinders. Got it home then pulled down the codes. misfire cyl 2 &3 and bad secondary O2 sensor.
Replaced cap, rotaor, plugs and wires. Replaced O2 sensor. The car fired right up. 1st test drive was an awesome experience, great acceleration!!!. Passed smog with flying colors!!! only mechanical issue was the coil recently failed. Replace witha new one, and no problems since. This is a very fun car to drive!! I live in the mountains and this car corners like a dream.
Bought this new. After 180K I can tell you that this car was made INCREDIBLY well!!! The stories you hear about Acura r true. Other than having to replace the radiator, I've done nothing vs. an occasional tune up and the 'usual' (change clutch at 140K, timing belt, brakes, etc.). Engine and transmission have worked flawlessly since day one and still very responsive and peppy. Only "gripe" is that parts of the paint have started to bubble up and show it's age, but heck, it IS 15 yrs old. If you're looking for a well-made car that will STILL serve you well- then look no further.
Reliable plus!!! Nimble, handles great. A car you can COUNT ON!!!
They got this one right. Only blemish is that body integrity isn't great. Paint and fiberglass bumpers are only parts of the car that starts to show age.
I bought my 1996 Acura Integra GSR (5 sp manual) used in the fall of 1998 right after I graduated from college. I was 22 years old and had just landed my first job in the real world. At the time, the purchase price of $18k nearly broke the bank, but I loved the car and wanted to make a long term investment. Well, it is now the fall of 2009, I am 33 years old, and I still have my GSR and I still look forward to driving it every time I get in! Unfortunately, the time has come for me to get a new car because it is now impractical to own a 2-door due to all of the trips I have to make with my young children. I have loved owning my GSR and I will miss it very, very much. This car will one day be a collectible.
A joy to drive - handling, acceleration, high revs, good gas mileage, great reliability, timeless design that still turns heads, crisp manual gearbox.
Recently sold my GSR. I put about 150K on it before selling. Never had any major issues, except regular maintenance items that need to be addressed in an older car; brakes, clutch, suspension etc. Very fun car to drive and I got about 28 mpg on average.
Styling, reliability, fun factor.
My only complaint was that the seats and head room were too small for me. I am 6'3" 220lbs.