Used 1998 Acura Integra Sedan


1998 Acura Integra

1998 Highlights

A revised front end, designed for a more aerodynamic approach, is added this year. LS, GS and GS-R models get a little more comfortable with a tilt- and height-adjustable driver seat and new alloy wheels appear on the LS and GS-R. The performance-edition Type-R is available again this year.


Pros

  • Great performance at an affordable price.

Cons

  • Cramped rear seat.

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Features & Specs

GS 4dr SedanLS 4dr SedanGS-R 4dr Sedan
MPG242424
SeatingN/AN/AN/A
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Fuelgasgasgas
Horsepower140 hp @ 6300 rpm140 hp @ 6300 rpm170 hp @ 7600 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4/5
    Passenger3/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    0
    0

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Almost Perfect
Vehicle: 1998 GSR 4dr. Color cypress green. I purchased the car in March of 1998, and have enjoyed almost every thing about it, no problems at all. The only improvement it 'needs' is a 6 speed transmission. Highway driving gets tiresome at 70-75 mph. Leave ratios 1-5 alone and drop in an overdrive 6th. Drop rpm down about 300 to 500.
Awesome city to hwy
Freatest Gas Mileage Ever!!!!! A/C is not gas guzzler. Sunroof is perfect on road trips or fresh air and stargazing $20 tank is full! 25city 33hwy Steering and handling very nice and easy Sm size gives agility to freeways and traffic merging, u turns, parking lots and parallel parking. Safe and sturdy in storms and rain. Maintenance and parts easy to order on line at most part stores and Honda compatible . Light v tech engine does not bog down and smooth shifting . Power and torque is solid , more so than 6cl sedans or manual 5 sod. Easier acceleration shifts and on grades, able to pass up American muscle cars and sports cars as trans shift smooth and solid in 3 and 4th gear without losing power on grades, traffic, lanes changes and stop n go traffic. Always a compliment at gas stations or out in public and at mechanic shops and offer ups from all . Very well maintained and experts have same diagnoses, drive train and engine good for at least to 350,000 miles. Plastic and rubber parts did not like desert arid and harsh sun along w extreme element changes . Most newly replaced in last 30,000miles/ 2 yrs 200,900 mile complete overhaul and tune up . Smooth quiet engine and tire noise. The year 1998 is Aluminum V tech w Norwegian and Japanese top technology and ingenuity !!!! Automatic w manual technology and power is a collector 's classic treasure as in 1998 most cars were 2DSD or 4 DSD and basic R series . GSR manual and LS automatic hatchback coupes are the unique rounded and light body styles that outlast outwit outplay all the best and easily show up top in race! My favorite commute game to work? Live GTA 5 . When that bumped up V8 revs and downshifts to show off and yet as the easy shifts w Acura 1998 LS 3dr automatic there is no downshift as you cruise into acceleration while that V8 you quietly pass and gain in 3rd to 4th to 5th and best of all , you have a full tank of gas not lost to down and upshifting and car weight of large fuel tank and large trunk to length or square angled shape or heavy ride interior heavy engine . Interior fans and A/C keep aluminum v tech engine cool as that is key to this car. Heat on interior fans does overwork engine coolant system . This car is perfect for modern seasonal weather that is above freezing temps and below triple digit heat summer heat waves. to hold acceleration in hwy traffic, lane changes, curves, and hills or grades . This car is my friend and family member. Letting go of Esmerelda is difficult to make a better choice for a expert that has skills and talents and able to troubleshoot and think out of the box and gets the Japanese and Norwegian blend and transition from trusted Honda innovation to all Acura innovation. The best of all Acura years and series and models !!!!!! If you have the passion for a lifetime of a great car and ability and knowledge and mechanical skills to restore and reinvent a perfect combo of daily commute, weekend road trips, and Friday and Saturday nights at track winning the prize money that Acura would pay for itself and bring profit and noteriaty and put underground import racing above American fuel guzzling show offs in their place and maybe start a wave of new Norwegian and Japanese ingenuity to save gas oil pollution without having to power w emectruty as well ( electricity more use and demand is not saving the global warming or the economic drain to society from private owned profit monopolies electric co. INTEGRITY is the best key word of Acura LS 1998 3dr automatic ! No tricks, no gimmicks , no strings No fossil footprint left behind No ego European Anerixan Asian crossover of the best of the best and the best 1998 Classic edition of R series hatchback coupe rounded body style 2 dr and auto has ability to match GSR and step up with the winners club!
1998 Acura-4 years later
The car is extremely reliable. The only downside is the comfort of the passenger seat; it needs the lumbar support of the driver seat. You'll want to get out and stretch every hour or so on a long ride, particularly if you're 40+
More About This Model

When people kept telling me that my life would change after becoming a father, I had no idea that this is what they meant. But after driving Edmunds' Long-Term VW Beetle and this Super Sonic Blue GS-R on back to back occasions, what do you think were the strongest impressions I came away with? Which vehicle handled better or benefitted from superior ergonomics? How much attention the Beetle garnered or how much I liked the high-revving VTEC effect Acura designed into its sporty coupe? Nope. Despite the fact that each of these cars has a very unique personality, my first thoughts after 24 hours of quality drive time was which vehicle was most conducive to installing and removing a child safety seat!

This from a certified car nut who used to boast about quoting skidpad and 0-60 numbers for anything sold in America. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Thankfully, I had access to the GS-R for more than 24 hours and a good deal of that time was spent without the company of wife or said child. It was during these solo sprints that I made full use of the Integra's capabilities as more than just a people mover.

While imminently comfortable for two and even liveable for four full-sized adults, the Integra GS-R is first and foremost a driver's car. Think of it as a Japanese BMW 3-series and you won't be far off. Sure it's got fewer cylinders and the wrong set of wheels pulling it around, but if you can't afford the price of entry (or maintenance or insurance) for anything from Bavaria, the GS-R makes an adequate substitute. With a four-wheel double wishbone suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, and a thick steering wheel that gives excellent feedback about what's going on down below, the Integra is one of the best-handling front-drivers you can buy.

If competent handling was all the GS-R had to offer, it would still be worth considering, even in today's competitive sport compact market. Fortunately, Acura didn't stop there. They went ahead and threw in a bit of NSX just to keep things interesting. This piece of exotica comes in the form of a 1.8-liter inline four that boasts 170 horsepower and 128 foot-pounds of torque. With an 8,000 rpm redline and a second wind that comes on around 6,500 rpm, thanks to VTEC technology, this engine is a credit to Honda's engineering might. I can try to describe it on paper but it really must be experienced first hand to fully appreciate. Zero-to-sixty times run in the low 7s, which means the Integra beats Mercury's new Cougar but trails the turbocharged Eclipse.

Climbing inside the GS-R is a painful reminder of how much most American interiors suck. Why can't GM just take a look at an Integra (or Civic, or 240SX, or Eclipse) gauge cluster and get a clue? It's really not that much of a mystery. The key words are clear, concise, easy to read. No disco lights, no digital crap, just white-on-black gauges with big red needles. 'Nuff said.

Seating, headroom, and overall ergonomics are also typical Honda: straightforward and functional. The shifter is one of the best in the industry with a shape that fits the hand perfectly and a relatively short throw between gears. Speed shifting is a breeze, if you're into that sort of thing (this is based on hearsay, of course, since I'm a responsible automotive journalist who doesn't participate in such behavior).

So what, if any, weaknesses does the GS-R have? Well, since the car has remained almost identical for five years, you can assume that Acura got it almost perfect during the model's last major redesign in '94. Ultimately, however, time and the automotive world wait for no ar and the Integra's appearance is showing its age. Some staffers never liked the current body style to begin with so for them a redesign, or at least an "exterior refinishing," is long overdue. With cars like the new Mercury Cougar clawing into the Integra's potential market, Acura needs to prepare the Integra for life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, we've already been told that no changes are due for the '99 model year, at least none from the factory.

For those interested in updating either the looks or performance of Acura's smallest coupe, the automotive aftermarket is bursting with available parts. Everything from full body kits to bolt-on superchargers can be had through a number of different suppliers. There's even a company in Glendora, California, that will install a complete (and much cooler looking) Japanese front-end on your American GS-R. The name is Speed Trends and you can call them at 626/335-7254. You can also try any search engine on the Web and use the words "Integra" and "performance" to get a list of companies willing to hop-up these cars.

If you're looking for the Ultimate Integra, Acura does make a limited production model called the Type R. It doesn't have the Japanese model's sleek front end, but it does come with an additional 25 horsepower (for a total of 195), a lowered stance, and a more pronounced rear spoiler. Type Rs can be difficult to locate (even for testing purposes) since only a few hundred have been produced over the past two years. But if you want to experience true F1 racing technology in a street car, these road rockets are a steal at less than $24,000.

In the meantime, we'll keep enjoying the GS-R's excellent driving manners in the used '96 model we recently purchased for long-term testing. If you're in the market for a sporty coupe and care little about cutting edge looks but demand a capable, cost-conscious road car, the GS-R is tough to beat.

Oh, and for anyone who cares, it's easier to get a baby seat into the back of a new Beetle because of how the Volkswagen's front seats slide and tilt forward. However, once the baby seat is strapped down, the Integra's front passenger seat can slide further back without contacting the baby seat, allowing the Integra's front passenger more legroom than in the Beetle. (It is sooo depressing that I know this.)

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