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1999 Acura Integra Hatchback

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Pre-Owned Profile: 1994-2001 Acura Integra

Source: AutoTrader.com

Acura's Integra is a popular sporty coupe that offers more refinement and practicality than some of its competitors.

At first sight the Acura Integra does not look like a particularly exciting sporty car. For starters it is also offered as a four-door sedan while other models in this style-conscious segment are only offered as two-door coupes. The majority of Integras sold have been two-door coupes so that is the one reviewed in this profile.

The Integra is very popular in California where it is a favorite with the younger hot-rod crowd who like imports better than domestic cars such as the Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro. Because of this many of them have been modified with different wheels, loud exhaust systems or lowered suspension.

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine powered all Integras from 1994 on, but in three versions with different horsepower ratings. With a manual transmission the car is quite sporty, with an automatic it is really little different from any other similar size four-cylinder car.

 

What You Need To Know:

1. Review of a 1997 Acura Integra LS

2. Summary of Good and Bad Points by Owners

3. History of Integra

4. Review of Current Model

5. Basic Facts

6. Changes Year-to-Year

7. Option Installment Rate

8. Sales History

9. Awards and Commendations Earned

10. Other Reviews

11. Price of Spare Parts

 

1. Pre-Owned Vehicle Evaluation - 1997 Acura Integra LS

Likes: practical sporty sedan, zippy engine

Dislikes: noisy engine, poor performance with automatic transmission

Competitors: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Ford Probe, Honda Prelude, Nissan 240SX, Toyota Celica

Miles: 33,566

Condition: A

Price when new: $19,270 (est.)

Posted Price: $17,700 (March 1999)

When I walked onto the dealer lot to check out this 1997 Integra LS, I nearly missed it as it blended in with all the other cars. It was parked next to a 1992 Integra, which at least showed that the newer Integra is sleeker looking than the earlier model.

Having said that there was nothing wrong with the car's looks -- in fact in all black it looked really smart. It's the right type of car for somebody who wants a performance coupe without a too flashy style. It doesn't scream speed like a Mitsubishi Eclipse or a Chevrolet Camaro.

The refined exterior -- with its unique small projector headlights and no badges other than Integra molded into the front bumper -- is matched by a similarly simple but smart interior that sticks with Honda's credo of elegant simplicity. The interior of the car was finished in a brown plastic, which somehow didn't quite match the elegance of the black exterior. The cloth seats were in good condition and the rest of the interior looked as though it had been looked after. The dashboard is simple with a low cowl that provides good forward visibility.

The exterior paint job though was not up to par. It looked as though a couple of panels had been resprayed as there was some orange peel blemishes showing in places. The front bumper valence was also loose. I was pretty certain that the car had suffered some body damage at some stage and it had been repaired. Though I could not find any misaligned panels or other telltale signs.

Honda's trademark has long been its high tech engines and the one in the Acura is no exception. Despite only being a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine it produces 142 horsepower in the base model, which is pretty impressive. Of course this means that the engine has to be revved quite hard to get the power, which makes it a rather buzzy engine. The gearbox was still delightful and with a free revving engine it was fun to drive, at least with the five-speed manual gearbox. The car does not perform nearly as well with an automatic, which is undoubtedly why less than half the Integras sold have an automatic.

The driver's seat was reasonably comfortable with quite a bit more room than in other two-door coupes. Likewise the rear seats are a shade more generous in size than in the Eclipse and other competing models. The four-door version sits on a slightly longer wheelbase, which gives it considerably more room for rear seat passengers, but slightly less cargo space. The rear tailgate on the coupe lifts up to reveal a relatively large storage area, which can be enlarged still further by folding down the rear seat backs. A high lift over is inconvenient when lifting heavy luggage.

The Integra is available in several trim levels. The GS-R has a more powerful engine producing 170 horsepower. An even higher performance limited edition model called the Type R was offered from 1997. It delivers an amazing 195 horsepower at a screaming 8000 rpm and has modified suspension and a sportier interior to make it a really sporty car.

All in all the Integra is an ideal vehicle for a single person who wants to have more space than that offered by other two-door coupes without giving up too much performance. The four-door model, which strictly speaking is a different car, is in many ways even more practical as it delivers a better ride without sacrificing much in the way of performance.

 

2. Summing It Up -- Owners Views

Good:

"Very reliable - I have over 90,000 miles and haven't had any problems"

"Very comfortable seats"

"Sporty style"

"Good gas mileage"

"I like the handling the dual wishbone offers"

"The 4 round headlights make it look a little different from other cars."

"The stock sound system is nothing special."

"It doesn't have varying settings for intermittent wipers"

Bad:

"The air conditioner sucks -- doesn't cool the car off"

"The driver's side door doesn't stay open"

"Automatic door locks occasionally have a mind of their own and lock when you're trying to unlock"

"Inconvenient to lock the driver's side door from the outside - either have to use your key or lift the handle while simultaneously pushing down the lock"

"Air filters are expensive"

 

3. History of Integra

Acura first appeared on the market in 1986 when Honda created a luxury car division in the US. The Integra was the smallest car in the Acura lineup and was sold elsewhere in the world as a Honda. Although it looks different, the Integra was based off the same platform as the Honda Civic. In its base form with four-doors it was little different from a Civic. However in its Type-R guise the car proved to be a small sports coupe with performance to please most enthusiasts, at least those who like small cars powered by four-cylinder engines.

An all-new car called the RSX replaced the Integra in 2002. It is a still more sporty compact car that is only available as a two-door coupe.

 

4. Review of Current RSX

With the increasing popularity of small sporty coupes, especially in urban areas, the introduction of a new sporty coupe to replace the Integra was met with much anticipation in 2002.

Like the Integra before, the RSX is still based off the Honda Civic but with a bigger 2.0-liter version of the silky smooth four-cylinder engine. However, the design is much more sporty and purposeful looking, inside and out. Honda has a great reputation for producing increasingly sophisticated cars with each new generation and the RSX is no exception. It provides a surprisingly smooth ride coupled with great handling.

The engine still wants and needs to be revved highly to garner the best performance. That’s not to say it’s a sluggard at slower speeds but it certainly enjoys being revved, especially the Type S with a 200 hp version of the engine and its six-speed manual transmission.

 

5. Basic Facts: 1994 - 2001 Integra

Vehicle Type: Compact Coupe/Sedan

No. Passengers: up to four (coupe), five (sedan)

Origin of assembly: Suzuka, Japan

Engine: (standard): 1.8-liter 142 hp DOHC I-4

(optional): 1.8-liter 170 hp DOHC I-4; 1.8-liter 195 hp DOHC I-4

Transmission: 5-spd manual, 4-spd automatic; front-drive

Length: 172 inches (sedan 178 inches)

Wheelbase: 101 inches (sedan 103 inches)

Width: 67 inches

Height: 53 inches

Curb weight: 2600 lbs. (approx.)

Cargo volume: 13 cu. ft. (sedan 11 cu. ft.)

Fuel tank capacity: 13 gals.

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway): 25/31 (manual); 24/31 (auto)

Safety and Recall information can be obtained from a variety of sources including elsewhere on autotrader.com.

 

6. Changes in the Acura Integra Line 1994 - 2001

1994 Model Year (first year of new model)

Third generation Integra launched.

It has all new body and different dimensions

Increased power output from three engine options

1995 Model Year

Minor changes and new option packages

1996 Model Year

Minor changes

1997 Model Year

Model line was juggled with minor changes

Limited edition high performance Type-R model re-introduced

1998 Model Year

Minor changes

1999 Model Year

Minor changes including 15-inch wheels as standard on the LS model

2000 Model Year

High performance Type R model returns

2001 Model Year

No changes

 

7. Option Installment Rate

Generally, when you order a new car you have a choice of factory-installed options. When you buy a pre-owned vehicle the choice is limited to what was actually installed on vehicles sold in that model year. Use this option installment rate as a guide to the chances of finding particular options on a pre-owned vehicle. Source: Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

Standard on all models: power windows, (plus from 1999 on: air conditioning, cruise control, ABS brakes)

1994 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 44%, Manual 56%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 72%

4-door sedan 28%

Air Conditioning: 83%

Cruise Control: 73%

ABS Brakes: 85%

1995 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 45%, Manual 55%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 71%

4-door sedan 29%

Air Conditioning: 89%

Cruise Control: 89%

ABS Brakes: 89%

1996 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 46%, Manual 54%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 71%

4-door sedan 29%

Air Conditioning: 90%

Cruise Control: 90%

ABS Brakes: 90%

Remote/Keyless Entry: NA

Leather Seats: 7%

1997 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 49%, Manual 51%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 72%

4-door sedan 28%

Air Conditioning: 80%

Cruise Control: 63%

ABS Brakes: 100%

Remote/Keyless Entry: NA

Leather Seats: 32%

1998 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 48%, Manual 52%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 75%

4-door sedan 25%

Air Conditioning: 97%

Cruise Control: 97%

ABS Brakes: 93%

Remote/Keyless Entry: NA

Leather Seats: 27%

1999 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 49%, Manual 51%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 76%

4-door sedan 24%

Remote/Keyless Entry: NA

Leather Seats: 20%

2000 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 49%, Manual 51%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 79%

4-door sedan 21%

Remote/Keyless Entry: NA

Leather Seats: 21%

2001 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission: Auto 46%, Manual 54%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 86%

4-door sedan 14%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 100%

Leather Seats: 45%

 

8. Production/Sales Volume History

Normally a model year runs from October to September. Often though, when a new version is introduced it hits the market before October. Legally, a model year can start as early as January of the preceding year. Accurate model year sales counts are almost impossible to collect as different model year vehicles are regularly sold side-by-side for several months. Production figures, when listed, often include vehicles made for export to Canada, Mexico and overseas. Source: manufacturers/Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

1994 Model Year (first year of new model)

Production run: Oct. 1993 through Sept. 1994

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 67,928

1995 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1994 through Sept. 1995

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 60,428

1996 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1995 through Sept. 1996

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 50,554

1997 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1996 through Sept. 1997

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 43,235

1998 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 34,292

1999 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 28,230

2000 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 26,776

2001 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: NA

Total no. sold in U.S.: 17,964

 

9. Awards and Commendations

1994

"10 Best Cars" -- Car and Driver

1995

"10 Best Cars" -- Car and Driver

1996

"10 Best Cars" -- Car and Driver

"Best Overall Value of the Year -- Base Sports Class" -- IntelliChoice

1997

"10 Best Cars" -- Car and Driver

"Best Overall Value of the Year -- Base Sports Class" -- IntelliChoice

1998

"Best Overall Value of the Year -- Base Sports Class" -- IntelliChoice

"Among top three in vehicle dependability -- sporty cars" -- J.D. Power and Associates (2002 VDI study of 1998 model year cars)

1999

"Best Sporty Car in Initial Quality" - J.D. Power and Associates

2000

"Best Sporty Car in Initial Quality" - J.D. Power and Associates

2001

"Best Sporty Car in Initial Quality" - J.D. Power and Associates

 

10. Quotes

"Ask the GS-R to hustle and it will impersonate a Formula 1 car all day. Yet this breathtaking personality comes with almost no penalties. The cockpit is commodious, with a usable rear seat and a large practical hatch." - Car and Driver, June 1994

"Overall, it is difficult to fault the Integra GS-R as a small sporty coupe. It has a cute look. It has a sweet and powerful engine. It is beautifully put together. Yet, somehow, the car lacks character.' - New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, John Rettie Test Drive, July 1993

14. Cost of Parts (relative to other vehicles)

Headlight unit: $431 (above average)

Side marker lamp: $74 (above average)

Door (left front): $567 (average)

Fender (left front): $319 (above average)

Note: these are estimated retail prices for commonly replaced body parts on a 1995 model. Prices are current as of early 1999 but will vary from region to region and are subject to change at any time. Source: ADP Collision Repair Services

 

The Rettie Report and Pre-owned Profiles contain objective information from a variety of sources. The subjective comments are those of John Rettie.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Acura Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12 months/12,000 miles limited warranty from purchased date or expiration of new car warranty date. Additional 7 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty from in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program 3 day exchange
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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