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Old 18 Jan 2006, 08:10 am
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Hello,

I was hoping someone could give me a little advice. I am looking at
buying a 91 integra LS. It is a manual transmission with 224K miles.
The timing belt was replaced at 190k. There is only one owner and he
has kept all the service records that show that he has stayed on top of
the regular maintenance. It has brand new tires and he has just had all
the fluids and belts checked. It drives well. I am not an expert on
cars, but the shifting, handling and acceleration all seemed fine when
I test drove it. The interior is in ok shape, nothing major, but the
normal wear and tear you would expect on a 16 y/o vehicle.

Reading back through the posts in this group, there are a lot of posts
on 91 integras which leads me to believe that they are either popular
or that people have had lots of problems with them. With the new tires,
this guy wants 1425 for the car. I am inclined to accept as I really
need a car right now, but was wondering if anyone had any
input/suggestions?

Thank you very much

Josh

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Old 18 Jan 2006, 01:54 pm
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Default Re: advice on a 91 integra

Is that 190K miles or 190 kilometers. I think it's the first and shows
the owner is doing right by the car. Originally calls for timimg belt
change at 90,000 mi. I have a '91 Integra gs with 145K miles. Good
wheels. Others will tell u what else to check. Good Luck

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Old 18 Jan 2006, 02:10 pm
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Default Re: advice on a 91 integra

Sorry,

Timing belt last changed at 190k miles. Car presently has 224k miles.
And the price he is asking is $1425 US.

Thanks for the input.

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Old 18 Jan 2006, 05:47 pm
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"joshdavis77" <joshdavis77@gmail.com> wrote in
news:1137593430.995126.248060@g43g2000cwa.googlegr oups.com:

> Hello,
>
> I was hoping someone could give me a little advice. I am looking at
> buying a 91 integra LS. It is a manual transmission with 224K miles.
> The timing belt was replaced at 190k. There is only one owner and he
> has kept all the service records that show that he has stayed on top of
> the regular maintenance. It has brand new tires and he has just had all
> the fluids and belts checked. It drives well. I am not an expert on
> cars, but the shifting, handling and acceleration all seemed fine when
> I test drove it. The interior is in ok shape, nothing major, but the
> normal wear and tear you would expect on a 16 y/o vehicle.
>
> Reading back through the posts in this group, there are a lot of posts
> on 91 integras which leads me to believe that they are either popular
> or that people have had lots of problems with them.




I've owned one since new in '91.

Integras were hot sellers for Honda in 1991, and there are still loads of
2nd gens ('90-'93) still around.

Integras are the same as Civics for reliability. Same basic car.



> With the new tires,
> this guy wants 1425 for the car. I am inclined to accept as I really
> need a car right now, but was wondering if anyone had any
> input/suggestions?




Check www.autotrader.com
Compare cars there with the one you're interested in.

As far as condition and whether it's worth the price or not, the car IS 15
years old and has high mileage. At this point in the car's life, it's very
much an individual, and aggregate brand reliability has little or nothing
to do with how this particular vehicle will fare in your hands. You need
experienced on-the-scene help and advice.

A few generalities:
* The engine is unlikely to last much more than 300K miles without
excessive oil consumption, unless the owners have been VERY religious about
oil changes every 2.5-3K miles (~$2,500 for a replacement engine).
* If the head gasket has not been replaced yet, it will go soon (~$400).
* The transmission bearings will be noisy in your car and will eventually
require replacement (~$650 to replace the tranny). Have a competent
mechanic listen to the tranny when it's warm.
* Other than that, you've potentially got all the other normal problems
that can beset an old car.

So long as you look at the car as a rolling project that's expected to need
lots of care, you won't be disappointed in it. If you're looking for
something that will just work, and keep working, for years with minimal
attention, then this is the wrong car for you.

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