advice on a 91 integra

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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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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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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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.

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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