they're great cars! I'm on my second Legend coupe.
as with most cars that have relatively high mileage, one should have funds
for the parts needed for extending its life.(e.g.: water pump, cv joints,
timing belt, radiator, thermostat, power steering pump & hose, a/c, etc.)
depending how long you intend on driving it.
My first was the first generation(lots of compliments, sold), and my current
one is of the second gen. Which generation were you pertaining?
I got this(and first) Legend bcs I always liked the design. If I wanted just
a dependable daily driver with inexpensive parts, I'd get an Accord or some
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Thanks for the response, James. I would be looking for a first gen Legend,
and i'm also considering a Gen II Integra. I'm going back to college in
the fall to finish my degree, and wanted a cheap commuter car so I could
just tuck my sports car away in the garage.
If your still around, here's a few quick questions for you. I'd be looking
for a coupe with a 5-speed and nothing less. I've seen a few like this
for sale, but most of them have 175,000 miles plus. Should I be scared of
something with high miles like this, or are they pretty robust? That's
about all I need to know. I'm looking forward to my first test drive. I
owned a 88 Toyota Supra for two years, and I expect it to drive a lot like
that car did: powerful, smooth and comfortable.
With 175k miles on it; you would definitely be prepared for the cv joints,
axle shafts, pump, timing belt, powersteering pump & hose, rad, ignitor,
just to name a few. I would recommend a compresion check to see if there's
still life in the block. At 175k miles ts not bad, my first Gen1 had 180k
when I sold it....I just got tired of the power windows getting slow, and
one piston ring was weak(little smoke). I would say it still had 40k miles
left before some major replacements.(I had a new reman tranny in there at
120k miles...so it was good for another 100k miles)
So I would be concerned for compression and some of the other stuff. For a
cheap commuter car...I'd recommend something else....you can probably save
What sports car are you mothballing?
It's an 86 Porsche 944. I've put too much into it just to let it go, and
besides I really like it. I figured after the 944, doing maintence on a
Legend would seem dirt cheap ;) Just for the sake of comparing, I
paid $1500 for the major front end service (water pump/t-belt plus a few
other small things). I'd imagine with a Legend you could get that done for
under $500, depending who's doing the world.
You are correct on one thing - it depends on who is doing the work.
I have a '93 Legend Sedan (auto also so this is a little different
from what you are looking at), but I love it. I only wish I could use
mid-grade in it instead of premium gas. I've tried mid twice but it
was too damn noisy to live with.
Just crossed 112K miles recently and no major problems. Replaced the
boots, timing belts etc.
Timing belt, water pump etc (the whole standard repair deal) came to a
little over $700 at a local acura dealer. If I had the time to take it
across town I could have had it done for just a little over $500 at a
shop that specializes in Hondas and Acuras, but it not a dealer.
My 90 has 175K miles and the engine is still strong and uses no oil.
Very comfortable, rides nice and handles great for a car this size.
Best car I've ever owned.
The older Legends are now 18 years old. The newest ones are 10 years
old. They will be more reliable than most cars their age, but they are
still getting pretty long in the tooth.
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