Acura Legend

How much do you like this car?

8.8 out of 10
Average score: 8.2

Would you buy it again?

8.5 out of 10
Average score: 7.7

Would you recommend it to a friend?

8.9 out of 10
Average score: 7.9
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Reliability!!
Was expensive
In 16 years I've only had to replace the front right axle, the master cylinder and the radiator. $100 for the axle, $130 for the cylinder and $200 for the radiator. Need i say more? My wife has a 2000 Nissan Xterra...we've already spent $5,000 on repairs.
it fits my rear perfectly...
can't think of a thing
it's an oldie but a goodie like me....lol I bought it used and it has everything....except maybe a CD player but I only drive 4 miles to work ...who has time to listen to a CD
Handles well. A great long distance runner.
Expense of repairs; normal for an Acura. The memory of a less costly time remains in mind. Some things are never forgotten......... The trips to the shop are infrequent.
I am the third owner. Purchased the car from a friend. He had run up 100k and had followed the manua. It had 124k on the clock; it has 240k at present. I have gone through belts, sensors, fluids, cv joints and some a/c work plus the routine replacement items. All in all I expected some expense as it was six years old when I bought. I have no regrets. My average milage, to date, has been 25mpg on mid-range fuel. There are no fliud leaks of any sort; everything works as it should. A bit of body work is in order. Salt, water and ice will extract their due. Would I entertain the thought of a 2000-2002 RL with favorable milage and all the papers? You bet, but seeing 300k on the clock seems to be the goal of my shop; fine people. Qddly enough, I have not sent any of their offspring though college-not even close.
Reliability
Large turning radius
My 1990 Acura Legend L Sedan, with manual transmission has made it past the 300,000 mile mark, still looks exceptionally clean, and the engine still runs very smoothly. The reliability beats everything I have owned before (not surprising considering the competition, which includes a 1989 Lincoln Continental that I inherited from a great aunt (God bless her), and couldn't sell because my grandparents had one just like it--and it was "paid for"(HEH!!!); and a 1984 Volkswagen GTI which was just too fun to drive carefully (OOPS!!). But the Acura's reliability really goes beyond the credible: the first clutch went out at 245,000 miles, and at 287,000 miles I changed the front shocks, knuckles, ball joints, and bushings. The mechanic was amazed that all the parts he replaced were originals. The only problem I have ever had with the engine was chattering lifters that finally annoyed me so much that I replaced them at 270,000 miles. I bought the car from my dad in year 2000 with 195,000mi, as I knew he had taken great care of it (regular servicing and ONLY synthetic oil), but I never expected that over 100,000 miles later I would still be able to say that it is worth driving for another 100,000 miles. Performance is good, but I wouldn't mind having a bit more (I would say the same thing if I owned a Shelby Cobra:-D). I am glad that this car has a 5-speed manual tranny. Responsiveness is great for a car in the sports-luxury sedan category. Comfort is outstanding: the Acura gets me through the 1200mi non-stop drives I take every year to get away from home without the stiffness I would expect. And all the controls feel optimally placed. My only serious complaint is the car's large turning radius, which makes it difficult to beat Mr. Jones into the last parking spot at the mall... Seems like Acura could have done better here. Oh well...
fun to drive
air conditioner broken
good looking, dependable,
I have a 1994 Acura Legend sedan with 240,000 miles. Yes, I said 240 thousand miles and drives and runs like new. I drove about 20,000 miles with spending $1000 in maintenance
This would be hard to say, let see, maybe the gas mileage. It gets about 16 mpg, but the car has 240,000 miles and runs and drives perfect, so I dont care about gas mileage. G
Everything. It's a beast.
Probably the gas mileage. For an old v6, 18 mpg isnt bad, but its only getting older.
Great ride. Instant love. I've had it since 91, and it is one of the smoothest and nicest looking cars of its age.
Everything. It's a beast.
Probably the gas mileage. For an old v6, 18 mpg isnt bad, but its only getting older.
Great ride. Instant love. I've had it since 91, and it is one of the smoothest and nicest looking cars of its age.
The car is a powerful machine. Its stock 200 horsepower makes it feel almost non-Japanese.
I know it's not exactly a big deal, but I'd KILL for a tilt steering wheel...Maybe it is a big deal.
This car still makes me proud, fifteen years after production. I must be crazy.
The car is a powerful machine. Its stock 200 horsepower makes it feel almost non-Japanese.
I know it's not exactly a big deal, but I'd KILL for a tilt steering wheel...Maybe it is a big deal.
This car still makes me proud, fifteen years after production. I must be crazy.
Design, durability.
It was discontinued at end of 1995.
The 94 & 95 Acura Legend GS is one of the best cars ever made.
Design, durability.
It was discontinued at end of 1995.
The 94 & 95 Acura Legend GS is one of the best cars ever made.
GS - 6 speed - Great Bose Stereo. 190k and still going strong. 1 Minor problem in 12 years!
It's getting older ....
I'm 6 ft with the gravitational weight spread ocurring and fits me to a tee...
Fun to drive
Oxygen sensor too sensitive, and acted up when the car was still young - I can't accelerate too much without the engine idiot light going on
Wish list - less sensitive oxygen sensor, more reliable antenna with a separate extend/retract control...like my mom's much cheaper Sable (go figure), better leather in the seats, less complicated engine (mechanic says this V6 has more drive belts than any other engine of its time). Cruise control is flaky. However, I think the looks of the '89 and '90 are the best they've ever been. Engine has really good response for one smaller than many cars of it's size, and is virtually trouble free. I really like this car.
Several minor problems, but never a major one that had me stopped on the road.
Too many minor problems that got annoying after a while
A known problem, the Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) started to fail intermittently and then for good. So I don't know how fast I'm driving or how far I've gone (odometer doesn't change)
V6 engine
Electrical
I bought it with about 120,000, and have had to do two repairs in the last 20,000 miles - replace the radiator, and CV joints. Other than that, it's been minor rust repair, and the car runs great! It loves highway driving (which is mostly all I do), and gets about 26mpg doing that. I'm a little worried about the electrical - one of the power windows is progressively getting slower, and sometimes the headlights take a little while to come on. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied, and think I can get at least another 50k out of it - hoping to hit the 200k mark before it dies!
The sound the V6 engine makes when I take off from traffic lights
The sunroof and trunk leak when it rains!
I bought my legend for $500 three years ago with 160,000 miles on it. Three years later, it has 221,000 miles on it, it got me through college with nothing but regular oil changes. THis car is built like a tank! When/ if it dies, I am going to hang it and stuff it, I love it so much!!
It has served my entire family well. Bought it new when I was seven years old, and it's seen me through college.
Sun roof and dash leak in hard rains, but this only started when car was 13+ years old.
Don't buy leather seats. They're painfully hot in the summer; you won't care how chic your car looks when your thighs are burning.
still a pleasure to drive after 14 years and 319,000 miles. What a car!
radiators-= replaced 2 times
I change the oil every 3-4k miles. I have a bad back and this car is so comfortable. The local dealer has been super- I don't usually trust car dealers but after 14 years of servicing they still continue to earn my business.
5-speed/V6 drive train
understeer
While a landmark at the time, the first generation Legend pales in comparison to the second generation car.
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