"I purchased my Integra in Oct 1993, and 205K miles later, it's still rolling!
*Reliability. Vast majority of repairs were worn-out parts. Never had any unexpected breakdowns.
*Fun to drive. Gearbox has short "throw", making shifting smooth & efficient. Engine has 144 HP and plenty of pep.
*Handling. Power-assisted steering kicks in only when you need it most (i.e. from a stop). Front-wheel drive has propelled me through many a muddy/snowy/icy situation.
*Comfort. Front seats are very supportive & have lumbar back support. Ample head & leg room for a 6'2" driver.
*Good MPG, Uses Reg Unlead gas.
*Excellent electrical system. Always started well in spite of weather conditions. Rear-window defogger still blows the ice away.
*Cavernous trunk space when the back seats are down. My bicycle fits inside without removing the front wheel. I once carried a dryer with the hatch closed all the way! A great car on "moving day" or when travelling & carrying lots of luggage.
*Rear windows do not open & are very small, which interfere with rear visability.
*Gas tank capacity only about 14 gals, which means more stops at the gas station.
*Back seat access can be awkward, and rear leg room is somewhat limited.
*Aerodynamic design can fool you into thinking you are not travelling as fast as you actually are (I've been pulled over for speeding when I was in no hurry to get anywhere)!
*Replacement parts, when needed, are expensive (like most foreign cars). Uses Hi-performance tires which are more expensive than average.
*Air bag reduces horn to small buttons on steering wheel.
*Internal door locks tend to dry out quickly for some reason. I've needed to lubricate them more often than any other car I've owned.
*Housing for motor of rear windshield wiper creates "bump" on interior of hatch, which can prevent it from closing completely when trunk is packed full.
*Like similar Honda models, these cars seem to be vulnerable to rusting around the rear wheelwells with time.
*Cleaning the interior of the car is a workout! There are several little places where dust/dirt can accumulate that are difficult to reach with a vacuum or cloth.
*They are also a workout at snow-removal time. A real "snow magnet"! I've never seen a car accumulate so much snow during a snowstorm as mine! Fellow New Englanders, beware! :)
*And speaking of winter...there are two small, round pieces of plastic on the outside of the rear window, which are used to attach the brake light. It is easy to forget they exist and WHACK into them with your ice scraper after a storm! (It's a lot funnier when you're NOT standing outside in the cold trying to get to work!)
For me, though, the Pros far outweighed the Cons, and this car was as close to perfection as any vehicle out there. Sadly, it has rusted considerably over the years in this New England environment, but I intend to hold onto this car as long as the engine keeps running & I can keep it patched together!"
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