Used Honda Integra review: 1993-1997
Honda Integra has a soft image like most other Japanese sports coupes until a beautiful model appeared in 1993 that turned it into a reliable power player. The transformation has profoundly affected the industry and led to several competent coupes from other car companies. The transformation was mainly in the form of Honda’s intelligent VTEC engine.
A versatile engine, it overcomes the limitations of low power with improved valve timing and pipe lengths. The result is the low-speed torque pockets for smooth steering, miserable fuel consumption and a powerful punch to get more performance at higher speeds.
The new coupe is a stylish three-wheeled vehicle that drives the front. It has a much stiffer new body than its predecessor, providing a stable foundation for the kind of sharp response handling that Integra will become famous for.
There are two models:
GSi is a combination of sporty and flexible 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, with a choice of 5-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic transmission. It has been multi-point electronic fuel injection and offers an impressive capacity of 107kW.
VTi-R’s hot VTEC engine is a revelation. The 1.8-liter engine has twin camshafts with four valves per cylinder and electronic multi-point fuel injection. It cleverly changes valve timing and intake pipe length for optimum performance within the rotation range.
The result is a maximum power of 125kW at 7300 revs and a peak torque of 173Nm at 6200 revs. In fact, this means low-level punch for smooth driving and efficient running without being violated in the pursuit of top power.
The VTi-R is smooth and easy to navigate around town, where it will work smoothly and undisturbed, but when you open the throttle and ask it to do it, and how!
Before the Subaru WRX, there’s nothing better than Integra VTi-R on our way. Undoubtedly, Honda intends Integra, in its VTi-R case, at least, will be a full performance car.
Powerful engines are enough to convey that message to anyone who is interested in using their right foot. It is complemented by the sharp and responsive handling of the VTi-R’s sports suspension system, but it also comes with a difficult trip that makes it difficult to live with day after day.
Inside, Integra is a bit cramped, and its dark colors make it a bit gloomy. But it was well equipped. GSi features an adjustable steering column, central locking, power adjustable windows and mirrors, power steering, radio cassette sound system with four speakers and a sunroof.
The driver’s airbag was added in 1994 and ABS became the standard in 1998. There is also air conditioning, CD player and rear spoiler. In addition to the GSi features, the VTi-R also has a standard ABS braking system, airbags for the driver, alloy wheels and sports suspension.
In the store
People in general enjoyed the respect from the mechanics who always praised their quality and reliability, and Integra is no exception. Facing the arrival of prestigious Japanese brands such as Lexus, Honda has been considered the best Japanese automaker and the mechanics are happy to report that they are still solid and reliable even with high mileage.
A mechanic even went so far as to say that 300,000km is within their reach without losing true integrity. But Honda has some of the most expensive parts in the business, so you need to be prepared for a big deal if something goes wrong. It is also worth asking for a service profile.
Honda’s engine is not turned freely and the timing belt error orange, broken or jump can lead to expensive engine damage. Check if the belt has been changed during the recommended time period.
Metallic paint may be difficult to match, so finding unsuitable spots may indicate damage by collision. Check out the plastic bumpers for chips and expensive scratches to fix. Inside, expect to find heavy wear and tear on the side accessories of the sports seats and wear on the carpet.
Otherwise, the interior stands up well with quality plastic parts without distortion. Belts: Verification of verifiable service records showing frequent orange belt changes.
Metal guru: Metal paint can be difficult to combine so look for a mismatch.
Chip package: Check the plastic buffer to see if there are chips and scratches that can be expensive to fix.
High miler: Chassis keeps good even after many kilometers.
Wear with all: Expected to find heavy wear on the side accessories of sports seats, and wear on carpet under the feet.