1989 Acura Legend LS Coupe for sale 100946842
1989 Acura Legend LS Coupe
$5,000
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1989 Acura Legend LS Coupe

$5,000

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Newport Beach, CA 92658

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Classic Car Overview

Looking for an enthusiast to take ownership of and continue caring for my mother's 1989 Acura Legend Coupe LS.

Summary:

  • Two owner car. Both were little old ladies; neither were from Pasadena.

  • Entry-level collector car. Great for someone who wants to participate in Honda/Acura club events but who cannot afford an NSX.

  • Full disclosure; no surprises. Buy with confidence.

Strengths:

  • Strong engine & transmission; excellent driving car.

  • One complete repaint in original color.

  • All original in appearance and operation; not modified or hot rodded.

  • Comprehensive documentation included: original owner's manual & window stickers and all maintenance records.

Weaknesses:

  • ABS controller not functional.

  • Cruise control not functional.

  • Leather seats dried and cracked.

Detail:

I bought this car for my mother in 2000 when it was a one-owner used car- the best first-generation Legend Coupe I could find in California. Since then, I maintained it for her to the highest standard, using only Honda/Acura specialists and dealer service departments. Now 99, she has stopped driving and wants me to sell the car for her.

It is an excellent driving car with all but two features fully functional. Because this is an LS model, it came from the factory with anti-lock brakes. The electronics that control the ABS pump are problematic and replacement parts are unobtainable. Consequently, the four-wheel disc brakes operate like those on a non-ABS equipped car.

I've had two mechanics unsuccessfully try to fix the cruise control. One mechanic told me that the cruise electronics are co-located with the ABS electronics, hence the problem.

A recent inspection revealed some wear in the motor mounts. These parts were not replaced as the wear is not a safety issue. Replacing them will reduce the amount of vibration felt through the steering wheel, seat, and pedals at idle, but won't improve the driving experience when the car is at speed.

The car was accident-free until 2011 when I borrowed it. While stopped at a traffic light, the car was rear-ended in a chain reaction collision. (Honda CR-V hit a VW Jetta and the Jetta was pushed forward into the Acura.) Although this was a low (really no-) speed collision, the impact absorbing material behind the rear bumper collapsed. All this material was replaced with virgin parts, not just repaired. Because the car was fully depreciated, fixing the car cost more than it was worth. My mother wanted her car completely brought back to as-new condition, so we declined the settlement from the insurance company and I paid for the body work and a complete repaint. The insurance company reported this to the California Bureau of Automotive Repair who informed the Department of Motor Vehicles, who issued a new license plate number and title marked salvage. The car never has been under water nor has the body been tweaked. So, this isn't a salvage car in the traditional meaning of the term.

Questions & Answers:

Q: Would you drive this car across country in its current condition?

A: After recharging the air conditioning (R-12), yes.

Q: If you don't get your price, what will you do with the car?

A: Store it at my desert home or use it as a second car when mine is in for repair.

Q: If you were to keep the car, what changes or fixes would you want to make?

A: Before showing the car, I would recone the original speakers, then reinstall them with the original head unit. I might replace the cracked & worn leather. In the long run, I would look for an electronics specialist who could repair or replace the faulty components that make the ABS and cruise control non-operational.

Conclusion:

I diligently maintain all the cars for our family members, and have preserved this one for a fellow enthusiast who likes original condition cars. Anyone looking for a cheap car that they can park outside and drive into the ground is discouraged from buying this one. Savvy buyers know a premium car is worth a premium price.

Contact Information:

For additional details or to make a serious purchase inquiry,send message toMTsecure@earthlink.net.


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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    JH4KA3274KC015263
  • Classic Car ID
    100946842
  • Stock Number
    N/A
  • Category
    Import Classics
  • Body Style
    Coupe
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Condition
    Original, unmodified
  • Mileage
    136,000 miles
  • Engine
    6 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
    N/A
  • Transmission
    4 Speed Automatic
  • Exterior Color
    Blue
  • Custom Color
    N/A

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