1991 Acura Integra with poor engine compression test results

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by BadLuckShleprock, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. My Camry was stolen last Thanksgiving, and the junker I bought to
    replace it finally died, so I'm in the market again for a new-to-me
    vehicle. This time, I have a little more to spend, and I want to find
    a set of wheels that will be reliable and last me for years to come.

    I'm in L.A., and wading through all the swindlers in the classifieds
    is driving me crazy. I finally found one guy who answered all my
    questions willingly, and didn't even bat an eye when I said I wanted
    to take the car in to a dealership to get it tested.

    The car is a '91 Acura Integra, manual transmission, with <140K miles
    on it. He's the only owner, has had regular servicing done on it, and
    has kept all the records. Sounded good. So we took it in to the
    Acura dealership.

    The buyer's safety inspection came back fairly clean, except for
    "crunchy" radiator hoses. The engine compression test, though, didn't
    go so well. Of the four cylinders, one was within good range
    (170-180psi), but the other three were at or below the minimum range
    (in the 120s and 130s). The service guy said that one being off
    wasn't uncommon, but three? That made him nervous. He says a valve
    adjustment could fix it, but might not.

    Normally, I'd just say forget it. And I'm tempted to do so now, but
    for the fact that I'm having so much trouble finding anything
    reasonable in the <$3K range. So I thought I'd ask around a bit

    What problems can these engine compression results indicate? How will
    they affect the reliability and lifespan of the vehicle? Can you
    offer me any other helpful information or suggestions?

    Bad Luck Shleprock
    BadLuckShleprock, Sep 6, 2004
  2. BadLuckShleprock

    jim beam Guest

    i'll buy that car off you.

    look, the dealer's interested in having you spend money. a very large
    amount of money if they can convince you to buy a new short block. if
    the car runs ok, and passes smog, what are you worried abut? some makes
    of vehicle don't even specify compression. it's in the honda book more
    for wear indication than anything else. doesn't mean the vehicle not
    got $3k's worth of life left in it.

    seriously, for that money, you're getting a great deal. just drive,
    enjoy, and keep up with the routine maintenance. and adjusting the
    valves can't hurt if it's done right, but it's unlikely the engine's so
    whacked that it'll make a lot of difference.
    jim beam, Sep 6, 2004
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