Used Car of the Day: 1988 Acura Legend

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we have a project car for you: A 1988 Acura Legend.

Our seller bought it for his/her son to learn how to drive on -- and to fix up. But apparently it's too much work for the kid. That's not a shot, I can relate to being young and too broke to fix up your ride.

This car does run and drive, and it has a manual transmission. It also has new tires, new rims, and a new battery.

There's about 190K miles on it.

Click here if this sort of thing interests you. The car is in Southern California and the asking price is $1,900.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on May 07, 2024

    Nice cars and a find if you're into Radwood type iron. But a near 40 year old anything, even something as robust as a Legend is going to have failure points that would be prohibitively expensive to fix. Electronics, A/C, leaky old gaskets, creaking suspension bushing etc., not to mention the lack of safety gear and an interior that no doubt has "seen a lot". I applaud the manual transmission, but you could likely find something 30 years newer for not much more money to hone your heel and toe skills on before graduating to a more expensive ride.

  • Spectator Spectator on May 07, 2024

    This was an amazing vehicle. Back then Acura knew how to make a plush and comfy seat!

  • Paul Alexander Pretty cool that WalMart, the driving force behind consumer products all being Made-In-China and the destruction of Main Street USA, is considered patriotic.
  • Vatchy I don't see the problem. 99% of people I see on the road don't use turn signals anyway.
  • Slavuta Mazda3 is a great car @$20K inflation money
  • Tassos Maybe Fisker and his buddy Bob Lutz will buy a couple and use them to be BURIED IN THEM.
  • Peter CHAdeMo charging ports. In 2024? I thought everyone quit using those a decade ago. Its almost like Nissan is intentionally trying to go broke.