General

What are the differences between the LS and GS models?

Curb Weight

   Manual transmission Automatic transmission
LS 3150 lbs (1429 Kg) 3212 lbs (1457 Kg)
GS 3212 lbs (1457 Kg) 3274 lbs (1485 Kg)

EPA Passenger Volume

  • LS 86.7 cu ft

  • GS 85.1 cu ft

GS also has:

  • Leather-trimmed interior

  • Body-colored dual power-operated door mirrors

  • Body-colored side moldings ('93 and '94)

  • Driver’s 4-way power seat

  • Digital Signal Processor (DSP) audio system

  • Power-operated moon roof with sliding shade

  • Rear magazine pockets

  • Illuminated Passenger-side vanity mirror

 

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What colors were available for the Vigor?

The Vigor came in several colors during it’s 3 year run, and the colors available changed from year to year.  To confirm your paint color, look on the inside driver-side door frame for the paint code. NOTE: A handful of Vigors were produced with "non-standard" colors.

Exterior Color Paint Code Interior Color

1992

Buckingham Blue Pearl B-59P Gray
Grenada Black Pearl NH-503P  Cognac
Persian Red Pearl R-65P Gray (US) Black (Canada)
Cassis Red Pearl R-82P Gray (US) Black (Canada)
Frost White NH-538 Black
Rosewood Brown Metallic YR-503M Black
Regal Plum Pearl RP-18P Cognac

1993 Grenada Black Pearl NH-503P  Cognac (US) Black (Canada)
Cassis Red Pearl (US only) R-82P Gray
Frost White NH-538 Black
Regal Plum Pearl R-18P Cognac
Arcadia Green Pearl BG-30P Cognac
Solaris Silver Metallic NH-536M Black
Vineyard Gray Metallic (Canadian) RP-20M Black

1994 Arcadia Green Pearl BG-30P Cognac
Desert Mist Metallic YR-506M Taupe
Granada Black Pearl NH-503P Cognac
Regal Plum Pearl R-18P Cognac
Sherwood Green Pearl G-78P Taupe
Taffeta White NH-578 Taupe
Arbere Taupe Metallic YR-506M ?

 

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I want to buy a used Vigor.  What should I look for?

  • Make sure the car has been serviced. If near 90K miles (150K kilometers), find out whether the timing belt has been changed. If not, expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $1,100 for the 90Kmi service.

  • Check for Vigor "Common Problems"

 

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What about the Inspire, CB5 and CC2 models from Honda? Are they Vigors, too?

Acura is a name known all over North America. But in most of the rest of the world, Honda markets their cars as Hondas. Thus, our Russian, Australian, and Japanese Vigor club members drive Hondas. For a more complete treatment of the differences, check out the FAQs section of Akiya's site, Nuthin' But a "V" Thang. Here's a summary...

In Japan, there were 4 models related to Acura Vigor.

    ('90-'92) Models look similar to Acura Vigs, but really aren't

  • Honda Accord Inspire (CB5)

  • Honda Vigor (CB5)

    ('92-'94) Models are similar to Acura Vigor and share many parts.

  • Honda Inspire (CC2)

  • Honda Vigor (CC2)

 

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What information is contained in the Vigor's VIN?

The VIN can be broken down as follows:

 

This information is from the 1992 Acura Service Manual, so there may be differences with 1993 and/or 1994 VIN's.

 

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Regular Maintenance

How frequently should I get my car serviced?

Acura recommends an oil/filter change every 7,500 miles (12,000Km). We recommend you do this every 3,000mi (5,000km). Then, Acura recommends a maintenance service for your car according to the table below.  At 90K miles (150K km), Acura recommends replacing the timing belt. We recommend replacing the water pump, camshaft seal, and crankshaft seal at that time, also.

 

Vigor Service Intervals

7,500 mi/12,000km Service A
15,000mi/24,000km Service B
22,500mi/36,000km Service A
30,000mi/48,000km Service C
37,500mi/60,000km Service A
45,000mi/72,000km Service B
52,500mi/84,000km Service A
60,000mi/96,000km Service D
67,500mi/108,000km Service A
75,000mi/120,000km Service B
82,500mi/132,000km Service A
90,000mi/144,000km Service E

After that, the cycle repeats every 7,500mi/12,000km ... A, B, A, C, A, B, A, D, A ...

 

 Vigor Maintenance Services

 

Service A

Change engine oil and filter* Inspect front brake pads*
 

Service B

Change engine oil and filter* Inspect/adjust front end alignment
Inspect front brake pads* Inspect steering gear box, boots, and tie rod ends
Inspect rear brake pads* Inspect power steering system*
Inspect front and rear calipers* Inspect suspension mounting bolts
Inspect brake hoses and lines Adjust valve clearance
Inspect/adjust parking brake Replace coolant (45,000mi/72,000km)
Inspect exhaust pipe and muffler
 
Service C All items in Service B plus ...
Inspect fuel line connections Replace spark plugs
Inspect/adjust alternator and P/S belt tension Replace transmission oil
Inspect cooling system hoses and connections Replace differential oil
Inspect ABS operation Replace brake fluid
Replace air cleaner element
 
Service D All items in Service C plus ...
Inspect/adjust idle speed and CO Inspect distributor cap and rotor
Inspect EGR system Inspect ignition wiring
Inspect evaporative emission control system Inspect catalytic converter heat shield
Inspect ignition timing Replace fuel filter and hoses
Inspect PCV valve Replace ABS high pressure hoses
 
Service E All items in Service C plus ...
Inspect water pump Replace timing belt

 

* More frequently under “severe” driving conditions.

In addition, Acura recommends checking oil and coolant level at each fuel stop. Although not explicitly mentioned by Acura, it also makes good sense to check the CV boots any time you’re under the car and to clean the throttle body at least once a year.

 

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What's the correct idle speed and how do I adjust it?

The no-load idle speed is 700 50 rpm when the engine is at normal operating temperature and the transmission is in Neutral (5-speed), or Park or Neutral (A/T). "No-load" means headlights, blower fan, rear defogger, cooling fans, and A/C are all OFF. There's a little trick in the adjustment procedure, though.

IDLE SPEED ADJUSTMENT

Disconnect the EACV

Disconnect the EACV Connector

Warm up the engine. (The engine is at "operating temperature" when the cooling fan comes on.)

Turn the engine off and connect a tachometer. If you don't have one, use the tach on your dash. (NOTE: The dash's tach pointer rests on the first mark, which is zero rpm. The next mark on the tach is 500 rpm. The next four (smaller) marks are 600 through 900, followed by the larger 1,000 rpm mark.)

Disconnect the connector from the EACV valve (see drawing at right). The EACV is located under the throttle body on the driver's side. It's right under the rubber cable boot. The connector is on the bottom of the EACV.

Start the engine and feather the gas pedal to stabilize the rpm at 1,000, and then slowly back off the pedal until the engine idles by itself. The no-load idle speed should be 550 50 rpm with the transmission in Neutral (5-speed), or Park or Neutral (A/T).

Idle Speed Adjustment

Idle Speed Adjustment

Adjust the Idle Adjusting Screw, if necessary, to set the idle speed (see drawing at left.)

Turn off the engine and reconnect the EACV connector

Start the engine and let it idle for one minute under no-load conditions.The idle speed should be 700 50 rpm.

Idle the engine for one minute with headlights (HI) and rear defogger ON. Then, recheck the idle speed. It should now be 770 50 rpm.

Turn headlights and rear defogger OFF, and idle the engine for one minute with the heater fan at HI amd the A/C ON. Then, recheck the idle speed. It should now be 770 50 rpm.

 

 

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What kinds of repair manuals are available for the Vigor? Haynes? Chilton?

The Acura factory Service Manual, available from Helm, Inc is really the only game in town. There is no Haynes manual for the Vigor. There is a Chilton manual for Acura Coupes and Sedans 1986 - 93, which includes the Vigor, but only as an afterthought—it's mainly for Integras and Legends. Don't waste your money.

Helm, Inc carries the factory Vigor Service Manual for 1992 and 1993. For 1994, there's a Vigor Service Manual Supplement. This supplement assumes that you already have the 1993 service manual.

The 1993 Vigor Service Manual is available (in PDF form) for Club members. So, if you're a member, see the link on the home page to download a copy.

There is also a Vigor Electrical Troubleshooting Manual and  Vigor Body Repair Manual for all model years. Think twice before buying either of these. The "Electrical" and "Body" sections of the basic service manual are very thorough, and will satisfy most home mechanics.

All of these manuals cover US and Canadian Vigors.

 

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