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Some Facts About the Acura Vigor

  • The Vigor is the fruit of Acura's attempt to stay ahead of the modern trends. Back then, Acura predicted that customers would want smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles. With this in mind, the company designed the Acura and offered it at a price that's a lot lower compared to other sedans that time.

  • A Vigor commercial meant for the Japanese market was seen as one of the most inappropriate vehicle ads. The ad featured a courtesan who is being taken to an appointment with a lady client-who eventually gets in the Vigor. The ad did not only present provocative shots of the girls, but it also showed a scene where the client's butler whiffs the underwear of the prostitute. Released during the 1990s, the commercial was considered racy and unconventional.

  • An interesting difference between the Honda Accord (its parent car) and the Vigor is that almost everything that came with the Accord became optional in the Vigor. These include: cruise control, air conditioning system that had automatic fan speed control and thermostatically monitored temperature, power windows, and power steering.

  • In paper, the Accord and the Vigor had but minor differences in the equipment. However, producing a vehicle under different names gave Honda the freedom to sell the car at different sales channels in Japan. The Vigor was sold at Honda Verno dealerships, while the Accord was sold at Honda Clio dealerships.

  • The Vigor offered the world's first automatic car-navigation system, the Electro Gyrocator. This part, however, was just an optional feature of the vehicle.

  • The Vigor appeared in a number of movies such as: Serial Mom (1994), Sleeper Cell (2005), Superbad (2007), The Family Holiday (2007), The Accidental Husband (2008), Ali G in Da USAii (2003), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Shameless (2010), and The Room (2003). An interesting similarity among these movies is that all of them featured the 1992 version of the Acura Vigor.

  • In all three years of production (1992, 1993, and 1994), the Vigor was offered in seven colors. Acura kept changing the color offers except for the Grenada Black Pearl and Regal Plum Pearl color choices.

Acura Vigor Articles

  • Acura Vigor Problems

    Following Honda's 1990 Accord, the Acura Vigor was introduced to fill the gap between Acura's Integra and Legend. The Vigor was built with a longer wheelbase; it sported a frameless door glass. The vehicle underwent changes through the years but problems still persist. Here are some of the commonly experienced and reported problems:


    Acura Vigor drivers usually experience problems with the car's alarm system-the alarm suddenly goes off. This problem is particularly true for 1992 and 1993 Vigor vehicles whose door lock actuator switch easily get corroded, causing the alarm to go off every time the door is unlocked and opened. Drivers usually permanently disable the alarm by opening the hood and finding the little switch that tells if the hood is closed. Bending the alarm system will cause it to permanently think that the hood is open. This would cause the alarm system not to go off even if you lock the doors.

    Radio display

    A common problem with the Acura DSP system is that the radio display fades in and out. The problem is likely a bad solder joint in the circuit that connects and powers the display. This issue led to the unit to be covered with an exchange program with Panasonic and Acura.

    Heating and air conditioning

    The Vigor was originally equipped with an R-12 refrigerant that is very expensive. Problems with the conditioning system thus prove to be too costly for most drivers. Many drivers eventually decide to convert to the R-134A refrigerant, which is less costly to maintain.

    Aside from the price of maintaining the system, there are blower problems especially with the 1992 Vigor. Over time, the model's blower would operate only on higher speeds and would make a whistling sound. This problem is usually caused by a blown power transistor; there is likely a bad commutator ring in the blower motor.


    Reports of failures in engine start-ups are also common. This is usually caused by a bad coolant temperature sensor. A fault sensor fails to properly determine the status of engine and could wrongly report a "cold engine" to the ECU, leading the ECU to dump fuel through the injectors and the engine to flood.