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Legend

View what previous customers have said after their repair

Equipment Removal Tips     Troubleshooting Manual    AUX Input added

The Acura CD Player Repairs, 6 Disc Changers will show an error code like E-01 on the radio display when you try to play a CD. Many times then the cartridges will be stuck and not eject. The changer will need serviced and the estimate is accurate for this repair.

"When Willman's Electronics sent me a new changer for my 93 Acura Legend, it was simple to install. I ordered it by phone and received it in about 5 days. They set it all up so all I had to do was plug it in, then screw it down. Took about 10 minutes. It is great! Works perfectly with my factory stereo" Thanks!" Tom G. Dayton, Ohio

Below are problems we have repaired on each part of the sound  system.

RADIO CASSETTE (including Bose)
BOSE AMP
all repairs use upgraded "grade A" capacitors/components that meet or exceed military specs for longer life.

Acura Legend LS 91-95 Door Speakers Info


RADIO CASSETTE (including Bose)
BOSE AMP

CM6923.jpg (118481 bytes) 1993-1995  LS & GS

  • Bose - Fronts or rears not on at all (in amp)

  • Bose - Crackling, interference, even with volume down. (in stereo, not amp or speakers) 
    Acura Legend LS 91-95 Door Speakers Info

  • Rear speakers vibrate too much when playing bass. (Have seen where speaker is just loose, tighten screws that hold it down, under it's cloth grill)

  • Tape decks that won't eject (in stereo)
  • E-01 to E-07 when try to play CD's (in changer)
  • Volume control that won't turn with steering wheel control. (in stereo)
  • Tape decks that play at the wrong speed (in stereo)
  • Static or speakers cut out when turn volume control. (in stereo)
  • Speakers or channels that cut out over bumps or are totally out. (E-mail us with specifics)
  • Temperature related problems, after warms up or cools down. (E-mail us with specifics)

Acura Legend "Answers" Manual

 

CM3929.jpg (119654 bytes) 1991-1992

  • Bose - Acura amp recall, contact your dealer.

  • Bose - Fronts or rears together still dead after recall. (in amp) Not covered by recall.

  • Bose - Loud blast even with volume control turned down (in amp)

  • Bose - Buzzing, popping, or ringing from speakers. (in amp)

  • Bose - Fronts or rears not on at all (in amp)

  • Rear speakers vibrate too much when playing bass. (Have seen where speaker is just loose, tighten screws that hold it down, under it's cloth grill)
    Acura Legend LS 91-95 Door Speakers Info

  • E-01, or higher when try to play CD's (in changer)

  • Tape decks that won't eject (in stereo)
  • Volume control that won't turn with steering wheel control. (in stereo)
  • Tape decks that play at the wrong speed (in stereo)
  • Static or speakers cut out when turn volume control. (in stereo)
  • Temperature related problems, after warms up or cools down. (E-mail us with specifics)

1991-1995 L

  • Bose - Hum/static when headlights are on. Hear the RPM's of the motor with volume control turned down. (in stereo)

  • Bose - No Bass sound anymore when it plays (in stereo)

  • Bose - Does not have external amplifier behind rear seat.

  • Bose - Uses 4 Ohm speakers 61/2" fronts, 6X9's in back, also tweeters in rear.

  • Rear window panel does snap off, not the speaker grills, they stay hooked to the panel.

  • Bose - Vibration (bass) from rear. We used foam rubber under speaker to help from speaker rattling everything back there. Maybe just tighten down speaker, whole rear panel snaps up.

  • Still working on weak AM problem.

  • Tape decks that won't eject (in stereo)
  • Volume control that won't turn with steering wheel control. (in stereo)
  • Tape decks that play at the wrong speed (in stereo)
  • Static or speakers cut out when turn volume control. (in stereo)
  • Speakers or channels that cut out over bumps or are totally out. (E-mail us with specifics)
  • Temperature related problems, after warms up or cools down. (E-mail us with specifics)
 

1985-1990

  • Radio scans to different stations after 10 seconds of playing fine, then won't tune. At same time tape deck switches back and forth and won't play sometimes. (in stereo)
  • Static or speakers cut out when turn volume control. (in stereo)
  • 89-90 Bose - Speaker has ringing noise, pops, or low (no) sound. Each speaker has an amp in the speaker housing and that amp needs to be rebuilt. (in speaker)
  • Tape deck switches back and forth (in stereo)
  • Won't eject tape. (in stereo)
  • Speakers or channels that cut out or are out totally (E-mail us with specifics)
  • Temperature related problems, after warms up or cools down. (E-mail us with specifics)

 

Single CD Players that were in the 1988-1990 Legends are no longer repairable.

 

Acura Legend LS 91-95 Door Speakers Info

 We do have new Bose speakers, hopefully that is what your putting in there. All aftermarket speakers are not the correct ohms and will not have Bose quality sound; also can hurt the Bose amps.

 To determine if it is the speaker that is bad.

Constant static, even when volume is turned down is not a bad speaker. Also popping when turning stereo on is not usually the actual speaker. One sign of bad speaker is on low talking sound; you hear the distortion bumble bee noise that (important) is in sync with the speaking, not there between words. We are currently seeing 1991-1993s needing new speakers in the front doors. Of course the 91 and 92s need to be sure the amp recall has been done, see the dealer. Swapping the front speakers or rears is a good way to determine if the speaker is bad before purchasing new ones because they are pricey and not returnable if it doesnt fix your problem. The 6 1/2" round door speakers many times will go bad by warping of the cone. If you see a wave on it then slightly press on the outer edge of the center cap so the cone goes in and out. Do not press right in the middle of the center cap or it will dent the cap, so press where the cap is glued to the cone. As it goes gently in and out you will notice a rubbing noise from that area. It is supposed to move without rubbing, it is rubbing because the cone is warped and that affects the middle section under the center cap. The speaker will need to be replaced in order to sound correct and clear. 

 

Acura Legend "Answers" Manual


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1991 and newer Acura Legend Bose Amplifiers

When we rebuild these amps, we rebuild all 4 speaker amps in the amp box with upgraded parts, even if your only having trouble with 1 speaker. All repairs use upgraded "grade A" capacitors/components that meet or exceed military specs for longer life.

Questions we've responded to covering 88-90 Legend LS with no or low sound.

Q: Is the Bose system in my 89 Legend worth fixing?
A: The system will sound great if rebuilt. The bass will come back, this system has plenty of bass sound, and the sound will be very good. Everyone that has it done is pleasantly surprised as to how it sounds. 

Q: Shouldn't I just replace the system?
A: To totally replace the system. This is my opinion from other peoples experiences.

You lose the volume on the dash
You'll have higher theft problem and broken window hassle's
All 4 new speakers have to be rewired to new radio
Your radio won't run new speakers - Bose is different (Preamp level radio)
Won't have the sound that the Bose system provides

Q: Why fix it, this system doesn't sound that good?
A: If you haven't owned the car for more than 5 years, you wouldn't of ever heard how good the system is when working right.

Q: Is my amp behind the rear seat or at each speaker?
A: On a 1988-90 Legend LS you have the amps at each speaker, there isn't an amp behind the rear seat. If you go into the trunk and look behind the liner, where the rear speaker is. From below, you will see a black plastic round base of the speaker that is about 6" across with a green connector (or 2). If it looks like that, then you have the amp at each speaker and it is not uncommon to have to rebuild all 4 of them.

Q: What needs to be sent in for repair?
A: The rear speakers are fragile to ship, the paper cone can tear if not properly packaged. If sending the cone in, cut cardboard the size of the top of the cone and tape it across the top in order to protect the cone. Or the best way that most people do that ship them in is take the 4 bolts off from the bottom of the rear speakers and just send the bottom piece which houses the amp, that's all we'll need for each of the rears. The fronts can ship as is without any cone concerns.

Below are some emails sent to others.

Subject: 1988-1990 Acura Legend LS (Bose system)
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You are right on target. The amps are hooked to the speakers, one in each front door and one on each of the rear speakers. You don't have to take the rear speakers out if you or your mechanic wants to almost lie in the trunk to disconnect the amp from bottom side. We only need the bottom round plastic piece off rear speaker, with the amp inside it. The fronts can be sent as a big housing that holds the speaker with amp inside. There are removal instructions on the site at: http://www.willmanselectronics.com/legend.htm near the bottom of the page. Please be sure to notice the important note if sending whole rear speaker cone with assembly (how to protect the cone. These speakers sound awesome once rebuilt.

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Subject: 1988-1990 Acura Legend LS (Bose system)

I am going to assume that this is the Legend LS model, which has the Bose speakers. If that is not true then the rest of what I say isn't right.
The Acura dealer here in Dallas used to sell 1 of the 4 speakers for 232.00, not sure of current price because we never buy them. We do repair the Bose speakers for alot of people that want to have them taken out or take them out themselves and send them in. It is common problem for the Bose to go out after 10 years, however they can be repaired and sound great and work good. You can't just replace them or Circuit City would of did that, you have to use Bose.

The door panels have to be taken loose at the bottom in order to get them out and the rears are a bit easier. Fronts are not simple to get out but it can be done, if mechanical and have some basic tools. There are removal tips at the website http://www.willmanselectronics.com/legend.htm

About the rears - you could actually remove just the bottom piece from the speaker and never remove the cone by unbolting the 4 1/4" bolts from below, inside the trunk. We only need that amp; I'd just leave it in the black plastic housing. Just be careful as you unplug it from the speaker not to pull too hard so it won't break - people have no problem doing this just know it could happen if you yank on it. If you do send it the whole rear speaker assembly, just tape cardboard a crossed it to protect the "expensive to replace" cone. Front speakers ship easy, they're tough.

 

 Subject: 1988-1990 Acura Legend LS (Bose system)

>> >CD2009 or CD2009AR Acura Single CD is best to work
>> with radio. FM type CD Changer from Best Buy or
>> CCity is one way. Find a used CD2009, have it
>> remanufactured and installed is only way to get one
>> of them since not available and were expensive when
>> avail. from Acura Parts. The rear speakers, Id
>> suggest disconnecting the bottom piece and send in
>> just that because the cones in rear are fragile. You
>> can send cone too but tape cardboard over top to
>> protect it. We just need the amp - on the fronts
>> send in whole assembly.

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Subject: 1991-1995 Acura Legend LS (Bose system)

Steven,
Yes, the amp is behind the back seat, you can see it from the trunk but not get it out that way. There are removal instructions on the site at:  http://www.willmanselectronics.com/legend.htm  The amp can be rebuilt to sound great.

 

 Subject: 1991-1995 Acura Legend LS (Bose system)
Legend Bose speakers torn

Torn speakers (physically damaged) do need to be replaced. Bad sounding speakers may be an amp problem. If the amp hasn't been worked on, then it is well time to have it rebuilt. We have been doing many of these from 91-93 Legends. The amp is behind the rear seat, see Acura page for help removing amp and also speakers. We help with repairs and provide no info on replacing with aftermarket equipment, someday we may. Most of the time, the speakers aren't torn and they don't usually need to be replaced. If your speakers  need to be replaced, then you may want to consider new amp and all 4 new speakers because the front speakers are over $75.00 each (without the installation) unless you can buy used,.

 

 Subject: 1991-1995 Acura Legend LS (Bose system) legend LS Bose Amp

Yes, you do need to keep factory on the speakers, however most of
>the time it's the amp that goes bad. Many Legend owners have bought high
>priced new speakers and installed them only to find out that they sound or
>no sound just like the older one. Have us check out the amp before buy
>speakers and if the amp is OK, we No Charge for the check out.

 

 Subject: 1991-1995 Acura Legend LS (Bose system)
Legend LS Amp

All of the amps need to be rebuilt after 6-8 years. When we get them it here, we verify that they are broken and doing just what you experience. In your case, we would make sure your rears are out before any rebuild was started. Once rebuilt, they sound great - like it was designed to. If broken and we rebuild it - we do the amps to all 4 speakers so it all is good. hope that helps.

Additional Bose info in general

Acura Legend "Answers" Manual

 


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Acura CD Player Repairs, 6 Disc Changers Error Codes E-01, Cartridges that are stuck, Cassette decks that are inoperative, BOSE Stereos that sound bad, Acura  sound system problems.

6 Disc CD Changers repairs       

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Feedback from Legend Owners

Problem: static in speakers 
Removal Tips:  no problems... removed panel (2 screws) and 2 screws holding unit in place... took less than 10 min to remove and replace...  
Comments:   just wanted to thank you for the expert advice and most importantly the excellent job repairing my Acura stereo... had the unit back about a week and it sounds great...excellent turnaround time as well... i will be sure to pass your website on to others with import car audio problems! thanks again 
Kelly - Raleigh, NC. 1995 Acura Legend LS
Well my dealer had to admit he was wrong and you were right about the amp being under the head unit. I think the reason their computers told them otherwise was because they did not enter the Car's model number, but instead went by VIN number. When I called another dealer they did the same thing and got the same results - specifications for an LS and GS model. When they enter Legend L into the computer it came up with this head unit. So I really appreciate your expertise and advice in the matter. I am sending the unit to you overnight and truly hope you can work on it as soon as possible. Just wanted to let you know... There are a couple of places that I could have sent this stereo to be repaired, one was even closer to me than you, but you were so helpful and knowledgeable about the stereo that you really made a great impression. I really respect someone who knows their business as you do, not to mention you were must more personable than another company I called. Customer service goes a long way!  I attached a note asking if you can fix the display lights in the head unit (there is one that is out in mine!). If you can fix these lights I would be very grateful - having the light annoys the hell out of me! Dan - West Chester, PA. 1995 Acura Legend L

Thanks for all your help. You were a pleasure to do business with. I was really happy that you remembered the light that was out in the radio! The unit sounds better than ever. I'll recommend your business to anyone with a Bose system. Dan - West Chester, PA. 1995 Acura Legend L

Great job! Everything went very smooth. I installed the radio & CD changer today and everything works well. I can now enjoy listening to some of those CD's I have not played in months. Roger - Hermosa Beach, CA   91 Legend LS
Thank you for the great service! You fixed the problem with hissing coming from the head unit and returned the unit to me in better-than-new condition by adding a line in jack for my Ipod - all for a very reasonable price. I couldn't be happier! Brandon - San Francisco 92 Acura Legend

All 4 amplifiers, which are attached to each speaker were bad. The dealerships prices for 4 new ones was over $700.00. Willman's repaired mine and the total repair and shipping time was less than 2 weeks.

Removal Tips: The web site instructions for removal and replacement are right on. I got them back today at 5PM and at 7PM they were reinstalled and sounding great.

Comments: All the reasons for repairing, as listed at this site, are right on target for me. I don't want an after market system; after all I paid a premium to get this one when I bought the car!  Virgil   Ocala, FL  1990 Acura Legend Bose Speakers

 

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WOW!!! Thanks for being so quick. You are a very respectable business and that is hard to find these days - especially over the internet.  Please know that if we ever need service for our other car's stereo, you will be the first we look to. Sincerely, Maria  Illinois  1994 BMW 740i 6 Disc Changer
Everybody's had that "too good to be true" notion about offers, deals and "come-ons," especially on the internet. Well...Willman's is most assuredly NOT too good to be true; they are true and they are good. I was impressed from start to finish when I entrusted my 10-year-old factory-installed automobile CD Changer to their care to diagnose and remedy, following 3 years of non-use because I couldn't find anyone to repair it within reasonable cost, and with such ease and dispatch. I found the answer in Willman's. I e-mailed and spoke personally to Daryl Willman on several occasions, who made himself available for consultation and step-by-step progress. The fixed-price estimate is rarely seen these days, and pre-approval for over-runs provides customer control at every stage. I will not hesitate to recommend Willman's to anyone requiring expert analysis and service. Thank you!! Chris  Pensacola, FL 1992 BMW 325i 
First off I'd like to thank you and the great people at Willman's Electronics for the superb customer service and help dealing with my problem. I was greatly impressed that you spent the time to check out my unit and not charge me labor, for which I would have expected to pay. Having pulled the unit and now replacing it back in the car, I can say that it shouldn't take more that half an hour to pull or replace the radio.

You were right that there was nothing wrong with the unit, the problem was a 15 amp fuse in slot 22 of the fuse box next to the steering column. I know I checked all the fuses once before, but somehow missed that one. Again your great service is appreciated. Regards, Will - Wisconsin   95 Nissan Maxima

Thank you for the prompt email reply and the great information. My stereo is on the way to you via UPS. I will give you the tracking number if you need it. Please let me know when it arrives and what you find out about what is wrong with it. If you need any information at all just email me and I will get back to you very quickly. By the way I had emailed over a dozen other online repair shops and choose you because you sounded the most honest of them all. Thanks, Mark

Thank you for the great service, the unit works just like new. I really appreciate your excellent work and very reasonable rate. You are top notch and if there is anyone that I know in need of your service I will definitely recommend your service to him or her. Thanks, Mark 

I just wanted to thank you for the great service. The quality and speed of your work is impressive. Thanks very much! Ron Albany NY  '89 Nissan Maxima Bose' Speaker Amp Rebuild 
1991   Infiniti  Q45  4Dr  Received my rebuilt Bose speakers. Wow! What a difference. Can't say enough about your service. It's great to finally have great sound in my auto again. Didn't know how bad my speakers were until I installed the rebuilt ones. Thanks Again!!  Butch    Franklin, TN
I had been driving around town without a radio for months because I changed the battery in my Acura 2.5TL and did not know the security code. Thanks to your tips, I was able to find the code and save 85 bucks!!!!! Thanks again. James
Thank you for the prompt email reply and the great information. My stereo is on the way to you via UPS. I will give you the tracking number if you need it. Please let me know when it arrives and what you find out about what is wrong with it. If you need any information at all just email me and I will get back to you very quickly. By the way I had emailed over a dozen other online repair shops and choose you because you sounded the most honest of them all. Thanks, Mark