1997 Acura 1.6 EL Reviews

1997 Acura 1.6 EL 1.6 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Great for the city

Faults:

Nothing yet!

Seems to get bad mileage though. On a full tank of gas, I can only do about 300km in the city, which is about 10L/100 km. It's rated for much better.

The only thing that happened was it started up sounding bad and continued to sound rough. I reconnected the battery and it has been good ever since.

The only other work I've done was to replace belts, plugs, filters.

General Comments:

Good little car. Everything works on it still. Feels solid and easy to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2014

1997 Acura 1.6 EL Sport 1.6 VTEC from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Honda/Acura makes a durable car

Faults:

Not much has gone wrong. Nothing major.

Plastic interior hood release snapped off.

Hazard button sticks sometimes in cold weather.

Most everything from 1997 is original. Never replaced the engine, tranny, alternator, shocks, suspension, radiator/water pump, or timing belt.

Seats are in excellent shape.

Replaced a working battery at 11 years as a precaution.

Minor rust starting above the right rear wheel.

General Comments:

Runs better than new since replacing the poor Michelin XGTV4 original tires.

Good gas mileage if driven normally.

Ride is comfortable. Noise level got better with new tires, but is still a little high.

Good visibility.

Trunk is on the small side, but 60/40 folding rear seat backs are a great help.

Performance is fine; VTEC cam profile is there at 5500 RPM. To get VTEC you have to floor it in D4; less so in D3. VTEC is only useful for passing on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2012

27th Jul 2014, 03:40

11 year old battery still working properly. This was Honda engineering/quality control at its best :)

1997 Acura 1.6 EL from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

Overall, the car is very solid and reliable

Faults:

Heated side mirrors don't work.

Air conditioning doesn't work. The mechanic said it needs repairs, not just a re-charge.

Drivers seat has tears in the leather.

Body rust around wheel wells.

Temperature control is stuck on 'hot.'

Ride is rough over bumps and pot-holes.

Car had some sort of wheel rub, but went away when the parking brake was adjusted.

General Comments:

The things that have gone wrong with the car can be expected, considering the age and mileage.

I also have not spent much money on the car as far as maintenance. I have not had to replace or repair anything, other than doing oil changes.

The engine is not very powerful, but it is fine for everyday driving.

Car starts in -30C winters no problem, and the transmission is still solid.

Power windows, mirrors, locks, sunroof and cruise control all working fine.

Leather interior is comfortable and interior is roomy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2011

1997 Acura 1.6 EL Sport from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance242000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Forsa

Summary:

A great student car

Faults:

When I bought it a year ago for $2500 CDN, it had a few problems:

- Driver's door lock actuator didn't work.

- Driver's side speaker had an electrical short somewhere.

- Gasket around sunroof was falling apart, and as a result, the dome light dangled from its wires.

After a winter in Ontario, a few more electrical problems showed up:

- Left headlight works intermittently.

- Left blinker works intermittently.

- Back right window doesn't roll down.

- Passenger door lock actuator broken.

- Shortly after purchasing, a small exhaust leak developed.

- The previous owner replaced the water pump and timing belt at around 200,000 km.

General Comments:

Good on gas, but the five speed has enough power for me, no problem cruising at 120 and passing at 140.

This car has the worst turning radius I've ever seen. A Suburban can make tighter turns, no joke. Also, the cup holders are useless for anything but a small disposable coffee cup.

In almost a year of ownership, I haven't done anything but feed it gas and oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2008

1997 Acura 1.6 EL Sport 1.6L gasoline from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6L gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 kilometres
Most recent distance282766 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

I love this car - every day, just like I have since I bought it.

Faults:

The driver's door lock actuator wore out.

I've replaced the front brake pads and calipers, 2 timing belts (regular maintenance). I had the water pump done with the second timing belt, although the dealer said that they (water pumps) never wear out and it didn't need to be done. I wanted to be protected against sudden failure in the country. The original battery was replaced two years ago - and I still use it in another car.

General Comments:

This car has been bulletproof for me.

I spend 2 - 5 hours a day in it (highway) and I find it comfortable at all times. It handles highway / mountain roads without fault. It is still solid and rattle - free.

The gas mileage is amazing - 5.6 L / 100 km (similar to my motorcycle).

No rust.

No wear in fabric, or interior surfaces. (I do clean and amour-all regularly).

I do find the cost of replacing the summer tires expensive - they are rated as performance units... If I was to do it again I would by aftermarket rims in a 14" diameter (as the steelies I put my winters on).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2007

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 11 reviews