1998 Acura 1.6 EL 1.6 from North America


An amazing "one man" city car with bullet-proof reliability!


Rust is forming around the rear wheel well.

Passenger door lock stopped working at 160,000kms.

Cheap "faux" leather seats starting to crack and rip at the seams.

General Comments:

The car is totally reliable, and refuses to break down and give me a headache!

I bought this car used, paid in full, and I never had one power train problem.

It's mainly a city car with about 25,000kms per year.

As with all Honda's of this vintage, rust is a huge problem, and I've got a 2 inch hole in the right rear tire well.

There's nothing sporty about this car, and it is very nervous when driving in snow.

Car is slow and has no passing power on the highway, but with extremely congested roadways & highways in Toronto, it doesn't really bother me. However, I wouldn't fill this car with passengers for a road trip!

This car really wears out the front left tire quickly.

Although I drive slow, fuel economy isn't too impressive due to the engine screaming at 2800 RPM @ 100km/h. The four speed auto is flawless but outdated, returning an average of 9l/100km fuel economy.

According to my iPhone MPG app, my EL costs $0.11 per kilometer, which includes oil changes and my timing belt service; that's amazing! I'm really tempted to get a modern mid-sized car with more interior space, more power and better fuel economy with a 6+ speed auto-box. There's no trade in value for this car, so I'm thinking of just driving this car into the ground, but at the present rate, I don't think this car will quit until I reach 300,000km! Talk about a first world problem!

Just be careful not to take your mind off whatever drink you place in the useless cup holders!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th July, 2012

1998 Acura 1.6 EL 1.6 from North America


Cheap, reliable, fun to drive sports/luxury sedan!


Exhaust leaks at 140,000 and 145,000km.

Starting to rust through the bottom of the doors and rear wheel wells (I started to store it in winter to slow rusting).

Updated January 2013:

Sold it Jan 12, 2013 for $2900 @166,073km to make room for a 2013 Suzuki SX4.

General Comments:

Car is from North Toronto according to its record book, & I got it in Winnipeg. When I saw it, it had a brand new paint job and I didn't see the rust under the doors and in the small cracks of wheel wells (used car dealer tricks).


- Rear window antenna (clean look)

- Black heated leather seats

- Sunroof

- Parts are cheap, easy to maintain yourself

- Front head lights (compared to Civic)

- Mirrors on 98 are nicer than 99-00

- Silver lining on windows

- Clean instrument layout

- Tail lights

- Lightweight, nimble to maneuver

- Fuel saver


- Seats are uncomfortable on long trips (4hrs+), also seats are really low to ground.

- Can really feel the road on rough pavement

- Aftermarket parts are hard to come by

- Small gas tank (45L)

- Entry level leather

- Sluggish, loose 5 speed

- Expensive tire size 195/55/15

- Can only go 140-150km/h tops

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2011

4th Apr 2011, 06:28

The fuel capacity is 50L. The light comes on when there's 10L of fuel remaining in tank.

Your mileage is coming close to a timing belt and waterpump job.

3rd May 2011, 14:20

Thanks, yeah I just read the tank was 45L on google.


Also, I get 525km hwy and around 450km city. Great for a 13 year old.

Looking into selling it, but found out it has bad subframe rust, so might not pass safety. They also showed me the CV boots were cracking and the clutch might go in the next 10-20K. I will probably just keep it till it's broke, since the offers I get are around $3000. Ha, I bet I can get 10-15 years more out of this little devil.

They said the timing belt was about half way good, since it's usually done every 100K. What are the signs of water pump going?

8th May 2011, 13:42

I now have 367,000 on my '98 EL Premier (5 speed), owned since new. I built race cars, (BMW.s etc) for 17 years or so. I do my own wrenching, although a bit under powered.

I have really enjoyed this car! Considering the age/mileage (2 timing belts, plugs, oil changes, adjust valves once and replaced cracked exhaust manifold). I have not touched the motor. Minute parts here and there through out the years, brakes etc. Everything works great!

Original clutch.

Best car I have ever owned. Would buy another one in a minute!


30th Nov 2013, 09:57

Update... 530,000 km.

Just replaced the clutch.

New tires and CEL light came on (fixed rear gas vapor return valve).

Still running like a champ! Will keep on driving this car as it just keeps on running so nice. Even the rear view mirror heaters are still working! (was a defective problem with the '98 EL)