1998 Acura 1.6 EL Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1998 Acura 1.6 EL 1.6 EL SPORT 1.6 Vtec single cam from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Vtec single cam Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

It's a good economical car with a little luxury

Faults:

Car is very noisy on high speed.

Small gas tank (45 liters)

Underpowered car especially under 3000 rpm on first gear and much more disastrous if you put your A/C on.

General Comments:

I am Live in Montreal city, and I do 8.5 liters/100 km in the traffic jam. On the highway I can do 7.0 liters/100 km easily if I drive at 100-115 km/h.

It's a very reliable car. I not put the money on my car except for routine job as brake job, timing belt.

The only thing I was wrong with this car is a rear left shock is failed, I was replaced the shock at each corner at the same time, because my car had 220 000km. In my stupefaction the 3 others shock was perfect.

The vtec is good and I very appreciated when I overtake a car on the road.

My engine run very smoothly and not drink a oil at 230 000 km. The mechanical it's very reliable.

This car is perfect for a little budget, with a little luxury. My recommendation it's a sport version because you obtain a A/C,ABS brake and leather steering for almost the same price at base model.

You can easily obtain a Acura 1.6 EL 1998 for 4000$ in good condition. Buy it, if you research a good luxury economical car with a good gas millage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2008

1998 Acura 1.6 EL Premium 1.6 Gas from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 kilometres
Most recent distance112000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz SL

Summary:

Would never settle for any other than a 1.6 EL

Faults:

Aside from high dealership maintenance costs, the car is perfect and absolutely nothing wrong with it. Drives like new.

General Comments:

The car is rather responsive and jump starts with the hint of gas as you touch the pedal. For a 4 cylinder 1.6 Litre vTec engine, it has amazing torque, the speed and buzz you get out of it is satisfying, better bang for the buck when you think of paying $18000 for it, or 10X that money for a sportier car that frequently breaks down!

Good seating, excellent side and rear visibility, braking system very effective, and the gas mileage is unparalleled. I get 450 kilometers to $38.00 of gas at $1.05/L. Always fueled with Husky midgrade with Ethanol blend (best performance and squeezes power out of engine during combustion!).

Good Stuff I must say!

Thanks.

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

Review Date: 3rd February, 2008

1998 Acura 1.6 EL Premium from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Pontiac Bonneville

Summary:

Excellent small car, best for city use

Faults:

Nothing, really. My sister and brother-in-law were the first owners and had no repair issues. I replaced brake pads and battery in 2006 at 115,000 kms. That's it, after 140,000 kms.

General Comments:

Cute little car, fun to drive around town with its five spd stick shift. Dead reliable, though like some other reviewers I notice it takes longer to start when tank is nearly empty.

Two complaints only: 1. The car is noisy at expressway speeds. I replaced the original Yokohama lower profile tires with some Cooper radials and that helped. 2. I drive faster than average and find the 1.6 lacking in oomph. While it cruises easily on the highway, passing moves have to be planned in advance. (Just bought a Caddy CTS-V, should solve that problem.)

I typically use about 7.5-8 litres of gas every 100 kms of mainly highway driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2007

1998 Acura 1.6 EL from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Reliable and fun to drive

Faults:

Since I bought this car nothing has gone wrong with it. Just regular oil changes. Have been informed that a brake job is pending.

General Comments:

I love this car and would buy another one. Nice power at high RPM. Handles very well in turns.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2004

21st Aug 2004, 11:33

I am happy to hear you have had such good luck. My own experience is the opposite: flimsy construction, inferior materials, sloppy handling, slow off the mark, lots of problems all indicate a substandard vehicle. I wish I kept my Cavalier!

1998 Acura 1.6 EL from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance74000 kilometres
Previous carAcura 1.6 EL

Summary:

A little under power

Faults:

Tires came with veh not very good in rain or snow.

General Comments:

After I purchased a set of nexen tires (Korean), my veh has run a lot better in terms of handling and gas mileage.

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

Review Date: 19th July, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 14 reviews