1998 Acura 1.6 EL EL 1.6 VTEC from North America


Hard to imagine a better car for the money


The CV boots were cracked when I first purchased the vehicle, but were replaced under extended warranty.

Previous owner reported a few minor things, (such as a cracked radiator) which were fixed under the warranty.

General Comments:

I have only had the car for about 6 months, but I am very pleased with it.

It has over 100000 km, but it still looks and feels new, and drives very crisply.

As others have pointed out, it is not the fastest thing on the road, but it is peppy enough by far for a typical commute. I would rather have gas dollars in my pocket than excessive horses under the hood anyways.

My one complaint is that the Honda dealership seems much more interested in selling me maintenance packages than maintaining my car. But Honda itself has been very good about honoring the terms of the warranty.

I will definitely buy another Acura (or honda).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

20th Apr 2004, 21:37

My bad. I meant to describe the running costs of my Acura as very reasonable. That should read 8/10. Thanks.

1998 Acura 1.6 EL Sport 1.6L from North America


Great value for the performance


Switch to turn on the heated mirrors broke at around 110,000km. Replaced switch.

The two lowest fan speed would not work at around 120,000. My mechanic replaced parts.

Car is very noisy at high speeds, especially if there is wind or bad pavement. This is primarily a city car for one or two people. With more than two people, you can definitely feel the car weigh down - especially if you have the A/C on in the middle of a hot, muggy summer day!

Winter driving without snow tires can be disastrous and downright dangerous.

Frequent fill ups due to small tank. This can be a disadvantage if you drive long distances.

The body is flimsy like tin foil. Be prepared to get little stone chips as well as nicks and dents if you do a lot of city parking or drive on gravel.

General Comments:

Very fuel efficient if you cruise at 100-120km/hour.

My 1.6EL has been extremely reliable. Apart from the minor fixes, the car still runs smoothly. Note: I religiously perform every maintenance required (oil changes, spark plugs, transmission oil, etc.)

Breaks are VERY long wearing if you handle the car properly (i.e. brake properly). I do a lot of long-distance as well traffic stop-and-go driving. My mechanic told me that at 143,00km, my brakes still had another 10,000 km. To be on the safe side, I replaced the brake pads at 143,000km.

Timing belt change is coming up at 168,000km. Dealers suggest that you change it at 100,000km although the manual says 168,000km. My mechanic - knowing the history of my car - says the job can wait until 168,000km.

The car starts beautifully even in the middle of our cold Canadian winters. Hint: I always keep the tank half full when the weather dips below -5 degrees Celsius.

Control panel is not cluttered. You have all the basic functions intuitively laid out.

Car feels solid. Before purchasing this car, I also test drove a Honda Civic since everyone told me that the EL is basically a "dressed up Civic". This is only partly true. The EL drove a lot more smoothly and felt more solid, and this is due to some upgraded parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2004

1998 Acura 1.6 EL Sport 1.6 from North America


Under priced for the car you get!


The front speakers are not up to the level of performance I would have expected.

General Comments:

The quality of this car is excellent considering the price, this vehicle defines value.

For a small 4 door car it handles really well.

The engine could probably use another 20 horsepower and then I'd never be able to wipe the grin off my face as I drive it.

Overall fit and finish is in line with many upscale vehicles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2003