I currently own a 2002 EL PREMIUM and a 2004 CIVIC LX.
I am going to mention the major difference between these cars.
Cars both have the same VTEC 127 HP engine.
Their fuel economy is almost the same, but I found EL to be more efficent on highways.
EL is also more luxurious inside and comes with leather interior and wooden trim.
EL has a better sound system.
Civic's sound system is a little disappointing.
EL's exterior looks better, but close to civic.
EL does not have a trunk lock. you can oper the trunk from either inside or with remote. that's a good feature to prevent rust.
EL has more interior room. becuase of its noble design, it does not have a bump on the floor of its back seat. but civic got a bump. back seat is confortable for 2 adults perfectly.
EL has a better design driver seat. tall drivers find it very easy to fit in.
EL has less engine noise than civic and warms up faster.
The only problem that EL has is an annoying engine noise that appears when your RPM is at 4000. When I go with 150 Km/h, the noise somehow has a bad effect on handling, but it is funny that after you pass to 170 the noise will go away.
The highest speed that I reached with EL is 180Km/h. it appears to have a cut off system. but the car doesn't have the capacity to go more than that either.
EL doesn't have overdrive feature and I think it should.
180 km/h the RPM will go over 5000. I don't recommend going more than 150 km/h with it. it gets really out of control with handling.
But in overall it is a very good economical car that comes with luxury features. I should have bought two EL instead of that civic.
The Civic LX does not come with the 127-hp engine as you stated; only the Canadian Civic Si (4-door), and the US Civic EX (4 door) come with that engine. Lesser Civics in both countries come with the 115-hp 1.7 litre engine. Since I own a 2001 1.7EL (manual) and a 2004 Civic LX (sedan, manual), it's my opinion that both engines are lacking in the power department.
I was told that there are other differences between the Civic and the EL not mentioned above:
The EL buyer gets fog lights, simulated wood trim, side air bags, climate control, sunroof air deflector, the first two maintenance services free, a courtesy car free when the car is in for servicing as well as a hand wash, 4 years of excellent free roadside assistance, disc brakes on all FOUR wheels and, most importantly, 5 years of MAJOR components warranty.
Apparently none of this comes with a Civic. If this is all true I think the EL is well worth the extra money.
Hmmmm, seeming that this is basically a Honda Civic, and my Civic has 150,000 miles on nothing but oil changes, tune ups, and a timing belt, I have to say it is quite reliable. I also just came back from Manitoba and was surprised at how many Hondas I saw... many GM's too, but for a small company Honda was really getting it on.
I have an 2001 EL, and currently I'm having issues with the side airbag warning light. I was in an accident and an Acura dealership replaced the side airbag, but recently I have been having the side airbag light come on randomly without anything on the passenger seat. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this issue with the passenger side airbag warning light.
Also the top speed of an 2001 EL (Manual), is 208 km/h, which I was able to achieve in a controlled environment, with a stock engine.
Hi, I have a 2004 Honda Civic LX (Canadian) sedan & I was looking forward to swapping it for 2004 Acura EL 1.7 leather seats. Base on what people have said, it should fit but I would like to double check before I pay for it. Thanks.
I own a 2002 EL Premium.
I've had it for a year and a half... I'm reaching just under 290000 km... and she still drives perfect.. other than regular oil changes and tune ups I have had zero problems. I have drove her soft... and I've done some serious hard driving with her too, and she always manages to do exactly what I tell her too!
She accelerates smoothly.. and she can really hang a turn at high speeds when I use her E brake!
The only complaint I have is that like the other individual a few comments above said.. I have had my passenger airbag light come on randomly!
Other than that this has been the most reliable car I have ever driven.
Oh also by the way she was in a wreck before I bought her and she was repaired... so with all that in mind, for this car to run and perform so perfectly really speaks on Acura's quality!
As for the people above who had so many troubles.. I'm sorry you have had such a bad taste left in your mouths... but give Acura another chance! They're outstanding cars and very reliable... those of you who had so many trouble just happened to get the ones made by the part time drunks at the plant! =0)
The problem with the side air bag light turning on has nothing to do with the car being in an accident, and does not suggest there is a problem.
I own a 2001 1.7 EL, and occasionally have the same problem occur. I simply read the owner manual and it explains it clearly. If the side airbag light comes on, it simply means that the side air bag is deactivated because there is something obstructing it. The seats have sensors, and if you are leaning on them in certain ways, the light comes on and the side air bags deactivate. It is actually smart because if you were siting in the back seat and you leaned forward and the car was in a collision, the side airbag would not deploy in your face!
I bought a 5 speed 2004 EL Premium.
Absolutely love it, have had it about a year.
Suspension is superior to the Civic, as is the interior. Fog lights make a huge difference in out-of-city visibility. The engine is very quiet, fuel efficiency is great, heated leathers are wonderful in the cold months, and climate control is such a great feature.
Trunk and gas tanks are secured which is also wonderful.
Had to replace tires (only because it came with worn snow tires on it when I bought used) and it needed new brakes.
Have 4 friends who owned same vehicle in past and said the only maintenance they ever had to do was a brake job (and the routine oil changes, air filters etc).
I recommend it, and although it is not a TL - it seems a whole lot nicer than an Si or EX Civic to me.
:) Happy Driving.
I own a 2001 Acura 1.7 EL and it currently has over 304000K on it. Need I say more? The exterior has little scratch here and there, not very noticeable because it's black. Yes overall the seats are getting worn out, certain things are getting discolored. But that's what happens when you own an 8 year old car. The only other thing I ever changed was the alternator in 2008.