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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
182,526 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1998 Acura EL engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Acura EL Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 162014

EL 1.6L

  • Manual transmission
  • 205,052 miles


This is very bad!!! Overall the Acura EL 1.6 is a very good peppy, reliable and economical car but this problem is a mystery. It's a ghost! Plus it's intermittent and only happens once in a blue moon!

These types of problems are usually related to faulty ignitions or fuel pumps. I had them no avail! Changed ignition coils, distributors, spark plugs, wires, batteries, alternators and starers...problem persists.

This is extremely weird and no one can figure it out. Happens once every 2-3 months in all conditions and, cold, slow, fast...etc.

It just shuts down and coasts to a halt... and won't fire back up. It takes an hour to rest up and fire up.

To our America friends who don't have the Acura's basically the same thing as a Honda Civic 99-2000.

- , Ottawa, Ontario, canada

problem #1

Jun 032005

(reported on)


  • 160,000 miles

The major problem I have is that the car has been at the shop and they cant find the problem.

I have also contacted Acura and they claim they have no reference to compare my problem to.

As this is a little car, I have had life threatening troubles on the freeway.

However, it usually shuts off during city driving.

Best regards, Rob Field

- , Burlington, Ontario, Canada

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