hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,333 miles

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1998 Acura SLX engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Acura SLX Owner Comments

problem #3

May 042006

SLX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles


My 1998 Acura Slx, with 122,000 miles, requires a new engine. The car developed a loud slapping noise and was diagnosed by 2 mechanics as a broken piston skirt. I was told that this is a common issue with these cars - a result of a mismatch between the Isuzu engine and the Acura transmission.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004

SLX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
In June of 2003, we took our 1998 Acura Slx w/45K miles on it into stevens creek Isuzu dealership for a major service and to check out the "pinging/grinding" noise that we had been hearing for a long time. We were told they couldn't duplicate the noise. In June 2004, we took it to the reno Isuzu for an oil change and to check out the noise and we were told that we needed a new engine. Our car now has 54K miles on it. We took it to an independent mechanic shop for a second opinion and were told that a rod was blown and a new engine would be needed. The car is still in the shop. We paid $4K for a new engine so far and will owe about $3K in labor & misc. Parts. We feel that since this problem started while still under "mileage" warranty but could not be diagnosed, Acura/Isuzu should pay for the engine and labor that we have incured. Our mileage is extremely low and there should be no reason to replace the engine this soon. We own a 1993 Jeep Cherokee that have 117K miles on the original engine! we have read many complaints on other websites about the Acura/Isuzu engines blowing so early. We are very disappointed and will never recommend nor buy an Acura/Isuzu again.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #1

Oct 202003

SLX 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Consumer stated she heard knocking and a loud pinging noise coming from the engine. She then pulled over and her husband checked the vehicle and saw that the oil was empty although she had an oil change before the trip. All of the oil spilled from the engine. Engine had blown.

- Antioch, CA, USA

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