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Old 12 Jul 2003, 05:28 pm
jorg
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Default Acura 1.6EL vs. Civic

Hi guys,

I need some opinions on how the Acura 1.6EL compares to the Honda Civic...
I'm shopping around for a used car, just wondering whether the Acura has any
advantage to the Civic...

thanks!


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Old 12 Jul 2003, 10:34 pm
James Shum
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Default Re: Acura 1.6EL vs. Civic

I assume you are comparing the 1.6 EL to the 6th gen Civic (1996-2000). The
major difference between the 1.6 EL and the Civic sedan is the engine. Both
have 1.6L 4 cyl engines, but the 1.6 EL engine has VTEC which boosts the HP
to 127 compared to 106 for the non-VTEC engine...the torque is also higher,
but I don't know off hand what the numbers are. This is for Canada, where
none of the Civic sedans sold in Canada have the VTEC engine. It is the
same engine as in the Civic Si coupe (Canada only) and Civic EX coupe and
sedan (U.S. only).

Other differences are the wheel and tire size: 195/55R15 on the 1.6 EL, and
up to 185/65R14 on the Civic, depending on trim level and year. There may
also be minor differences in the suspension setup, and some other features
that you may or may not be able to get on a Civic sedan, depending on trim
level, like sunroof, leather seats, leather steering wheel, heated seats,
heated mirrors, remote trunk release, etc.

Reliability for both should be identical as they are based so heavily on
the same chassis with many shared components. And the relibility of the 1st
gen EL/6th gen Civics have been excellent, probably even better then the
current models. This is from someone who has owned a 1996 Civic and now
owns a 2001 EL. I would still be driving the Civic if other people would
have just stopped driving into it.


"jorg" <raven@wrath.com> wrote:

>Hi guys,
>
>I need some opinions on how the Acura 1.6EL compares to the Honda Civic...
>I'm shopping around for a used car, just wondering whether the Acura has any
>advantage to the Civic...
>
>thanks!
>


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Old 12 Jul 2003, 11:47 pm
jorg
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Default Re: Acura 1.6EL vs. Civic

Thanks a lot , James...
I find your comments pretty useful... I guess I just have to keep looking
around, I really wanna get an EL, since it looks a bit better than the Civic
+ I like the fact that the engine / tires are supposed to give higher
performance...
it's just that people wouldn't sell them for around 8000-9000 Canadian,
heheh

cheers


"James Shum" <james_shum@REMOVETHIS.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:a9g1hvg8ooro9c3q9n7c5fqm4pc3sodbog@4ax.com...
> I assume you are comparing the 1.6 EL to the 6th gen Civic (1996-2000).

The
> major difference between the 1.6 EL and the Civic sedan is the engine.

Both
> have 1.6L 4 cyl engines, but the 1.6 EL engine has VTEC which boosts the

HP
> to 127 compared to 106 for the non-VTEC engine...the torque is also

higher,
> but I don't know off hand what the numbers are. This is for Canada, where
> none of the Civic sedans sold in Canada have the VTEC engine. It is the
> same engine as in the Civic Si coupe (Canada only) and Civic EX coupe and
> sedan (U.S. only).
>
> Other differences are the wheel and tire size: 195/55R15 on the 1.6 EL,

and
> up to 185/65R14 on the Civic, depending on trim level and year. There may
> also be minor differences in the suspension setup, and some other features
> that you may or may not be able to get on a Civic sedan, depending on trim
> level, like sunroof, leather seats, leather steering wheel, heated seats,
> heated mirrors, remote trunk release, etc.
>
> Reliability for both should be identical as they are based so heavily on
> the same chassis with many shared components. And the relibility of the

1st
> gen EL/6th gen Civics have been excellent, probably even better then the
> current models. This is from someone who has owned a 1996 Civic and now
> owns a 2001 EL. I would still be driving the Civic if other people would
> have just stopped driving into it.
>
>
> "jorg" <raven@wrath.com> wrote:
>
> >Hi guys,
> >
> >I need some opinions on how the Acura 1.6EL compares to the Honda

Civic...
> >I'm shopping around for a used car, just wondering whether the Acura has

any
> >advantage to the Civic...
> >
> >thanks!
> >

>



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