acura 1.7 el : I have decided to take the plunge with 2001 1.7 EL Premium. The car hasonly 83 km mileage on it. Almost like a brand new car.I have driven Prelude before but since now I can only afford a Civic "dippedin gold" :-)Thanks for your info"Eric Poot" wrote in message...Certainly not the best Accord (EX V6 leather), but still, you can get apretty decent Accord for the price of the 1.7 EL.I guess I could get an accord for that kind of price, but I would likeleather and automatic which only available on the EX accord modelOh OK, yeah, leather would run you at least CDN$3600 more on the Accord.The reason I ask is because my cousin sold his Civic because he wanted abigger car with more power, especially from stop lights. I advised him thatthe EL 1.7 would accelerate very similarly to his Civic, the Accord V6 wasbetter suited for his needs.I don't think so. Unless you impoted them and pay 300% tax for it and haveno spare parts for the carYour best bet would be to buy a used Integra or Legend. These cars runforever and you can pick them up CHEAP with 100K on them. Not a new car,but a 96 Legend is a hell of a lot more car than what your looking at, forless money. The Acuras have been known to regularly exceen 200K mileswithout losing much spirit.
acura 1.7 el : Only in Canada you say? No wonder I couldn't find any info in ConsumerReports!Yes, the 1.7 EL is essentially a Civic, but Acura has done a great job ofspicing up the looks making it quite distinctive. The current 1.7 model wasnew in 2001 and is unchanged for 2002. You should check it out at:There are only 2 models and both come standard with the 127 HP motor that isonly available in the Civic EX sedan, 4 wheel discs, real nice mag wheels,ABS, side airbags, leather wrapped steering wheel and woodgrain trim on thedash, doors and console. Oh yeah, also standard is a full alarm system. Gofor the Premium and you also get perforated leather heated seats and asunroof. The "basic" model comes in at around $23,000 and the Premium isunder $25,000. (Canadian $).My wife bought one recently an loves it. She looked at Civics, but actuallypaid less for a better equipped and sharper looking car. She also consideredan Accord, but was looking at spending $5000 more for a car similarlyequippped. Besides the current generation Accord is dated and due forreplacement in the fall.
acura 1.7 el : I just bought a 2001 Acura 1.7 EL and am unhappy with the radioreception. What can be done to fix this problem? I am taking it into the dealer this weekend but would like to have more information incase they tell me nothing can be done.I recently bought a 1993 Honda Ascot with the antenna in the rear window. In clear weather the reception is fine but when it's raining I get a horrible crackling through the speakers. I guess this type of antenna just isn't as effective.Get a good quality antenna and have it professionally installed, not by thedealer but by a "good" quality car audio shop. Or you can even ask a goodqualityt audio shop about your problem. Good quality rules out Best Buy,Circuit City and the such. You could even get a radio with a better tuner,instead of the "Matsushita" crap that comes with the new Acuras. To ask fora good shop in your area you can do it at the rec.audio.car newsgroup.The problem is definitely with the rear window antenna, not the head unit. My factory head unit is Alpine, but I can't get proper reception if there's water on the rear window.
acura 1.7 el : And I can't get proper reception (2001 Accord) under any conditions.The dealer wasted a day and a half of my time to tell me that -- in effect -- "I listen to the wrong stations". I think he's full of it, but I'm not sure what step to take next. The so-called "premium"audio shop around here didn't want to get involved because they'reafraid they'd spend a lot of time and money on it, come up with nosolution, and be left with an unhappy customer. Out of the fryingpan & into the fire, that is. I think real radio-techs are very, veryhard to come by these days, unless you get into 2-way communicationsshops.The problem I have with FM reception is probably extreme directionsensitivity and/or extreme sensitivity to multipath interference.These troubles were *not* apparent with my cheap aftermarketset and whip antenna on the old car. And they were not apparentin the 2001 Camry (with rear-glass antenna) I rented before buyingthe Accord.I can't offer any advice, only an observation. The glass antenna onour 1999 Accord EX is as good an antenna as I have ever had on a car.We have a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the large, motor-driven antenna.The Honda is every bit as good as the Jeep. We regularly listen to anFM station about 100 miles north of Phoenix. At least the '99 had avery decent antenna/radio setup. I would think that the 2001 would bepretty much the same.
acura 1.7 el : 5 months ago, I became the proud owner of a new Acura 1.7 EL and I'venever regretted the decision to purchase this vehicle. However, Ihave a question that hopefully someone out there knows the answer to.Whenever I switch the fan control over to one of the two differentdefrost modes, the A/C automatically turns on (the green light lightsup) and I cannot turn it off by pressing the A/C button thereafteruntil I switch back into a non-defrost mode.I understand that the purpose of having the A/C on when in defrost isto dry the air which works great, but when I no longer want the air tobe be dryed, I should have the option of turning off the A/C whilestill in defrost.. It seems really silly to have the A/C unit runningin the middle of winter all the time, even if I do have thetemperature setting cranked to hot and hot air is coming out. Occasionally if I switch back over to a non-defrost mode and turn offthe A/C after the cabin has warmed up a little, the windows fog upreally quick and I've got to switch back to defrost and thus the A/Cgoes back on again.
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