1996 Acura CL Review

1996 Acura CL 3.0 VTEC from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles


Going down a highway at 65 MPH, on a bright sunny day, the car went inexplicable and totally out of control. Veered to the right, across one lane, and slammed into a guard rail. Car was totalled. Air bag did not go off. Post inside the head rest split my head open; I was knocked unconscious; I required 24 stitches.

Acura had a limited recall out for ball joints that can cause loss of control. I was not part of the recall because the recall was limited to cars made in Aug & Sep of 1997. Other than almost killing me, the car was an excellent car and a pleasure to drive.

General Comments:

It may be a threat to your life; if you own a 3.0 CL, please get your ball joints inspected immediately.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2000

16th Jan 2002, 17:14

For one thing cars DON'T inexplicably wreck themselves... the driver of the car must have been on something or lost control himself. I have an 1997 Acura c.l. and it is the best car I have ever had. It's just you!

Ps maybe the car didn't like you... you probably drove a Ford before this car.

25th Feb 2003, 13:59

Acura did not start making CLs until 1997, i.e. there is no such thing as a 1996 Acura 3.0CL.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review