1997 Acura CL from North America


It's my baby, ha ha


I bought this car used, and I'm amazed at all the bad reviews on it.

I bought it with 120,000 and I'm at about 151,000 miles. It's my first car and the only real problems were that I had to change the alternator once.

Besides tires, everything else has been real good.

At the moment my drivers side handle is broken, but that is easily replaceable and my windshield wipers aren't working. And that just started. I'm not surprised at all since it's getting to be pretty old.

It's my baby and it's treated me nicely.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th February, 2009

1997 Acura CL Prem 3.0 v6 from North America


Very reliable and sporty


New EGR valve under warranty under 75,000 miles.

New airbag under warranty under 100,000 miles.

Replaced starter at about 75000 miles.

New alternator at around 120,000 miles.

New front axles when CV boots ripped at around 150000 miles.

Wear on drivers seats.

Rust on passenger rear wheel well.

Next repairs would be brakes, timing belt, and water pump.

General Comments:

This car is still running smooth, although I do not drive it hard like I used to, trying to get good gas mileage.

Trans shifts smoothly at 164k.

Next repairs will be the brakes, timing belt, and water pump.

Would love to keep this forever, but not a very practical car with a dog and trying to start a family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2008

1997 Acura CL 2.2 from North America




No major problems, just normal wear and tear.

Radiator just blew, but replaced it myself. The hardest part was finding someone to take the old fluid.

Front seats do wear kinda fast. But an awesome car!

General Comments:

Awesome car; as four cylinder it's great on gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2007

1997 Acura CL 2.2 gasoline from North America


A distinguished gentleman's road cruiser


Power seat is hard to adjust and difficult to move when I need access to back seat. Dislike the lack of folding rear seats.

I can't find a jack, and believe the last owner lost it, but he claims it is under the rear seat and it doesn't come up (No operating manual).

Stick shift should either needs be more forward or the center CD box lowered.

Ridiculously large turning radius compared to my other car (1997 Honda Civic DX Sedan).

General Comments:

I helped a friend pick this car out, and was envious from the day he bought it two years ago with 82K miles. He decided to get an SUV and was going to trade it, so I bought it with 97K on it. I love Hondas, and own or have owned Civics (92 & 97).

The CL has so much more power and is the best highway cruiser I've ever owned. It's also a beautiful and distinctive style. I think Acura would have sold more if they used a sporting approach with the 2.2, and leave most of the luxury feel to the 3.0. Still, I feel really special in this car, and wonder why Acura stopped making sport luxury coupes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2007

20th Aug 2007, 06:38

I just recently bought a CL myself also, I maintain it properly just had to get to the axles replaced which cost me hardly nothing. I am grateful that my car runs so well, considering its 10 years old. I get many compliments on how nice my vehicle looks, it helps I wash it twice a week since its white. But I am very happy with her.

1997 Acura CL 3.0 from North America


Best car I've ever owned


EGA Valve (covered under re-call)

Starter replaced at 90k

Ignition switch (covered under re-call)

General Comments:

This car has the best pick-up. Very fast for V6. Very sporty and stylish.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2007

1997 Acura CL 3.0 3.0 vtec engine from North America


When I purchased the car the brakes squeaked so I had the dealership (VW Audi) put on new rear brake pads and rotors. They continued to squeak afterwards and I brought it back to the dealership to have them adjusted. Then about 12 thousand miles later the squeaking returned in the rear and I brought it back to the dealership and apparently they couldn't fix the problem.

At about 100,000 miles the speedometer broke. It'll say I'm going 100 mph when I'm going 40 mph. Usually it's off by about 20 mph, but sometimes it works fine, and sometimes it doesn't work at all.

Anytime you lock the door from the inside you have to hit the lock about 4 or 5 times before it actually locks. Sometimes the key less entry doesn't work at all.

The struts also need replacing. Since about 5,000 after I purchased the car if you sit in it and sway back and forth the whole car squeaks without being in motion;it sounds even worse when you're taking a turn.

After I drove 2,000 miles cross country and back when you started the car it made a loud squealing noise for about 3 minutes when it warmed up. This lasted for about 3 weeks and then just stopped.

I also don't understand that almost every time I do a U-turn it ends up being a 3 point turn because the car is so long.

So unfortunately the car looks great when it's parked; but it's almost embarrassing to drive with all the noise it makes.

General Comments:

Besides all the bad things, I love the car. I love the power it has, I love the way it handles corners, I love the way it looks, I love the Bose speakers, I love that it's a two door and has no problem seating 5. My absolute favorite thing about the car is that you rarely see people driving the same car as you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2005