21st Jul 2007, 12:15

Wow...I'm glad I read all the reviews... Shame on Acura for not making this issue a recall! I was about to purchase a used 97 2.2 cl. The guy selling it to me told me that the two windows don't go down as well as engine & Tranny replaced... not a good sign. I'm starting to love my jeep again!

21st Jul 2007, 20:56

The 2.2 my friend has no problems with the tranny. Looks like he didn't maintain it, because none of the windows on his coupe work.

Your Jeep will have many problems my friend.

7th Aug 2007, 21:52

I would like to know if anyone has change out the timing belt on a 1997 acura CL 3.0. And can you give me the step by step procedure to change my on. And any problem I will run into. Dealer wants 1500.00 that includes water pump.

8th Aug 2007, 06:16

My mechanic did it for 560 bucks.

17th Aug 2007, 21:34

My driver’s side window regulator was replaced twice under warranty I replaced the passenger side regulator at 71000 not very difficult. I have 105,000 now and have tape ready for the next regulator failure.

18th Aug 2007, 15:27

My 98 CL still runs perfectly. It has 103,000 miles on it, and I think it's time to change the timing belt.

My driver side headlights are fading. Does anyone know where I can get headlights at a really good price.


19th Aug 2007, 12:27

I'm possibly buying a 97 cl 3.0 with 240,000 km on it for $6000 (canadian). does that seem like a reasonable price? are there any major problems with this car I should know about?

16th Jul 2008, 12:45

1997 2.2, had the drivers side window fixed twice in 4 months, just broke again last week and just as luck would have it, passenger window broke yesterday. NICE. Awesome.

10th Sep 2008, 21:38

My Acura 3.0 CL has same problem. I bought it from a Honda dealer in 2004. I found the window of driver side goes up very slowly, so I asked them to fix it, but after only few months it goes up slowly again. Yesterday it never goes up. It troubled me so much.

I have a Honda Civic of 2001, I sold out at very low price because none of the four windows can move. I think they should redesign the power windows. Their transmissions also have some problem. I'll say bye to Honda & Acura.

12th Jan 2009, 14:04

I'm currently replacing the driver side regulator on my 97 Acura 2.2CL. This is the 2nd or 3rd time since we've owned the vehicle that a window has failed.

18th Sep 2009, 11:21


I have a 1998 CL with 103,000 miles on it. Two years ago I replaced the driver's side window regulator from a dealer at a rip off price.

Three days ago the passenger side window fell down -- cable snapped -- this time replaced it myself. Regulator works, but the window does not operate from the door switch. Anyone have a solution. Dealer switch is $98.00.

18th Sep 2009, 18:36

Sometimes it ends up being cheaper to have the dealer fix it in the first place.

14th Feb 2010, 19:32

I have a 1997 2.2. After reading all these comments, I now know that my window problem is not uncommon. My drivers side window will not go back up. Very frustrating. Also my trunk has a nasty leak in it; there is a little condensation on the inside of the tail lights.. Gasket?? Anyone who has had it fixed, advice would be great. Thanks.

26th Mar 2010, 07:53

I just bought a 1997 Acura CL 3.0, and within 48 hours spent over $300 to replace the window regulator, now I just hope I can sell it.

A dealer would only give $1000 as a trade in on a new Acura, so you know what they think about this car too. Pretty sure I'll never buy Honda or Acura again.

26th Mar 2010, 15:22

Re: 26th Mar 2010, 07:53.

I'm not an Acura fan (never have had one), but good luck with a better offer from a dealer on a 13 y.o. trade-in, on any brand! LOL...

30th Mar 2010, 13:51

I bought a 1998 CL 2.2 Premium for my daughter when she got her license 2 years ago (148k for $2200). It is a 5-speed and has been a very reliable and rock solid car; we really like it.

The only downside to this car is the window regulator as mentioned by oh so many people on this site. I am in the process of replacing it for the second time in 13 months. I do it myself and save a couple hundred bucks in the process. I have been able to get the part online for about $60 and it takes me about an hour and a half (and 3 beers) to replace it.

Here is a great D.I.Y. set of instructions if anyone wants to tackle it on your own http://cl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=762884

13th Jul 2010, 20:45

I have a 1997 Acura 2.2 CL. I purchased it used in 1999 and I had a problem with the passenger side window about 8 months after the purchase. I took it back to the dealership and they repaired it. I never had another problem other than it goes up really slow.

After 10 years with this car, and almost no maintenance other than a few things here and there, my trans went. I got another one from the junk yard and have been driving every since.

However, I feel like the trans is going again. The jerks are extremely hard and sometimes it gets stuck in gear.

All in all I love my Acura and would not buy another car other that Acura. As a matter of fact I'm looking for a used Acura TL.

27th Dec 2010, 22:01

After reading the comments, I have decided to avoid purchasing this car. It is such a pity, but Acura should work on fixing those major issues with the car, I am not talking about the windows. What a pity.