1997 Acura RL Reviews

1997 Acura RL Premium 3.5 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Honda reliability, highway cruiser!

Faults:

Rear window motor.

ABS + traction control.

CV boot.

EGR prompts service engine light.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2011

1997 Acura RL Premium 3.5 liter V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired61773 miles
Most recent distance67318 miles

Summary:

A nice car, but can be expensive

Faults:

62000 miles - window regulator broke - $331.

64000 miles - needed a new ABS system - $2,100.

66000 miles - GPS navigation doesn't work right (have not fixed). New oxygen sensors, and new brake pads. $822 total.

General Comments:

I bought this car from my grandmother who has owned it since brand new. It did great for her and she barely drove it.

It's fast, comfortable, stylish, and has a great Bose sound system.

I've had the car for almost a year. I'm not very satisfied with the amount of money in repairs I've had to put in it. The GPS is now screwed up along with the clock built into it.

A few times I've considered selling it, but I figured that it'd cost too much for a newer car. I plan to keep it for now, but I think the GPS will have to be the same for now, because if I fix it, it might cost another grand which I don't have.

I love the car a lot, but if I buy another Acura it'd be a newer one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2008

4th Feb 2010, 23:31

I have a 97 RL also, and the Navigation is giving me issues, too. If you still have your car, I found a site that has the GPS hard disk for $90 - www.navhelp.com - I just wish there was an upgrade to have coast to coast coverage on one disk.

I've found that while some of the repairs on an Acura or Honda can be a bit on the expensive side, it's well worth the cost. We both have a 13 year old car that is still a "head turner", and is still more advanced than some of the new cars on the road today.

Hope this helps!

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews