by Len Morgan on Jul 20, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe
Bought my stick 2.2 a year old with only about 8k miles. Only 65k NOW, due to driving 3 other cars, incl. a CRX and Prelude. (Certified Honda nut!). No significant maintenance or driveability problems, even after getting run off a mountain road into a big (life-saving) snowbank in December.
by JBruce on Dec 14, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe
We bought this CL with 62,000 miles on it and it was 7 years old. It is premium coupe with spoiler, leather seats, sunroof and climate control with CD player. At 80,000 miles, the clutch went out. While in the shop, they found the rear main seal leaking, the plastic radiator leaking, the front CV joints shot and several other smaller problems. Cost about $1,800 to fix. At 105,000 miles, the starter went out and they found the ring gear on the flywheel was shot and loose. Another $400. The security system quit working. We have had 4 other Honda cars, and none of them needed this kind of expensive repairs, even when they were over 100,000 miles. Don' think we recommend a used CL.
by KZone on Sep 19, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe
I have had this car since new, and after 8 years and 267,000+ miles my CL still looks and drives great. Other than normal maintenance and wear and tear items, no major repairs ever made- I still have the original clutch on my 5 speed manual transmission and get 34 mpg highway, and average 30+ mpg overall.
by Satisfied CL Owner on Apr 4, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe
Purchased my 2.2 CL brand new in 1997. 125k miles later, it's still running wonderfully. I've performed the required maintenance every 7500 miles and it's never had any problem other than replacement of worn parts like brakes, tires, headlights...etc.This car gets the highest rating in reliability. I'm not sure if the other reviewers just got lemons, but driving style, weather, road conditions, and quality of your mechanic do influence how well the car holds up.
by Dr. Rich on Jul 14, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe
There were so many things to love about
my 97CL: handling, performance, good
looks. But alas, during the past 6
months, I've had to replace the
starter, AC condenser & evaporator and
routine maintenance are costing almost
$3,500. I only have 82,000 miles and I
really pampered my CL. Sad to say, I
don't love this car anymore. Other
people will rave about its reliability,
but that has not been my experience,
and the cost to repair is hideous. My
last 2 cars (1989 Camry 146,000 miles
and 1994 Nissan Quest 163,000 miles)
were not nearly as expensive to
maintain. Maybe I expected too much,
but I thought this car would last
longer without so many repairs!
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