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More repairs than expected
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By JBruce
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1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe


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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.


Best Features

Styling, engine acceleration and fuel mileage, climate control, leather seats.


Worst Features

CL has been discountinued. Acura's new models are getting great reviews and are recommended, but an older CL may not be that reliable


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Awesome car
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By Lucien
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1997 Acura CL 3.0 Premium 2dr Coupe


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I have had my car for 5 years. Looks as good as new cars. 1997 design is better than the newer CL's on the market. With regular maintenance and upkeep, had no problems with this car. Best purchase I could have made. Will stick with Acura for a while. They make GREAT cars.


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Best Car I Ever Owned
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By KZone
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1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe


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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.


Best Features

Great mileage, low maintenance, very reliable car.


Worst Features

Weak rear defrost and driver's side window motor. Steering wheel leather could be better. I would have gotten the 3.0 had it come with a stick.


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my car
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By KINO
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1997 Acura CL 3.0 Premium 2dr Coupe


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Love my 3.0 CL. I wish it was a manual tranny though. Fuel consumption is much more efficient than my last car. Always a soft smooth ride, handling is great, the look is slick. Just love this car and now that I'm going on 150k miles, it stills performs like it was new.


Best Features

The dark leather seats along with the wood look around the dash gives it a rich look after I put some 2001 protection on it.


Worst Features

Needs a manual tranny along with the 3.0 engine, a better a/c control switch meaning one could control the fan speed 1, 2, 3, 4 etc.


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By Max
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1997 Acura CL 3.0 Premium 2dr Coupe


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owned this car from new, very reliable. 73k miles, done all maintenance...warranty replaced computer in first year after erratic cold idle. michelin tires dry rotted after 36k, same happened to next michelins. continental extreme contacts at almost half the price seem great after 7k miles. after tune-up at 7 years 57k the emission system needed warranty cleaning. driver window motor replaced a few years ago. everything else done was routine maintenance, never a problem, great car. prefer honda dealer for work over acura for all reasons. will need muffler soon, parts are expensive.


Best Features

exterior design, handling, leather.


Worst Features

more power wouldn't hurt.


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