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Falling out of love with my Acura
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By Dr. Rich
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1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe


Review

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!


Best Features

Stylish good looks, excellent handling, especially taking hard curves.


Worst Features

Very costly to maintain, and not as reliable as other Japanese products.


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Nice car
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By ayee
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1997 Acura CL 3.0 2dr Coupe


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I bought this car new since 1997. It currently now has 161000. I get around 24 mpg. My only complain is that the electrical system has problems over the years, such as bad starter, alternator, ignitor, to name a few.


Best Features

Comfort, power, mechanical reliability, fun to drive.


Worst Features

fold down back seat, improved electrical system reliability.


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My first new/used car
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By Player A
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1997 Acura CL 3.0 Premium 2dr Coupe


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Bought this car used. Drives well, although the turning radius could be tighter. Very reliable. Got 29mpg while traveling interstate; 24mpg in the city. Changing oil couldn't be easier with this car. My first Acura, definately not my last.


Best Features

Ergonomics


Worst Features

Dropping the passenger seats to increase trunk volume instead of the "passthru"


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I rate this 2.2 an 8.5.
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Performance
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By jmac360
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Vehicle

1997 Acura CL 2.2 2dr Coupe


Review

Buying this car was a smart decision. Think of the CL as a dressed-up Accord. I love the distinctive styling. The back end is especially slick. I've experienced very few problems. Average MPG is 23. The 4cyl is enough pull for most if you go with the 5-speed manual. The brakes are kinda weak when compared to other luxury models. The turning radius is too wide. The ride is fairly sporty but not harsh. The interior is typical Honda everything is in the right place. Not a cheap, but not luxurious. The front seats are nice and there's a lot of leg room. The back seat is fine for 2 people under 5 10.


Best Features

many standard features, reliability, exterior styling


Worst Features

brakes, engine


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Awesome car
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By aaahcky6
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1997 Acura CL 3.0 Premium 2dr Coupe


Review

I have had this car for almost a year and have had no problems at all. It has plenty of power with a classic look. I plan to drive it for a while.


Best Features

comfort, power, looks, and driveablity


Worst Features

manual transmission on the 3.0 but it is now avalible on the new cl


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