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!
Stylish good looks, excellent handling,
especially taking hard curves.
Very costly to maintain, and not as
reliable as other Japanese products.
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.
Comfort, power, mechanical reliability,
fun to drive.
fold down back seat, improved
electrical system reliability.
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.
Dropping the passenger seats to
increase trunk volume instead of
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
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.
many standard features, reliability,