I bought this car around 4/07 from a private owner with 100k on it. They were the original owners and kept the car up well. I like this car a lot and wish Acura would bring it back (currently they have no 2-door cars available). But anyway, so far this car has treated me pretty well and is fun to drive. Only strange thing that has happened is the brake light in the dash... it will not go off sometimes when I start up the car even though the emergency brake is comletely off. The light usually goes out once it has been driven a few minutes. Also the cruise- control light sometimes does not light up at night. I assume it is very minor electrical stuff to blame for both.
I love the exterior design of this car. I also like the interior. I like how the instrument cluster uses a fancy-looking font for the letters and numbers, kinda italicized (not available on the '97 models). Car is good on gas too. Driver seat is extremely comfortable!
The following is what I think they should've improved on: a stronger engine, brighter interior nighttime lights, redesigned cupholder, A/C controls closer to driver w/larger buttons and a digital odom/tripmeter.
Bought a 1999 CL 3.0 new from the dealership. Only the dealership serviced my car. Four transmissions at 67K miles. Dealership and Corporate Acura would not do anything on behalf of customer loyalty to make this right except an occasional free oil change. Do not, do not, do not buy an Acura!
I have all options except a spoiler - love the car itself, but would never buy another Acura.
Re-engineer the transmission. After all, Acuras are upscale Hondas and you would expect them to be reliable (not reliably breaking down). This is one very dissatisfied customer!
I purchased a new CL 3.0 and only had the Acura dealership work on the car, including every single maintenance appointment. At 67K miles, I had my fourth transmission installed. I am very upset, as neither the dealership nor corporate Acura will do anything to make this right. I've purchased two consecutive extended warranties just to keep from going in the poor house. I strongly urge people to steer clear from the Acuras!
The transmission is poorly designed. They should have made changes and accommodations to customers who were diligent in caring for their cars who have had the transmissions replaced over and over.
I was unemployed when I had to buy a car. For $17K I bought a car with 19K on it, which has leather and heated seats, a spoiler, good acceleration, a moonroof, fantastic reliability, and holds its value. No other car has this combination for that kind of price. To think that I could have bought a new boring Corolla for the same price! It's so reliable that I did waste the extra $800 I paid for an extended warranty. I put in 64K miles on it. Only problem was an alternator that had to be replaced after it suddenly died on me. Not one other thing went bad.
Heated seats - great for Chicago. Does great in the snow. Allows to keep the same speed on snow as I watch the BMW's and other assorted rear wheel drive vehicle on the side of the road! Price - Wow, best value for what you get. No wonder Acura stopped making it - It was too good! Fun driving it
Road noise (from the wind and the road), Better sound system. I spent $2K on a new system and now I feel I'm driving a luxury car. Turning radius is terrible.