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Basically very reliable
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By Brad Gardner
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1997 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan


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Bought the car at 29,000 miles and now have 144,000 miles. The only problems have been both back window motors, front struts went out at about 85,000, rear struts are also out. Now, i have a broken motor mount somehow to the tune of $725.00. I have really enjoyed the car, though it does have poor cornering manners. Recommend replacing the timing belt as called for in the manual.


Best Features

Looks and comfort


Worst Features

suspension upgrades, which they did many years ago i believe


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Rock Solid
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By Rob
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1997 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan


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Bought the car as a lease return. The car has a great ride along with good road feel. Didn't have a repair until it had over 140k. I now have 169K. The leather interior still has no cracks. I use 87 octane gas. No problem. I can't find a good reason to buy another car. The 3.5 RL has lousy resale making it the best value in used car value.


Best Features

Good head room. Smooth ride.


Worst Features

Back seat that folds down.


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Quality Vehicle
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By sdem
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1997 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan


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I was running through Edmunds while looking to purchase my wife a new Acura and thought i'd place a review in for my acura. i can't say anything bad about it. i bought it used in 2000 and it's now 10 years old and still looks incredible. friends are baffled on how well it looks, how well it drives and how reliable it is. need i say more.


Best Features

Timeless styling and power when i need it.


Worst Features

after owning a car for 7 years its easy to get bored of a car, but i can't say there is anything else they should have done extra


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Great Left Brain Car!!!
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By Joe
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1997 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan


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This car is very Reliable,comfortable,roomy,and did I mention reliable, but that is pretty much it.The window regulator in the rear driver window went out and some bulbs in the dash, but that's it!The car is built well enough and is Reliable!NO soul stirring emotion though.You could take it home to meet mom but is a lousy date!!!This has got to be the most boring car I have ever owned.The engine is slow off the line and it corners like a hearse,but it's reliable!I recommend it for the reliability but that's it.It screams HONDA and is not worth the original sticker.Good thing I bought it used and only for business.It is a passionless yet reliable car!!!


Best Features

Reliability,Smooth Ride, Roomy interior,wood trim is ok.


Worst Features

More passion(cured by current model) Stereo is bad and get some better regulators for the windows.After all this IS supposed to be a luxury car,Oh while your at it remove all the "HONDA" badging in ALL the windows!!!It looks like an Accord that grew old!!!But its Reliable!!!!! =)


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By LoveMy RL
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1997 Acura RL Sedan 3.5 4dr Sedan


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Bought the car with 80k, it now has 180k. What a car! Nothing similar in looks, quality, or drive. Quality all-over. Love this car, will probably buy a newer one. No major troubles after 180k. Interior is spaceous, great car. Can't say enough about it. Two items on wish list though, bigger engine, what's up with the EGR ports? Cleaning them evey 20k, what are they? Is it the lower gas quality? other then that, this car drives like a thoroughbred horse. Only suggestion to you--- buy one.


Best Features

Style. Quality. Noise control. Drive. Roominess. Did I mention Quality?


Worst Features

Larger engine. Fix EGR ports so they don't need to be cleaned so often. Style improvements are on later years ('99 and above, Cant wait to try those!)


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