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'97 TL, an Excellent Car
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By Clay
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1997 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan


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Excellent car in every way. At 110,000 miles the dealer replaced the o2 sensor and the spark plugs under the free Acura extended emissions warranty (up to 150,000 miles). Otherwise the car has been extremely reliable with only regular maintenance. Regular maintenance costs were low. The paint and the fit and finish of all interior and exterior parts are still great after eight years of use. And it's still comfortable and fun to drive with good acceleration, braking, and handling.


Best Features

The exterior styling is classic and unique, unlike most newer cars which try to look different and all end up looking the same. The interior is comfortable and well laid-out.


Worst Features

I don't have many suggestions. The wheels are only 15 inch. A slightly larger wheel and tire might look better, but then it wouldn't be "original" anymore, would it?


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Luxurious Ride
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By Jenny
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1997 Acura TL 2.5 Premium 4dr Sedan


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I bought my 1997 Acura 2.5 TL in 2004. The paint has held up wonderfully with a great topcoat. The sleek design is very desirable to most. No cracks or problems with the leather interior. Very little maintenance problems. A very luxurious ride. I am very pleased.


Best Features

Body Style, leather interior with woodgrain trim, great stereo, smooth ride.


Worst Features

Could use more back seat room. Sits a bit low to the ground.


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Great car for the money
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By 3.2 premiun
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1997 Acura TL 3.2 Premium 4dr Sedan


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Just bought a used TL with 73000 miles. The car looks great and has all the features you can ask for $8500. My only complaint is that I had to have the starter replaced at 74000 miles, and the starter for this car is pretty expensive considering its a honda ($550). I also notice when I park slowly I can hear the gas swishing in the gas tank, it also seems like the fan always turns on when the car turns off. Otherwise the car is very fun to drive. It handles great, the interior and exterior look great.


Best Features

Fake wood trim, side mirror defrost, heated seats, hidden windshield wiper sprayers.


Worst Features

Sun glass holder, some kind of vtec (either the gas saving kind or the performance kind), driver side foot rest closer, brighter interior lights


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97 3.2 TL
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By John
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1997 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan


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Great audio for a stock system. Beautiful car and much more elegant than Toyota. Solid engine, but it could use a little more power. Very reliable, but the gas mileage isn't the greatest. Never try to change the timing belt yourself. It took me three days. It can be done, but it's a pain. If you change the transmission and differential fluid often it will shift very smoothly and erase the "clicking" sound when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. Overall, a very stylish and dependable car. I'll be driving this for a while.


Best Features

Stereo. The general look of the car. The interior is beautiful.


Worst Features

Gas mileage.


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I love this car!
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By bw
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1997 Acura TL 2.5 Premium 4dr Sedan


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I have owned 3 Acuras and this is by far my favorite. I bought this new in 1997, have put over 200,000 miles on it and have only done basic scheduled maintenance on the car. Reliability and quality are exceptional. The look is timeless and my mechanic says I could put another 150,000 miles on the car without a worry. Rides like a dream. Buy this car and you'll never buy another brand again.


Best Features

Look of an upscale car without the price, drives quietly and has plenty of trunk space.


Worst Features

The only thing I would like to see is the middle console angled slightly toward the driver.


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