1997 Acura CL Consumer Review: Falling out of love with my Ac

1997 Acura CL - Consumer Review

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2.2 Premium Coupe (2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Falling out of love with my Acura
By Dr. Rich on


1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe


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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