1997 Acura CL Consumer Review: My love / hate relationship

1997 Acura CL - Consumer Review

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My love / hate relationship
By RC30126 on


1997 Acura CL 2.2 Premium 2dr Coupe


Bought the car new when it came out
in '96 as a '97 model. Since day 1, it
has been plagued by squeeks and
rattles. Dealership still couldn't fix
these after 6 attempts. I enjoy
driving the car (when it runs
properly), but has been the most
aggravating car (and least reliable) I
have ever owned. Aside from a
ridiculous amount of rattles in the
dash, the driver side window motor was
replaced, radiator fan, oxygen sensor,
transmission.... Will probably never
buy another Acura.... and I previously
owned 3 other Honda products which
NEVER gave me such grief.

Best Features

Still looks good, and drives well (when it's not acting up). Quality interior materials.

Worst Features

Improve the build quality! My other car is a Lexus, and the difference between these cars is night and day (and the Lexus dealership kisses my butt much more!)
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