1997 Acura CL User Reviews

1997 Acura CL Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 15 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"beautiful car" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Josh writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Premium Coupe Review
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Solid build, good looks, and it's comfy and quick as hell for the engine size.

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Cost of repairs

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Acuras Last... — I'm at 207,000 miles but the car doesn't look like it was made in '97. Solid car for the money. Only downside is cost of repairs (which are, fortunately, rather infrequent all things considered). Every morning I enjoy getting into it. How many people can say that about their 200K+ car.

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khenn151 writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.0 Coupe Review
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5

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Super reliable! The appearance is really nice...definitely does not look like a car made in 1997. Very sleek. The sunroof is so nice to have. Very comfortable and spacious, both in the front and back seats. The trunk is very spacious as well.

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The cost of maintenance is a bit high. It takes synthetic oil so that's always more costly, but it lasts 6,000 miles instead of 3,000 so it makes up for it.  The tires are also a bit costly. It fits 5 comfortably, however getting a carseat in/out is difficult.

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I Really Loved This Car! — Overall, a fantastic car. It was my first car and it outlasted all of my friends' newer first cars. The acceleration, braking, and handling were great. I felt comfortable driving in the slush and snow for the most part. Its a fun car to drive. It's small and low to the ground so you kind of have a "racecar" feel to it. Loved the car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MsLake writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Premium Coupe Review
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5

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Drives smooth & quiet & is fast. Decent sound system

Cons

Don't like two doors anymore due to having two kids

MsLake
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Cute Sports Car That Drives Very Well — I like the style & I find the car comfortable. This car has a manual transmission which gives more control driving & manual transmissions are great on gas. Very sporty car & it drives like a dream. Check it out I'm sure you'll like it...

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acura_coupe writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Premium Coupe Review
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sunroof,

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maintainence costs

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Not A Bad Little Coupe — i like like car. acceleration isn't bad considering it has 320K KMS, braking is decent, handling is great especially at lower speeds. the appearance is decent, although i liked it a lot more when i first got the car. . interior is very nice for a 97. the transmission fluid is not cheap. however, car gets 850 kms highway per tank. overall, 3.5 stars sadly its governed to around 185 kms per hour.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tim writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Coupe Review
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Reliable, good overall quality, unique rear design, somewhat sporty, good MPG

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Too practical(?), kinda slow, my 1984 Nissan had a fancier interior

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Great Overall Car — This is probably the most practical car I've owned. Good MPG, very cheap to maintain, minimal issues. I changed the oil regularly and that was about it. Good MPG for long highway commutes. If you have the 5 speed manual it's pretty fun to drive, though its definitely not a fast car. Two door design may draw complaints if you tend to pile the friends in.

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SebastianVA writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Coupe Review
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3

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The car maneuvers well, and the wood grain lining on the console is a nice touch.

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It's a small car, and like any coupe, is tough to get people in and out of the back.

SebastianVA
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Not Bad For A First Car. — I liked the fact that you can put stuff in the trunk from the back seat by putting down the arm rest. Also, I could fit a lot of different things up at the front with me, inside the driver arm rest and within the front console.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brent writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Coupe Review
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it's got honda's big block in it

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the body damage

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Nice Daily Driver — the performance of the car is great for how big it is. i have over 200k miles on it and drive it hard and it still doesn't miss a beat. even though it looks like a space ship it will grow on you.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nathanael writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Coupe Review
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unique, sporty, and luxory

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automatic transmission, but a minor setback

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Well Worth It And It Should Go A Very Long Time If Taken Care Of — great little car, mine is the base so it is not really that quick, but is very reliable. I am sold on Acura and might be buying the 2003 Cl Type S with a six speed manual and 265 HP. The only weakness of the 97 is the automatic transmission, so the Type S will solve that.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Peter writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 3.0 Premium Coupe Review
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Acceleration, Handling, Features, Design

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Sweet Cl — I love how this car drives. Its has a nice exhaust tone when you start it up and its fast. Getting to where I need to go is never a problem. Having 200 horsepower and a slick automatic gives this car some crazy pick-up. The car brakes when it needs to and handles excellently. Besides all that, the car is comfortable as well. It has plush leather seating, heated seats and mirrors, moonroof, BOSE CD, wood trim and enough room for 5. It can whip around corners and its relatively easy to park. The quality of the car is solid. It's needed normal maintance repairs as well as wear items such as the timing belt. The car still feels solid and new for a 12 year old car. The car looks like nothing on the road. The front looks like a Honda Accord, but the back is its own. There is a distinctive crease going from the front of the car, down the middle, to the back of the car. The slick roofline gives it a distinctive design as well. The interior and the exterior has held up beautifully for its age. After getting the fuel system cleaned and other maintenance, Ive been able to consistently get between 19-22 m.p.g. (mix of city and highway). As for the fun factor, this car is definitely fun. Slamming the gas from a stop and hitting the V-TEC is like no other. Even on the highway, getting to 80 is easy. Its like a rush like no other and its an awesome, reliable and gorgeous car to drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Gray writes:
1997 Acura CL 2 Dr 2.2 Coupe Review
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Reliability, looks, economy

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Transmission rebuild

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Great Little Car — Been a great car, no real issues except a transmission rebuild at 200,000 kms. Now at 340,000 and still going strong. Minor brake issues, but I need to take care of those soon. Bosy is still in great shape and the car still looks good. Here are 3 more words. Let me post this now.

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2003 Acura CL Reviews

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I really love the power it has along with the handling. Very low maintenance costs and a super reliable car. Built to put a lot of miles on, these Acura's last forever. The Bose sound system with 6 CD... Read More

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2002 Acura CL Reviews

2002 Acura Cl Type S By HBreck

Owned from May 2005 through February 2007. Good power, so-so fuel economy, ok handling, but the handling suffered by comparison to my previous car, a 1997 Honda Prelude. Heavy for a coupe, and somewha... Read More

Proud Of Owning One! By xakeo

Love it! Style-wise still one of the best looking cars out there even 9 years later. Very reliable car, built to last a long time. Wish it was four door at this point in time! Very easy to maintain an... Read More

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2001 Acura CL Reviews

My Best Friend By Maxamillius

This car was my first car. Never gave me many problems except for the cylinders misfiring. when it isn't jerking, it drives very smoothly and is overall comfortable. i have been through snow, water, h... Read More

Great Car! By jakedelrio

Perfect size, nice handling and just sporty enough without calling attention. The ride and acceleration is surprising and overall is a very luxurious and premium feel. Have had a great time with this ... Read More

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1999 Acura CL Reviews

Good Student Car By CraigV

I bought this car for my 16 yr old son. Wanted something reliable, somewhat sporty, and with a manual transmission. He drove it for over 3 years and had very few problems with it (rear brake calipers,... Read More

A Fun 4(5) Seater Coupe. By Garrett

This was a fun little car, and I was sad to see it go. The acceleration on the car was surprising fast for a 4 cylinder. I have no complaints about the steering or braking either. The car is solid... Read More

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1998 Acura CL Reviews

1998 Acura Cl 3.2l By emeccaauto1

This car is pretty fun to drive with a 5 speed manual. Reliability? This car wrote the book on it. Which is what every Honda/Acura has come to know and love. It has 167k miles and runs like new, no ma... Read More

Great Car With One Fatal Flaw By clintonics

I love this little car, it was cheap but performs very well and is very comfortable with leather heated seats power everything, a Bose sound system, a sunroof and a great ride. The car is incredib... Read More

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