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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems Notes: The 1997 CL suffered from repeated failures of the driver side power window. Acura replaced the power window motor under their standard warranty and is some cases even offered warranty extensions, perhaps side-stepping a recall.


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1997 Acura CL brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #4

May 121999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


ABS light comes on, and with that a noise is heard in the system, engine light also comes on, when applying brakes they go to the floor which eventually stops vehicle, ABS light stays on, contacted dealer, and dealer stated that ABS is leaking. Dealer has repaired and replaces other major parts of the vehicles, such as the alternator and starter, egr valve was replaced due to the engine light coming on, brake light, transmission was serviced, the window regulator was replaced.left front window does not go up,2.left front door regulator,3.high mount brake light,4.egr valve 5.starter

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 142000


  • miles
ABS light stayed on. After taking my vehicle to the radley Acura dealer service department was told that the ABS modulator and accumulator has failed. It was recommended by the service technician that this equipment be replaced for proper operation.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 112000


  • miles
Consumer has noticed ABS light illuminating on dashboard. Contacted dealer. Upon recall 99V069/ lower ball joint repairs, mechanic noticed ABS brake module and actuator have malfunctioned and caused a slight change in braking ability.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 301998


  • miles
Brake rotors resurfaced 3/98 @ 4,276 mi.; replaced 10/08 @ 11,160 mi.; resurfaced(R) and replaced(F) 5/99 @ 18,511 mi.; resurfaced(F) and replaced(R) 9/99 @ 23,500 mi. Have another 1997 Acura 3.0 Cl acquired at same time with similar mileage; brake rotors have been resurfaced twice and replaced once. Are brakes adequately sized for weight of vehicle?

- Montgomery, AL, USA

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