Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,000 miles

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1997 Acura CL drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1997 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 272014

CL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Acura Cl. The contact stated that while driving 3 mph and making a hard right turn, there was a loud pop sound heard as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the contact's house. The contact stated that the driver's side lower ball joint was fractured and became detached. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000. Updated 6/10/14 also, the driver's side cv axle was replaced. Updated 07/08/1

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #1

May 071997


  • miles
Transmission contro unit failed.

- Barrett Pa, GA, USA

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