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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,667 miles

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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012003

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles


Vehicle unable to start. No response. Starter motor defective. 2nd replacement. 1st replacement occurred in Dec 2003.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Oct 302000


  • miles
After taken vehicle to dealer for regular maintenance on 27-Oct-2000, vehicle was showing problem with the starter. It had to be restarted a couple times.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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