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NHTSA — Suspension 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles

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1997 Acura CL suspension problems

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1997 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #4

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 #3

Jul 252008


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Acura 3.0cl. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a loud noise and felt excessive vibration from the vehicle. She experienced difficulty controlling the steering wheel. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. Prior to the failures, the power steering was not working properly. The contact was able to pull to the side of the road and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The failures caused damages to the tire and bumper. The dealer stated that the lower ball joints and drive shaft caused the failures. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 122,000.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 052000

(reported on)


  • miles
Car pulls left. Alignment done, tires changed. Still pulls.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 052000

(reported on)


  • miles
Car pulls left. Alignment done, tires changed. Still pulls.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

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