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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,433 miles

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1997 Acura RL drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1997 Acura RL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 012005

RL 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,433 miles


While consumer was traveling vehicle stopped. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the passenger front ball joint stud has broken off from the lower ball joint. Mechanic informed consumer that the left and right ball joints needed to be replaced. Updated 4/12/2006 - there was no noise prior to the failure. The passenger side axle also failed. The consumer contacted Honda Canada for assistance but they refused because the vehicle is being operated in the United States in addition to the vehicle being outside the warranty parameters.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

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