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:
66,106 miles

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1997 Acura CL electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 212010


  • 152,072 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Acura 3.0 Cl. The contact stated that the key could not be removed from the ignition while in park or drive. The contact noticed NHTSA campaign id number: 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) but was advised by the manufacturer that his VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 152,072.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Mar 292006

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,354 miles
Car stalled on freeway - full electrical shutdown - gauges dropped. Put car into neutral, restarted ignition, slight grind at starter, and car started. Pulled over when safe & when put car in reverse, heard whining/grinding noise and it wouldn't engage. Drive worked fine so drove to dealer. Dealer found ignition to be defective and covered under recall - it caused the stall. Dealer said transmission needed replacement for $4800 - won;T cover it and say the transmission failure and stall have noting to do with each other. The stall was very unsafe and shifting into neutral was best safest manuever (agreed to by dealer and Acura usa), but they argue no causality. Seeking remedy through bureau of auto repair, lawsuit if necessary.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012005


  • miles
1997 Acura Cl 3.0 has problems with the ignition switch. The consumer vehicle was stalled out as she was driving. The consumer was advised in July 2004 that there was a recall and to take the vehicle to the nearest dealership, however in Feb 2005, the vehicle began to stall again while traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was towed and upon examining the vehicle, the consumer was told the ignition switch was the source of the problem. The consumer stated that problem had already been taken care of, however the dealer stated the previous dealer did not use the correct part for the recall. The consumer took the vehicle back to the original dealer who then stated it was not the ignition switch, but the 02 sensor and egr valve which was eventually replaced, however 2 weeks later the vehicle stalled out again. The dealer finally determined that it was indeed the ignition switch after the consumer bought her personal mechanic with her to the dealer. The dealer stated the part was not covered under warranty and there would be a charge. The consumer eventually had her personal mechanic replace the ignition switch.

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 012000


  • miles
Consumer states that the key can only be removed when in neutral gear, consumer had the entire ignition replaced, later received recall 02V12 and states manufacturer refuses to reimburse.

- Topeka, KS, USA

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