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:
158,000 miles

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1997 Acura CL electrical problems

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1997 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 202016


  • 218,000 miles


Sometimes don't start

- Dinuba, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 201998


  • miles
The contact owns a 1997 Acura Cl. The contact stated that the ignition key was difficult to remove from the vehicle without warning. In addition, the key failed to start the vehicle intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V120000 (electrical system). The failure mileage and VIN were not available.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 152011


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Acura Cl. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was then pulled over to the shoulder of the road. After turning the key in the ignition the vehicle restarted. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostics. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, and the contact was informed that the vehicle was previously repaired under recall 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The vehicle was not repaired a second time. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 042010


  • 212,000 miles
1997 Acura Cl cuts off/quits while driving. It will not restart at first but after a rest it will restart. This happened over 6 month period. Then it would not start back at all. Many repairs were attempted which included changing fuel relay and ignition switch. Car is still stalling unexpectedly and now revs at intervals while driving. Very unreliable and dangerous to drive.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022008


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Acura Cl. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road. The contact attempted to move to the side of the road and the vehicle restarted. When this occurred, she had to hold the key in the ignition in the on position to drive to his residence. She also had to hold the keys in the on position to take the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the ignition switch was not working. The vehicle stalled without warning. The weather and road conditions were not a factor. Once at the dealer, they stated that there was a recall; however, her VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

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