hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,000 miles

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1998 Acura CL steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 162015


  • 171,000 miles


Driving into work on Thursday the 16th of April, 2015 I was rounding a designated U-turn at approximately 3-5mph. As I was midway through the turn, my car dropped on the passenger side and a scrapping noise started to sound. My car stopped abruptly and a grinding noise made me weary to move. Becoming stationary, I was sideways in the middle of the road with cars approaching. I proceeded to slowly inch my car out of the road and into a safe location with the grinding noise. When I lifted my car up using the jack in the trunk I could visibly see my lower ball joint had come out of the socket and the suspension on the passenger side was collapsed. If this occurred approximately half a mile before the location of the incident I would have been doing 70mph on highway 75. I am lucky that this component failure did not result in the wheel buckling under the pressure of the break. Also I am lucky there were no more than a few cars approaching me when this occurred (T-bone situation). I have been on the NHTSA website to confirm NHTSA campaign number: 99V069000 has been repaired and is for this exact same consequence, which it seems to be. I understand that this may be categorized as a wear component but the ball joint on any car should never come out of place or fail at all. I have recently had to have another item that was already recalled and repaired done again due to the recall not holding up. The issue campaign number: 02V120000 was with the ignition switch contacts spreading resulting in a stall condition and in come cases a no-start condition post stall. The issue was addressed and just re-completed in the beginning of the month so it seems to me that the fixes that are being implemented by Acura seem to bandage the problem instead of a robust fix that will not present the issue in the future. I have already contacted Acura whom stated they will not do anything for me.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 042003

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
1998 Acura Cl 3.0. the steering is loose. Imperfections of the road pull the steering wheel. Sometimes dangerously so. Sometimes depending on the defect in the road and the driving event (evasive maneuver, heavy breaking) the car is almost impossible to keep in ones' lane. I have searched online forums, and this problems effects other Acura owners, unlike other issues, this one seems to be a mystery. Please help. Sincerely robert gentile.

- Naples, FL, USA

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