really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles

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1997 Acura TL electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 142018


  • 120,000 miles


Although my car is about 20 years old now, I've done a lot of research about the problems I've experienced and it appears cars made from 1997 experienced malfunctioning ignition switches. My key will not start my engine and has gotten stuck inside the cylinder many times. I just replaced the battery as well due to my vehicle stalling when I turn it on. There should be no reason other than the faulty machinery that's giving me all this trouble. Many of the people who have this make, model, and year have expirenced these exact issues. I believe you guys have issued a recall which is why I'm informing the company. Hopefully you can help. Thank you.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 052008


  • 101,000 miles
My 1997 Acura TL 2.5 spontaneously burst into flames in the area of the starter. This was clearly an electrical problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

May 092006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 1997 Acura TL has been acting up. It would stall periodically without any warning (I.e when I was going on the highway, the car ran just fine; but all the sudden I lose power and the car stall. It also happen when I took the inside road.) when I tried to restarted the car. It wouldn't started. I waited 10 minutes later, it started, but only to stall again after 5 minutes.) I had to have tow it to my mechanic but the car started fine when he tried it. He ran a computer diagnostic test but couldn't not find any thing wrong with it. The car work fine for about a week; then it start stalling again. I have to wait from 10 min to an hour sometime for the car to start up again. This problem has cause me to almost get into several wrecks and made other drivers angry at me. I called the dealer and they said my car has some recalls which previous owner had already had it fixed. I do not have the money to bring it to my dealer. And I cannot figure out what is wrong with it.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

May 162005

TL 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
There was heavy rain the night before the incident occurred. The vehicle was parked in driveway when the consumer got up and went to get in the car and found that the driver's side door, driver side dash, and driver side seat had burned. The floorboard was damaged by dripping plastic. The only hot wire was in the door locking mechanism. The fire would not have happened if there was a fuse operational in the circuit. The battery was almost brand new, and it was almost dead. The caller stated that the only reason the fire died out was because it ran out of oxygen. The manufacturer was called, and has not returned the call. Also the caller indicated that the door lock made a noise even after the doors were locked but not all the time. The vehicle was determined unrepairable.

- Springville, CA, USA

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