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Acura CL, Coupe
#1508 of 1965 From a CL owner:
Feb 17, 2003 (10:19 am)
I have a 2002 Acura CL(base) with about 10,500 miles on it. Have done oil changes every 3,000. Thats a shame its going to be gone but what can you do. When I was looking at cars I wanted something that was nice looking no matter if it was a sports car or luxury car. I saw a CL on the road one time and decided to do a little research. Price sounded good to me. Went to a dealership in July 2001. I knew I wanted that car. Went into the dealer again in September 2001: First they wanted 700 under MSRP, than they came back with 1100 under MSRP, than they came back with 1400 under MSRP, finally made a deal with 1700 under MSRP. Have had the car washed every month. I always get compliments on how clean the car is. I think the CL is a better car just go through a busy town. Its ok as a highway criuser but it likes going through a town better. I remember when the 1st generation CL came out and I went on a trip to Virginia: there were alot CL's on the road back in November 96.
#1509 of 1965 It's ironic that you mentioned the CL is a better in-town car.
Feb 17, 2003 (3:45 pm)
I've always thought the CL's power delivery is not as linear as it should be, especially in throttle on/off situations, like the kind you get purring through city traffic. Mind you, my experience is with the Type-S engine, so perhaps the regular 3.2 is smoother.
#1510 of 1965 staying in the fold
Feb 17, 2003 (3:48 pm)
How many CL owners here stepped up to a CL directly from another Honda or Acura product?
#1511 of 1965 Started off with...
Feb 17, 2003 (4:09 pm)
1998 Mazda 626. Lease was up. I wanted something that was a combonation of luxury and sport. CL was definately the way to go. I don't regret buying the car at all. I don't know the CL just likes driving in the town better. Yeah sometimes the car doesn't want to go and sometimes it does. I change the oil every 3,000 so thats not a non-issue. I don't know I drive down the highway everyday and the car doesn't feel as secure as it does on a street. Get right on the street and it acts better. The car has a mind of its own.
#1512 of 1965 "The car has a mind of its own. "
Feb 18, 2003 (12:52 am)
I think someone else posted earlier also about his CL would sometimes not perform as well as other times, with no rhyme or reason.
#1513 of 1965 Thank you for the "not-so-good" news
Feb 18, 2003 (5:10 pm)
Thank you to all the posters in this group. Sadly, I read the posts regarding the demise of a great automobile...the Acura CL/Sport.
On a positive note...there might be some good deals on new CL/S's.
#1514 of 1965 "...there might be some good deals on new CL/S's."
Feb 19, 2003 (1:06 am)
Actually I've been wondering about that. Would prices go down now that the CL is a lame duck, or would they go up due to the impending lack of supply? When a fundamentally good car goes out of production, I would think the law of supply and demand would drive prices up.
Feb 19, 2003 (12:54 pm)
Interesting question by bodble2. Here's my 0.2: I too can see prices going up if supply stops and demand for the CL continues and even increases, as in collectibles.
Looking back, demand has however diminished and trend-wise should settle to a trickle, which the grapevine says has convinced Acura to pull the plug. Doing this, Acura can free up valuable production capacity for other models.
Coupled with common knowledge of its transmission woes (common at least to prospective CL buyers), demand for last-batch CLs isn't likely to provoke "memento" prices.
The car business is quite brutal and for all the CL's goodness - the car's new and pre-owned prices will not be favorable to current owners.
Feb 19, 2003 (6:45 pm)
It could be excellent for some potential new owners, however. I got a Prelude SH for $1500 below invoice during its own death throes, with some extras thrown in, and have been thrilled about that even a year later. The CL-S 6-speed strikes me as a similar car for bargain shoppers.
Feb 19, 2003 (8:46 pm)
absolutely, it could be the deal of a decade, especially if the car will be kept for a long time such that resale value is not an issue.