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#2 of 25 cl owners
Jul 08, 2000 (1:44 am)
Hello all. I have a 99 black 3.0 and I can't stop praising the thing to my friends. There is one thing I want to ask about: Ever since I got my windows tinted there is the smallest hint of wind noise coming through the passenger door when going over 65mph. I've taken it to the dealer and they keep saying its just the car breaking in, but that noise doesn't exist on my side. I'm sure that they just don't want to do some laborious task like changing the rubber seal which I suspect is wrong. What recourse do I have to get them to make it right? Just curious because I don't want to have to get nasty with my service guy.
Jul 08, 2000 (11:52 pm)
1st Generation CLs ----- hey could one of you look behind your rear licence plate --feel up above it-- i can reach my hand up there and can see some exposed wires --am i missing a cover plate? --let me know please ---
I have almost 7500mi on my 99CL 2.3 Manual Black and am about to take it in for a tire rotation and "visual" inspection --am taking it elsewhere than the dealership --they wanted ~140$ vs. 40$ some place else ---- Id like to hear more comments about the first generation CLs --there is somuch about the 2001 --but on some other message board i saw a post about the 2002 CL so theyll get thiers soon too ---what sort of problems have you all run into with your CLs , if any, what are you doing, paying for maintenance.... etc..
MMAL -- you could go for a highway drive with the service manager and point out the noise
Jul 10, 2000 (1:44 am)
I am beginning to think that U.S. Honda's and Acura's are better built than the Japanese. So far my 99 CL has had less problems than my 95 Integra had at 21,000 miles.
Also, I spoke to a person who has sold cars for 16 years and read a report saying that U.S. Honda/Acura products have had less problems than their Japanese counterparts. However, I don't know where he got that info.
Plus, I really need to wax my car, but it is white and I fear I won't be able to see the wax to get it completely off. Suggestions?
Jul 10, 2000 (2:02 am)
For skip barber I went to Lime Rock, Ct also. I am surprised they didn't let you take it on the Autocross.
The course I drove on was where you do the timed run with the Neon's and Viper's on the 2nd day.
I did a two day course and they let us drive our cars at the very end of the day.
Did you take the one day course, if so, that maybe why they didn't let you take the car out.
How did you like that skidpad with the pick-up's. That was awesome, I loved doing the power slides.
Don't worry, you will notice the waxbecause it leaves a haze on the car when it dry's, you can't miss it.
Also, my Brother decided not to buy my CL after all so I am trading it in, Would you believe the dealer is only giving me $17,800 for the trade in ? I know the depreciation for the first year or two is hard, but I expected a little more. It's actually $500. under the wholesale book value. There reason was that Acura was giving huge discounts on them towards the end of the model year and because my car is in such great condition and the color is right, they are giving me a good number.
Originally they offered me $17,000 even, there was no way I was taking that ! ! !
Jul 10, 2000 (9:52 am)
rgs3 ---i got interested in the 99CL in november sometime when i noticed on EDMUNDS --that there was a $2000 incentive on it --it came down to my price range more then ---and yeah i learned sometime right before the negotiation that it was made in Ohio --i payed so much attention to everything else i guess --that almost slipped by me --i was hesitent by this some-- but Honda pounded the reliability image so well --i doubted whether there could be a shoddy honda --and overall this is true --there is nothing really thats happened to disuade me of this --its got 7500mi though --i dont know what it is that makes me respect the Japanese worker over the American one --i try not to --dont want to feel that way --perhaps its that i see the way i work -and my co workers and how work is viewed here in the US (to some degree) and hey im not sure that Americans dont have the right attitude about work --why put your life into it when the top dogs are getting the money ............. anyway --i had a window rattle --windshield was rubbing against the dash --and to fix this the dealer put a styrophome strip between the window and dash-- they did this most of the length ----but where the strip ran out they put in packing like material (ripped up loose styrophome pieces that are sticking out --some have fallen down in the crack ----this made me mad --but they said theyd fix it -- i hear rattles here and there --squeaky seat --door panel feels loose --the seatbelt where it hooks into the floor plastic has fallen off --the material in the truck looks not so good --overall i am happy --i bought the car for (20370) plus paperwork for a total of 20500 ---i might be more upset if i paid full price -----what gets my goat now is the service interval charges --my dealership wants $172 for the 7500mi tire rotation and VISUAL inpection --im going elsewhere for less then $40 ---what are you all paying for service?
Jul 10, 2000 (6:56 pm)
Yep, I took the one day course. My wife gave it to me as a present. It really was a gas! The skid pad IS awesome. I knew what to expect as I used to drive cars on lake ice as a kid in Wisconsin. But doing it on flat pavement, and keeping it going around that circle was an education and then a lot of fun. I really loved the autocross and those Vipers. Now that was driving!
#8 of 25 "Driving Lights" - Bulbs
Jul 21, 2000 (3:52 pm)
The general concensus seems to be that the standard "driving lights" on the CL are useless and serve no real purpose. I agree and want to do something to make them functional.
Prior postings suggest amber bulbs, Platinum halogens, etc.
I believe the way to go is 55W white halogens but I'm concerned the lamp housing/reflector/and lens might not be able to take the heat and may melt/distort. Also will the wiring take the current demand for the halogens? Anyone have any first hand experience or thoughts on this?
#10 of 25 Maintenance Question
Aug 28, 2000 (6:36 pm)
I just had my 97 3.0CL in for maintenance and they changed the coolant and brake fluid. How much did they charge you? I would ask to see a revised maintenance schedule if it's changed.