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Acura CL, Coupe
Jul 10, 2000 (8:52 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 (5:56 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 (2:52 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 (5:36 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.
#11 of 25 Acura may fix throttle body for free
Jan 08, 2007 (10:40 pm)
My engine light went on (1997, CL 2.2, 67,000 miles) and car's book indicated it would be an emissions problem. While Acura dealer service rep was waiting for authorization from extended warranty company, he instead found that the problem (THROTTLE BODY part) was covered under a bulletin/(recall?) from Acura for 1995-97 models. That covered the $770 part/labor. I got the feeling that had rep not been waiting for extended warranty authorization (it was taking awhile, since company was located near CO blizzards and employees could not get to their office) and I was just a self-paying customer, he would have never thought to look this up and he may have charged me (although perhaps there is something in their computer to alert them before charging a customer). In few days since then, someone did a rearend bump on me with a bit of a scratch. I felt it was extremely easy and inexpensive to order the touch-up paint, clearcoat and primer at Car
Touch Up Paint and, having never touched up before, there were also very easy online instructions that made me confident I can easily do it.
#12 of 25 cl radio problem
Jan 25, 2007 (6:51 am)
I have a 97 Acura CL 3.0. On two occasions, the radio went blank. The 30 amp fuse under the hood was blown twice. The Acura service rep said he would charge $200. to look at the problem. Any ideas as to what could cause the problem. Should I buy an after market radio instead or will the same problem exist?
Feb 28, 2008 (2:51 am)
my wife's cl is overheating when the A/C is turned on. Don't the the a clue to what it could be. Its a 98 cl 2.3 automatic with a crappy transmission that lags in what seems to be third gear, an exhaust leak, and the check engine is on. i know that this is more of a troubleshooting question....but shouldn't there be a troubleshooting topic also? Doesn't feel like it belongs here in care and maintenance. thanx for reading and any ideas besides buying a new car is appreciated.
#14 of 25 Re: air conditioning [cencalspyder]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 28, 2008 (3:37 am)
Overheating with the AC on suggests a somewhat marginal cooling system. Most cars either have a secondary fan that kicks in when the AC in on, or forces the regular cooling fan on whenever AC is on and a certain engine temperature is met.
It is possible (sorry don't know your exact car's configuration) that this secondary fan (if you have one) is not kicking in with the AC on (easy for you to check), or that the regular fan isn't working with the AC on---also easy for you to check.
Given that overheating can be caused by a myriad of complex issues, this is the first place to start looking.
If that checks out, come back and we'll go from there.
#15 of 25 Re: air conditioning [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 11, 2008 (5:05 pm)
Thanx mr_shiftright. i will check that out. one more question for anyone out there. when reversing my wife's car, the driver rear wheel makes a clicking noise. sounds like a ratchet clicking. only in reverse. when moving forward it is quiet. what i was thinnking is that the noise is an indicator to tell the owner to buy new brake shoes. if anyone has encountered this problem let me know. i guess i should get ready to get my hands dirty and take the drum apart. thanx everyone!