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1998 Acura CL

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 27/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, VTEC, 2.3 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1998 Acura CL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 227 Ratings for the 1997 - 1999 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I don't know why, but it keeps running.

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Powertrain"

Cons: "Everything else(non-powertrain)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"So I'm not 100% sure why this thing keeps running, but it does. Its like the Terminator in, well, any of the Terminator movies. Face? Arm? Who needs those? I've owned the car for about 8 years now(meaning it was already 11 years old when it was purchased assuming it was built in 1996). This car has seen a LOT. Like, I'm talking about things normal cars shouldn't have to go through. Because I dont have a lot of money, I've torn out most of the un-needed bits as they stop functioning normally, or as I attempt to diagnose other issues. Catalytic converter? Gone. EGR valve? Gone. 02 sensor, Mass air flow sensor? Gone. A lot of the interior components have begun to break down, as can be expected on an older car. The windows no longer align properly in their tracking, the passenger door doesnt open. The cigarette lighter/charger doesnt work. Why did I rate it so high? The powertrain. Mother of god this thing wont give up. At one point I had an oil leak(again, not unusual in an older car) that was more serious than I realized. A couple months went by and I noticed the throttle wasnt very responsive and my floorboard was getting a bit warm. I stopped and checked my motor and found out that there was less than a liter of oil left in the motor. Filled it back up and its been running fine ever since. That was 2 years ago. I feel like things like that shouldn't just be "ok", but it was. Summary: The interior of this car is cheaply made. Its very plastic and cheap feeling. Knobs will break off. Dont buy it for the interior. Under the hood, you'll have some issues with parts and pieces. The alternator, radiator hoses, misc valves and sensors are all on bought time. The super expensive bits (motor and transmission) are in it for the long haul. If you're going to buy this car, buy it because you need a cheap car that is going to get you to work in the morning. Thats why its a 10/10."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

The best car for coupe

By on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,157

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, smooth driving and leather seat"

Cons: "No defect"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 1997 Acura CL 3.0 is my first car and i love this car because it drink less gas. I also like exterior and interior design. The car drive very smooth and it shift very smooth. I never have transmission problem. I change oil on time before due date. Overall this car is very good car to own."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best car I've EVER owned!

By on Friday, October 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 147,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quality car - low maintenance - totally reliable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the certified 1998 2.3CL in 2001 and have never owned a more reliable, comfortable and overall excellent car! It now has 147K miles and still drives like "new". Maintenance issues have been minimal - just replaced the original exhaust system last month. This has been an outstanding vehicle and I hope it lasts forever!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

nice car

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "reliable, comfortable, drives well"

Cons: "turn radius is poor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Drives well, very reliable. Mine is over 130K miles, so had timing belt change at 120K and I have easily fixed whatever issues arose."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love this car. I have driven it since 1999 and have only put in a new transmission. Everything else has worked great. Buying a new car and handing it down to my sister soon..."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Car Ever

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Comfortable, luxurious, fantastic visibility and "just right" road feel, supportive seating, 2 doors but plenty of room for 4 passengers, rocking' Bose Audio system, great gas mileage, low maintenance costs, beautiful styling and design... no doubt about it, this was the best car Honda Motor Co. every produced."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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