1997 Acura TL Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Acura TL as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

Automatic transmission problems are common and these transmissions have high failure rates.  Acura has voluntarily extended the warranty on many of its automatic transmissions, so be sure to check with an Acura dealership to confirm warranty coverage.

Automatic Transmission May Fail Prematurely

The green "Drive" light on the dashboard tends to burn out, requiring replacement of the burned out bulb.

The exhaust manifold commonly fails on the 5 cylinder engine and may develop an exhaust leak that is especially noticeable when the car is cold.

If one of the power window motors is not very strong, and the window moves slowly. Operating the windows with the engine running will help take some of the stress off the motor and prolong its lifespan.