The green "Drive" light on the dashboard tends to burn out, requiring replacement of the burned out bulb.
1997 Acura TL Problem Reports
Most Reported 1997 Acura TL Problem Reports
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.
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