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Acura CL



  • richot7richot7 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know how to locate the cabin filter on a 2001 CLS. I cannot find the info on its location?
  • rick27513rick27513 Posts: 29
    Cabin filter is behind the glove box. You need to remove the glove box, then actually cut a piece of plastic behind it. The old filter (2 pieces) can then be replaced. The piece of plastic you release by cutting is then turned sideways and re-used to hold the new filters in place with screws. I know this sounds confusing, but the replacement filter I bought at Autozone came with a printed instruction page, making it very easy to do. Check this site for instructions:

    It's for the TL, but is the same for the CL.
  • I recently bought an '03 Type-S 6-speed with about 35K, and I have been entralled with this car ever since. From the sound of the motor to the easy shifts of the gearbox, this car has kept me very happy on the roads.

    I had read many of the reviews about the V6 and auto tranny problems on the '01 and '02 model years, but I have yet to experience anything but the exceptional performer that this car is. It was clear that when Acura released this model with the 6-speed and limited-slip dif that they were returning to their more sporty rather than luxury roots.

    A friend of mine recently bought a 330xi, and with the exception of a slight edge in handling, I'd take my Acura over the Bimmer in a minute... especially considering the price and Honda/Acura reputation for reliability.

    It's obvious that Acura had to make a few equipment cuts to offer such an affordable car (ie: window switches borrowed directly from the Accord). My only other criticism would be the slightly below-average gas mileage on premium fuel (I average about 21 mpg), but it's tough to keep this car below 80 mph!

    Anyone debating between the Accord coupe 6-speed and the CL-S 6-speed ought to reconsider. Acura has the better engine, build materials, and overall quality than any Honda I've driven, and I've owned two Accords.
  • Hey Acura lovers,

    I'm looking at purchasing a 1999 CL 3.0 (w/ 74K) that is in really good shape. I just had a couple of questions for things I had noticed; I'm looking for tell-tale signs that could spell trouble. The most major thing that I noticed is that when the automatic transmission is changing gears, it transitions from gear to gear a little rough; almost like it's holding on to each gear too long before shifting. It's not too rough but to me it's noticeable. Could this be a sign that the transmission is petering out? (Since from what I understand, it's not an uncommon thing).

    Also, with the keyless entry system, is there not a chirp or horn beeping sound when locking the car? (minor detail; just curious).

    Thanks to anyone who can provide their input--
  • We have a 99 2.3 CL, bought new. The transmission issues were with the second gen cars (2001+). The first gen did not have many issues in this area, but I can't say for sure. Our is a manual 5 speed. I highly recommend this, we have 95,500 trouble free miles on ours. (still on original battery and struts, have replaced tires, exhaust, and timing belt).
  • Forgot to answer your other question. The remote can be changed to not sound the horn. I have ours set this way. It's in the manual, some combination of button presses on the remote changes it.
  • I purchased a 97 Acura CL yesterday with only 87K on it... The alternator just went out... Luckily the dealership had it towed and all that stuff and are fixing it for free but i havent owned the car a day yet so it worries me... anyone else have a alternator prob? or anyone know if the 97 CL was affected by the so called transmission epidemic?
  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    Since we have an existing topic focusing on the CL's transmission, I've moved the recent transmission-related posts there, where you can continue the discussion:
    Acura CL Transmission Questions



  • Hi - I am considering buying a used 99 CL 2.3. It has 86K miles. Advice from members here on what to look for will be very helpful.

    Saw lots of tranny issues here on 99 CL3.0. Has anyone encountered tranny problems with the 2.3CL?

  • I assume this is an auto trans. I don't think the 4 cyl's had any transmission issues. The timing belt should be changed in the 90-100K range. With 86K, you are looking at that real soon. You should negotiate to have it done before buying it, or make sure to get a deduction off the price.
  • stutenstuten Posts: 2
    If you are looking at the fuse box on the passenger side, there is a small black square just to the left of the lowest fuse. It has "IDG 1.5" on it. Any clue as to what this is (is it a fuse?) and how to pull it out?

    I ask because I believe something shorted in my fuse box and that thing emitted a small amount of smoke and now has a crack in the top of it. My door sensor (telling me my door is open) is no longer working. Not the end of the world, but it also means it won't turn my lights off for me, because it doesn't think you ever open the door.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  • stutenstuten Posts: 2
    Well, I have determined that the mystery black object is a diode. I now only have to figure out how to pull that sucker out since the top of it is flush with the fuse box.
  • allcarsrcoolallcarsrcool Posts: 113
    Does anyone else think that this next accord coupe could be a very excellent CL? I mean, just look at the new coupe from the back and you will instantly know what i am talking about.
  • mferdzmferdz Posts: 1
    Can anyone help me on how to switch "ON" the fog lights on my 2001 CL type S? I can't find any switch on the dash board for the fog lights. thanks.
  • In my mother's acura MDX the foglight switch is between the door and the steering column... below the air vent... hope that helps you.. if not read the car's driver's manual
  • Didn't acura say it was trying to move upmarket and in doing so release another luxury coupe? Either TSX or TL... Both of which are based off of the honda accord euro/american platform.
  • I have a 97 CL 2.2L, but I can't seem to find any performance parts for it. But one of my friends owns a 97 Accord which is also a 2.2L. My question is, would 2.2L Accord headers fit on my CL. It's the same with catbacks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • I'm not a tuner guru, but I've interchanged many Honda/Acura parts from those years without any trouble. You should have no problem with an Accord performance package on your CL, and that 2.2 liter moter is practically identical.

    Good luck!
  • ezshift5ezshift5 Posts: 852
    .......sat in a 6M Acura CL-S a while back......

    Nice car! But not one to spend ALL of my Naval Reserve $$$ upon......

    So I laid in der weeds for awhile,...........

    Now I drive (complete with factory warranty, extended warranty ad nauseum.......

    a Honda coupe with the same nice 6M.

    ........the greenbacks I saved will buy a lot of Crown Royal.................

    season's best, ez.....,,,,,,
  • Well, it's hard to argue that! Nice choice. Those 6-speed Accords are pretty sweet, especially if you got the extended warranty. It's the same frame as the CL. Do you find much torque steer which all the editors criticize?

    Do you still get the purple bag with Crown Royal?!
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