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Acura CL Transmission Problems



  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    all replacement trannies are rebuilt units. Maybe there has been a recent change in Honda policy?
  • Thanks motokichi for the help. Yeah, I called back the Acura dealership with the three Acura CL 3.2s, each with 30K (+) miles on them, and he said "they all have rebuilt transmissions with new clutch paks," whatever that means.

    However, you said your acura dealer replaced your transmission with "all new, no re-build. The service manager said they don't even tear down the old tranny, just ship it back to HQ." I was told differently. This Acura dealership said that Acura doesn't make new transmissions for its older models (2001-2003). INTERESTING CONTRADICTIONS, HERE!

    Anyway, I'm going to try to find out from Acura Customer service what this new "clutch pak" entails.

    Hey, I rather be safe than sorry!

  • I have 23K on my 2001 CL-S. I noticed problems at around 11K, had the tranny replaced at 13K, and it's been fine since.

    A friend bought a 2001 at the same time as me. He has many more miles (around 75K now). He had his tranny replaced about 3 months before me (around 11/02) and had problems shortly afterwards. He had another tranny put in, and they blamed the first replacement problems on the lack of a engine control module (ECM) replacement/upgrade. Once the ECM was added to the 2nd replacement, he has had no problems (over a year now). His dealer said the later replacements (after 01/03) would all have the ECM.

    Personally, I'm quite content with the CL-S. I recently test drove the Nissan 350Z Coupe & Convertible (auto & stick), the Infiniti G35 Coupe (auto & stick) G35 Sedan (auto), M45 (auto), BMW 330 Sedan (stick & auto), 2000 M3 (stick), 2004 TL (auto), 2004 TSX (auto), and RX8 (stick). After all of those drives, I decided I was happy with the CL-S. I like the CL's features, navi, performance, handling, gas mileage, and looks. It's comfortable, refined, and cruises at 90 MPH at only 25K RPM.

    So, my recommendation would be to go for the CL if you think it will satisfy you, but if it will be a cause of constant concern, go for something else. At the moment, I just can't find anything else that provides the features of the CL and would compel me to open up my wallet.

  • Hey, Mark

    Thanks for the information on this engine control module (ECM) replacement/upgrade. I've never heard of it.

    Anyway, I'm not trying to beat this issue to the ground. However, I just want to make sure that I'm not making a "$20,000.00 mistake." Besides, I don't want this Acura CL 3.2 or any car for that matter going hunting for gears on its own when I'm going 80 m.p.h.

    On a side note, I'm a big NASSCAR fan, and I'm fully aware of the consequences when mechanical problems go awry at very fast speeds.

  • drcitrusdrcitrus Posts: 7
    Acura has extended the warranty on the A/T and torque converter for all 2001 & 2002. Whether a 2003 CL is covered depends on the VIN. (See: Service Bulletin 02-027 dated 1/21/05 titled Warranty Extension : 3.2TL and 3.2CL Automatic Transmission (supercedes 02-027 dated 9/15/03)

    I have a 2003 CL that I purchased in August 2002. The transmission failed at 45389 miles. The first symptom was a slight slip between 2 & 3d gear. The coup d'grace happened on I-75 when I went to pass somebody: the tranny bucked and klonked until I let up on the throttle. I drove immediately to the Acura dealer who put in a new one (with all the updates, I'm told) and had it back to me in two days. Gave me a loaner, too! Outstanding!!

    My warranty is, however, set to end in another 4,500 miles because my VIN is just outside of the covered range. I'm considering another vehicle because of the history of transmission problems and the soon-to-be-out-of-warranty status. I have written to Acura asking them to extend the warranty as a matter of customer good will, but I haven't heard back yet.

    I love the car, but somehow I'm not feeling real lucky right now...
  • just brought in my 2001 cl to dealership for trans problem not shifting past 2nd. purchased car from dealer in sept of 2004 had 25,500 on it. now has 31,200. luck would have it it was a certified car so it's covered. service manager told me they have put in quite a few trans in this car. will still be ocvered till feb. 2008 thank god.
  • hi everyone, i just purchased a 99 acura cl 3.0 from Florida, when I start it up it goes to 2000 rpms then back down to 1000 rpms, then back to 2000 rpms, keeps repeating this process. When I drive it, seems like the transmission studders when going really slow and when braking from fast speeds. I can floor it and the transmission is fine. Also, it idles steady when in Drive and Reverse...idles up and down in Park and Neutral...

    i took it for another ride and turned the Air Conditioner all the way up, the idling goes steady at 1000 rpms and the trany does NOT studder at all and the car drives like new??? I live in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and the car just came from Florida, could this be the reason??? Someone told me to unplug the negative from my battery to reset the cpu which i did for like 15 minutes but still the same thing, keeps idling up and down and trany studders. Maybe I should unplug the + and - overnight so the cpu resets totally??? I have a 3 month warranty on it but if anyone can help, it would be really appreciated. I'm still going to get it looked by acura. Thanks everyone for reading.
  • stevebristevebri Posts: 8
    I have a 1999 CL 3.0 with about 87,000 miles on it. I have transmission problems. It pretty much doesn't shift out of first until It's warm or going down hill. Going uphill is almost impossible in heavy traffic. All the other gears slip, but especially in stop and go situations. I am not sure if I should get a rebuilt transmission or sell the car. If anyone is in Hudson County NJ and can reccomend a good transmission shop I would appreciate it.

    What are everyone's experiences with Aamco?
  • ajfinoakajfinoak Posts: 58
    I own an 01 CL since new and have 50K mi on original transmission- no problems and brought it in at 30K for tranny recall. Only person I know with CL or TL had an '02 TL which blew the tranny at 22K. Wondering if mine is on borrowed time until the extended warranty on tranny ends on mine in 1 yr or do any folks know owners who have NOT ever had tranny problems with the 01 and 02 CL's with high mileage?
  • stevebristevebri Posts: 8
    A guy at work said acura's are known for transmission problems. I would have it checked even if you don't suspect problems. Go to somebody you trust or a AAA approved facility. If you go back to the dealer and it's out of warranty they will just tell you you need a new transmission to the tune of around 5 large
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I have two different next-door neighbors (either side of my house) with Acura V-6s (one is a 2000 TL and the other is a 2001 CL). One has over 100k miles (TL), and the other has 81,000 miles (CL) and both are on original trannies.

    Not ALL Acura's have transmission troubles. BTW, in the "CL" family also resides a 2004 TSX, also trouble free (2.4L engine from same family as my Accord I-4).
  • stevebristevebri Posts: 8
    I was surprised when I realized that the tranny was bad. At the time the car had about 89k on it. In the future I will not consider an Acura. I have just had a bad experience and I would not reccomend them to anyone. I've also heard that Honda v6's have had similar problems.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I've also heard that Honda v6's have had similar problems.

    Well, being that Honda and Acura are the same company, that wouldn't be an unfair assumption to make, if you think one is bad, the other would be by default. After 17 Hondas since 1990 though, we have never had one transmission trouble, and this includes Odysseys and Accords with V6s and well over 100k miles on several. To each his own experience and opinion, but not everyone has the same experience. I'd reccommend Honda or Acura to anyone based on reliability and service that has been stellar since my folks started dealing with them years ago, and now I'm on Honda number two, and couldn't be happier.
  • tjanigatjaniga Posts: 2
    You need to take your car to an Acura dealer service center because...They have an extended factory warranty for the transmissions because there is one bad part that is causing transmission problems! They have entered the vin numbers for all vehicles that are covered that have the defective transmission part. They have been replacing the entire transmission (new not rebuilt)at 80,000-100,000. We have been living the transmission nightmare for over 6 months in the same model. We tried to sell it and trade it but it isnt worth anything with the transmission problem. Otherwise the car is worth around $9,000-$10,000 if fixed. If it is not covered, then only go to an authorized acura transmission repair center. The repair cost would be $1200-$2200 at most! Been there, done that and didnt know about the recall until today!!!!! Acura's are tricky and they must know what they are doing to properly repair it! But first have them check your vin number as it just may be FREE!
  • tjanigatjaniga Posts: 2
    Our is a 1999 Acura CL! The transmission went out in Nov. 05 in cold cold weather and we were stranded in the middle of NOWHERE!
  • iriemoniriemon Posts: 4
    I recently bought a 2003 Acura CL Type S. It currently has 49,500 miles on it and falls just outside the VIN range of affected vehicles in Acura's A/T recall. I am thinking about buying an extended warranty thru Acura as I am a little concerned that the A/T issue may not be isolated to the identified 2003 VIN's. Any thoughts...good idea, bad idea?? Any and all comments welcome...

  • Does anyone know FOR SURE if the 97 CL was affected w/ the bad transmission or not?

  • lilajlilaj Posts: 15
    i have an 01 cl-s which i purchased with 12000 mi, it now has 115000 and im here to say that i have never had any transmission problems with the car. i got the oil changed over the weekend and the guy there was telling me that its time to change my transmission fluid. i heard from plp that u shouldnt change it because it would cause it to go out what should i do? :confuse:
  • lilajlilaj Posts: 15
    i have an 01 cl-s which i purchased with 12000 mi, it now has 115000 and im here to say that i have never had any transmission problems with the car. i got the oil changed over the weekend and the guy there was telling me that its time to change my transmission fluid. i heard from plp that u shouldnt change it because it would cause it to go out what should i do?
  • I can't see any reason why you shouldn't change the tranny fluid. I understand you reluctance, but this is routine maintenance that really should be done, especially if your car is subjected to seasonal temperatures (ie cold winters, hot summers, etc). If anything, it should help the transmission run smoother and prolong its longevity.
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