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Acura CL Transmission Problems

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  • Yes, it's a 1999 - bought it new. Is yours a 1999 CL? I purchased the extended warranty just prior to the mfr warranty expired (bought the top coverage, platinum). When that expired in January, since I'm on my 4th trannie now, I purchased another extended warranty (gold - second best; couldn't buy platinum due to the miles - only 71K). Do you know if there is a recall? Check this out - a petition to Honda/Acura regarding the huge number of trannies that have had problems: http://www.petitiononline.com/acura/petition.html
    Good luck!
  • anczhanczh Posts: 1
    I am consider to buy a used Acura, but scared by this problem. My question is whether this problem only associates with manual transmission? I love the design and performance. I don't mind to go with automatic. Any suggestion? Thanks.
  • The manual transmissions are bulletproof. It's the automatics, especially with the 3.0 V6 that have problems. The second gen CL's are even worse.
    The manual is only available with the 2.2/2.3 4 cyl.
    Had a 99 2.3 CL from new for 118,000 miles, until I crashed it.
    I highly recommend a 2.2/2.3 CL with the 5 speed.
    I consider the 4 cyl CL a luxurious economy car.
    It's easy on gas, very reliable, and needs almost no repairs.
    I now drive a 2005 Mazda 6 V6 5 speed.
    Also considered the TSX, but found a sweet deal on the used 6.
  • neil1neil1 Posts: 17
    I'm the original owner of a 97 3.0 --215,000 mi or there abouts. The only thing that every breaks on it are the automatic window regulators - I think I've replaced 4 or 5.
  • I've been researching Acura Transmission problems because I am trying to understand what kind of problems are inherent in this vehicle. Yes, the CL is 10 years old, always garaged, babied, driven by one person, never overloaded, and never showed signs of any transmission problems. Friday after driving it all day, it came to a snail's pace and I was forced to downshift to get enough movement to get it home (1/2 mile). My husband drove it, went around several blocks at 45 mph and gave me the "are you serious look?". Then it failed on him too. When he braked he heard a clicking, and the car barely moved.

    It's been towed to Acura for diagnosis. What I see on the internet that there are lots of transmission problems with the CL's. I would appreciate some feedback on similar experiences. 10 years or not, this is highly unusual and I'm hoping Acura will cut us some slack on repairs.

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
  • My car has about 115K, the engine light turned amber. While waiting at the dealer the Acura advisor said the code P0715, 'mainshaft speed sensor malfunction' occurred. He explained that they needed to flush the tranny 3 times according to Acura, to see if it clears it. If not it willl need a new transmission!

    It was not much fun waiting! It turned out that the flushing cleared the code to trigger.
    I have had the tranny fluid changed about every 30K, so I was very, very disappointed to hear this!

    I wanted to share that. Has anyone had this happen?

    Also, my friend had a honda accord, had over 100K, never was offered by Honda to extend her powertrain warranty, called them, and they paid for most of tranny work at a honda dealer. Has anyone had that experience or heard of that?

    Thanks,
    Frank
  • tupertuper Posts: 1
    so here's the deal. when i shift into reverse, either from park or from drive, it shifts really hard. i took it into the shop and they said motor mounts were the problem. so they replaced the mounts and it's still doing it. i took it back and they adjusted the pressure in some lines (i don't know exactly what lines) and it was doing better for a little while but now it's doing it just as bad again. its also not nearly as bad if the car has been running for a while...ie: it's worse when i'm starting it up for the first time in the morning or after its been sitting all day while i work. also, sometimes it makes a high pitched sound when i am in reverse. does anyone know what this could be? it seems to me like it's the transmission, but i don't know what about the transmission needs fixing.
  • madchen20madchen20 Posts: 8
    After reading this message board regarding 99 Acura Cl transmissions, I feel lucky. Im in the process of replacing my transmission for only the 3rd time.! The first transmission failed at 39K and the second 110K. Most of us have a lot of money tied up in these vehicles and to just dump them is criminal on the part of Acura. If they will not replace these defective transmissions regardless of mileage, with a non defective transmission, then something needs to be done. Since large corporations like Honda/Acura are difficult to get to first base with, perhaps a few well placed bumper stickers to the effect.. DONT BUY ACURA OR HONDA AUTOMOBILES, UNLESS YOU WANT TO BUY A TRANSMISSION EVERY YEAR. OR SOMETHING THAT WILL GET SOMEONES ATTENTION might be one tactic to get them to fix our cars. Maybe periodic picketing of dealerships that refuse to replace these transmissions. After all the problems I have had with my Acura, plus, problems with the same dealership regarding another Acura RSX, that the dealership sold that was wrecked!, and they knew it and sold it as an Acura Certified Automobile, I have been out tens of thousands of dollars to Acura and its dealerships. What Acura was hoping is that no one would realize that so many people were having this problem and that we would just fade into the woodwork. This 3rd transmission having to be replaced is making me just livid now that I know how dishonest Acura is about their cars. :lemon: , Any car that has this many problems should be replaced under the lemon law which does not seem to have enough "teeth" to bite Acura.
  • madchen20madchen20 Posts: 8
    to anczh... How, after reading these posts could you possibly consider buying an Acura!. Im sure that most of us who have posted here would NEVER touch another Acura or Honda. I know that I will not even consider these cars. Im gong back to Toyota. Im also staying away from Automatic transmissions. My Acura is the first car in the last 5 automobiles I have owned ,that has been an automatic.. NO MORE AUTOMATICS. NO MORE ACURAS, NO HONDAS!!! :mad:
  • kateyedkateyed Posts: 1
    need advice on the acura tl 2001 slip gear and poping so took in acura dealer ship for the transmition replacement twice cuz still under warranty .. first time 2 week after the replacement when dring up the hill it jerking.. so i toook it back to the dealer ship they said they will replace another transmition and then 3 weeks after i have the same problem again... what should i do ?
  • stjohsstjohs Posts: 1
    Well, this is my saga with the 2001 Cl. Had a new transmission placed under recall in 7/03 (dealership told me it was a new tranny because acura never uses old parts), my car had 28,000 mi. 8/11/08, 2nd transmission is shot with 65,000 mi on my car (37,000 mi on 2nd tranny). Also, that the car had a number of other issues including broken engine mounts (also replaced in 7/03. What a coincidence!), and worn out ball joints (did this happen because of the engine mounts?). Was told by dealership that the 93 mo/109,000 "extended warrenty" Honda provided had expired for my car 4 months ago. They also informed me that the trans in the car WAS NOT NEW, but REMANUFACTURED (Acura's word for used?)! They also said they couldn't do anything about it but that I could contact Acura CS (I bought the car from this dealership. Love how they're advocates for their customers and stand behind the integrity and durability of Acura's products, huh?).

    Long story short, Acura asked me "what I wanted." I told them I wnated a new tranny and the problems caused by the tranny to be fixed (?BROKEN ENGINE MOUNTS x2, shot ball joints).

    They offered me a "good will gesture" (can you stand it? GWG???? they replace a crappy tranny with a "remanufactured" crappy tranny and now I'm on the hook!).

    Said they would pay 95% for the trans only (Ihave to fork out approx $1,000 for the mounts and ball joints) and give me a 3yr 36mo warrenty on it. Something should be done about this. It's not fair that Honda knows they screwed people and they are getting away with it! A 2001 with 65,000 miles on it and it's on its 3rd tranmission. Makes me want to throw up!

    No more Acura's for me or my fam.
  • My acura for some reason when i put the gear in to drive it starts to drive but then a couple seconds later the car just goes to neutral and then some times i feel as if its about to catch on again but it just goes to neutral mode i checked the fluid level witch is at the write level and is clean. Does any one know what could be the problem is it a bad sencer or something, could it be my trans filter?
  • I purchased my brand new 2002 3.2CL in November, 2001. The transmission first went out when the car had only 3,500 miles! I was devastated! At around this same time, Honda increased the warranty from 7yrs/70,000 miles to 10 years/100,000 miles.

    My car now has 77,000 miles, and the replaced transmission went out again. Acura replaced the transmission a month ago, but it just hasn't been right. When I took it back in, they tell me that something is wrong with the shifter, and that the shifter, although it is necessary to shift the transmission, is not a part of the transmission.

    Any suggestions?
  • hi everyone i just pulled the following codes from my 97 3.0 cl and need to know how to go about fixing these problems so i can save some money... much help would be appreciated.

    P1490-egr lift
    P0758- shift solenoid B
    P0700-tranny control system

    I have tried erasing these codes and they have come back...
  • Hello Manny,
    It looks like you are about to join the 1000's of Acura owners with a bad transmission. Just like many of my fellow Acura owners I have had more than 2 transmissions. The first transmission failed at 27K and the second 50K miles later. Isnt it amazing how Acura has managed to maintain the image of a great car despite such devastating, expensive, problems to thousands of its owners. :lemon:
  • luvvgolfluvvgolf Posts: 1
    I have been dealing with exactly the same issue on my 2001 Acura CLS. Did the recall gig, then several months later had to take it back in when it was under warranty because the transmission was slipping. They acknowledged that they got it to slip but told me I would have to keep bringing it back because they had to make it slip three times. But they said I had until 109K miles so it was no problem and I had plenty of time. I now have 105K miles and they are informing me that I am past the 96 month limit on the warranty, which they didn't tell me before. So, even though they make a crappy transmission and I took it in under warranty the first time, they won't stand behind their product. They said they might if I paid $1,200 to get the timing belt and water pump replaced since it is about due, plus they want to replace the motor mounts, which they say are broken. Isn't it amazing how they are scamming all of us in the same manner. I guess if it works, why change? So I talked to them today and they said they won't pay for any of the transmission and I am SOL. I asked to appeal their decision and they said no. I asked for a name of a supervisor and the customer service rep said it was his decision and refused to give me a supervisor's name and then said "have a nice day" before hanging up on me. No more Acuras or Hondas for me, and I am spreading the word in every way I know how, including contacting my state's Attorney General and the local Better Business Bureau. :lemon:
  • I am one of those Acura owners experiencing the same problem. :sick: Being a female and totally unaware of what was going with my car, I took it ('99 Acura 3.0 CL Coupe) to the shop this morning after experiencing the same problems that you all have mentioned, but only to be informed that my transmission needs to be replaced. It's costing me dearly!! I've been unemployed since May of this year, but it's the only car I have. So, I involved my boyfriend in order to get a decent price because the repair shops in my area (one particular) wanted to charge me an arm, leg and one of my children just to look at my car before even providing me a cost estimate (What the world is going on!). But we found another repair shop that was highly recommended and I look to pick my car up in a few days. I've owned my Acura for 7 years and really enjoy it, but after reading you guys comments and I am sadly disappointed. I won't even waste your time telling you all the codes found I just know from this point on I won't make Acura my car of choice anymore. You're right, something really needs to be done! :mad:
  • I have a 2000 3.2 tl with 91000 miles I have had the engine replace at 30,000 miles
    I have 91000 miles on it and the trans went out. The dealer knew exactly what the issue was and even told me how many problems this trans had. I called Acura hq in Torrance and heard basically tough because my warranty expired by time not by miles They even told me that it was normal wear .....9,000 miles a yr? They said they would not replace it and stand behind the decision of the company. Originally they told me they didn't have an appeal process but then but me on hold and came back and told me they just did the appeal...Lol...They said I made compeling argument but that they wouldn't change their mind. I want to make a shirt that says "Acura Transmissions Suck" and go to the Car show next week and stand in their booth .
  • Hi,

    I have a 1999 Acura CL 3.0 and its transmission just died. I just drove this for 130K miles and provided this is a Japanese car I am shocked to see this issue.

    I will never by an Acura again.
  • Hi,

    I have a 1999 Acura CL 3.0 and its transmission just died. I just drove this for 130K miles and provided this is a Japanese car I am shocked to see this issue.

    I will never buy an Acura again.
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