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Acura CL



  • rick27513rick27513 Posts: 29
    '01 CL-S... I was changing the oil last weekend & saw some fresh oil on the oil pan, coming from behind the front harmonic balancer & crank pulley. It turned out to be coming from around an "idler pulley bolt" above the crank. Anyone had this problem? They had to disassemble much of the front of the engine to fix it. The warranty bill to Acura from the dealer was approx 400.00... retail cost to a non-warranty customer would have been higher! Not very comforting!

    Word to the wise... get under there and check yours while you are still in warranty!
  • dust90dust90 Posts: 169
    Free to good home. I traded my 01 CL-S and am going to throw away the Helm Service Manual unless someone wants it. Just pay for the shipping, COD. Email me
  • rick27513rick27513 Posts: 29
    dust90... email sent! if you still have it, THANKS very much.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Do you have any Golden Retriever puppies to give away? :)
  • dust90dust90 Posts: 169
    Rick gets the manual, sorry, no puppies, how about a teenager?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    "... how about a teenager?"

    LOL....AH.... the "WONDER" years!!!

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    No thanks! I'm trying to give away the 2 I have!
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    of ownership and still good at around 18,100 miles. Just got oil change too on Wednesday so I'll be set for another 3,000 miles before another oil change. I passed by the dealership I bought my car from on Saturday. They had a 02-03 TL on the used car section of the lot. I was like probably the person exchanged that TL for an 04 TL. The new TL looks good but I like my CL and I intend to keep it.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    but I find that when I first start off in my CL-S (ie. in the morning, after work, or after parking for an extended period), if I go hard on the throttle, the car seems to drive/shift noticeably better for the rest of the time. I figure perhaps the adaptive tranny adjusts to the initial throttle input and stays in that mode, even if you drive more relaxed subsequently, until you switch the car off. (I had always thought the tranny continuously adjusts to driver input)
  • all this tranny issue was news to me LAST week. I have a '99 CL with 59,000. One morning I noticed a high pitched whirring sound and then everything went to hell. Lucky for me, I did buy the extended warranty. I thought I'd have this car for years as it really is a nice car to drive and to be a passenger in. Needless to say, I can't wait to get it back and get rid of it. THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN WITH AN ACURA!!! My alternator went too. After reading all these posts, I guess I'm lucky it didn't happen sooner. OH WELL!!!
  • alkanxalkanx Posts: 69
    Acura/Honda tranny issues remind me of Firestone fiasco, I wonder if Japanese built models have any better reliability. Even with my 6 speed manual, I have been in-n-out of dealership more times than any car I have ever had for the 1st year, do not plan to keep it for years to come.

  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    You bought a first year model. It takes time for the bugs to get worked out.

    I don't see people getting killed who drive an Acura TL or CL like what happened with Firestone. As for reliability I have noticed Honda built models in the US have some first year bugs of late(01 Civic, and 03 Accord.) In their second year of bodystyle the first year bugs seem to get worked out. BTW, those Tranny's that were having problems were assembled in Japan.

    Finally, I don't think I will ever buy a car in its first year of bodstyle ever again. I have looked at other boards and seen this of late: 03 Mazda 6: Rust and staning, 03 Accord: rattling and sqeauking, 04 Camry Solara: steering pulling to the right. I had a 98 Mazda 626 built in its first year of bodystyle and it did have some bugs but not like those 3 cars I meantioned above.
  • trainstrains Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 CL with the 6 speed and am not happy. There were problems with the trans since day one - the 6 speed was rebuilt at 8500 miles - Acura does not offer a rebuilt, so the existing unit has to be serviced. The car was hard to shift and pops out of first gear. The rebuild was worse then the original. The car is back at the dealership getting a second rebuild. The shift forks and two other significant parts were replaced the first time and who knows what will be done this time. By the way, the car was driven less then 25 miles after the first repair. I formerly owned an 88 & 90 Acura Legend coupe and currently own a 2002 TL Type S, so I am obviously a loyal owner (or at least I was).
  • alkanxalkanx Posts: 69
    No my friend, I have a 2003 model, it is not the 1st year one. I gave the example of Firestone because my Acura had lots of quality issues, even some of the interior side panels were lose. I had bought my car when speedometer was 21 miles... Now I have 26k miles & we all know …..after 2003 the CL-S was no-more.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    Sounds like it's time to start checking out the Lemon Law for your state so that you know what your rights are. Usually 3 strikes and they're OUT!

    Check here-

  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    "We all know why after 2003 the CL's was no more".

    It was no more because there is no demand for Coupes in the NA market. Look at what everybody is drving: SUV's nowdays. BTW, I'm sorry you are having problems with your CL-s. I hope you have better luck with your next car purchase.
  • pickspicks Posts: 8
    No nav, 43k, very clean, never in an accident, driven by a female, everything looks to be in order. Asking price was $18,500...I negotiated $16,000 (from dealer) and feel this is a fair price.

    Opinions / comments?

    Been driving a 95 Accord EX-L coupe, 5sp, for 6 years now and 170k later I need a new car. Love Honda reliability and hope to have the same great experience with this car. I'll miss driving stick but the Mrs. isn't interested in manual trannys. Looking forward to the 260HP and some decent "luxury" features.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273

    Just have them run the VIN to see if the transmission was ever replaced. You should also get the extended warranty for 7/100,000.

  • pickspicks Posts: 8
    Ran a carfax report on it and it came up clean. Excuse my naiviety, but will a replaced tranny show up on the report? If it was replaced completely and not redesigned, should I look elsewhere? Finally, doesn't the 7/100k transfer w/ new ownership?

    Appreciate your time.
  • pickspicks Posts: 8
    I'll reply to my own message...the warranty will transfer as long as I call Acura and give them the updated owners info. And since I have 7/100k on it, I'm comfortable even if the tranny was replaced.

    Looking forward to a new car. It's about time.
  • sukinsynsukinsyn Posts: 23
    My 2001 CL has 21,000 miles on it and it is less than 3 years old. When it was 1 month old the trans blew out and it was in the dealer for a week. Now, the transmission went out again. It will be in the dealer for another week. It has 21,500 miles on it. My lease is up in 6 months and I am going to try to get out of it...

    Anyone know if dealers will let this occur? I figure they will have better luck reselling it with 21,500 miles on it before the end of summer, rather than waiting until November and having me put 2-3000 more miles on it.

    I am really disgusted. I have had the rotors replaced twice and now the transmission twice. All in all the car will have been in the dealer for three full weeks of service. All they could say was this transmission blow out was one of the worst they have seen.

    My car accelerated on it's own as I was entering the highway....I was lucky to be able to steer around traffic! If I hadn't I would have had a major accident. (The on-ramp was two lane and I was third car in line) Since I was going 90 at one point and red-lining, I think it's a safety issue and I don't want to drive this car. I just have to convince the dealer.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  • ibmindlessibmindless Posts: 62
    Call a lawyer. Do a little research into Lemon Laws on the internet to understand your rights. Most lawyers will process a clear-cut lemon law claim for FREE (actually, the manufacturer will pay the attorney).

    I owned a lemon-Sequoia for 19 months. In the end, I owned it for free (plus the hassles of frequently visiting the dealer's service department). I was given a check for all payments, downpayment, tax, etc. --- they got to keep the lemon.
  • acowner2acowner2 Posts: 1
    I have an 2001 Acura CL Type-S with 62,000 miles on it. I've been having problems with my navigation system recently. The navigation system skips on and off over bumps and when I turn up the radio (I have two 10" subs in the trunk). It misreads that the door to the navigation unit is open when it isn't. I've had the sub for nearly a year and only recently began having problems in the past few weeks, so I've ruled out the sub as the cause. I took it to a Acura dealership and they noticed no lose wires and mereley replaced the dvd. The problem persists. Any ideas?
  • neil1neil1 Posts: 20
    My faithful '97 3.0 has 140K hard miles on it and parts are starting to wear out. The latest sign of age is shown by small disintegrating pieces of sponge like material being blown out the center dash vent when the AC is on. Something has worn out, wonder what it is - or was?
  • ibmindlessibmindless Posts: 62
    It's likely your air filter for your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. It's there to catch large dust particles and other foreign objects/debris that you'd rather not inhale. A visit to your local dealer could quickly fix the problem.
  • jwatsjwats Posts: 72
    I purchased a 2003 CL type S with 18" rims and want to add a second set of wheels and rims for winter use. My questions:

    1. What other year OEM rims fit? 02? 04?

    2. Must I stay with 17x7"--originial equipment or would 16" fit?

    3. is the bolt pattern 114.3 x5 and offset 55?

    Thank you for your help
  • Power window on driver's side seems to have excessive motor noise, and sometimes clunks when it reaches the bottom of the track. Dealer "lubed window track" at last oil change, which worked to get me out the door, but not long after that.

    Also, is there any way to tell by VIN or build date the odds of getting a bum tranny? 2002 CL-P has 26k, no problems so far, but wary as warranty ticks away. Does one have to request the 7/100 warranty extension for the tranny?

    Any other CL-P eternal blue owners out there? I have seen only two others, one in the South somewhere and one other in Seattle (but it had tan inside...2001?). The color was insisted upon by the powers that be, and had to be shipped from 300+ miles away, but a good choice, as it remains beautiful. Next week it gets the clay bar and two more coats of wax.
  • zed421vzed421v Posts: 28
    I have a 2001 CL in Monterey Blue Pearl. I have never seen another CL in this color. I am very happy with the car. I only have 9,500 miles on it. Only complaint is I only get about 14 mpg in city. I detail the car once a month. This color really shines.
  • I have an 01 CL with about 55k miles. In the first year I noticed the windows seemed to "jump" as they were lowered, sometimes with that clunking noise. It was most noticable at the top of the movement, and only when going down... it was like they stuck in the top door grooves, and had too much vertical play in the track. My Acura dealer replaced the window track mechanism in the doors. I believe (not sure) they called it the regulator assembly.(?)
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    My CL-S (now traded in for an '04 TL) got about 19 mpg in pure city driving, using imperial gallons. So I think that would translate to about 15 - 15.5 mpg using US gallons. So your 14 mpg is a little low, but not too far off. Maybe you have a heavy foot.
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