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Acura CL, Coupe
Oct 07, 2002 (12:43 pm)
My wife and I traded in our 2001 Cl type S (white, 39,000 miles, no nav) a few weeks ago due to the ongoing concerns about the transmission durability. It's a shame, since we both really enjoyed the car for the 2+ years we owned it. But in my wifes' mind, she didn't want to be on the freeway doing 70 when the transmission failed, and in my mind I didn't want to see the resale value plummet if the media manages to turn this into another Audi unintended acceleration thing.
Plus, even though Acura extended the warranty to 100,000 miles, I would still feel shafted if the transmission failed. We know several people that own Hondas/Acuras and have put near or past 200,000 miles without any problems. So while 100,000 may be good for another make, it is far below the standards set by Acura itself.
Oct 07, 2002 (1:03 pm)
Yeah. I got rid of all my cars too, due to the ongoing concerns that something might break or their value may depreciate, even though I loved them, and the chances are slim to none that any of that would happen.
Yup. I'd rather drive a car I don't like than drive one I love but worry that it may may have a mechanical problem that would be covered under warranty anyway. Boy, that would suck.
I stopped leaving my house too, because I may end up being a victim of crime, and stopped eating because the food might be tampered with. I just don't trust those tamper-proof seals.
Oct 07, 2002 (2:05 pm)
It wasn't an easy decision to come to, especially since no other car comes close the the Acuras' content/value. But Honda's own statements were not very comforting. They found a problem with the transmissions that required a design change. It is not a question of IF your transmission will fail, but WHEN. It might be 20,000 or 120,000 miles. As I said before, 120,000 miles is good for some cars, but not Honda. If I didn't care about having to replace a 7000 dollar transmission I'd have bought a BMW or 300M.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go to the bomb shelter to check my stock of Anthrax antivirus.
Oct 07, 2002 (2:12 pm)
OH NO!! Hang in there. You can get counseling for those "fears"! )
19 months old, 19,300 miles and no problems yet with my CL-S! Better than my PREVIOUS "award-winning 99 Motor Trend Car of the Year by far!" )
Oct 07, 2002 (7:54 pm)
Nah. What you need is an Audi!
#1393 of 1965 A missing feature that I like
Oct 08, 2002 (11:19 am)
I am thinking about purchasing an 2003 Acura CL. This car seems to have all the feathures except one - daytime running lights, which I think is a useful and cool feature. Seems like honda/acura doesn't provide this feature in any of their cars.
Btw, anyone just bought a 03 CL? How much did you pay? I got two quotes over the phone for a 03 CL base model: both are $27000. I am wondering whether I can cut another $500 off this price. Thanks.
Oct 08, 2002 (3:02 pm)
There is an easy solution --- move to Canada!
All joking aside, you can leave your headlights in the "on" position and let the auto-off feature turn them off for you.
#1395 of 1965 Transmission
Oct 08, 2002 (5:10 pm)
According the news release by honda dated 9/20/2002 (see hondanews.com), Potential transmission problems affect 2000-2002 3.2TL, 2001-2002 3.2 CL, and SOME of 2003 CL and TL. I wonder what they meant by "some". Does that mean if I buy a CL now, that car should be free of this problem?
Oct 08, 2002 (5:16 pm)
Bodydouble said it- leave the lights ON! That's what I've done since day one because at night, I want the lights to go on when I unlock the car.
I would think that since Honda has acknowledged and extended the tranny warranty to 100,000 miles, that they have discovered the problem and solved it.
Guess all those Chrysler lovers are right- damned Honda "PERCEIVED" reliability! LOL...LOL...LOL...LOL... No problems yet! Knock on wood!