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Acura CL, Coupe
#1401 of 1965 Announcement!!
Oct 10, 2002 (5:24 pm)
Hi folks, I just bought a charcoal gray 2003 3.2CL automatic with rear spoiler!!! It's my first new car purchase. My one and a half month long car shopping journey has now ended, what a ride (went thru like 10 cars)! The car had 7 miles on it. We put another 5 miles on the way to get gas. Going to pick it up on Sat. or Mon. The date on the manufactuer stick on the side of left door says "10/02" so I think this car was probably built in Sept. or Aug. According to Honda, 2001-2002 and only SOME of 2003 CL's are potentially affected and covered under the extended warranty. I'm hoping mine isn't one of the "some". Honda said they're gonna mail notices to all owners who're covered under the new warranty in a few weeks. If I don't receive one, I can be sure my car is fine.
I was hoping to buy an Accord EX V6 coupe for $24500, but those greedy honda dealers won't sell under sticker. Good luck to them with selling accord at $26000+. I'm getting my acura for $26500 + $500(spoiler)+ $227 (license and doc fees) + tax. I also got 4.9% APR for 48 mos.
#1405 of 1965 New car maintainance
Oct 15, 2002 (9:52 am)
I am driving my new CL now. It's great. But I'm confused about the initial maintainance schedule. Dealer told me to change oil at first 3000 mile point, but the manual says 7500 mile. And my friend adviced me to change oil at first 1000 mile point and tranmission fluid at 3000. I don't know who is right. Any advices on this? also what kind of oil should I use? Thanks
Oct 15, 2002 (4:30 pm)
Usually the manual should be followed. I know for sure you would NOT need to change oil at 1000 miles and flush tranny at 3000 as your friend suggested. I had my first oil change at 6000 KM (3750 miles) so what your dealer recommended sounds reasonable.
#1407 of 1965 1st oil change
Oct 15, 2002 (6:21 pm)
It may be different with modern engines. But, historically, it's been a good idea to get your first oil change at or by 1000 miles. Some even recommend 500 miles, at the end of the break-in period.
Thereafter, you can follow the manual, or just go for 3000-4000 mile intervals to play it safe. They're only $30, and your engine will last forever with oil changes at that interval.
I've never heard anything about that first tranny fluid change, but it makes sense, if you subscribe to the belief that a virgin engine (and transmission) will "shed" some metal during its initial usage period.
A trans fluid change is a little bit more $$$. But, again, it's insurance, if you believe in that stuff.
#1408 of 1965 oil & fluid change
Oct 16, 2002 (5:50 am)
My friend change oil in his 98 accord v6 every 2500 miles and transmission fluid every 9000 miles. He does these things by himself so he doesn't spend much more money. His schedule is probably too much, but I think the manual is probably another extreme. The manual is probably the MINIMUM maintainance required in order to claim warranty. Thanks for the advices. I think I'll change first oil at 3000 miles then every 4000 miles after that. Transmission fluid? somewhere between the maunal and my friend. maybe every 30,000 miles.
bodydouble, what kind of oild do you use? I know manual says 5W-20, but I've heard a few people say using 5W-30 is better.
#1409 of 1965 Audio system replacement
Oct 16, 2002 (5:59 am)
So far the only thing I'm not very happy with the CL is the Bose audio system. The sound is average - not bad, but definitely not hi-fi. My Kenwood/Poineer system in my old corolla sounds better than the Bose. I'm thinking about replacing the audio system, but worried this might damage electronic circuits since the CL has so many power features. Has anyone replaced the CD changer and speakers in a CL/TL?
Oct 16, 2002 (6:00 am)
On my 2001 Prelude, the manual states to change the oil every 7500 miles if you do mostly highway driving or every 3750 miles if you do a lot of short trips or stop and go traffic. My dealer advised me not to change the oil before the 3750 mark (ie: 1000 miles).
I'm not sure about the Acura website, but the Honda website has an owners' section where it tells you what needs to be done to your car at what mileage intervals (If you don't have your owner's manual handy).
If the manual says 5W-20, then stick with that. What would be your reasoning for using 5W-30?