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#1563 of 1965 Transmission Problem
Apr 17, 2003 (12:52 pm)
My 2001 Acura CL-S hit 30000 miles last week and my wife heard some strange sounds from front-right bumper. I took the car to the dealer today. At first the service manager test drive the car and she told me everything is normal but I insist to have a technical guy try it. After the test drive, they keep the car and told me they will check it up. I got a call this afternoon and they told me my car has transmission problem and it cause the strange sound and they are going to keep my car for a week to order the parts to fix it.
Check your car carefully and turn off the radio when you are testing...
Apr 17, 2003 (5:47 pm)
Can you describe the strange sounds? Do you hear it only when the car is moving, or even idling in gear?
Also they cannot order parts to "fix" the transmission. They are under order from Honda to simply sway the tranny with a remanufactured unit from the factory.
#1565 of 1965 CL-S Steering Blah's
Apr 21, 2003 (5:46 pm)
I had felt the same way about my CL-S, re/ steering response, particularly for the last year or so. I'm sure some of this feeling comes from getting "settled-in" to the car... learning it's habits & limits. BUT - I've found the TIRES were the biggest contributor to that problem. If you've got over 20 or 25k on those original Michelins, consider them the real culprit! I got 35k out of my original tires, and for the last 10k, I didn't realize how sh*tty they were until replaced! I put on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport-AS 225-50-17. You will be surprised at the improvement in feel and steering sensitivity. I've only driven them for 2K miles, but am still discovering the difference. 'Course, you could trade it in! (on a civic??)
Apr 21, 2003 (7:42 pm)
You may be on to something regarding tires 'cause I could've sworn the steering was better when the car (and tires) were newer.
Apr 27, 2003 (12:14 pm)
Hi all, just got a new 03 CL 6 sp manual, it is pretty quick, I hope not to have any regrets. Any info that I need to be aware of is appreciated.
Apr 27, 2003 (1:07 pm)
The only thing I can warn you about are CURBS!! Unless the wheels have been redesigned, they love curbs!
Other than that- good luck. You'll love this car. I have a red 01 CL-S that's 25 months old with about 22,000+ miles and not ONE problem! I love this car. Sorry to hear that they will not be making the 2-door anymore.
Apr 27, 2003 (6:51 pm)
New wheels do not have the same curb problems.. By the way ..My 6 speed clutch is not grabby at all. Maybe i have learned it or just got a lucky one.
#1571 of 1965 Re to fastdriver.
Apr 29, 2003 (12:02 pm)
Thanks fastdriver, I'll keep that in mind & stay away from pot-holes.
I live in Fort Worth TX & we get hail-storms during spring season. Unfortunately after I had the car for the weekend, I found a couple of spots where hail might have hit the car. I called the dealership, they were a bit nervous & offered me another replacement, I said OK & I picked out another one & returned the one I had. I have a feeling that many of those cars had been hit, & if the damage was somewhat minor, the dealer would get it fixed & sell it as new.
Other than that, I like the car. Car & Driver did a road test on this back in July 2002 edition, the 0-60 on Acura CL-S was 5.8 sec, almost a tie with BMW (can't recall series), top speed was rated around 149 mph.
#1572 of 1965 New 6 speed at my dealer
Apr 30, 2003 (6:57 pm)
I'm thinking of buying a 6 speed. I really liked the one I test drove. I was able to control the "grabby" clutch when shifting to 2nd by hesitating slightly in the middle when raising my clutch foot. Should become 2nd nature in a while.
But I'm considering a 2004 Subaru Impreza, too (Sport Wagon for practicality). Two very different cars. Two very different ideas, but one goes about as fast as the other. The Subaru is more nimble, practical, fun to drive. But the CL-S 6MT made me smile when I sat in it. I was seduced by the amenities, especially the perforated leather. It reminded me of my BMW 633csi (1980), but much better. I think I can get price down to at least invoice, maybe lower? What about resale value? Should I be concerned there?