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#1610 of 1965 Tranny Troubles, My 2 cents...
May 29, 2003 (6:51 pm)
My 2001 CL-S bought in March 2000 VIN 2667, was totally trouble free until I noticed a hesitation when shifting from 2 to 3 in auto mode. I took it to Acura and was told I would be getting a new tranny. In reality the old tranny was shifting from 2 to 4 and skipping 3.
I was given a 2002 TL-S loaner and the tranny was replaced in 4 days. That was March 2002. Since then Acura has extended the warrantee on the tranny to 100,000 miles (2 weeks after I purchased the 7yr/100,000 extended warrantee). Since then I have had NO problems what so ever!. I just turned 43,000miles. The original Michelins are still good, but will be replaced soon, as a safety precaution. This car is truly a joy to own and operate, I get 22 to 25 mpg average around town. Think twice before dumping your CL or CLS, its a dangerous world out there.
HAPPY MOTORING TO ALL, LEE in Miami
#1611 of 1965 do you think...
May 30, 2003 (6:32 am)
alarmpro :: do you think Acura/Honda has really got the tranny problem(s) FULLY resolved?? It sure seem like there some, who have had the problem re-occur. Only time will tell.
And you're right, one does NOT want to trade one set of problems for another. I got 4-years left on the tran warranty, but 1 year left on the standard. And it is looking like brakes are going to be an on-going issue.
#1612 of 1965 Cutting losses.
May 30, 2003 (1:59 pm)
My thought are, if tranny dies again before 100k mi, i get a new one yet again. If it dies after 100k mi, I will have to fuss a lot to get it fixed for free. Most likely they will pay a part, I will have some out of pocket. It's an ongoing problem, I beleive you will get taken care of.
I can't afford to cut my losses, need the car to run another 5 years to pay off other car before I can sell.
May 30, 2003 (7:52 pm)
Now you all know why I bought a first generation 1999 2.3 CL with five speed manual.
I knew the new model was not going to offer a manual trans, and that's what I wanted.
The first gen (97-99) models also had auto trans issues. The Odyssey (not so) mini van also has had trans issues.
I looked at the then new Solara back in summer of 99, and discounted it because of the sloppy manual shift linkage.
What I learned was: If you want an automatic trans, buy a Toyota, if you want a manual, buy a Honda/Acura.
Our CL has been trouble free, except that the radio tuning button on the steering wheel does not work when the wheel is straight. I have to turn the wheel to get it to work. Didn't get it into dealer before the warranty expired.
#1614 of 1965 hmmm...tranny, tranny issues...
May 31, 2003 (5:50 am)
Well I've looked [not tested] at the new TSX, it looks nice but a tad small inside. However I did test drove a Mazda-6 w/ the sport package & just the 5sp/4 banger.
I came away very, very impress. For $20.8 vs. $26-27 for the TSX, Mazda has made a huge turn-around. Plus Mazda warranty is 4/50k, and now includes loaner cars. Not over crazy about the center console, but could live with it.
Anyway it has got me thinking. Is this a big step down ??
May 31, 2003 (11:54 am)
If you by a 6 or TSX you'll probably take a hit on re-sale on the CL. If I were in the market right now I would probably be thinking VW Passat or Mazda 6. The Mazda 6 is proably heavily discounted because they are not selling as well as Mazda thought. The TSX for not having a V6 is not a good value to me but you are the one buying.
Anyway I have like 12,400 on my 02 CL(I have the Base not the Type-S) so I hope I don't encounter any trans problems. Car has been solid and reliable. I don't plan on dumping my CL like everybody else here is. I am extremely happy with it. I just got an oil change done too. I have to take the car in too repair hail damage in July. I am not looking too foward to be renting a car.
#1617 of 1965 not cutting losses...
Jun 01, 2003 (12:19 am)
I have to admit.
Despite the tranny problems and lossing the car for 9 days, I still love my CL. Except for a few door dings, it still looks new in the parking lot and in my garage, even next to a new silver rx330.
I don;t know about ya'll, but I am keeping my CL!
Jun 01, 2003 (8:47 pm)
I testdrove the TSX. I would caution anyone who's been used to the low-end torque of a V6, especially one with the power of the CL, to really think about it before buying the TSX. Around town I found the TSX to be sluggish. The 6-speed is a bit better, but not much, IMO. Plus, trading down is generally something I would not recommend, unless dictated by finances. I've come to really fancy the memory seats, reverse-tilt mirror, auto-dimming mirror, etc.