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#1754 of 1965 Is it wise to buy a used Acura CL 3.2 Type-S Coupe?
Feb 12, 2004 (7:27 pm)
This may sound like a "no-brainier," but I'm trying to decide whether to buy the 2001 Acura CL 3.2 Type-S Coupe or the 2002 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe.
I'm also aware of the 2001 Acura CL's defective transmission and that Acura has extended its drive train warranty from 70K to 100K. However, I've also read the horror stories from Acura CL owners going through two or three transmissions and not even reaching beyond the 100K mark, either.
I really like the Acura CL. So much, that I contacted an Acura dealership that had two 2001 Acura Cl's in stock and voiced both my interest for this model, but I also my deep concerns. Like a typical car sale man, he never addressed the issue but rather focused upon the fact that these two models have new transmissions and Acura has an excellent customer service record.
Thanks for the help!
Feb 13, 2004 (7:41 pm)
The Accord supposedly has the same tranny concerns. We happen to own exactly both of those cars -- 2001 CL-S and 2002 Accord V6 (sedan), and FWIW, so far the tranny in both have had no problem. Both still at fairly low mileage though.
#1763 of 1965 Why the CL is a good used deal
Feb 15, 2004 (6:49 pm)
Take a look at the home page of Edmunds. They have a new feature that contains consumer reviews of cars, as well as costs to own, etc. These are carried under a headline about JD POWER, and WHAT'S NEW AT EDMUNDS.
I took a quick check on the 2001 CL-S, and there were 46 reviews, averaging a 9+ rating.
When my tranny started to go, it never did a sudden downshift. In fact, my major complaint was that it wouldn't kick down to 3rd when I wanted passing power on the freeway --- it would only drop down to 4th.
I've read reports that it would act ALMOST like it was hunting for a gear at 35-40MPH, then suddenly kick down to 2nd, BUT... I've never known of such an event occuring in any of the 4 2001 CL's that are owned by folks I know.
Good Luck with your decision,
PS: I believe the extended tranny warranty is transferable - you should confirm that though.