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#16 of 71 lousy ,horible paint job CL-s 2001
Sep 28, 2001 (1:01 pm)
The rear bumper on my Acura CL-s 2001, had to be refinished in Florida,the bumper developed yellow spots ,at first the dealer and service rep didn't want to refinish the bumper.i called the corporate office in CA. and eventually they agreed to refinish the bumper .i'm now in NJ. and about a month ago a bird bombed the roof +hood .Within a short time the droppings eat thru the clear coat +paint I. went to the dealer were I purchased the car and complaind about the paint being so vulnerable.The service manager said he couldn't help ,but he'll set up an appointment with the service,It took just about one month to see her. The service rep . said it's my responsibility that the bird bombed my car. I TOLD SHE IS MISSING THE POINT IT ISN'T THE BIRDS,IT"S THE PAINT+CLEARCOAT THAT IS NOT DURABLE. I took the car to two body shops one was recomended by the dealer. They both said they havn't seen a incident like this. I called the corporate office in CA. and they refered me back to the manager of the service rep's in NJ. I'm still waiting to hear from him. Overall the experience has been terrible .The service rep. treats you like you trying to put some thing over on them + I get the feeling that they would like to tell you buyer BEWARE. I won't fell comfortable with the car knowing that the paint will not hold up.
Sep 28, 2001 (6:25 pm)
Bird crap has been eating clearcoat off for years. My 91 SHO would have a permanent place where the crap sit if you didn't not get it off quickly. By the time it dries, the damage is done.
The Love-Bugs in Florida would also eat a hole through the clearcoat and paint on this car.
Sep 29, 2001 (9:08 am)
There is NOTHING that will prevent bird crap from eating through the clearcoat of ANY car except a garage, a car cover or immediately removing the crap. Don't blame Acura. Put some good protectant on your car, avoid parking under trees and wash your car on a regular basis and you won't have any problems.
#19 of 71 Paint and Fuel Mileage on My 2001 Acura CL Are TERRIBLE
Oct 05, 2001 (4:23 am)
I have almost 5,000 miles on my car and can honestly say I am appalled by the paint quality and fuel mileage of my car. First he paint - I have a black car and already have several paint chips on the hood of my car. It looks lousy!!! I've tried waxing it off but to no avail. I can't imagine what this car will look like in a year (I bought the car in April 2001) . . . As for the fuel mileage, the car was advertised at 19/29 and I've never even come close to that. I BARELY average 15 mpg in the city and about 22 on the highway. I went to the dealer and the repair manager said I had to wait until I reached 7,000 miles on this car in order to 'break the engine in' before my mileage would slowly climb upwards. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED in this car. Very disappointed. BTY, I do not 'hot rod' or accelerate my car at fast speeds. There is no excuse for getting such poor gas mileage and for the paint to be chipping or bubbling like it is.
Not happy in SC.
#20 of 71 Paint and Fuel Mileage on My 2001 Acura CL Are GREAT!
Oct 05, 2001 (12:03 pm)
I have a 2001 CL-S leased on 3/28/01 with 8,900 miles on it and I think it's the best car I ever owned! Just getting ready for a long weekend in Keene, NH. My gas mileage from DAY ONE has never been less than 20 MPG and never less than 300 miles per tank. Much of that is just around here and there driving, some highway, some with AC, some without. For long trips I bought a car bra to protect the front. Learned the HARD way with my previous "award winning 1999 Motor Trend Car of the Year"!! Had chips on the hood of that car the first week I had it! I should have known then that that was going to be 3 LONG years! Paint "ain't" what it used to be and with the aerodynamics of the cars today, chips are inevitable. Just like bird crap and paint. They don't mix.
Just wanted to let everyone know that not everyone is unhappy with their CL's! If this car was a piece of _ _ _ _, I'd be the FIRST to report it. I have NO car loyalty. Build it right and I'll praise it. Use cheap materials and I'll tell you how I feel.
#21 of 71 Folow-up to my original post
Oct 13, 2001 (8:02 pm)
Today I solf the Acura 3.2Cl Sport for $8,500 less than what I paid for it 6 months ago.The " Honda Experience" was one that I could not live with. I thought I would love thhis car...otherwise I would not have paid $32,000 plus $3,000 in tax. I'm not wealthy, just a Registered Nurse. I had saved the money and had paid cash. Now I am taking my $23,500 from wholesaling the Acura and buying a BMW.
#22 of 71 My 2001 CL-S is flawless....
Oct 18, 2001 (8:51 pm)
Take a look...http://public.fotki.com/bbrillh320/wicked_cl/
Oct 18, 2001 (9:00 pm)
Good Idea. Lets add another $17,000 to get the same car.
Oh I forgot. In the world of the superficial, the "Honda Experience" means you can't park your Honda in the "Doctor's Lot"
Oct 18, 2001 (9:27 pm)
Good luck on the BMW which has an average reliability at best. You should have considered a Lexus or an Infinity.
Oct 19, 2001 (2:53 am)
I agree! 9,600+ miles and NO PROBLEMS!! Two dealer visits for oil/filter changes and a tire rotation/balance. No rattles, no squeaks, no brake shudder. Best car I have ever owned!