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Acura CL, Coupe
#123 of 141 Re: Acura transmission problem [pukindog]
Nov 30, 2011 (10:32 am)
To all of you who have had Trans problems on the Acura and especially to the one who said "do not buy a Honda or Acura". Wow is all I can say. I'd bet you are a person who drives 65 in the left lane.
My sister currently owns a 2003 Acura CL with 198K on it. Never a trans problem, never any major issues. She bought it new and has maintained it regularly. I am currently replacing all of the struts and springs, changing all of the fluids and a motor mount and she plans on driving it for another 100K. It still runs and drives like a 30K mileage car.
That being said, I have owned my own shop, managed a Goodyear and worked at several dealerships the last of which was a Honda dealer. Speaking from personal experience, Honda and Acura will take care of their customers and do so 200% better than ANY other manufacturer out there, period!
I have personally seen Honda and Acura replace a transmission with over 150K on the vehicle with NO SERVICE RECORDS! Try that ANYWHERE else and you will just get laughed at and thrown out.
They are the best cars for the money on the market today.
I own a BMW and a GM Truck. They are both great vehicles. Maintenance is the key to longevity.
As a side note to the person who said they were going to trade for a BMW. They are very similar to owning an older Harley. Drive it, fix it, drive it, fix it. Don't take my word for it go oi bimmerfest forum and see for yourself. I love the car and am not looking for another model to replace it, but trust me, you will have to work on it pretty regularly.
#124 of 141 Re: Acura transmission problem [abbab]
Nov 30, 2011 (5:07 pm)
Who do you work for Honda? My 1999 Acura 3.0, purchased new, never missed a maintenance appointment ( I have all of the records to prove it), and it was stored in the garage or under the car cover. My car, gently driven, had its fourth transmission replaced at 67K miles. I guess everyone else on this thread is wrong. Imagine that!!!!
#125 of 141 Re: Acura transmission problem [roadtripgirl]
Dec 03, 2011 (10:48 am)
Yup. 1999 Acura 3.0 CL, purchased new from the dealer, garaged since purchase. full maintainence. Currently has 73,000 miles on it and I've been having transmission problems (a kick from 1st to 2nd) since about 55,000 miles. But it must be my imagination. ; )
#126 of 141 Re: Acura transmission problem [averyd1]
Dec 03, 2011 (12:32 pm)
I wish you the best of luck getting Honda to help you. That transmission was poorly engineered, so even the Howard's refurbished trannies are garbage. Honda should have helped (now FORMER) customers.
#127 of 141 More trans problems
Feb 20, 2012 (9:38 pm)
I own a 2001 Acura CL-S. I love my car. But, it's reaching 140,000 miles and I've been feeling the tranny slipping in second gear... again. This will be the THIRD time I am replacing it. The first all out trans failure occurred at under 30000 miles. Luckily the warrantee covered it. They told me it was an isolated problem. I googled Acura CL trans problems today and found this site, I never register or comment on stuff Like this but I had to share... I am livid. I will never buy another Acura. If anyone is foolish enough to want one. They can buy mine cheap. Its black with black leather.
#128 of 141 NO MORE ACURAs For ME !! TRANSMISSIONS $$*@&
Feb 21, 2012 (10:18 am)
You would think that Acura would be a better car!! I have to laugh at every new Acura car ad I see. I bought my Acura new and have had 3 transmissions, first one went out at 28,000 mi. I Need to buy another car and I am almost tempted by the new Acuras but....I will just have to hold myself back!! Apparently Acura is so STUPID OR ARROGANT that they think that word of mouth will do them no harm. Acura owners need to start some kind of Internet campaign against them or bumper sticker crusade to show them that WE CAN AND WILL WARN OTHERS!! I guess no one at Acura reads these columns.
#129 of 141 Re: NO MORE ACURAs For ME !! TRANSMISSIONS $$*@& [madchen20]
May 12, 2012 (8:27 am)
OK. I love Honda Motor Co. I've driven a Honda/Acura and their motorcycles all my life. Since I'm wanting to purchase an 03' CL simply for it's rarity (I still maintain a sweet 95' Legend), I'm frankly blown away at what I've been reading about their 01' - 03' horrible transmissions failures.
So my only question is this - Am I "safer" with a manual tranny CL???
#130 of 141 Re: NO MORE ACURAs For ME !! TRANSMISSIONS $$*@& [alemika]
May 13, 2012 (9:19 pm)
It is my understanding that this transmission problem exist from 1999 up to the 2005 models. Acura knew about this problem and refused to own up to it. After they fixed over 16,000 cars they stopped helping. Most people with these year model cars are on their 3rd transmission. It is also my understanding that the 2.0 and the standard transmission if you can find one... ARE BULLET PROOF!. Everytime I see a 2.0 im just sick, and every 3.0 CL I pass I want to roll the window down ask them how much trouble they have had with their car. I would say, that if you found an '03 CL that HAS NOT HAD A PROBLEM, it may never have one. There were defective parts in the original and even in the replacement transmissions. These transmissions went out around 20-30K miles and then again around 50K. So, choose wisely.
#131 of 141 Guess it's my turn in the barrel
Jun 14, 2012 (5:16 pm)
I have an '01 3.2 CL bnought new in June 2000, with 113,700 on the clock, and until 3:00 PM EDT today, I had no problem with the car. But at 2:45, while driving in suburban traffic, my tranny went south...sudden downshifts, slipping upshift, "Check Engine" light, "TCS" light, and finally, it reverted to "limp-home" mode and wouldn't shift above seciond gear. Called the local dealer, and got sympathy, and a comment that most CL's don't last this long...along with a quote of $4400 to install a rebuilt box. Called Acura Customer Service, spoke to a very nice fella who was sympathetic, but would make no commitment until the car was inspected by a dealer. Oddly enough, just yesterday I responded to an Acura survey and repotrted that I was very happy with the car...what a difference a day makes! Anyway, I now an faced with a car that was worth about $5K until this afternoon, and is now worth about $500 for parts. Has anyone had any success in getting Acura to help defray repair costs?
#132 of 141 Re: Guess it's my turn in the barrel [golferbob37]
Jun 14, 2012 (6:48 pm)
Mine went again two months ago at 147000 miles. The dealer called Acura; There response was that the car had too many miles on it for any kind of compensation. It did not matter that the tranny was replaced four other times. The dealer gave me 10% off his price for "good faith". Still cost me plenty for the tranny, computer box, and torque converter.
Funny, I really like the car albeit for the crappy transmission.