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#47 of 141 Re: Acura 99 CL trannsmission problems [stevebri]
Jan 07, 2007 (5:25 pm)
I purchased a new 1999 Acura 3.0 CL and at 67K miles, I'm on my FOURTH transmission. No kidding!!! I've never missed a service appt and have all of the records. Only the Acura dealership has worked on my car. Now that the extended warranty is going to expire, both the dealership and corporate Acura are doing nothing to help me. Dump the car ASAP and don't buy another one! Good luck!
#48 of 141 Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER!
Jan 16, 2007 (11:10 am)
I bought my 1999 car new, had ONLY the dealership work on it - including all oil changes - never missed a scheduled maintenance appointment. At 67,000 miles, I'm on my FOURTH transmission! Although the transmission clearly was poorly engineered, the dealership and corporate Acura will not help me at all. My extended warranty is about to expire and I've contacted the state attorney general. We're headed to court.
#49 of 141 Re: Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER! [roadtripgirl]
Jan 16, 2007 (3:53 pm)
That's surprising to hear. The transmission problems were related to the 2000+ TL and CL models equipped with 5-speed autos. Are they replacing your transmission with rebuilt or new transmisions? After 4 changes, I would think that the lemon law applies, and you should be compensated. Good luck...
#50 of 141 Re: Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER! [roadtripgirl]
Jan 16, 2007 (10:07 pm)
I had the transmission rebuilt and so far no problems. that is the only problem I have ever had. The next car I get will be a manual shift. I'm tired of automatic transmissions. Plus, any mechanic I have ever talked to has a manual.
#51 of 141 Re: Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER! [roadtripgirl]
Jan 25, 2007 (9:29 am)
Yeah about that transmission....I have A 1999 CL 3.0 which I purchased a few months ago. It has 65k miles on it, the car had been perfectly maintained and driven carefully.... and the transmission is horrible! It knocks down into gears and revs out when switching up gears. I'm not sure whether to keep it or sell it, I just don't know who the heck is going to buy a car with a transmission like this, and I know if I buy another transmission, It will probably have the same problem....Does anybody know if it is definetly the trans..or could it be the auto clutch???
#52 of 141 Re: Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER! [bignucc8]
Jan 25, 2007 (10:05 pm)
Well, I can tell you that Acura's are known for transmission problems according to a guy at work. Considering Honda built their reputation on cars that never seem to die this is just deplorable. My advice to you would be to get rid of it as soon as possible. It's not worth it. Also since you are coming up on the 100k mark you will have to have the timing belt changed out. This is usually recommended at around 100k, but the gotcha is that they also replace the waterpump. I believe this cost me about 1500 to 2000. This is something that that is recommended on most cars, but after spending 2500 on a rebuilt trannie or 5000 on a new one do you really want to spend that extra money on normal maintenence?
#53 of 141 Re: 2001 shifter stuck in park [rick27513]
Jan 31, 2007 (1:48 pm)
I too am having a problem with my 3.0 Cl gearbox getting stuck in park. Did you ever resolve this problem?
#54 of 141 Re: 2001 shifter stuck in park [kodie11]
Jan 31, 2007 (9:20 pm)
I had the trans rebuilt at a cost of $2551. A new one would have cost $5000. I did this a few months ago and so far no issues.
Feb 01, 2007 (6:04 pm)
101,000 miles and going strong on our 99 2.3 CL. The key is manual five speed transmission! Honda/Acura makes some of the best manual gearboxes/linkages, along with BMW. For automatics, go with GM, Ford, Toyota.
#56 of 141 Re: 2001 shifter stuck in park [kodie11]
Feb 06, 2007 (11:09 am)
Kodie11, the brake lamp switch located under the brake pedal was failing. By not activating the brakelights, it was not activating the shifter release mechanism inside the center console. The service manual has an elaborate test procedure using a meter and pin jumpers to check the switch, but all you have to do is to see if your brakelights work! The shifter symptom is actually a good alert that you may be driving with no blakelights!