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Acura CL, Coupe
#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!
#57 of 141 Re: Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER! [denouve2]
Feb 10, 2007 (6:14 am)
The only thing that has saved me is the the manufacturer's warranty (first two trannies) and the extended warranty I purchased (numbers 3 & 4). I purchased the car new at the Acura dealership in central FL. After repeated attempts at assistance, neither the dealership nor corporate Acura has done anything to resolve the issue. The Lemon Law applies to repairs for the same problem (3 or more repairs) during the first two years of ownership. I've contacted the FL State Attorney General's office and have started the ball rolling. I'm very, very disappointed at Acura. They had a very loyal customer, but now I feel like they don't value their customers.
#58 of 141 Re: Any Good CL Trannys? Yep. [thegraduate]
Feb 10, 2007 (6:17 am)
17 Hondas since 1990? Why the big turnover? It sounds like perhaps they haven't been owned long enough to experience the problems in this forum. My uncle is a car buff and loves Toyotas and Hondas; however, he trades up every 2-3 years (so he swears by them).
#59 of 141 Re: Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER! [bignucc8]
Feb 10, 2007 (6:21 am)
The 1999 CL models have a transmission that was designed only for that make/model. Other CLs and TLs won't have the problems that the 1999 CLs have. The problem is definitely a poorly engineered transmission. Dump the car! Fast!
#60 of 141 Re: Acura CL 3.0 - TRANSMISSION DISASTER! [stevebri]
Feb 10, 2007 (6:23 am)
YIKES! Thanks for the advice!