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#70 of 141 1998 Acura CL Premium with 32,000 miles Transmission Failure
Feb 10, 2008 (2:39 pm)
I've been researching Acura Transmission problems because I am trying to understand what kind of problems are inherent in this vehicle. Yes, the CL is 10 years old, always garaged, babied, driven by one person, never overloaded, and never showed signs of any transmission problems. Friday after driving it all day, it came to a snail's pace and I was forced to downshift to get enough movement to get it home (1/2 mile). My husband drove it, went around several blocks at 45 mph and gave me the "are you serious look?". Then it failed on him too. When he braked he heard a clicking, and the car barely moved.
It's been towed to Acura for diagnosis. What I see on the internet that there are lots of transmission problems with the CL's. I would appreciate some feedback on similar experiences. 10 years or not, this is highly unusual and I'm hoping Acura will cut us some slack on repairs.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
#72 of 141 97CL 2.2:Amber engine light/trans
Feb 20, 2008 (8:27 am)
My car has about 115K, the engine light turned amber. While waiting at the dealer the Acura advisor said the code P0715, 'mainshaft speed sensor malfunction' occurred. He explained that they needed to flush the tranny 3 times according to Acura, to see if it clears it. If not it willl need a new transmission!
It was not much fun waiting! It turned out that the flushing cleared the code to trigger.
I have had the tranny fluid changed about every 30K, so I was very, very disappointed to hear this!
I wanted to share that. Has anyone had this happen?
Also, my friend had a honda accord, had over 100K, never was offered by Honda to extend her powertrain warranty, called them, and they paid for most of tranny work at a honda dealer. Has anyone had that experience or heard of that?
#73 of 141 '94 integra shifting hard into reverse
Mar 31, 2008 (3:22 pm)
so here's the deal. when i shift into reverse, either from park or from drive, it shifts really hard. i took it into the shop and they said motor mounts were the problem. so they replaced the mounts and it's still doing it. i took it back and they adjusted the pressure in some lines (i don't know exactly what lines) and it was doing better for a little while but now it's doing it just as bad again. its also not nearly as bad if the car has been running for a while...ie: it's worse when i'm starting it up for the first time in the morning or after its been sitting all day while i work. also, sometimes it makes a high pitched sound when i am in reverse. does anyone know what this could be? it seems to me like it's the transmission, but i don't know what about the transmission needs fixing.
#74 of 141 ACURA NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
Jun 05, 2008 (11:04 pm)
After reading this message board regarding 99 Acura Cl transmissions, I feel lucky. Im in the process of replacing my transmission for only the 3rd time.! The first transmission failed at 39K and the second 110K. Most of us have a lot of money tied up in these vehicles and to just dump them is criminal on the part of Acura. If they will not replace these defective transmissions regardless of mileage, with a non defective transmission, then something needs to be done. Since large corporations like Honda/Acura are difficult to get to first base with, perhaps a few well placed bumper stickers to the effect.. DONT BUY ACURA OR HONDA AUTOMOBILES, UNLESS YOU WANT TO BUY A TRANSMISSION EVERY YEAR. OR SOMETHING THAT WILL GET SOMEONES ATTENTION might be one tactic to get them to fix our cars. Maybe periodic picketing of dealerships that refuse to replace these transmissions. After all the problems I have had with my Acura, plus, problems with the same dealership regarding another Acura RSX, that the dealership sold that was wrecked!, and they knew it and sold it as an Acura Certified Automobile, I have been out tens of thousands of dollars to Acura and its dealerships. What Acura was hoping is that no one would realize that so many people were having this problem and that we would just fade into the woodwork. This 3rd transmission having to be replaced is making me just livid now that I know how dishonest Acura is about their cars. , Any car that has this many problems should be replaced under the lemon law which does not seem to have enough "teeth" to bite Acura.
#75 of 141 Re: A question about this transmission problem [anczh]
Jun 05, 2008 (11:46 pm)
to anczh... How, after reading these posts could you possibly consider buying an Acura!. Im sure that most of us who have posted here would NEVER touch another Acura or Honda. I know that I will not even consider these cars. Im gong back to Toyota. Im also staying away from Automatic transmissions. My Acura is the first car in the last 5 automobiles I have owned ,that has been an automatic.. NO MORE AUTOMATICS. NO MORE ACURAS, NO HONDAS!!!
#76 of 141 Re: Acura's handling of the transmission issue [daqman]
Jul 05, 2008 (8:45 am)
need advice on the acura tl 2001 slip gear and poping so took in acura dealer ship for the transmition replacement twice cuz still under warranty .. first time 2 week after the replacement when dring up the hill it jerking.. so i toook it back to the dealer ship they said they will replace another transmition and then 3 weeks after i have the same problem again... what should i do ?
#77 of 141 Re: Acura's handling of the transmission issue [kateyed]
Aug 15, 2008 (12:00 pm)
Well, this is my saga with the 2001 Cl. Had a new transmission placed under recall in 7/03 (dealership told me it was a new tranny because acura never uses old parts), my car had 28,000 mi. 8/11/08, 2nd transmission is shot with 65,000 mi on my car (37,000 mi on 2nd tranny). Also, that the car had a number of other issues including broken engine mounts (also replaced in 7/03. What a coincidence!), and worn out ball joints (did this happen because of the engine mounts?). Was told by dealership that the 93 mo/109,000 "extended warrenty" Honda provided had expired for my car 4 months ago. They also informed me that the trans in the car WAS NOT NEW, but REMANUFACTURED (Acura's word for used?)! They also said they couldn't do anything about it but that I could contact Acura CS (I bought the car from this dealership. Love how they're advocates for their customers and stand behind the integrity and durability of Acura's products, huh?).
Long story short, Acura asked me "what I wanted." I told them I wnated a new tranny and the problems caused by the tranny to be fixed (?BROKEN ENGINE MOUNTS x2, shot ball joints).
They offered me a "good will gesture" (can you stand it? GWG???? they replace a crappy tranny with a "remanufactured" crappy tranny and now I'm on the hook!).
Said they would pay 95% for the trans only (Ihave to fork out approx $1,000 for the mounts and ball joints) and give me a 3yr 36mo warrenty on it. Something should be done about this. It's not fair that Honda knows they screwed people and they are getting away with it! A 2001 with 65,000 miles on it and it's on its 3rd tranmission. Makes me want to throw up!
No more Acura's for me or my fam.
Dec 01, 2008 (3:13 pm)
My acura for some reason when i put the gear in to drive it starts to drive but then a couple seconds later the car just goes to neutral and then some times i feel as if its about to catch on again but it just goes to neutral mode i checked the fluid level witch is at the write level and is clean. Does any one know what could be the problem is it a bad sencer or something, could it be my trans filter?
#79 of 141 2002 3.2CL
Dec 10, 2008 (9:54 am)
I purchased my brand new 2002 3.2CL in November, 2001. The transmission first went out when the car had only 3,500 miles! I was devastated! At around this same time, Honda increased the warranty from 7yrs/70,000 miles to 10 years/100,000 miles.
My car now has 77,000 miles, and the replaced transmission went out again. Acura replaced the transmission a month ago, but it just hasn't been right. When I took it back in, they tell me that something is wrong with the shifter, and that the shifter, although it is necessary to shift the transmission, is not a part of the transmission.