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#95 of 141 Re: Acura's handling of the transmission issue [jessyb]
Feb 01, 2010 (7:15 pm)
Today after I had just driven 240 miles away from home, my 2001 Acura CL's transmission went from working fine, to completely broken. Luckily, it went out two miles away from the Acura dealership (or could it be that my car was sneakily designed to break down within range of an Acura dealership.. hrmm..), so I slowly made it there while holding up rush hour traffic and learned it's going to cost $3800 to fix. I had always been fearing this issue after buying this car used two years ago, and it finally happens on my birthday no less.
#96 of 141 Hard change from 1st to 2nd gear
Feb 28, 2010 (9:05 am)
I have a 1999 Acura 3.0 CL with 64,000 miles.About 6 months ago, the car began having a hard shift from 1st to 2nd gear. Once out of 1st, the gear changes are smooth and seamless.
I replaced both the engine oil and transmission fluid, and it improved considerably initially. But the problem resurfaced.
Currently, the car kicks (50%+ of the time) when changing from 1st to 2nd. And if you do a hard acceleration, the kick is pretty bad.
Anyone with similar problems/suggestions for a solution?
#97 of 141 Re: Hard change from 1st to 2nd gear [averyd1]
Feb 28, 2010 (11:48 am)
Im on my second transmission in a 1999 Acura Cl. The first one failed at 27,000 miles, then it needed another part a couple of hundred miles later. it started to need another transmission about 25,000 miles later. Acura knows this is a defective transmission and from what I have learned they replaced something like 16,000 of them. What got me is that they put a REBUILT transmission in my car still under warranty that was practically new. Of course Acrua said they would replace it a second time for a mere $4500. The car is shifting hard from 3rd to 4th. It is like your car, if you accelerate hard it kicks like a mule. I took it to what has always been a reliable transmission shop here in Dallas They told me that it DID NOT NEED A NEW TRANSMISSION. The manager started wih something simple, he changed the transmission fluid which made a noticable improvement. Funny, Acura said that the transmission fluid never needed to be changed??? The car is still bumping occasionally when shifting from 3rd to 4th. The transmission shop said that it was probably the torque converter which is a far cry from $4500. I still have not fixed it. The car drives fine most of the time.By the way, the Acura dealer, almost 2 yrs now,said that the transmission needed to be changed right away because it could fail any day now.
Never trust those people at the dealer, their are all crooks.
#98 of 141 Hard change from 1st to 2nd gear [averyd1
Feb 28, 2010 (11:59 am)
Thanks for the reply. As a rule of thumb, the dealer is always the last resort. They always overstate the problem, and exaggerage the cost. Kinda like dressed up used ca salesmen. : )
I'll take the car to a non-dealer transmission specialist. Thinking along the lines of AAMCO, and see what they have to say.
I'm pretty surprised at the number of people who have this problem, and disappointed in the quality.
My car has been garaged since purchase, run sparsely (hence 64,000 miles in 10 years), and had all maintenance. This car should be good for 200,000 miles.
Oh well, thanks for the info. I'll see what I can get done on this end, and post the results.
#99 of 141 Jerking between gears
Apr 11, 2010 (6:10 pm)
I've been having this problem on my 1999 Acura CL for 6 months (only 79,000 miles on it). First, I had the transmission oil changed, which helped a little. Now, it's gotten bad again, so instead of going back to Acura, I'm going to Aamco tomorrow. I hope they're honest about what they find.
#100 of 141 Re: Jerking between gears [devmarc210]
Apr 12, 2010 (6:44 am)
Just prepare yourself! I paid $2,200 to have mine rebuilt. It's been running great since, but I'm always wondering if it will happen again.
#101 of 141 Re: Acura's handling of the transmission issue [dmarcelino]
Sep 01, 2010 (7:58 am)
Hi - I own a 2001 CL and just replaced the transmission for $3,500+. Purchased new, the warranty shows 114,000 miles or 7 years. The dealer would not honor the warranty even though I have just 60,000 miles to date on the car because of the car's age. Did you have a warranty issue? Do you know if there is a way to get Acura to respond to honoring the mileage part of the warranty? Thanks, Roger
#102 of 141 Re: Hard change from 1st to 2nd gear [averyd1 [averyd1]
Sep 19, 2010 (8:45 pm)
I own 2001 cl(110K) and transmission went bad this week...limped in..and they did "their analysis" for $138...they called to inform me that I need new transmission....and the total cost at approx $8900!!!!!!!.........we talked and they quickly agreed to go to bat for me with Manu. to try to get them to reduce the costs/share the pain 50-60%...hummn 40-50% of $8900 sound like a good deal to anyone??
#103 of 141 Late 03 TL transmission failure
Oct 11, 2010 (4:51 pm)
How do they do it? Just made the last payment for my (2nd owner) 2003 TL-S September 1, and October 8 my transmission goes bonkers. I had read in horror about these problems but since my VIN wasn't included in the recall thought I'd dodged the bullet. Then Friday evening, as I headed out of town on a holiday weekend - wham! Downshifts from 5th to 1st gear at highway speed. Keeping my foot on the brake seems to help. After a few more miles it would no longer shift above 2nd gear. I found a tow truck before the !#$ thing completely seized.
Also ironic that in August I spent $500 for "maint." mainly fluid replacement using expensive Honda trans. fluid. (according to the service techs) Also of interest, I had the front rotors replaced Sept. 7 - the day before. Leaving town the next day the first hint of a problem was the service lights came on: the ! alert, VMS light and the engine diagram. I have to wonder if the problem could be related, somehow....
The dealer just called to tell it needs new transmission, and is not covered.
I used to really love this car, and let people know. Now the thought of all my kudos makes me want to puke. A ticking time bomb that wipes out any value you might have (thought you) had in your Acura. This mfr has managed to retain a "high quality" image in spite of the devastating plague - they deserve a class action.
Oct 24, 2010 (6:03 pm)
I have a 01 CL tpye S and it has about 190,000 kms. At about 160,000 kms the tranmission started to act up by getting kicks while i was in D5. So i took it to a transmission shop and they said that the gears were slipping and chattering. Also steel chipps that were grinding when it was slipping was shooting into the transmission fluid. I havent fix it yet but the ppl at the transmission shop said that they will re-build my my transmission for $2500.00. When i first bought this car i didnt know that this problem would happen but a few months after i bought this car, i heard so some infor about the 01-03 CL's and the TL's will have tranny problems. So what i heard about it all came true