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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2001 Acura CL (Page 3 of 9)

CarComplaints.com Notes: The automatic transmission on the 2nd generation CL (2001-2003) is a downshifting mess. According to reports it slips, flares, and eventually fails --- sometimes around 40,000 miles.

The troubled transmission got an extended warranty for some CL owners that was later extended even further thanks to a class-action lawsuit in the United States. But even with the extended warranty, the transmission in this car is well known for overheating and locking up suddenly and without warning.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,494 miles

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2001 Acura CL transmission problems

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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #131

May 062005

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,355 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

NHTSA campaign id number : 04V176000 - recalled the transmission on my 2001 Acura Cl-S vehicle. At the time, it already had it's 3rd transmission. This was in August of 2004. Now in may of 2005, my transmission has failed again and has been replaced again. (I now have my fourth transmission.) this is to advise you that Acura/Honda's repair prodcedure as indicated in their recall (NHTSA campaign id number : 04V176000) is flawed and has not resolved the safety issue.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #130

Apr 092005

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,600 miles
My vehicle has been regularly serviced and maintained as suggested by Acura. However, I am currently experiencing great difficulty with my 2001 Acura Cl type S because the transmission system is malfunctioning. The transmission will abruptly shift into higher gears while the vehicle is traveling at low speeds. The car has lost power when ascending steep hills and presents great danger to other vehicles because of the need to pull-over or stop. Although Acura warranty covers this problem and applies to vehicles in the us virgin islands, they have not expeditiously dealt with the problem. Already, after one month, Acura has not sent the necessary parts to the dealer or made accomodations so that I would not be driving an unsafe vehicle. After numerous attempts to inform Acura and their customer service department, I have received very little assistance. I hope this complaint will help build the record showing that Acura is manufacturing a faulty, unsafe product and is failing to adequately remedy the problem.

- St. Thomas, VI, USA

problem #129

Apr 072003

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle, gears slipped out and go into a different gear or went into neutral, preventing the vehicle from moving while on the road. Taken to the dealer three times to replace the transmission, but the problem recurred.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #128

Nov 012004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2001 Acura Cl with only 45K miles on it had the transmission go out in a very dangerous manner. The car without notice would down shift into second gear when you were going about 50 mph. It would start shifting on its own causing the car to rapidly slow down. The car was very hard to control at this point but because I was only a few mile from the dealership I was able to make it there and got a new transmission. When I drove into the dealer with in 10 seconds they said "you need a new transmission". I thought this was a bit odd and did a little research on the web and found out what bad transmissions these cars had. Acura told me they had fixed the problem. Now, less than 5K miles later the same thing happened with my "new" transmission". I bought an Acura for reliability and quality. I feel this problem is not being properly addressed (just putting same bad transmissions back in cars with small modifications). All over the net you read about Honda and Acura owners having similar stories but there is very little "official news" on the problem. Until Honda gets some heat for this mistake I think they will not properly fix the problem.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #127

Oct 052004

CL

  • 76,357 miles
The vehicle's transmission problem became worse after the recall repairs were made. The consumers vehicle had problems changing into second gear. Campaign id number : 04V176000

- San Jose, PR, USA

problem #126

Oct 242004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
My 2001 Acura Cl S had the check engine light, vsa light, and ! light come on. Thinking the problem was related to the emissions, I continued to drive car. The next day I took car to dealer, to have problem diagnosed. The service manager couldn't see me to the following day. The next day he ran test and told me the transmission was bad (grinding in torque converter), and to take it to his other dealer. The dealer confirmed the previous diagnosis.10-26-04. However, he wasn't sure about warranty because car was brought over from Canada. I was told to contact Acura customer relations, and I took car home. The next day I went on the web and found numerous complaints about exact problems I encountered. The differences were that the transmissions were downshifting from 3rd to 1st while people were driving on expressways, almost causing serious accidents. The problem with the warranty was ironed out within 2 days, and Acura is replacing my transmission on the 3rd of November. However, the dealer's service mananger never warned me of the danger of driving the vehicle. The car has 53200 kilometers (33000 mi). The transmission fluid was changed by dealer about 2 years ago, when I complained of burnt smell. The oil jet recall for the 2nd gear was done in August 2004. The obvious problem with the transmission according to other owners hasn't been addressed. Now I'm going to revceive a rebuilt transmission, that may be a time bomb waiting to happen.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #125

Oct 292004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving on the freeway going about 55 mph. I pressed on the gas pedal to increase speed to get in the other lane. My car suddenly slipped from fifth gear into first gear causing the car to lurch forward then backwards. I was shocked and my hands left the steering wheel but I regained control. It felt like I ran into a barrier. I had whip-lash but did not report that. My 2001 Acura, Cl 3.2 type S had started to "stumble" between gears just lately so I was going to take it into the dealer. When this experience occurred on the interstate, it was very unsettling. That is a dangerous defect. My car is at the dealership waiting for a "new" transmission. I hope this never happens again. I only have 48,700 miles on the car.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #124

Sep 132004

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,410 miles
Transmission was defective. Consumer had to have the vehicle towed back to the dealership after transmission work was done. Consumer contacted the manufacturer. However, the manufacturer was not willing to assist the consumer. Prior to transmission's work being done this vehicle did not have a transmission problem. The check engine light illuminated and the vehicle would not go into reverse.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #123

Jul 062004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sudden jerk on the highway, jerk in changing gears and sometimes does not change to the 5th gear. A delayed and hard gear change between 2-3, 3-4. driving on the freeway at 65 mph and sudden down gear change may cause to lose control of car. Probelm reported to Acura, and a refurbished transmission was replaced. Month and half later the same problem occured. Acura then again replaced with another refurbished transmission. And again similar problems occured at this moment. Acura is looking at the car. I hope that NHTSA force Acura to recall the car for the public safety. This problem remains uncorrected and can cause injury or death. Acura should replace with new cars.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #122

Oct 012004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer received recall notice for transmission second gear. Consumer informed the mechanic that the problem recurred, and had not been resolved. After recall vehicle not restored to original condition. Sluggish in shifting gears and performance not the same.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #121

Sep 272004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer received NHTSA recall 04V176000 regarding automatic transmission: Consumer noticed that the mechanic did not inspect the transmission to see whether transmission was discolored or not. Mechanic revised the oil cooler return and replaced it.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #120

Aug 282004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Recall (04V176000) performed, 50 miles driving, the transmission started violently down shifting in traffic to 1st or 2nd gear at speeds of 40 to 60 mph. Acura replaced the transmission.

- Vidalia, GA, USA

problem #119

Jun 222004

CL

  • Manual transmission
  • 116,000 miles
While driving 20 to 40 mph transmission failed. As a result, vehicle will not shift gears.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #118

Aug 232004

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Transmission continued to fail. A recall was honored. However, dealer was unable to remedy the defect.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #117

Jul 272004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,500 miles
I was speeding up approaching 50 mph. I went over a hill and saw a yellow light. I suddenly lifted up on the accelerator at which time, the transmission downshifted to second gear (1500rpm to approximately 5000rpm). The next acceleration had a slipping of the clutch effect. I had to accelerate gently to be able to speed up. I arrived home about 5 minutes later at which time the engine idle kept "wanting" to die, came close a few times, but managed to keep running. Had the same problem 5 days later with the downshifting. I did not witness the slipping clutch effect after the second time I felt spontaneous downshifting. They both happened under similar circumstances. Small shocks are felt sometimes when transmission changes gears. Was informed by my local mechanic to report problem to Acura. A few months earlier I spoke to Acura at which time they informed me there was a part needed to be changed (recalled) in my transmission and that they would contact me after the part came in. I never received a follow-up. The reason I am following up this now because my mechanic told me that I needed to or that I may be stranded because the transmission may suddenly go dead.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #116

Jul 272004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,500 miles
I was speeding up approaching 50 mph. I went over a hill and saw a yellow light. I suddenly lifted up on the accelerator at which time, the transmission downshifted to second gear (1500rpm to approximately 5000rpm). The next acceleration had a slipping of the clutch effect. I had to accelerate gently to be able to speed up. I arrived home about 5 minutes later at which time the engine idle kept "wanting" to die, came close a few times, but managed to keep running. Had the same problem 5 days later with the downshifting. I did not witness the slipping clutch effect after the second time I felt spontaneous downshifting. They both happened under similar circumstances. Small shocks are felt sometimes when transmission changes gears. Was informed by my local mechanic to report problem to Acura. A few months earlier I spoke to Acura at which time they informed me there was a part needed to be changed (recalled) in my transmission and that they would contact me after the part came in. I never received a follow-up. The reason I am following up this now because my mechanic told me that I needed to or that I may be stranded because the transmission may suddenly go dead.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #115

Aug 162004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,168 miles
The vehicle was taken in for a recall. The repair was made on the transmission. After the repair was completed, the vehicle stalled.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #114

Mar 202001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Vehicle suddenly stopped accelerating while driving. There was a winding/buzzing noise before this occurred. Transmission was replaced 3 times.

- North Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #113

Jul 202004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Sudden automatic transmission failure.

- Montgomery , AL, USA

problem #112

Jul 022004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
First made complaint about transmission problems in 01/02, dealer diagnosed no problem. Transmission failed 03/03 and was replaced by the dealer. Transmission has apparently failed again 07/04.

- Lutz, FL, USA

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