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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2001 Acura CL (Page 8 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 8 of 9)

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problem #31

Sep 192002

CL

  • miles

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

I was driving at 65 mph on I-476 (pa), when I slowed slightly to check exit sign. Upon deciding to proceed to next exit, accelerated midly fom 60 to 65. Transmission slammed into, what felt like, 1st gear causing vehicle to pitch forward. This was so sudden, that it threw my hands off the steering wheel and caused me to almost loose control of vehicle. Had someone been behind me, the road been wet, or had I been on a curve, I would not have been able to regain control. Transmission showed signs of poor shifting before this incident, so I took the vehicle to Acura. They failed to fix the problem. I was very lucky, this condition could have caused a major accident.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #30

Sep 262002

CL

  • miles
It appears from talking to many different Acura owners, Acura has had a major problem with their transmissions. The 5 speed in the 2001-2002 TL/Cl series. I was lucky enough to be on residential streets when my transmission failed. Thus driving slowly. I hate to think what could have resulted if I was on the freeway traveling high speeds. I believe Acura needs to address this issue. Thank you

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #29

Sep 052002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- New Carrollton, MD, USA

problem #28

Sep 052002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #27

Jul 172002

CL

  • miles
Transmission started slipping and got progressively worse for several weeks. The day before it failed, I was driving along at a steady speed of about 45 mph when the transmission decided it wanted to be in first gear. The car jerked violently and slowed down very quickly while pulling me to the left (nearly losing control with the front wheels locked) until it shifted back out of first gear. It felt as if I had slammed on the brakes and if someone was behind me, I would have been rear ended. This happened again shortly after but not as violently. When the transmission finally failed, it would take several seconds to shift gears and would rev up high (as if in neutral) while between shifts. When it did shift it shifted hard. Then, as pulling away from a stop light, several of the lights on the dash lit up including the check engine, vsa, and D5 lights and was stuck in second gear. Also, the car would not shift into reverse. I understand from the dealer that this is not an uncommon problem and most people report symptoms similar to mine. I find this scary because I could have been killed had I been in different circumstances when the transmission shifted into first and caused me to slow down and swerve all over the road until I got it under control. The dealer claims that they think they know what the problem is and have fixed it but I've heard from people that are on their third transmission and are again having problems.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #26

Jul 172002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission started slipping and got progressively worse for several weeks. The day before it failed, I was driving along at a steady speed of about 45 mph when the transmission decided it wanted to be in first gear. The car jerked violently and slowed down very quickly while pulling me to the left (nearly losing control with the front wheels locked) until it shifted back out of first gear. It felt as if I had slammed on the brakes and if someone was behind me, I would have been rear ended. This happened again shortly after but not as violently. When the transmission finally failed, it would take several seconds to shift gears and would rev up high (as if in neutral) while between shifts. When it did shift it shifted hard. Then, as pulling away from a stop light, several of the lights on the dash lit up including the check engine, vsa, and D5 lights and was stuck in second gear. Also, the car would not shift into reverse. I understand from the dealer that this is not an uncommon problem and most people report symptoms similar to mine. I find this scary because I could have been killed had I been in different circumstances when the transmission shifted into first and caused me to slow down and swerve all over the road until I got it under control. The dealer claims that they think they know what the problem is and have fixed it but I've heard from people that are on their third transmission and are again having problems.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #25

Aug 012002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission will slip and fail to shift into gear. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Palcentia, CA, USA

problem #24

Mar 212002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving dashboard lights came on and vehicle was stuck in one gear.transmission went out. Had transmission replaced, but problem happened again within 4000 miles. They replaced wiring transimission, and it went again.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 012002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This vehicle is equipped with 3.2 litre engine. While traveling 55 mph transmission went into neutral after changing into 3rd gear. Driver had to coast to side of the road due to loss of power. *akjlg

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #22

Dec 172001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Replaced first transmission at 13596 miles, second transmission at 25223 miles, third transmission at 27648 miles, while the first two transmissions failed on local streets, the third did not. When the third transmission failed I was traveling on a major hwy and was almost rear ended by a large SUV. I was trying to motor up to the next exit when I was losing speed fast. Thats when a large SUV was skidding behind me and trying to switch lanes to avoid an accident. This SUV almost sideswiped the vehicle along side as well. This all happened in moderate traffic conditions.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #21

Aug 112002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

At 50 mph consumer applied accelerator, vehicle would not accelerate. Dealer determined thattransmission had to be replaced.

- Louisville, CO, USA

problem #20

Aug 092001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle will decrease in speed while applying gas. Contacted dealer. Transmission was slipping, had part replaced, but problem reoccurred. 8jb

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #19

Jul 202002

CL

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Acura customer care (800-382-2238) has been contacted about the transmission failure and acknowledge on the phone that there is a problem/flaw with the transmission on some Acura but will not explain what the flaw is and how they are resolving it. My car is under warranty till it reaches 50K miles or 4 years and having no information about the issue I don't want to have a similar problem in couple of month, not knowing if what has been done will stop the problem from re-occuring again. It seems there is no technical bulletin nor recall published on this issue as of today. I found documentation on other owner still having similar problems with their transmission after it got replaced 2 or 3 times at a low mileage (check www.Acura-Cl.com). I would like an investigation launched on this issue about the hazard it creates and force Acura to issue a public statement about the transmission flaw. The dealership replacing the transmission (oakland Acura in oakland, ca) told me they had to replace transmission at such low mileage on other Acura and were not surprised about the failure. They told me Acura has a "fix" but will not give me details on what the fix is and the root cause of the problem. I am afraid Acura will just change the defective part with the same new part which will go bad again in couple of weeks or months.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 022001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 25-30 mph transmission will go out, causing consumer to lose control vehicle. Consumer has had transmission replaced five times. Contacted dealer.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #17

May 202002

(reported on)

CL

  • miles
While in traffic vehicle came to an abrupt stop without warning. First time this happened, transmission locked up. Had transmission repaired. Second time this happened transmission slipped out of gear. Having transmission replaced again. Dealer can't identify why transmission keep becoming inoperative without warning.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

problem #16

May 102002

(reported on)

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30-40 mph transmission slips into third gear. Also, transmission shifts extremely hard, and will at times lock up, cause unknown.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #15

Apr 292002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Mar 312002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #13

Apr 032002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission completely disengages at about 2500 to 3000 rpms and the engine shoots up to redline. Acura is well aware that they have a problem with these transmissions, and needs to take corrective action on fixing all of them out there. This poses an extreme safety concern.

- Tooele, UT, USA

problem #12

Mar 202002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission was not engaging. Rpms went high and low without pushing brakes. Engine check light was on and vsa light was on constantly. Dealer has been contacted. Felt it was a transmission problem.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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