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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2001 Acura CL (Page 9 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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Acura CL transmission problems

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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #11

Nov 202001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission started "jerking" forward as my vehicle was decelerating and continued to "hold" gears when it should have downshifted. I pulled over to the side of the road and turned off the car. The problem has not repeated yet. I am, however, aware of an inherrent weakness with the transmission for the Acura 3.2 Cl/TL

- Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 192001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This failure is apparently widespread in this and similar models of Honda. This sudden failure can cause serious accidents. Please evaluate for recall.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 062002

CL

  • miles
The transmissions and brake issues need to be address, I feel that I purchase a lemon car.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 292001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 062001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This is the second transmission failure that has occurred. The first time it failed I was stick in the middle of a busy intersection at morning rush-hour. Now the dealership has had my car for almost 7 weeks and they want me to allow them to try another (#3) transmission. I do not feel that the car is safe or reliable. Many other consumers have had transmission failure situations similar to mine and Acura is offering money, entended warranties and other monetary compensation in lieu of legal action against them. The consumer should be forewarned and advised of the immenent problems occurring in this vehicle.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 102001

CL

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

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 202001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

No summaery listed for above vehicle.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 102001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Acura 3.2 Cl & TL vehicles have a very high incidence of transmission failures. My vehicle sat at the dealer for seven (7) weeks waiting for a new transmission because so many transmission have failed and continued to fail that they are backordered for over a month. Acura will not divulge what is causing so many transmissions to fail. This is an extremely dangerous condition because the transmission will suddenly slip, causing complete loss of the ability to accelerate. Acura's only response to this problem is to replace the entire transmission with a rebuilt unit which also has a high incidence of failure.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 102001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Acura 3.2 Cl & TL vehicles have a very high incidence of transmission failures. My vehicle sat at the dealer for seven (7) weeks waiting for a new transmission because so many transmission have failed and continued to fail that they are backordered for over a month. Acura will not divulge what is causing so many transmissions to fail. This is an extremely dangerous condition because the transmission will suddenly slip, causing complete loss of the ability to accelerate. Acura's only response to this problem is to replace the entire transmission with a rebuilt unit which also has a high incidence of failure.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 182001

(reported on)

CL

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

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 212001

CL

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

- Asheville, NC, USA

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