Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

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.

1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,333 miles

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2001 Acura CL windows / windshield problems

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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152008

CL

  • 70,000 miles

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

2001 Acura Cl type S rear view mirror leak. Mirror became cloudy and needed to be replaced after black tar like substance leaked from rear view mirror. Substance is highly corrosive and damages whatever it comes in contact with.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 152008

CL

  • 110,000 miles
2001 Acura Cl type-S rear view mirror (self dimming) is leaking a black tar type substance that is eating through the center console of the car. There is a grey type of film in the mirror and objects in the mirror appear doubled. Through research I have been able to locate the manufacturer, magna donnelly and websites indicating the fluid is toxic and can lead to health issues. I think that Acura should submit a recall and magna donnelly should pay for replacement mirrors.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252008

CL

  • 130,000 miles
Rear view mirror (self dimming) on my 2001 Acura Cl self destructed and spilt some toxic dark this fluid on to the console and leather seats that ate away the material. Manufacturer of these self dimming mirrors is magna donnely and this seems to be a common problem on all Acura Cl and TL cars from late 90's till 2003. From seeing the number of posts on acurazine blog this is a widespread problem and a safety issue. I am having to drive with a plastic ziplock bag around my rear view mirror and a towel below it. Acura usa has refused to accept any responsibility for this issue because of the age of the car. I think there should have been a recall on these vehicles if this was happening so often. Please see posts at: Cl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?T=488763.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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