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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2002 Acura CL (Page 2 of 2)

4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,408 miles

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2002 Acura CL transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Acura CL Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Aug 262002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The transmission downshifted by itself to a lower gear, causing the vehicle to decelerate in a dangrous manner. Soon or later someone is going to get killed if this problem is not corrected.

- Claremont, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 052002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was on my way home from an out of town trip when the car started shifting extremely hard as I was driving. I called a local Acura dealership, in augusta ga, and told them what was happening. They could not see me until the next day, which was 9/6/2002. I had to stop and get a hotel room in augusta and as I was going to the hotel the car got stuck in 5th gear. The next morning I drove the car, in 5th gear, to the local dealership so they could evaluate the car. They thought it was the transmission, which is covered under warranty, it was replaced and the car continues to get stuck. I was told, by the dealership, that it is now stuck in 2nd gear with the new transmission. I was also told they donT know what the problem is and they donT know how long they will have my car. Acura claims that when something like this happens the owner of the vehicle will get a loaner car comparable to what they are driving. This is a false statement and false advertising. I am very dissatisfied with Acura, the quality of its vehicles, and the false advertising about the loaner car. I have also read several other complaints, from 3.2 TL Acura owners, of something similar happening after about a year of ownership. There is definitely some type of defect with their product and this issue needs to be addressed by Acura.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #6

May 152002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle displayed hesitation at 15 mph numerous times, when accelerating from a stop vehicle would not accelerate. On 25 June 2002, dealer replaced transmission, no problems so far.*akthe vehicle would not accelerate at times when stopped at a traffic light. The transmission would go out of gear. The new transmission has noise problems. The check engine light illuminated. Consumer requests that the dealer repurchase the vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 252002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Car started free revving and erratically upshifting and downshifting with hard jerks. All malfunction indicators lit up. Almost lost control on the freeway. Was told transmission is shot on a car that is a bit over a year old and less than 000miles. Poor service from dealer.

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 192000

CL

  • miles
Transmission - first sign came when I was driving down the highway and the gears would begin slipping, didn't notice until I heard the engine RPM's rev high. Each day for the next two days the symptoms began to worsen. By the second day, the transmission could'nt find any gears. Window regulator - just one day, I pressed the down window button and I heard pop, and the window just slid all the way into the door.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 182002

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A 2002 Acura vehicle purchased for approximately $34,000 with a major failure after <30000 miles and <1year on the road. Complete disappointment at news of other owners with similar problem. With no previous warning, transmission slipping out of gear just red-lining when accelerating. Once stopped, car can no longer move and car just rev's as if in neutral.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 172002

CL

  • miles
While driving there will be sudden accelaration without applying gas, all lights on dash board light up and vehicle will not go over 1000 RPM. Which was caused by transmission being shot.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 082001

CL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
From what I have seen on the internet, there are many people having this same problem, and Acura insists there is no defect in the design of the transmission. There was one other Cl type S at my dealer waiting for a replacement transmission as well. I am very concerned about the safety implications these failures may cause. I am on my second transmission, but there are others that are on their 3rd. Please let me know if you need any more info. Alot of info available on this at www.Acura-Cl.com..just do a search for "transmission tranny failure". thanks!

- Chadds Ford, PA, USA

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