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NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Acura CL transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012004

CL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Manual trans/clutch - looses hydraulic pressure in low air temps and when car is sitting on a hill. Hard to shift only in 1st into 2nd gear. There were very few Acura 2002/2003 Cl 3.2 type ss made, so even a couple complaints should warrant a review. I found numerous forums with owners complaining and asking for help from others on this problem. Ive driven manual trans cars and trucks for 22 yrs to include one Honda that stil had the original clutch at 225K miles, so it is not a driver related problem. All the Focus has been on the auto transmissions for this car...that failed. Acura has a problem that needs to be addressed before someone get seriously hurt, when they try to shift into second when crossing a busy street and cant. It has happened to me and I just got lucky.

- Triangle, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202002

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The transmission in my Acura Cl-S locked up for approximately 2 seconds while traveling on the freeway. It locked up again while trying to move to the shoulder. The transmission was subsequently replaced. The replacement transmission failed approximately 800 miles later. I am now on my third, which is beginning to show signs of inevitable failure.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The vehicle down shifted, which caused the transmission to slip.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

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