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.


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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 042002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer states that the positioning of the 2 outside mirrors is too high, by at least 5-6 inches, when stopped at a stop sign or intersection, there are 2 blind spots, oncoming traffic can not be seen from the left and right.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 192002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and looking through side view mirror on passengers side it gives a blind side, driver cannot see. Spoke with Acura, was told that it was design of vehicle.

- Boyton Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 212001


  • miles
Side mirrors have a blind spot on the left. Mirrors are positioned on the post side of door. Consumer can't see left lane if turning nor anthing that is on the left side of vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer won't do anything about problem.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 302001

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer sits in driver's seat to it's rear most position, the driver's side power mirror can not be adjusted to be angled outward enough to eliminate dangerous blind spots for vehicles that are close in the adjacent left lane, consumer has come close to collisions due to this blind spot and has mounted another mirror to provide additional view.

- Annandale, NJ, USA

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