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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,250 miles

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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 062008

CL 6-cyl

  • 84,500 miles


The rear view mirror of my 2001 Acura Cls started leaking the chemical that allows it to dim. I believe it was because the temperature here in nc has been around 100 degrees for a couple of days. I've read several online forums describing incidents where their mirrors exploded, causing the chemical to spew all over their cars. The chemical eats through leather and plastic, and it can cause adverse effects to one's health if inhaled. The forums have dated back to 2004, one post sited a lawsuit underway (in 2006). I was wondering why there was no recall of this mirror.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 292001


  • miles
Impact with deer, on left side fender, door, and rear quarter panel, broken windshield, broken mirror, which caused $5000 worth of damge, but the left side air bags did not deploy. Why?

- Middletown, NY, USA

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