NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems

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.


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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Acura CL brakes problems

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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


I purchased my 2001 Acura new in July of 2000. Over its life time of three years & 37K miles its had the brakes worked on four times. *break pads replace four times *rotors machined down twice *rotors replaced twice basically during normal rapid braking the Cl's steering wheel shakes rapidly. Acura had stood behind there product and replaced the rotors and pads at no charge. One major safety problem early on, is there was a problem with the brakes. The brakes just didn't feel like they could stop the car. I know until the brakes were replaced I was driving a totally unsafe car that could not stop as it should. Even now after replacing the brakes so many times if do rapid braking the wheel will shake. I feel the Cl's brakes are inadequate for the size, weight and horsepower of the automobile. If the brakes were engineered correctly, the first replacement pads and rotors would have solved the problem. I have owned many cars over the years, I own a 95 Acura integra & a 94 Nissan pathfinder. No matter how I drive these cars or any other car, the wheel never shakes during any braking. My 95 Acura integra has 110K miles and the brake pads have been replaced twice due to the fact they were worn out. The rotors have never needed to be replaced. Thank you for your concern with my problems with my Acura Cl. If I can be of further assistance please contact me via email or telephone. Eric correa

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012002

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
There was a pulsation in the steering wheel, when the brakes were depressed, due to a faulty brake/rotor system. The parts had been cut and replaced several times, however the problem continued.

- Hudson, PA, USA

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