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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,500 miles

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2001 Acura CL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 052005

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


Today I went to start my car and the SRS light was on and I didn't know what it was. So I called my Acura dealership and was told to bring it in for them to look at. I was told that it is not safe to drive since my air bags would not deploy with that light on and that I would have to pay since it was not covered under warranty or my extended service contract which I paid extra for. They said that the problem is in a sensor in the passenger seat and that even if I didn't replace it they still would charge me around $90 just because they looked at it. They said the manager called California and they have agreed to goodwill it, but you will have to pay for the labor which is $160 and out of my safety I chose to go ahead and pay for it, but don't think it is fair that I have to be responsible for a manufacturer defect. I've read online that many other people have had the same problem such as at and other Acura owner sites.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
On the airbag system which controls the deployment of the airbag for my vehicle. It is referred to as the opds sensor, this is suppose to be the brain of the airbag system. My vehicle was taken care of with the utmost care, and this sensor keeps malfunctioning and turning on my SRS light on my vehicle. The dealer tells me that when the SRS light comes on all my airbags are shut off. They say this part malfunctions all the time and can happen just from a cell phone near the seat or leaning over to far in the seat. If you read online forums for this, many many people have the same issue with this vehicle. Then I go to Acura and they tell me its $600 to fix it because my airbags wont work unless I spend the money. This has been an ongoing problem with many Acura over the past years. I appreciate your help in this matter and know many other people who have problems like mine, they just don't know how to go about filing a proper complaint. Sincerely, william brown.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

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