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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,000 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 062010

CL 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


My daughter was in a high speed accident in a 2001 Acura Cl 3.2 (going approximately 35-45 miles per hour on impact). Air bags did not deploy on her vehicle, but did on the other driver's car. Impact was on front passenger side of vehicle. Both cars were deemed "totaled" by insurance companies.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #1

Oct 282000


  • miles
Vehicle suddendly accelerated while driver had foot on brakes, wheels started to spin and went through garage wall and in back yard, but evenutally vehicle stopped because it ran up on a pole. Airbags did not deploy.

- Fort Walton, FL, USA

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