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:
88,000 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

Apr 122015


  • 159,000 miles


When the passenger seat belt was fastened, the supplemental restraint system (SRS) warning light lit up. The SRS light remained on until I erased the scs by entering the appropriate memory erase signal. After the passenger seat belt was buckled again, the SRS light came on again requiring another scs erasure to turn it off. After every scs erasure to turn the SRS light off, it turns back on every time the passenger seat buckle is fastened. It is my understanding that in this car (2001 Acura Cl type S), the air bag deployment system is inactivated whenever the SRS light is on.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #1

Dec 152001


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Acura Cl. He stated that two of the front seat belts did not retract and became stuck. The contact noticed that the seat belts were not functioning when the vehicle was purchased. The air bag light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer ten times but the dealer could find the cause of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was approximately 17,000. The current mileage was approximately 164,000.

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

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