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:
27,500 miles

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2001 Acura CL windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2001 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 262006

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


1) approximately 18 months ago, I began noticing an oily/greasy substance on my windshield when I used my window washer cleaner. I assumed it was faulty wipers and replaced these repeatedly over the next 18 months only to have the problem return. 2) Acura tsb 01004 and NHTSA item number 623220 details the problem...the oil/greasy film being deposited on the windshield is so severe, that it becomes impossible to see out of the windshield; which could potentially result in loss of control of the vehicle and a car crash. 3) Acura will not make the needed repair since the vehicle is no longer covered under the manufacturers warranty.

- Glen Allen, VA, 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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