The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.
Car Problem Reports
Acura CL Automatic Transmission May Fail
Acura CL Problem
Drive Train Affected: Automatic Transmission
Average Mileage: 129,554 mi (60,000 mi - 233,052 mi)
Visitor, 1999 Acura CL, Automatic Transmission
Clunky shift from first to second gear at normal start up speed...not as bad at a very low speed. Like this the day I bought it. Took back to dealer and dealer said "all is normal". Has gotten worse over the years, now at 42,000 miles.
Visitor, 2002 Acura CL, 60,000 mi
Transmission stuck in 2nd and 3rd gear. Had to have it rebuilt.
Visitor, 2003 Acura CL, Automatic Transmission, 103,000 mi
Transmission slips to 2nd gear on highway, slamming the car forward. After this happens, the car will not go into gear until it cools down.
Visitor, 2003 Acura CL, Automatic Transmission, 132,567 mi
black transmission fluid and no shifting power.
Visitor, 2002 Acura CL, 222,225 mi
3rd gear plate worn out,slipping
i ended having tranny problems as well, but i got lucky....my transmission didnt start acting up until 206000 miles......i didnt fall under the warranty period so i had to pay to get it fixed.....the dealer wanted to close to $3000 but i ended up going to a mechanic and paid $4000 and that included a timing belt/water pump change so i think it was worth it. im @ 233000 miles now no recurring problems as of yet on the new transmission. Now i need a new oil pump, i cant complain the car has treated me well for the last 9 years, so i bought another one in August 2010, the new TL.
Visitor, 2003 Acura CL, 77,000 mi
Auto Transmission skips at 30-40 mph. Was told by Acura dealer to delay bringing it in until it happens regularly so it may be experienced by them. I have not brought it to them as of yet.
Visitor, 1999 Acura CL, Automatic Transmission, 152,000 mi
Transmission is in process of going Kaput but after 10+years of no problems. oh well cant pay $4k to get it replaced however
Visitor, 2003 Acura CL, Automatic Transmission, 77,000 mi
transmission failed and had to be replaced
Problem has not been fixed yet,they want over $4000.00 to repair an apparent factory defect problem that" acura has known about"and failed to disclose at time of purchase" along with the fact that the" car has allready been recalled a few years ago for trans problems" and ther has been legal litigation allready over the trans in these cars.We have had car for a short period and transmission goes out(come on I thought this was the top of the line car for honda witch dosnt say much for honda),with a littel over 100,000miles on it and we have put less than 10 thousand miles on car and allready major break down along with SRS light coming on for no reason.Had we been made aware of car having history of recall's trans problems ext.We would have never purchased the car.Apparentley there has been some kind of recall due to saftey issues when trans.Failures could and almost did create major acciedent along with not knowing if your air bags work or not.Trans appears to start with your tire's getting louder & louder (we replaced them thinking this would cure the problem) no such luck, then you get an occasional slip of the trans making you think just did not get in gear all the way or you were hydroplaining,then the car will start letting rpm,s go up with very littel pulling power you could stop on the side of the road cut key off start right back up imediatley and it would run like new.then it finally gets to the point it wont move period-NOW YOU HAVE MAJOR PROBLEMS-TOW TRUCK GARAGE BILL AND FINALY HAVING TO REPLACE TRANS at over $4grand times like now with economey like it is who can realy afford to fix it with out going further in debt,now you have 2 car payments.