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Car Problem Reports
Acura CL Automatic Transmission May Fail
Acura CL Problem
Drive Train Affected: Automatic Transmission
Average Mileage: 122,230 mi (45,000 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, 77,000 mi
transmission failed and had to be replaced
Visitor, 1999 Acura CL, Automatic Transmission, 197,000 mi
Bought a used Acura CL 3.2 from a non-profit. The car wad donated to them, and the donor didnt mention about tranny problems. I used it for two weeks and then tranny slips. I am not using it anymore as I dont want to get stuck in the highway again.
Visitor, 2001 Acura CL, 133,002 mi
3rd gear went out after it warms up
Visitor, 2003 Acura CL, Automatic Transmission, 45,000 mi
Utter Trans Failure. Typical for these. Had new tranny and ECU put in and tranny has been fine and car has 129K as of this writing.
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.