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Acura CL Automatic Transmission May Fail

Acura CL Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003

Drive Train Affected: Automatic Transmission

Average Mileage: 122,230 mi (45,000 mi - 233,052 mi)


The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.

  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    Transmission stuck in 2nd and 3rd gear. Had to have it rebuilt.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 77,000 mi

    transmission failed and had to be replaced

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 133,002 mi

    3rd gear went out after it warms up

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 132,567 mi

    black transmission fluid and no shifting power.

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  • Visitor, , 222,225 mi

    3rd gear plate worn out,slipping

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  • frozensolid, , 233,052 mi

    i ended having tranny problems as well, but i got 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.

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