2001 Acura CL S from North America


Love the car; loathe the transmission


I have an Acura CL-S. Fell in love with the car, and was still in love with it until today.

133k miles later and I am ready to be done with Acura. The transmission was replaced at 65k miles -- completely new trans from Acura (rare). Took it in for service yesterday and was told today that I need a new transmission, which @ 133k miles Acura won't cover. Why should I put a few thousand dollars into a car trans that is literally a ticking time bomb?!?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 2009

2001 Acura CL S 3.2 from North America


The quick boulevard cruiser the Big Three wished they'd made


Nothing has worn badly on the car. Tranny was recalled early and there is no issue there at all; drive it like F1 and don't change the fluid and that will likely not be the case.

General Comments:

It is quick in a straight line and stops well. But it does feel heavy and the steering is not as precise as it should be.

Nice quality to it and it is nicely put together except for the tiny sunroof and the seatbelt that doesn't retract well.

A luxo-cruiser with nuts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2008

2001 Acura CL Type S from North America


Great performance, not as much as in handling, great fuel mileage.. I would buy it again!!!


Transmission..2 replacements.. free of charge..

Brakes..pulsating 3 times in the last 2 years. (Need another resurfacing every 6 months or so)

Bose stereo sucks... not loud enough (not only not loud enough, but bass/treble is not what it should...it's BOSE for Christ's sake!)

Of course, the passenger seat air bag sensor goes on and off, and on and off... etc when there is nobody in the seat... My Acura dealership said it senses weight, as when accerlating and braking, but no matter if someone is sitting or not.. in the seat it constantly alarms...

For the good points! This car can overtake a Ford Mustang stock '01 thru '07. It has great power over the short run (30 seconds).

One drawback is the torque steer... it is almost out of control full throttle on angled pavement...

I have the CAI intake, and a sway bar between the struts... (286 horses).

Overall I get 23 city and 32 highway.. if I keep it just right on the highway, I get almost the same as a hybrid (at 75 Miles per Hour)...

Question: Why can I get great gas mileage from this old car as some of the newer cars? It's great, if I don't floor the pedal.. I can get up to 32 MPG--I have measured it for 15 fill ups and it is 32 MPG exactly.

Performance: Up a slight hill to the right (at a STOP sign) Floor the accelarator and off you go!..no wait! You don't go... you spin and smoke the tires until you choke on the smoke produced... But I don't recommend it, it places too much stess on the drivetrain.. as "everyone" doesn't recommend...

I would buy this car again in a second...it's great to drive.

Acura..I will be in the market in a few years for a new car!

General Comments:

See the previous on the good bad and ugly...

It's been the best car I have ever owned performance wise. But still needs some changes... See the previous things I have said..

Overall 8.5 out of 10!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2008

2nd Jul 2008, 02:39

How did you get your horsepower so high? not just the cold air intake right?

2001 Acura CL Type S with Navi 3.2L VTEC V6 from North America


Power with class


Transmission failed, but was covered under a recall, and fixed free of charge.

The tech level is well behind what similar American cars had at the time. Steering wheel stereo controls, air handling system, gages, all were inferior to the technology in my 1999 Grand Prix.

General Comments:

Had the same power (260hp) and handling of my '99 Grand Prix GTX, but with a lot more style and class. Also - got me hooked on navigation systems. The 2001 had a small screen, and a slow DVD-based system, but it still rocked my world, and I'll never own a car without one again!

I got in a pretty bad wreck with it (I T-Boned an older model Taurus at about 35MPH) and other than the dust in the cabin and the ringing in my ears from the airbag deployment, I didn't have a scratch on me. The Taurus I hit was totaled, and there was $15,000 of damage to my car ($17,000 would have totaled it), but it made me feel very safe to have experienced that accident, and come out of it like I did.

The car was so nice, I stayed with Acura, and traded it for a 2004 TL.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2008