2001 Acura CL 3.2CL 3.2L from North America

Summary:

Comfortable, and fast with some problems

Faults:

Rotors constantly warping.

Inner axle joints worn makes the floor shake between 40mph-60mph.

Drivers seat leather waring really fast.

Rear view mirror auto dark feature went bad/ the fluid leaked out causing a air bubble.

New tires at 40,000 miles.

General Comments:

It's a good car, comfortable and has nice cruising power, but its slow to accelerate and does not feel agile even for a two door.

I have been using red line oil in the motor and its keeping it nice and clean, it working good.

The trans gets a fluid changed once a year and so far no problems with the transmission (using only Honda fluid).

It seems to be loosing its pep, when it was new it was much better. Next car will be a manual not an automatic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2006

2001 Acura CL Type S 3.2L from North America

Summary:

Great car if you can overlook the 4 transmissions

Faults:

Transmission replaced at 44,000 miles, 72,000 miles and again at 97,000 miles. Acura did cover the replacement costs.

General Comments:

I'm on my 4th transmission at 97K and Acura only covers up to 100K. Since I won't pay for the next one, I'll get rid of the car and never buy another. What a shame Acura does not stand by their product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th June, 2006

6th Jun 2006, 21:35

Wow what a terrible warranty... only 100,000 miles and you will have to sell. They covered everything up to 100,000 miles only. My 2004 Chevrolet warranty ran out as I have 36,000 miles already. My next car will be Acura.

12th Jun 2006, 08:46

I have had all these same Trans issues now at 98k my check engine and VSA light came on. Its going back in to the shop again. The only other item is that rotors warp every 10k miles. Otherwise, it's an excellent vehicle.

26th Aug 2007, 21:07

Honda/Acura does stand by their vehicles more than most other manufacturers as they will honor their warranties without a lot of headaches. Also, they did find out what the problem was with the transmissions in these cars; it was a problem with the oil cooler return line that did not lubricate one of the gears very well, causing that gear to wear out quickly. One of my relatives had one of these cars and the warranty covered the first tranny replacement at 45K, but of course did not cover the next one 120K later. They did, however, put a 3 year/50,000 mile warranty on the tranny that they had to pay for post-warranty. It is a shame that an otherwise good vehicle got stuck with a bad transmission design.

2001 Acura CL 3.2 3.2 liter V6 from North America

Summary:

Great long distance cruiser

Faults:

Replaced transmission at 94,000-free of charge from dealer- Transmission has a 100,000 mile warranty. Replaced ball joints in the front suspension at 132,000 miles. Had front end alignment done at the same time. Replaced ABS sensor on front right wheel at 120,000. Got timing belt and water pump done at 130,000 miles. Also had tensioner done at same time. The timing is a fiber glass reinforced unit so it can well over 100,000 and will not break. Left headlight went out at 140,000. Bulb was fine, but something called an inverter was bad and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

The car is relatively reliable and very comfortable and very smooth. Handling is not that great; what with about 61% of cars weight on front wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2005

2001 Acura CL Type S 3.2 V6 from North America

Summary:

Another timeless, classic, sporty, near luxo coupe

Faults:

The front brakes warped at 34000. Dealer resurfaced, and they of course warped again at 39000. New rotors under warranty, which warped at 67000. Will get new OEM size Brembos in a few weeks. Is it really such a big deal when a performance-oriented car company can't put decent brake rotors on a car, year after year, model after model?

Plenty of rattles, which I fixed myself, with some direction from the Acura-cl.com forums.

And of course, the ticking time bomb auto tranny, which was replaced at 49000. Dealer just installed some kind of jet fix kit at 69000, but this made it feel worse. Hope nobody gets killed rear-ending me when it suddenly decides to shift from 5th to 2nd. Remarkably, this is an epidemic for 99-03 Honda V6s pushing automatic 5-speeds: Accord, CL/TL, Odyssey, MDX. How is it kept so quiet? They even squirmed out from under a NHTSA investigation with some bogus technical mumbo-jumbo...

General Comments:

I hope I didn't hammer in the last nail in the resale value coffin. On the other hand, I don't care: I really do love this car. It's roomy and comfy, agile, tasteful, solid, relaxed yet responsive. I plan to keep it for 244000 miles, which is the distance to the moon...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2005