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2001 Acura CL Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

5 star
bostnbille@aol.com writes:
AWESOME

Ho Hum design. Little stuff like the parking break being foot driven, and the burled walnut trim being obviously plastic...and black! This car is a rare bird that alwys seems like it is a new pleasure to drive every time I get behind the wheel.

5 star
drbillboston@msn.com writes:
Definitely a Keeper

See above. I generally like everything. Some of the complicated engine parts are starting to be expensive, but not outide of what would be expected for 14 year old car with city driving over putholes and Boston road-ragers aiming massive SUVs at me all the time

2 star
Rob.Abbott@comcast.net writes:
Fun to drive

Rotten transmission other wise a pleasure to drive and own . Comfortable for long trips or just around town. Perfect for two people. Dependable performance with Acura 3.2 liter and S package. I currently have 170,000 and an on my third transmission.

5 star
drbillboston@msn.com writes:
I've had it for 9 years, and it still performs exactly as it did the first time I drove it.

Should last forever if the transmission doesn't fail again. Because it came fully equipped, the only gadgets it doesn't have are the blind spot warning, a rear camera and a lane change warning. The body is not particularly inspring, but that could be a plus. It's my town car and no one has ever given it a second look.

5 star
bostnbille@aol.com writes:
Wicked Awesome

This is simply the best care I ever drove - considering,y past rides are: Mrecedes 450SLC, PORSCHE 920, VOLVO 1600PE, Camaro 1969. The 3.2clS is: more road-worthy, far far far mess hassle to maintain, as fast as I could ever go in the Mercedes 450 SLC considering the road conditions, the Acura will meet or beat. I want this configuration in a cross over SUV that is little bit meaner than the RDX, and with all the new-fangled safety gizmos like auto-parking, autostop from front or rear obstruction, blind spot blinke, lane change alertr

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Recall Notices

2001 Acura CL (4/15/2004)

Campaign Number: 04V176000
Component Name: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Description: ON SOME MINI VANS, SPORT UTILITY AND PASSENGER VEHICLES, CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS CAN RESULT IN HEAT BUILD-UP BETWEEN THE COUNTERSHAFT AND SECONDARY SHAFT SECOND GEARS IN THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO GEAR TOOTH CHIPPING OR GEAR BREAKAGE.
Defect: GEAR FAILURE COULD RESULT IN TRANSMISSION LOCKUP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Corrective Action: ON VEHICLES WITH 15,000 MILES OR LESS, THE DEALER WILL UPDATE THE TRANSMISSION WITH A SIMPLE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE TO INCREASE LUBRICATION TO THE SECOND GEAR. ON VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN 15,000 MILES, THE DEALER WILL INSPECT THE TRANSMISSION TO IDENTIFY GEARS THAT HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED DISCOLORATION DUE TO OVERHEATING. IF DISCOLORATION EXISTS, THE TRANSMISSION WILL BE REPLACED IF DISCOLORATION IS NOT PRESENT, THE DEALER WILL PERFORM THE REVISION TO THE OIL COOLER RETURN LINE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2004, FOR PILOT, ODYSSEY, AND MDX OWNERS. OWNERS OF THE ACCORD VEHICLES WILL START RECEIVING LETTERS ON JUNE 28, 2004, AND ON JUNE 29, 2004, FOR OWNERS OF THE TL AND CL VEHICLES. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009 OR ACURA AT 1-800-382-2238.