What's Wrong with the Acura CL?

Owners of this coupe have sent in 26 complaints with an overall PainRank™ of 2.15. That ranks 14th in reliability out of 21 Acura models.

Problems to Expect with the CL

CL owners generally have the most trouble with transmission problems, followed by the electrical and engine.

  1. Takata Airbag Inflator Recall

    A large number of Acura vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting). 

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CL Generations

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, using similar engineering and shared features. Generation data isn't always cut-and-dry and is often different for different countries. When in doubt, we use North American generation data.

  1. 2nd Generation CL (2001—2003)

    This generation ranks 22nd in reliability out of 35 generations.

  2. 1st Generation CL (1997—1999)

    This generation ranks 18th in reliability out of 35 generations.

Most Common Complaints

Transmission
8 owners have complained about "transmission failed very prematurely." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $1200.00 to fix.
Transmission
3 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $3003.00 to fix.
Transmission
2 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $1400.00 to fix.
Transmission
2 owners have complained about "transmission stopped working." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $800.00 to fix.
Electrical
2 owners have complained about "speedometer shows slower than actual speed." This problem is filed under Electrical issues.
Engine
1 owners have complained about "engine light is on." This problem is filed under Engine issues and can cost an average of $2000.00 to fix.
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Complaints by Year

Complaints
2001 10
2003 5
1997 4
1998 3
1999 2
2002 2

CL in the News

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Recalls, Investigations, and Technical Service Bulletins

CL Recalls

There are 7 CL recalls and the following years are involved in the most campaigns.

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Complaints
1998 4
2003 3
1997 2
1999 2
2001 1
2002 1

CL Investigations

There are 3 CL investigations and the following years are involved in the most.

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Complaints
2003 3
2001 1
2002 1

CL TSBs

There are 287 CL TSBs and the following years are involved in the most.

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Complaints
2003 174
2001 163
2002 141
1997 58
1998 49
1999 43