Acura CL Ratings

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    2002 Acura CL - Type S w/Nav System

    Pros: Looks, power

    Cons: Transmission is horrible

    Advice: Buy a manual or you will be sorry.

    I wouldn't call it a test drive, I own the vehicle. The biggest problem is the automatic transmission. No joking, it is horrible. I have had 3 failures, the first of which locked up the front wheels for a couple of seconds while driving on the freeway. Talk about an ignored safety hazard. Do a lot of research if you are thinking of buying this car. It won't take long to see the scope of the problem. One word comes to mind when describing this car, Lemon. Other than that, yeah great car. Too bad Acura had to mess it up with cheasy tranny.

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    2003 Acura CL - Type S (A5)

    Pros: The headlights are like driving through a parking lot all the time -- excellent

    Cons: The huge turning radius drives me nuts.

    Advice: Buy a Honda Accord instead.

    *in idle car lurches as if tapped on the bumper by another car *between 40 and 45 mph the transmission is indecisive *Turning radius is extremely poor *when accessing rear, seats rarely return to where was left (I've been squished several times) *several times seatbelt hasn’t given slack (not abrupt stops) *automatic transmission is boring – takes the enjoyment out of driving (and the sport shift barely compensates) *have to wait for the electronic seats to move to be able to access items behind driver’s seat *can’t reach behind driver seat to access rear floor while driving (I could in Integra) *seat lever sticks out too much (bruised several times) *filled cup holders are in the way of gear shift *parking brake hits driver’s ankle (Accord has parking break recessed) *there is no driver side bar to ease exit from rear seat (Civic has bar on the driver side) *seatbelts are difficult to get clipped (Accord seatbelts stick higher out of seat and are easier to clip)

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    2003 Acura CL - (A5)

    Pros: the power for a v6

    Cons: the trany

    Advice: buy it if you have a trany shop

    I own one and it drives well but one proble that always came up was the transmission. Everyone i talk to has the same problem. this car has a bad transmission. i myself am on the third one. please contact me with any questions at snooplbc@sbcyahoo.net. thnx

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    2003 Acura CL - Type S (M6)

    Pros: Strong Engine, Smooth 6 speed

    Cons: Weak brakes

    Advice: For the price/performance/quality ratio, it can't be beat.

    I've owned mine (2003 3.2CL Type S) for almost a year now and it is still a pleasure to drive. I've previously owned much smaller cars (Integra and Honda Civic EX), but it corners and handles like it's no bigger than either of those. The only time it's size and weight is noticeable is when going over larger, more jarring bumps in the road, which tends to induce a bit of a wobble in the suspension at 55MPH, but it recovers quickly. The engine delivers loads of power across the power range and the 6 speed is smooth and responsive. Road noise dampening is very good. Love the perf'ed leather seats, nice touch. The only major complaint I have is that the brakes are a bit anemic for such a large car. If you load the vehicle down, your stopping distance increases dramatically. You have to watch out for it because you won't notice it during acceleration. The engine handles it nicely, but the brakes do not fare so well. I nearly went through a stop sign on dry pavement before I learned to take it easy when the car is loaded with weight.

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    2003 Acura CL - (A5)

    Pros: Leather interior w/ 6-CD changer sound system.

    Cons: Rear visibility is not the greatest.

    Advice: Test drive this car and compare to other near-luxury models from BMW, Mercedes Benz, Lexus, etc.

    Very good acceleration and good handling in both city and freeway driving. Smooth ride and very quiet interior. Plush, comfortable leather interior with excellent sound system. Decent rear seating room and good-size trunk for a coupe. Many features are standard that will cost you extra on other near-luxury competitors (e.g., leather interior, power seats with memory, 6-CD changer/cassette stereo system, HID headlights, etc.) Excellent value in the near-luxury class!

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    2002 Acura CL - Type S

    Pros: Ability to set seat and mirrors for mulltiple drivers.

    Cons: Seat comfort.

    Advice: Unless you do a lot of travel

    On long trips car performed great. Gas mileage on trips was a little better than 30 MPG and around town about 20+ MPG. Manual shifting rarely used. There are some negatives, i.e. controls on steering wheel don't light, no light in console, door locks don't lock automatically, only 1 coat hook in back seat, no compass and thermometer difficult to see with sun glasses. This is our first Acura product. The dealer service is excellent. Salesman was great and we found him to be honest without any pressure. We had been talking to him for about 5 years before we bought this car. If we had it to do over we would make the same decision. NOTE: This is a model year 2003 but Autoweb's site will not allow me to place it up top.

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    2003 Acura CL - Type S (M6)

    Pros: the engine

    Cons: the rims

    Advice: test drive it and compare it to cars in the same price range.

    Before choosing the TL Type S I looked at the I 35 and the A 6. The I 35 didn't have the styling or performance appeal of the TL and the A 6 was a little out of my price range. All in all I am completely satisfied with my choice. This car has excellent performance, great styling, an outstanding stereo and plenty of room. In my opinion just a great automobile.