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What's Wrong with the Acura CL?

The Acura CL has a total of 25 complaints. The majority of the complaints involve the transmission (64%) followed by the electrical (12%) and the engine (12%).

We'd recommend avoiding the 2nd generation (2001–2003) which has the worst overall PainRank™ of 2.69

How CL Generations Rank

Gen Model Years Complaints PainRank (?)
2nd Gen CL 2001–2003 16 2.69
1st Gen CL 1997–1999 9 0.83

Worst Overall CL Complaints

Let's take a look at the most common CL complaints submitted to over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Most Complained About CL Years

A quick look at which years have the highest complaint volumes. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on