Exterior

Wheelbase 106.90 in.
Overall Length 192.00 in.
Overall Height 55.50 in.
Track Front 61.10 in.
Track Rear 61.00 in.
Ground Clearance 6.20 in.
Curb Weight-automatic 3470 lbs

Interior

Standard Seating 4
Front Headroom 37.50 in.
Front Legroom 42.40 in.
Front Shoulder Room 56.40 in.
Front Hip Room 52.90 in.
Rear Legroom 33.00 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 54.20 in.
Rear Hip Room 50.40 in.
Cargo Volume 13.60 cu.ft.
Passenger Volume 90.00 cu.ft.

Transmission

Transmission-short 5A
Transmission-long 5-Speed Automatic

Suspension

Front Spring Type Coil
Front Suspension Ind
Rear Spring Type Coil
Rear Suspension Ind

Wheels

Alloy Wheels Std.
Wheelbase 106.90 in.

Tires

Tires 205/60R16
Turning Diameter 37.40 in.
Number Reviews 119
Average raiting 4.6
B.C
2015-11-17 14:02

2001 CL type-S Aesthetically it is terrible. The clear coat is really thin so the paints fades in spots and on the edges. The fake "wood" trim peels off everywhere in the interior. The interior hardware is really sturdy other than the trim and the cover for the front cup holders. The tranny had issues with the torque converter which was a recall but Honda took care of that. The trainsmission slipped rarely for a few years after that but works ok 7 years later. The Engine is a diamond. It won't die on me even though I wanted it too so the wife would let me get a new car. I really don't treat the engine the respect it deserves. The O2 sensors quit on me 8 years ago and I use nothing but regular gas. Oil change 3 to 4 times a year with regular oil. The car runs rich due to my negligence but passes emissions every time. I get between 16.8 and 17.2 mpg city driving. My assessment...the car is like a pair of old work boots that gets uglier in time but won't wear out. It's dependable

Average raiting - 3
comfort: 4    interior: 2    performance: 4    reliability: 3    safety: 4    technology: 3    value: 3   
cdabs3
2014-12-17 14:21

My uncle got the car new in 2001. He gave it to me 3 years ago with 93,000mi on it (nothing for a Honda) within the first 3 months of having it at 96,000mi the transmission died. This was the first of my problems. The side motor mount as well as front, were worn out so much they were not holding the engine in place anymore. At 123,867mi when I HAD to give it up because of the enormity of problems it was having Acura quoted me at $4,895 for all the repairs. List of items that needed replacement: All four rotors, brake pads(normal), All four struts with the coils because they were "weak", both front CV axels, and the front passenger brake caliper. Maybe I just had bad luck but just be weary.

Average raiting - 4.1
comfort: 5    interior: 4    performance: 5    reliability: 2    safety:     technology:     value:    
redplanetlover
2014-08-18 14:59

I bought my 2001 CL 3.2 Type S around Christmas in 2006 and as of now I have replaced the alternator and the power steering pump. That's it! I did it in my garage for a couple hundred bucks all in. I have had NO problems with the transmission at all and I am at 165000 K right now. I think the transmission problems are from people who shift manually and I rarely do that. The computer does a better job than my ears can. What can I say? I have thought about replacing her but every car I test drive is no quicker and most don't have the handling of my Type S. I have found that to show an improvement I would have to spend $50,000 and why bother? If you can find one, buy it and smile.

Average raiting - 5
comfort: 5    interior: 5    performance: 5    reliability: 5    safety:     technology:     value:    
jrswifty
2014-05-06 12:45

I loved my 2001 Acura so much that I figured I'd share my great experience. I drove my car for three years running it up to 180000km. This car never let me down and started every single time - even in the -40 Canadian winters. I never had any problems with the transmission or any other part of the car. The Acura Cl Type-S is truly a joy to drive, lots of power for all sorts of fun. Handled excellent in the winter and on gravel roads. Unfortunately I was hit in an intersection writing my vehicle off. That being said, the car kept me safe and the necessary airbags deployed when and where they were needed. I now drive an Infiniti and it is not at all comparable to my great Cl.

Average raiting - 4.5
comfort: 5    interior: 4    performance: 4    reliability: 5    safety:     technology:     value:    
alexei2
2013-08-12 15:17

Bad transmissions with the Honda's and Acura's. Heating is the major failure for transmissions.

Average raiting - 4
comfort: 5    interior: 5    performance: 5    reliability: 2    safety:     technology:     value:    
NHTSA Recall Number:  04V176000
Recall Date:  15 April 2004

SUMMARY
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.

CONSEQUENCE
GEAR FAILURE COULD RESULT IN TRANSMISSION LOCKUP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

REMEDY
GEAR FAILURE COULD RESULT IN TRANSMISSION LOCKUP, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

MANUFACTURER NOTES
HONDA RECALL NOS. P30 (ODYSSEY AND PILOT), P31 (MDX), P38 (ACCORD) AND P39 (ACURA). CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

Cost

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