Acura CL - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura CL owners have reported a total of 571 problems for their cars built in the 8 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Acura CL. The 2001 Acura CL cars have the most problems reported (257 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Acura CL

Model Year Number of Problems
  2004 CL
3
  2003 CL
66
  2002 CL
44
  2001 CL
257
  2000 CL
19
  1999 CL
52
  1998 CL
52
  1997 CL
78

  Common problems of Acura CL

The following chart shows the 21 most common problems for Acura CL cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (302 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (53 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura CL

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
302
  Electrical System
53
  Air Bag
43
  Engine And Engine Cooling
31
  Service Brakes
19
  Visibility
18
  Suspension
18
  Tire
16
  Vehicle Speed Control
16
  Equipment
9
   
  Steering
9
  Structure
8
  Exterior Lighting
6
  Seat Belt
5
  Gasoline Fuel System
5
  Other Fuel System
3
  Electronic Stability Control
3
  Latches/locks/linkage
2
  Unknown Or Other
2
  Seats
2
  Air Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Acura CL of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across CL model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Acura CL model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across CL Model Years

CL
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2003 6616,33015    
0.27
  2002 445,87816    
0.47
  2001 25738,77517    
0.39

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Acura CL is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2003 CL
10
  2002 CL
12
  2001 CL
21
  1999 CL
3
  1998 CL
4
  1997 CL
6


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