by bill2003cl on Nov 8, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Acura CL 3.2 Type-S 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
My CD player just died and I had to consider whether to pat $400 to have it fixed or possibly getting a new car and going with getting the CD fixed. After 11 years and 150,000 miles, it's showing its age externally, but it still drives great. I just had the manual transmission fluid changed for the first time. With no radio for a couple of weeks I could appreciate how great the engine purrs.
If you can find a used one with a manual, I would recommend it. It sounds like it should be good for another 100,000 miles and only an Audi or a BMW might seem like an improvement.
by jimmbbo on Apr 2, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Acura CL 3.2 Type-S 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Bought the car new after having had Honda Acuras and Preludes for a decade, and I wanted to move up.
Was struck immediately by its spirited performance, good handling and comfort for long drives.
The styling is refined and understated, but clearly not head turning.
Interior is well finished, and mechanically the car has been excellent.
Straight line acceleration is faster than it feels, and it's a blast to drive in the curves.
The manual six speed is smooth, and perfectly matched to the engine and car... RECOMMENDED!
by airplane nerd on Sep 29, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Acura CL 3.2 Type-S 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
By a large margin, the best car I've owned in more than a half-century on the road. Impressive response to throttle inputs, smooth shifts, excellent torque, even in 5th gear, pretty decent mileage (22 with a lot of stop-and-go 25-mi commutes into DC and back). Virtually no shop time other than for reg maintenance, brakes went 60K before replacement. Finish holding up very well despite outside parking at home. The kid wants to know when I'll be too old to drive it so she can have it, even tho she's not sure why there are three pedals. When they pry my cold, dead fingers from the shift knob, that's when. Or when Acura builds me a suitable and acceptable successor.
Acura has made a number of changes on its already highly competent luxury sport coupe. The biggest news is the availability of a six-speed manual transmission on the Type-S trim. If that doesn't interest you, there's certainly more. On the outside, the CL gains new wheels, updated headlights and taillights, a revised grille and new exhaust tips. Inside, Acura has added LATCH child safety seat attachments, a dual-stage and dual-threshold driver's front airbag and an auto-up driver's window. Cars with the optional navigation system also gain OnStar, the vehicle communications service.