I'm a hard-core car nut and have owned
94 cars in my life. I can honestly say
that the Acura CL Type S 6-speed is
the best new car overall I have ever
owned. I like it so much that this is
the third new CL we've bought in the
past 3 years (in 2001 we bought 2
CL's, a S for me and a Premeium for my
wife. Recently we traded in her
Premium for this new Type S 6-speed,
and she inherited my previous Type S
This car simply does everything well:
comfortable, jewel-like construction
quality, bullet-proof reliability,
great value, and the perfect balance
between sport and luxury. There's
nothing else like it on the market.
That magical Acura balance. It's
luxurious and comfortable, yet a blast
to drive. It has all the luxury toys,
yet with a 6-speed is a true
enthusiast's car. It's better than a
BMW 3-series and $10,000 less.
Keep it in production! I'm
disappointed that it was recently
discontinued, and hope Acura will
introduce a couple version on the new
The 2003 Acura 3.2CL Type S is much
quicker than was my 1995 Legend; it
has a higher level of technology; and
it has greater convenience; but it's
not a Legend. It doesn't have the big
luxury car feel and road presence of
the Legend. My wife complains that
the Type S makes too much "boy noise" -
- a fault my ears fail to detect --
but every morning it's the car she
takes to work, leaving the Lexus in
the garage. I've driven the car on
two vacation trips this year and find
that the power and handling are as
good as one will find in a front-wheel
drive sport coupe.
The 260-horsepower engine.
A power tilt-telescopic steering
wheel, power door closing feature and
the front end of the second generation
Legend. But since Acura is dropping
this model, it doesn't matter.
The Acura CL-S, inside and out, has been
carefully thought out in style, comfort,
and luxury. Not an overly-built vehicle
with unneeded or unnecessary knobs and
"doo-dads" in the way to spoil the
simplicity of design and use. This car
has all the bare necessities and all the
extra items built to fit the driver's
and passenger's needs for a comfortable
ride. Owned mine without problem for 9
months -- without even a rattle or
squeak. Marvelous vehicle!
I love music, so the BOSE music system
fits the bill. The 260HP engine is
great -- especially when you need the
extra power to move you out of danger.
Although the foot emergency brake is
great so you dont have the unneeded
lever in the middle of the console, I've
unknowingly left it engaged several
times for short distances -- needs a
chime or something to remind the driver.
Love to drive the car. Had a 1990
Legend Coupe manual tran and loved it.
My 2003 auto tran is almost as much
fun and when in traffic, I can let it
shift itself. I've had no problems at
all since I got the car in Oct 2002.
Dealer is a pleasure to work with. I
just bought my wife an '03 TL!
Transmission, passenger exterior side
mirror, sound system, truck space
Auto headlight off & on. Rear window
power sunscreen. Mode control for
sound system on steering wheel. More
quiet sunroof when open, especially
when "tilted." Passenger window should
have auto open & close. Fog lamps.
I've got over 7000 miles on it and it
has been pure pleasure the entire time.
In my neighborhood there are quite a
few fancy cars yet when I bump into
neighbors at gatherings they identify
me as the guy with the Acura in the
Everywhere I go--work, parking lots,
store, etc.--I'm constantly paid
complements by strangers on
how "beautiful" my red CL is. (I was
afraid the police would attack a red
car, but they've left me alone.)
It's a rare car that can outrun me
(corvettes, V8 Mustangs, etc.) but I
hang embarrassingly close to even those
cars (for them).
There are no rattles, no problems,
handles like it's on rails--I love it.
6-speed manual transmission, Type S
While roomy for 4, room for 5 would be
better. Telescoping steering wheel
would be nice.