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Aftermarket/Performance Transmission

Hello all 2G CL owners I have a 2003 CLS and have run into the dreaded transmission issue for the second time. The good this is that the second tranny lasted 90,000 miles. I'm making this thread basically to see if anyone knows of a good aftermarket tranny. Specifically a sequential auto. I have the 5 speed auto at the moment.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:22 PM
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Sorry, no such a critter. Your best (and pretty much only) option for putting a better than stock transmission in your car is to source a transmission from a 2006-2007 V6 Honda Accord with a manufacturing code of BAYA. Do a search here, there are plenty of threads on the issue and the swap.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:49 PM
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Sorry, no such a critter. Your best (and pretty much only) option for putting a better than stock transmission in your car is to source a transmission from a 2006-2007 V6 Honda Accord with a manufacturing code of BAYA. Do a search here, there are plenty of threads on the issue and the swap.
Yeah I've read up on the AV6 swap I just want something that 100% bulletproof no matter how much power I throw at it. Is it possible to drop the lsd in the AV6 tranny??
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Yeah I've read up on the AV6 swap I just want something that 100% bulletproof no matter how much power I throw at it. Is it possible to drop the lsd in the AV6 tranny??
Have you tried a 6 Speed Manual transmission?
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Have you tried a 6 Speed Manual transmission?
Yeah I've looked into the 6 speed swap and it's kinda expensive but I'm trying to stay auto with this build I got a 5 speed ek civic that I'm using for a turbo build. It would be sick if the 6 speed auto that was in the 4th gen TL would work but idk of anyone that's tried or if it's even possible.
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It won't


AV6 is your best option.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:18 PM
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It won't


AV6 is your best option.
Damn. Do you know if the lsd will drop into the AV6 tranny??
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Damn. Do you know if the lsd will drop into the AV6 tranny??
Do a search on google but add site:acurazine.com to it like so: https://www.google.com/search?q=av6+...hrome&ie=UTF-8


a few threads on it
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You aren't going to find everything you're looking for. One one hand you're talking about being bullet proof, no matter how much power you throw at it (which costs a lot of money for this vehicle) and then on the other you say that the swap option is kind of expensive. Expensive and high-performing or cheap and low-quality; pick one or the other.
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What if i told you money is no problem




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I had the dealer install my accord auto transmission and its been decent. It will not last for a track car as I have learned but for spirited daily driving it is fine. The cost from dealer with core was 9k but so far it's been much more reliable and hasn't broke down except at Sebring track.

About 30k of spirited driving on second accord transmission with no issues.

Spirited = punch gas, 140mph on lonely roads, etc...
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You spent nine-thousand dollars on a transmission for a CL???
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You spent nine-thousand dollars on a transmission for a CL???
My thought too. That's more than 3x what it should have cost, even on the very high end.

And if he thinks he's hitting 140mph, his speedo is way off.
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It was actually done at crown Acura in Clearwater. I'm beyond eccentric when it comes to my cars and this one has been no different. The car reliably does 140 before what I believe is either the speed limiter or transmission final gear can handle.

I have tracked many cars including Ferrari and Lamborghini and honestly this car for the money has been the best, other than transmission issues it's been more solid than any car twice it's value that I have owned.

While to you, 9k seems like alot and you feel the need to judge, I suggest less negativity and more focus in real life so that costs of a vehicle repair are a not a concern, especially what others have paid for a great customer service and reputable service dealer.
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It was actually done at crown Acura in Clearwater. I'm beyond eccentric when it comes to my cars and this one has been no different. The car reliably does 140 before what I believe is either the speed limiter or transmission final gear can handle.

I have tracked many cars including Ferrari and Lamborghini and honestly this car for the money has been the best, other than transmission issues it's been more solid than any car twice it's value that I have owned.

While to you, 9k seems like alot and you feel the need to judge, I suggest less negativity and more focus in real life so that costs of a vehicle repair are a not a concern, especially what others have paid for a great customer service and reputable service dealer.
I suppose getting hosed requires some form of justification; sorry, the fact is you got hosed.
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That better have been a brand new AV6 transmission with zero miles on it or something..
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It was new transmission from Honda. Unfortunately the was a core charge since Honda would not accept the Acura transmission as a core. Overall, I've been very happy with a good solid new transmission. I rebuilt the entire car as new about 3-4 years ago and this was one of the many improvements. I purchased the car new in October 2002 and it's the only car I've kept beyond 10 years.

You're entitled to your opinion about being "hosed" but we gave different goals and budgets. I could easily make fun of the fact you think 9k is alot and delve deeper into why, but I'll leave it at the fact that a new solid Honda transmission put in by Greg (one of the best Acura service mechanics I've worked with) is still going strong after very aggressive driving. You're welcome to call the dealer and just mention my name, or in fact any dealer in this area as I have over 40 cars from 1M classics to exotics to a wonderful cost effective CL-S that all have had extensive work.

This is a forum for car enthusiasts, while I see you feel the need to bag on people because of your lifestyle and shortcomings, just realize how silly you look to anyone who loves their car and would think it's a good idea to put a new Honda accord transmission in and not have any issues for the life of the car.
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You got hosed because a remanufactured unit will be as good as, if not better (depending upon the quality of the components used), for a third of the cost; regardless of how much money one has, pissing it away for no reason is dumb. As for your crack about making fun of the fact I think $9,000 is a lot, I wouldn't go there if I were you, you may well lose that pissing contest as well.
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You got hosed because a remanufactured unit will be as good as, if not better (depending upon the quality of the components used), for a third of the cost; regardless of how much money one has, pissing it away for no reason is dumb. As for your crack about making fun of the fact I think $9,000 is a lot, I wouldn't go there if I were you, you may well lose that pissing contest as well.
You're welcome to keep buying remanufactured units known to having defects and the overall design of the stock Acura was flawed. I decided to purchase new and have been happy.

By your comments it's easily discernible that you are attempting to prop up yourself up for more than your actual worth. Here's a little advice, people who have real money don't think 9k is alot for a transmission for a car they enjoyed driving. I spent 80k on my racing Lamborghini transmission/clutch/LSD set up and I replace that every year.

If you did have such wealth you would know redoing a captains plane seat alone or a part on a refrigerator or even a wax job on your floors in one of your homes exceeds 9k. It's all relative and you've shown how small your world is to worry about 3k vs 9k, remanufactured vs new. I told the dealer I wanted a better than new car, they delivered. When you reach a level, customer service is more important than price. If you were as rich as you think you are, you would know that. Priorities change, by your comments it's obvious where your mindset is at.

I suggest less puffering my overly-conceited aggressor. There is always someone richer, bigger, stronger, faster, smarter.
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You're welcome to keep buying remanufactured units known to having defects and the overall design of the stock Acura was flawed. I decided to purchase new and have been happy.

By your comments it's easily discernible that you are attempting to prop up yourself up for more than your actual worth. Here's a little advice, people who have real money don't think 9k is alot for a transmission for a car they enjoyed driving. I spent 80k on my racing Lamborghini transmission/clutch/LSD set up and I replace that every year.

If you did have such wealth you would know redoing a captains plane seat alone or a part on a refrigerator or even a wax job on your floors in one of your homes exceeds 9k. It's all relative and you've shown how small your world is to worry about 3k vs 9k, remanufactured vs new. I told the dealer I wanted a better than new car, they delivered. When you reach a level, customer service is more important than price. If you were as rich as you think you are, you would know that. Priorities change, by your comments it's obvious where your mindset is at.

I suggest less puffering my overly-conceited aggressor. There is always someone richer, bigger, stronger, faster, smarter.
You didn't purchase new. Honda hasn't had any new transmission in stock for years. You were lied to and then you paid out the nose. A performance build wouldn't have cost you even 1/2 that much. They're laughing all the way to the bank.

Let's say that they did somehow find a new transmission that's been sitting around for more than 10 years now. That's even worse than a remanufactured. Why? Because it's been sitting. Those seals are drying and cracking. There's a reason you get a 105k service at 105k miles OR at 7 years. Even if you only have 20k miles on at 7 years, you still need it as the seals get old and break down. You can't fight time. So you'd have a transmission with old crusty seals that are MUCH more likely to fail than a recently remanufactured transmission.

Either way, you got ripped off HARDCORE.

Your Lambo ownership claims are laughable. Everyone knows you don't own one. Stop the lies now.

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Lmao this guy got hosed hard and can only reply with a pissing contest about having money, as if that's supposed to somehow justify getting absolutely ripped a new one. $9k for an auto trans haha.
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You're welcome to keep buying remanufactured units known to having defects and the overall design of the stock Acura was flawed. I decided to purchase new and have been happy.

By your comments it's easily discernible that you are attempting to prop up yourself up for more than your actual worth. Here's a little advice, people who have real money don't think 9k is alot for a transmission for a car they enjoyed driving. I spent 80k on my racing Lamborghini transmission/clutch/LSD set up and I replace that every year.

If you did have such wealth you would know redoing a captains plane seat alone or a part on a refrigerator or even a wax job on your floors in one of your homes exceeds 9k. It's all relative and you've shown how small your world is to worry about 3k vs 9k, remanufactured vs new. I told the dealer I wanted a better than new car, they delivered. When you reach a level, customer service is more important than price. If you were as rich as you think you are, you would know that. Priorities change, by your comments it's obvious where your mindset is at.

I suggest less puffering my overly-conceited aggressor. There is always someone richer, bigger, stronger, faster, smarter.
Sorry Lance baby, you're going to have to do better than that.
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