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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,396 miles

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2003 Acura CL brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 162004

CL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,396 miles


I purchased a new Acura 3.2cl type S with a 6 speed manual transmission on 5/24/03. In 6/16/04 with 14,396 miles I had to have the front rotors resurfaced and my brake pads replaced with updated pads per tsb01-017 because of extreme vibration while braking (out of round rotors due to over heating). This was done at no charge under warranty. On 4/26/05 (less than one year later) with 26,097 miles, Acura resurfaced the rotor as a "good will gesture" at no charge because of extreme vibration while braking again. I was advised that the next time I would have to pay for the repairs. Now 10/25/06 with 34,500 miles I'm replacing the brake rotors and pads with brembo rotors and pads not oem because of the same reason. In 2004 Acura TL's with manual transmissions had bigger rotors and pads. Probably to correct the design problem that surfaced with 2003 manuals.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

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