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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Acura RL transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Acura RL Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 072003

(reported on)


  • miles


2004 Acura Rl, consumer stated when the vehicle is parked on a slight incline with gear shifter in drive, the vehicle would roll backwards.

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 052001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Getting into second gear is very 'notchy' and gets very bad in cold weather and when the tranmission is not warmed up. At times it can be very hard to get into 2nd gear and it grinds, this has been reported by many other rsx type-S owners I have spoken with. This can be very dangerous if you are trying to get into second gear and you are not able to.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 022001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When slowing down and hitting the brakes engine will stall. Vehicle does this intermittently without warning. Also, had transmission replaced, and vehicle did it again. Contacted dealer.

- Upland, CA, USA

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