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NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


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About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Acura RL transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Acura RL Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 022001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Get a very bad 'grind' going into 2nd gear, when the transmission is cold. It takes about 25 minutes of driving until it starts to shift smoothly. The colder the weather is outside the worst the problem is. This is not normal behavior, you can feel the gears grinding in the transmission. Yes, the clutch pedal is being pushed all the way to the floor and the shifter is being pulled straight back. I have spoke with many Acura rsx type-S owners and they are all having this problem. I have a petition with over 60 signatures from other rsx owners with name VIN's and descript of the same problem. Please report this problem to Acura it can be very dangerous if you are trying to get into 2nd gear and the transmissions is grinding so bad it locks you out.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 302001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When shifting into 2nd gear, the transmission frequently makes a crunching sound in addition to having a notchy feeling. Occasionally transmission will pop out of 2nd gear when engaging the clutch. After taking the car to the willow grove sussman Acura service center, a technician claimed that this was normal operation for the rsx type-S's 6 speed tranmission since its 1st and 2nd gears have triple cone syncros. He said there was nothing he could do for this tranmission problem.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 072001

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Transmission grinds when upshifting from first gear into second gear.

- Wakeeney, KS, USA

problem #2

Oct 152001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When it is cold out there is a notch going from 1st to 2nd gear. With the clutch fully depressed as you shift from the 1st gear gate to the 2nd gear gate there is a slight grind and difficulty getting into gear. The problem goes away once the car is warmed up.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 302001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
6 speed manual transmission miss-shifting easily on 3rd to 4th gear upshifts. 2nd gear engaged which caused extensive engine damage. Manufacture is failing to warranty engine damage. Numerous cases are now being reported by owners with the same problem.

- Torrance, CA, USA

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