Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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NHTSA — Structure: Frame And Members Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague Notes: The 1999-2003 Acura TL has a known & widespread defect with the transmission.

Honda fixed some vehicles with a recall in 2004 by changing the oil cooler return line. To settle a class action lawsuit in 2006, Honda extended the transmission warranty on some of these Acura TL's to 93 months / 109,000 miles.

Now these vehicles are past the warranty limit, so buyer beware.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
162,000 miles

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2001 Acura TL body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 222011

TL 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles


My 2001 Acura TL with 162,000 miles has a subframe that is severely rusted and weakened to the point of collapse on the passenger side of the vehicle. Acura has decided to call this normal wear and tear but I strongly disagree. The air conditioning condensing unit has a small hose for condensate that is located directly above the site of the rust. This hose has been dripping onto the subframe whenever the ac has been in use. This is not wear and tear, it is a design flaw that Acura is not owning up to and if the weakened subframe were to break while the car is being driven this would be a significant safety issue. The other parts of the subframe are in fine condition, there is only one explanation why it would be rusted out in this one place.

- Palatine, IL, USA

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