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 — Service Brakes, Air: Antilock 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:
81,500 miles

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.

2001 Acura TL brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,500 miles


I had a terrifying experience with sudden acceleration with the car heading well over 100 mph on the pa turnpike. Nothing in car responded - brakes, emergency brake, gear shifting...had to turn off car to stop it! roadside assistance was called. Car was towed this morning (2 days after situation) and is now at dealership. They checked under the hood and said that all was fine - the battery cover looked out of place. I just had this car in last week for the transmission recall. I am afraid to drive this car, let alone have my daughter drive it. I have heard nothing further today.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

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