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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Cables 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,011 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.

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2001 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 032005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,011 miles


Accelerator cable/wire snapped in half without warning.. the gas pedal went straight to the floor. Luckily, I was not on the freeway doing 70mph since there was absolutely no control of my vehicle after the cable broke. The part was replaced, however, the car only had 25,011 miles on it. The car is only 2001 Acura which has been maintained with safety maintenance checks every 7,500 miles. However, there is no check on the automotive check list for accelerator cable. As a matter of fact, this is not suppose to happen at all. The Acura dealer did not even carry the part in their stock. How could this freaky breakage occur" why was the accelerator faulty"

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

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