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 — Equipment: Electrical: Air Conditioner 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:
94,020 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.

2002 Acura TL AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 172008


  • 85,000 miles


On Thursday, July 17, 2008, the air conditioning system on my 2002 Acura 3.2tl ceased to operate without any prior warning. An analysis of the problem revealed that the wire harness, which connects to the A/C blower motor, had severely "melted" to the receptacle that it plugs into on the blower. It appeared as if though a short had occured which caused the wires and connector to melt. My concern is that this may cause an unecessary fire within the vehicle while it's being operated. To remedy the problem, I purchased a new blower motor and harness from my local Acura dealer and replaced the defective parts. Both of the defective parts are available for examination. Digital photos are available as well.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 252005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,040 miles
The consumer filed a previous complaint on the SRS of the airbag, ODI 10137149. The consumer refused to add this information to her previous complaint and wished to file a separate complaint on the same vehicle. The consumer was having problems with the blower motor resistor that went to the heater, the air conditioner, and with the wiring harness under the dashboard. The wires melted. The consumer did not see flames, but felt there was a fire. The consumer took vehicle to a dealership where she was told it was a safety issue. The consumer contacted Honda manufacturer, who was suppose to call the consumer back. There have been no repairs at this time.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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