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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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:
48,000 miles

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 162010

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Acura 3.2tl. The contact stated that the interior day/night rear view mirror switch was leaking an unknown chemical. When the chemical leaked out, the ability to switch between the day and night option was lost. The contact called the dealer but was advised that there were no related recalls to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that because the vehicle was outside the warranty, they could offer no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000 and the current mileage was approximately 50,000. Updated 01/04/11 the consumer stated when the mirror was working properly it automatically adjusted for lighting. There is no manual adjustment available as with traditional day/night rear-view mirrors. The only option left was to move the mirror into a position where the lighting was no distracting. Updated 01/10/11

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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