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 — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine 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:
31,859 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 engine problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 032006

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,578 miles


: the contact stated while driving various speeds on the highway, the automatic transmission seized and the engine stalled without warning. A NHTSA recall, #04V176000 was performed on the vehicle concerning, the automatic transmission however, the recall did not remedy the problem. The dealership determined the transmission needed to be replaced again and the engine needed new engine mounts. The manufacturer was notified. Updated 10/18/2006 -

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 062003

(reported on)


  • miles
The engine revved up to 4000 RPM as if the vehicle was in neutral. The transmission did not automatically shift into higher gear as it should have. Scc

- Kendallville, IN, USA

problem #1

Jan 102003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Every day when I back out of my garage when the engine is cold, the idle is all off on my car. It would fluctuate between 300rpm (almost stalling) to 1000rpm. I took it into the dealer and they replaced something, but the problem still persists.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

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