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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2002 Acura TL (Page 8 of 9)

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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
40,890 miles

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2002 Acura TL transmission problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #35

Oct 102002

TL

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #34

Dec 092002

TL

  • miles
While traveling on the highway at about 60-70 mph my transmission failed. The car downshifted from 5th gear to 2nd. This cause the vehicle to suddenly stop. Luckily the car behind me had enough time to get out of the way. I have been hearing of this problem with my model. Acura is replacing the transmission, but I hear the replacements are failing also. Acura won't recall the car because they say not enough have the problem. This is highly dangerous and someone will die sooner or later from this. Driving a car that can suddenly stop at highway speeds is a danger to the owner of the car and everyone else on the road. Acura is replacing my transmission but the problem is likely to occur again. This should be stopped. I do not feel safe with these cars on the road. Please contact me if I could be of any assistance. I was one of the lucky one's to walk away from this but someone else won't be.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #33

Nov 272002

TL

  • miles
No summary.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #32

Nov 252002

TL

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

With no prior warning, the automatic transmission suddenly and totally failed while traveling about 50 mph on Pennsylvania turnpike at 11:30 pm in snow on 11/26/02. Although on an incline, I was just able to get out of the line of traffic into the break down lane. Transmission would not engage in any gear total failure. Manufacturer replaced under warranty.

- Raynham, MA, USA

problem #31

Oct 012002

TL

  • miles
At first the shifting on the car was very smooth, and car would jurk and it would try to shift. And later on, on the freeway transmission would not shift.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #30

Oct 052002

TL

  • miles
Automatic transmission failure while vehicle under power. Transmission slips in 3rd gear and causes unexpected loss of forward motion. Transmission started to slip 10/05/2002. Continued to get worse until dealer determined replacement necessary on 11/01/2002.

- Hatfield, MA, USA

problem #29

Aug 162002

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer has learned that these automobiles have a latent safety defect in the transmission that causes the vehicle to downshift while traveling. The dealer will not inspect the vehicle until a problem occurs. Jlg nlm

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #28

Sep 172002

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 60 mph transmission downshifted to 40 mph. Vehicle is at dealership at this time. Please provide additional information.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #27

Sep 172002

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the transmission shifted from 5th gear at 45 mph to 1st, causing the car to scretch the tires and to lurch foward.

- Berkley, MI, USA

problem #26

Sep 192002

TL

  • miles
Transmission hunting for gear, making noise, bogging down, RPM's go way up, then shifts, loss of power, very dangerous.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #25

Sep 162002

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Transmission failed on major highway. Just learned that there have been over 16,000 such failures in the Acura and Honda using same transmission. Very dangerous and nearly hit the car in front of me.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #24

Aug 202002

TL

  • miles
Transmission fails (disengages) at all speeds without warning. Problem engaging into reverse. Nlm

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #23

Aug 162002

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission mis-shift several times from 3rd to 1st gear and was unable to shift from 1st to 2nd gear and 2nd to 3rd gear several times. The car was brought into the dealer first time on 8/19/2002 and the transmission was flushed 3 times. The problem was not corrected and I brought the car to the dealer second time on 8/28/2002. The dealer replaced the transmission. Even though, there is no accident in this incident. I am really concerning the safety issue caused by the transmission failure and I was not the only one having the transmission failure problem in this particular car model. I hope NHTSA can take appropriate action to investigate this problem before the fatal accident occurred because of transmission failure.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 172002

(reported on)

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 TL2-S, almost 1 year and 13350 miles on it. Lately we have been. No safety defect listed.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 022002

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission slips or hesitates at various times.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #20

Sep 132002

TL 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Atlantic Beach, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 252002

TL

  • miles
I also got a rebuilt transmission that went out on me after another 2,000. This is extremely dangerous and I want Acura to do something. There is an article in the la times that speaks of this on 9.13.2002. Please help me, I'm worried I or someone else may get injured or killed. Nlm

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 132002

(reported on)

TL

  • miles
I think they need to do a recall on this specific part because if it fails, it could cause major accidents and is totally unsafe for the owner and other drivers on the road: Article can be found on: www.latimes.com/classified/automotive/highway1/la-hy-acura11sep11.story?coll=la%2dclass%2dautos%2dhighway1. Nlm

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 132002

(reported on)

TL

  • miles
I think they need to do a recall on this specific part because if it fails, it could cause major accidents and is totally unsafe for the owner and other drivers on the road: Article can be found on: www.latimes.com/classified/automotive/highway1/la-hy-acura11sep11.story?coll=la%2dclass%2dautos%2dhighway1

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 132002

(reported on)

TL

  • miles
I think they need to do a recall on this specific part because if it fails, it could cause major accidents and is totally unsafe for the owner and other drivers on the road: Article can be found on: www.latimes.com/classified/automotive/highway1/la-hy-acura11sep11.story?coll=la%2dclass%2dautos%2dhighway1

- Alhambra, CA, USA

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