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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Floor Shift 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:
59,621 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Acura TL transmission problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 162005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,621 miles


The vehicle 2002 Honda Acura 3.2 TL type S, there had been a recall on the transmission concerning the second gear. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer the first time they repaired it. The vehicle was fine for a little while and then the problem recurred. He took it back to a dealer, and they repaired it again. They repaired the recall three times. The fourth time a dealer told the consumer that he could not hear the problem with the vehicle. He told the consumer, that maybe they just switched it the last three times to make him happy. The part was still under warranty because every time the part was replaced it got an extended warranty for 100,000 miles. Consumer contacted the manufacturer, who told him to take vehicle to the dealership. And then the Acura representative refused to see consumer. The first dealership that did repairs was Acura of brookfield 191800 West bluemound road brookfield, wi 53045 262-785-1918. The second and third was Acura of libertyville 1620 South milwaukee ave. Libertyville, il 847-680-7333, and the fourth was david hobbs Honda 6100 North green bay ave. Glendale, wi 53209 414-352-6100, and this was the same dealer where consumer purchased vehicle.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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