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NHTSA — Structure: Body: Trunk Lid Problems

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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.

7.4

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,000 miles

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2003 Acura TL body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 012003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles

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

Paint on rear trunk lid extremely thin and peeling when car is washed. Despite having 5 coats of wax on the car, washing the car (by hand with maguiar's soft car soap and soft terry toweling) peeled sections of the paint off the trunk lid. Car had sat for two weeks (standard wash interval for the car due to my work schedule) outside (car is covered when first cleaned). No reason for the paint to have come off. No response to my letters from manufacturer. Dealer referred me to Acura customer care so no help there.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

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