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NHTSA — Power Train: Driveline 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:
38,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Acura TL drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 212004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


Bucking and front wheels locked up momentarily. Highway speeds, very dangerous. 2003 Acura and now the dealers says they will replace the transmission. I was lied to when I bought this car, dealer said all 2003's were not inflicted. Now I found out different. My experience was scary. Recall now!

- Saint Leonard, MD, USA

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