NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Cruise Control 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,250 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.

2003 Acura TL engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 292003


  • miles


Transmission problems with 2003 Acura TL type S. the transmission shifted roughly in addition to a missing cruise control. There was also a time where the vehicle had no reverse gear.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #1

Nov 292003

TL 4-cyl

  • 22,500 miles
2003 Acura TL type S experiencing transmission problems. The transmission shifted roughly in addition to missing when the cruise control was engaged. When the consumer pressed the cruise control to increase the speed the engine surged on two occasions back to back as the consumer tried to disengage the cruise control. (faulty TL transmissions were a widely known problem for Acura)

- Germantown, TN, USA

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