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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System 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.

6.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,750 miles

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2003 Acura TL exhaust system problems

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 192004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,750 miles

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

Burning smell emanating from exhaust area into cabin at 9800 miles. Terrible - can smell it on the outside from 25 feet away. The stench inside the back seat of the cabin is enough to make you gag. Car is only 100 miles overdue for an oil change (3100 miles) running manufacturer recommended oil weight. Car has had trouble since I bought it - but mostly external until now (peeling paint).

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

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