Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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NHTSA — Tires: Sidewall 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,937 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles


Tire failure. Second tire failure on the same wheel, on the same side of the vehicle within 4 months of each failure.

- Melvindale, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 052004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,985 miles
Faulty no bent or scratched on rim. Should be reimburse for tire. The vehicle tire had a rip in the inside wall. The consumer wanted to be reimbursed.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 182003


  • 25,000 miles
Consumer felt that the tires on this vehicle were not the proper size. Consumer had to replace five front tires due to blow outs at the sidewalls.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 082003

TL 6-cyl

  • 12,200 miles
All four vehicle tires lost pressure while driving. While driving all four Michelin tire lost tire pressure. Upon inspection the technician noticed a sidewall tear 1.5 inch in length, perpendicular to tread. Inspection of the other three tires revealed that one other tire had a bulge in the sidewall about 2.5 inches in diameter. (Michelin Pilot hxmxm4, dot# B938 cttx1102)

- Little Neck, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 012003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Tires- 4 tires in 3 months due to sidewall bubbles.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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