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 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:
29,876 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

Dec 012008


  • 53,380 miles


Pulling out of my garage this morning, I noticed my car was making a clunking sound on the passenger side. It disappeared promptly as I exited the garage and pulled out onto the street, and I figured it was simply due to the chilly weather, with it being about 25F outside. About 5 miles down the freeway, I noticed the clunking sound came back, and was quite violent this time, and I started to smell burning rubber. I pulled over to the side of the road, hoping to ease my way to the nearest service station to see what was wrong; however, my car did not make it. I got out and inspected all sides, and that's when I saw that the tread separated from my front passenger side tire, and there were chunks of tire on the road. According to the dealer at the last visit two months ago, there still had been.7 cm left of tread, and what they told me was plenty to drive on for quite some time. To correct the issue, I replaced the tire with a spare, and have an appointment to get new tires tomorrow.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #4

Jun 052008


  • 87,000 miles
Bought new Michelin tires in Feb 2008 from costco stores, hackscross road, memphis tire: Size 205/60R16 92V made in 2007. In use for 2,500 miles. Rear right tire blew from the side wall while driving in interstate. The entire side wall came out as a donut. No accident occurred. No injury. Concerned about the tire quality of Michelin tires. Please advice. Contact Mr. Perryadolpus automotive manager at costco phone 901 214 0071; who inspected the defective tire and mentioned that it is a manufacturing defect. A new tire was installed. Greatly concerned about the durability of the other new Michelin tires installed at the same time in my 2003 Acura TL vehicle. Mileage 67,000.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #3

Sep 232006


  • miles
The carelessness of the workers completing construction on interstate 275. I have had to replace two high performance tires; due to a screw which caused my tire to blow with the first tire on the interstate at 4:45 am, had to spend $266.46 to replace tire. Then a week and a half later while driving on the same interstate going to work had to replace another tire due to a nail, another $200. I think it is the responsibility of dot to make sure all screws and nails are cleared off the interstate since people are having to travel in order to get to work each day. To have to pay over $400, in a week and half; money that I don't have it is taking a toll on me financially. I think dot needs to step up and take responsibility for all the loose nails and screws being left on the interstate.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 192006

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Premature tire tread wear.

- Lizella, GA, USA

problem #1

May 242003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
While driving 10-15 mph the passenger side front tire ruptured after it struck a shallow pothole. The replacement tire ruptured 2000 miles later when it hit a manhole cover. Michelin agreed to reimburse the consumer for the one tire. The consumer plans to replace all four tires.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

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