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NHTSA — Tires Problems

2004 Acura TL (Page 2 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,764 miles

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2004 Acura TL wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

May 132004

TL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,000 miles

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

Vibration and shaking of steering wheel during normal driving. Replacement of the tires and numerous rebalancing have had no effect. Acura dealer is not responsive and Acura customer care has informed me this "a charateristic of the car" while at the same time admitting that "we have received numeous complaints about steering wheel vibration and our engineers are investigating the problem" I was also told there we was no timeline for resolution. Given the situation, I am growing concerned about the handling and stability of the vehicle in its current state. Acura has admitted there is a problem but has not fully disclosed the details. I am also worried because this seems to be a widespread issue affecting many TL owners given the number of web forums I have visited on the subject.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #9

Nov 212003

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Consumer noticed that after having the tires rotated at 10,000 miles and while driving at 60 mph vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and pulled over. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the tires needed to be replaced due to tread separation.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 122004

TL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
EL42 bridgestones that came with my new 2004 Acura TL are unsafe. They flat spot and hydroplane in the rain. The tires are very unsafe in rain and they are considered "all season" they are not all season in my opinion. I lost control on a number of occasions with the EL42 bridgestones because of hydroplaning. The faltspotting causes the tires to vibrate and bounce until they warm up. The car came with the original pvc type (early build) and the dealer refused to put the new "tu@" on my car. Ratings on this tire are terrible as shown on "tirerack.com" Acura dealer refused to replace my EL42 pvc original tires with acceptable safe tires. I have no choice but to put Michelin Pilot sport all seasons on my car quickly because I do not feel safe driving this car with the EL42. Please advise- I know many people with the 2004 Acura TL are unhappy with the EL42's that came with them. The EL42's are unsafe in the rain and snow they are not all season and should be investigated agressively before people lose control and get in accidents.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 152004

TL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90 miles

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

This complaint refers to the original equipment tires (Bridgestone el-42, 235/45-17 93W ) supplied on the 2004 Acura TL with 6 speed manual transmission. After just a short time I have found this tire to be entirely unsafe and unsuitable to this vehicle. I believe that both Acura and Bridgestone should be held responsible for replacing this tire on all existing vehicles. This tire exhibits unsafe characteristics in wet weather, with noticeable drift and hydroplaning in any amount of standing water, even as little as 1/16 inch. In heavy rains, even with no standing water present, the tire seems incapable of dispersing water as quickly as it falls, again leading to vehicle instability. From a ride quality point of view the tire is also unsatisfactory in that it flat spots every morning, especially in cool weather but even in warmer weather as well, leading to vibrations in the initial miles of any drive. It is also especially harsh over roadway expansion joints, and is so loud on concrete pavements that it poses a safety hazard due to driver fatigue induced by the continuous noise. I also understand that there may be an issue regarding the rating as an "all season tire" with many owners reporting that this tire is virtually useless in any kind of snow conditions.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 092004

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This complaint referred to the original equipment tires (Bridgestone el-42, 235/45-17 93W ) supplied on the 2004 Acura TL with 5 speed automatic transmission. After just a short time I have found this tire to be entirely unsafe and unsuitable to this vehicle. I believe that both Acura and Bridgestone should be held responsible for replacing this tire on all existing vehicle. This tire exhibits unsafe characteristics in wet weather, with noticeable drift and hydroplaning in any amount of standing water, even as little as 1/16 inch. In heavy rains, even with no standing water present, the tire seems incapable of dispersing water as quickly as it falls, again leading to vehicle instability. From a ride quality point of view the tire is also unsatisfactory in that it flat spots every morning, especially in cool weather but even in warmer weather as well, leading to vibrations in the initial miles of any drive. It is also especially harsh over roadway expansion joints, and is so loud on concrete pavements that it poses a safety hazard due to driver fatigue induced by the continuous noise. I also understand that there may be an issue regarding the rating as an "all season tire" with many owners reporting that this tire is virtually useless in any kind of snow or ice condition. I have tried to resolve this issue with both Acura and Bridgestone to no avail.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

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problem #5

Apr 132004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vibration and shaking of steering wheel due to vibration and unbalanced feeling from front tires. It seems that the front wheels and/or suspension have problems that cause them be unbalanced and make driving feel uncontrolled.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 092004

TL

  • miles

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

Bridgestone turanza el-42 tires that are oem on my new 2004 Acura TL have serious problems with "flat spotting". this perfect car runs like a flintstone car until tires warm up and round out. Acura is replacing with same brand and model tires that are supposed to be fixed.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 022004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Tire vibration. At about 50 mph, the tires cause the entire car to vibrate. This continues at all highway speeds and does not seem to go away. I have contacted Acura several times and Acura's engineers 'are looking into it'.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 202003

TL

  • miles
Severe vibration from the factory installed Bridgestone turanza el-42 tires on my new 2004 Acura TL. The vehicle has only 1400 miles on it and has been to the dealer four times for the flat-spotting in the tires. I am concerned that these are not safe. Acura of dayton, Ohio, Acura corporate and Bridgestone say they is nothing they can do. Other 2004 Acura owners have filed complaints with Acura and there are many who have complained on various internet sites including one called tire rack.

- Vandalia, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 142004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52 miles
Acura 2004 TL VIN [xxx] is a problem with the Bridgestone tire a vibration from flat spotting. Acura is aware of this on a number of vehicles. They say that there will be a fix for it soon. I am concerned about the safety of the vehicle tires. The tire problem is with many of the Acura 2004 Tls. I think the delay is not good. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mauldin, SC, USA

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