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NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems

5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,059 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.

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2005 Acura TL transmission problems

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2005 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 102009

TL

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. While driving 20 mph, the contact heard a loud popping and grinding noise. He exited the vehicle and noticed that the driver's side wheel was bent outwards from the hood. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the lower ball joint failed and caused the wheel to come off. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact to call the dealer to determine the cause of the failure. After further investigation, it was determined that the dealer was the cause of the failure and no compensation would be made. The failure and current mileages were 21,000. Updated 04/24/09. The consumer stated the upon delivery of the vehicle, it pulled strongly to the right while driving. The dealer dignaosed the vehicle without even looking at it, by saying it was the torque steer. On one occasion, the vehicle failed to start. The consumer still contined to complain about the vehicle pulling to the right. At times the vehicle would pop out of or grind into third gear. The lower ball joint had failed. It ripped out the drive shaft, bent the lower control arm, damaged the body and leaked transmission fluid all over the road. Updated 04/29/09.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #6

Oct 092008

TL

  • 30,000 miles
Purchased a 2005 Acura TL A-spec 6-speed manual in 2007. Current mileage is 42,000. Since date of purchase transmission will pop out of 3rd gear several times each week while driving.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 242008

TL

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,311 miles
The automobile has a manual transmission with an intermittent shifting problem. Shifting into 3rd gear can result in partial engagement and "pop out" of the shift resulting in loss of power and deceleration. When this occurs on acceleration in traffic, a near accident has occurred as the car has slowed down in merging traffic. The automobile manufacturer has a service bulletin (08-018) that requires the dealer/service provider to "drive a known-good vehicle" and compare with the client's vehicle, and replace transmission parts if noticeable shift quality differences. Repeated efforts to get the dealer to acknowledge the defect (faulty synchronizer) have resulted in "no problem found".

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #4

Nov 222005

TL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. While driving 40 mph and shifting into third gear, the vehicle popped out of gear and approximately 15% of the time it would not shift at all. The dealer changed the transmission fluid which remedied the issue for a month. He was also told that there was no service bulletin related to the issue. The manufacturer also refused to assist him. The current mileage was approximately 27,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 3,000. Updated 07/15/08 the gear box did not engage properly into 3rd gear. The consumer believed there was a defect with the synchro which was a defect in the transmission. Updated 07/15/08

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Dec 282007

TL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles
6 speed manual transmission is synchronized poorly making it difficult to shift into 3rd & 4th gear smoothly and sometimes will pop out of gear when you think you have shifted sufficiently.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 152006

TL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
6 speed manual transmission is synchronized poorly making it difficult to shift into 3rd gear smoothly and sometimes will pop out of 3rd when you think you have clutched sufficiently. Dealer claims there isn't a problem and will not fix the issue.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005

TL 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles
6 speed manual transmission is synchronized poorly making it difficult to shift into 3rd gear smoothly and sometimes will pop out of 3rd when you think you have clutched sufficiently. NJ dealer said Acura has complaints about this and may change transmission in future years but will not do anything for existing vehicles.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

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