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NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2015 Acura TLX (Page 1 of 4) Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: 2015 Acura TLX owners just want a transmission that can get from 1st to 5th gear without feeling like a washing machine full of bricks. A class-action lawsuit wants answers for why the car’s transmission jerks and hesitates just months after the transmissions were recalled and replaced for not being able to shift into park.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,756 miles

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2015 Acura TLX drivetrain problems

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2015 Acura TLX Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #77

Jan 012016


  • 19,000 miles


I feel my safety is in jeopardy when I drive this vehicle. Any time the Tlx's brakes are applied and the accelerator is immediately pressed, the vehicle stalls and I have to let off of the accelerator for the transmission to catch and then the car will go. This is especially true at stop signs. This is what has almost gotten me killed multiple times. In one instance, I stopped at a stop sign, I pressed the gas to go because I had enough time to go before the oncoming car got to me, however the vehicle wouldn┐T go, so I floored the accelerator twice and nothing happened. The third time the vehicle horribly jerked and threw me out into traffic in front of the oncoming vehicle. After backing up, another problem, the vehicle continues to go in reverse for an additional 12 inches. 12 inches that should not be necessary when switching driving directions. This can be noticed on incline and no incline.

- Siloam, NC, USA

problem #76

Aug 142016


  • 400 miles
Extremely inconsistent operation of 9 speed zf transmision. Have taken to dealer numerous times where they admitted the rough shift but said it was performing properly. Issues with transmision are as follows. Lags when up shifting in first two gears before neck snapping up shift to next gear. In midrange gears vibratatin can be felt while up shifting. Transmission is slow in down shifting, sometime starting off in second gear. Car drifts back a foot in park.

- Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #75

Jul 262016


  • 12,000 miles
With only 12000 miles and less than a year of having the brand new vehicle, the transmission went out completely and left me stranded. It was acting a bit funny that morning driving, when I went to start it again, all warnings went off and I was unable to put the car in gear.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #74

Feb 012016


  • 3,000 miles


Please investigate Acura on their 8 and 9 speed transmission. The transmission hesitates and jerks between shifts, is unresponsive to downshifts (unless it is in sport mode), reluctant to up shift at times, grinds at certain speeds and you can move the car a half foot in park. Most time, this is frustrating and upsetting for an upmarket vehicle, some times it is concerning as you feel you cannot control the car and could cause an accident. I have taken it back to Acura 5 times and despite software updates and a "new" transmission, nothing has changed. I met with the Acura mid-atlantic rep and he said this is the way the transmissions behave so Honda can meet the government fuel economy requirements. I had a high-gear transmission before this car and never had these issues. I have read about the same problem on other sites and in car magazines yet Honda/Acura is doing nothing about it besides "software updates." This transmission, produced by zf and installed in other vehicles such as Chrysler/Fiat has the similar issues. What can be done about a product that is clearly faulty? thank you.

- Falls Church,, VA, USA

problem #73

Jun 062016


  • 11,000 miles
Hi, I have a problem with my transmission and I can push the car a feet or so when the car is in park. Or if parked in an incline I the car moves back atleast one fourth to half tire rotation. I saw a recall NHTSA recall no. : 14V-779 that had VIN ranges from begin :[xxx] end :[xxx] my VIN number is well within this range and neither dealership or Acura has any knowledge of the recall applied. I also don't see any recalls listed in as for this car as well. Need assistance is making sure either the recall is applicable or if its done already need necessary documentation. ┐information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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problem #72

Jan 012016


  • miles
My 2015 Acura Tlx hesitates when changing gears, does not accelerate when gas pedal is pushed and the shifting out of parking position is noisy and harsh. Acura has provided a defect code for my complaints (03214) and software updates (operation number 1255A2 and 1255C9), which have been performed on my vehicle. None of these have fixed the problem. Lemon law favored in the manufacturer's side and the arbitrators say it is not a nonconformity. Honda's lawyer says that I did not take it in enough times and that hesitation for a moment is not a concern. Acura says they would not change my car because they all drive the same and that I am just not used to driving a vehicle like this one. The biggest problem with the car is that as it comes to a stop at an intersection or traffic light, it lurches forward extremely harshly as if I was hit by another vehicle in the rear. This is so bad that I have been experiencing lower back pain and have to take pain killers at times. And of course, I have to take this into account every time I have to brake, in order to avoid an accident. You must know how frustrating it is to have to worry about this each and every time I am reaching a stop sign or traffic light.. the car does it sometimes and others it doesn't, so I have to try and predict how it is driving that particular day. This takes away from me the ability to control my car in an emergency situation.also, there was one time when I needed to make a left turn and my car felt as if it were in neutral, did not accelerate and then after a moment decided to drive forward. Thankfully no car was coming, if not it would have been an accident. I have to now make sure that cars are far enough so that if it does hesitate again I won't be putting my family and I at risk. I hate having to drive my vehicle because it is unpredictable and I feel very unsafe.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #71

Oct 172015


  • 1,000 miles


Can you please investigate the 2015 Acura Tlx with the 9sp transmission? there is unintended acceleration when slowing down, unanticipated surging, and unexpected hesitation when attempting to accelerate. This is a known issue within Honda but there has been no recall or public fix from Honda. I included the purchase date of the car but the above happens at various times.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #70

May 132016


  • 5,000 miles
I have a 2015 Acura Tlx 4cyl. It is a very nice looking car however there is something wrong with the transmission. I have taken it into the Acura dealership and they have confirmed that there is something wrong however they are not sure what. All they tell me is that there are no codes coming up telling them what it is. They just tell me that everything is documented so if and when there is a recall I have proof that it has been ongoing. When you are stopped and then proceed to go the car will jerk and hesitate to shift to next gear. This can happen while you are driving also, if you have to brake and then start again. Its very upsetting I have owned Acura before, the Acura TL and the Acura integra, both cars had a high performance. This car not so much. When is Acura going to do something about this?? there hasn't been just one episode this is an everyday occurrence.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #69

Jul 312015


  • miles
I own a 2015 Tlx V4 tech and there seems to be an obvious problem, which the dealerships seems to neglect, with the transmission. I've had my vehicle checked out 2 times since I first purchased it back in July of 2015, and the dealership tech. Specialists know it is there but they aren't able to resolve the problem even through a "software update". the problem is that the vehicle jerks forward, sometime when making a stop it launches forward- as if someone had rear-ended me. The secondary problem is that when I merge onto the freeway there is a major lag and the transmission fails to shift. Takes about 3 seconds to engage to full speed which in terms it's extremely hazardous because of of other vehicles that cease to slowdown and give me the right-of-way. I demand the manufacturer be aware of this issues that I contemplate on a daily basis before something tragic happens to me or my fellow Tlx drivers.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #68

May 022016


  • miles
Car has 15K miles-from the time of purchase of my 2015 Tlx shawd, vehicle exhibits ( 1)rough shifting, (2) unpredictable transmission response on downshifts on highway affecting the throttle and (3) freefall feel when downshifting on downhill. Issue (1):service bulletin done to "fix" the shifting, and although better, still exhibits the rough shift. Brought the car 3 times to Acura and response is "working within spec" even when the tech noticed the hard shift and compared it to a 2016 model with no shifting issue. Now every time I know the 2-3 shift is coming, I anticipate a hard shift and have to tighten my neck muscles just in case it jerks and could cause a whiplash feel. Issue (2): When stepping on the gas pedal to make a pass on the freeway, transmission reaction time is unpredictable when at times, nothing will happen for 2 seconds, then the car will surge. This poses a safety issue due to: A. not being able to keep up with the speed of incoming traffic due to delayed reaction and, B. the sudden surge after the 2 second delayed-reaction could result in hitting the car in front. Acura released tsb 16-012 to fix this issue but does not cover earlier VIN, which include mine. Issue (3):when going downhill and car downshifts, whether manually or automatically, car surges forward giving a freefall feel before it slows down. Again tsb 16-012 was supposed to fix this but does not cover early VIN ranges. Acura continues to insist that the transmission is within spec and yet, the 2016's have a different part number for their transmission. The fact that it performs differently also proves otherwise that the early versions are faulty.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #67

Dec 312014


  • 21,000 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Acura Tlx. While stopped at an intersection, the vehicle jerked and stalled. The contact had to depress the accelerator pedal to get the vehicle to move. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 21,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #66

Mar 152016


  • 5,000 miles
E-shift provides no feedback when shifting to P or D (only when shifting to R). E-shift often fails to engage. On one occasion, while reversing, I attempted to engage P, but it did not engage, and car rolled back into an object, causing damage. E-shift also requires excessively deliberate inputs, which has caused difficulty executing 3-point turns in traffic.

- North Bend, WA, USA

problem #65

Mar 162016


  • miles
Transmission issue as follows: Shifts abruptly in 2 and 3rd gears. Car seems to shift up when braking then shifting down so it seems the car speeds up when it should be shifting down to slow down. When putting the car in park, the car rolls back abruptly.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #64

Oct 102014


  • miles
Acura Tlx hesitates 1-2 second when turning left, right, making U turns and switching lanes on the highway. The response of the car is unpredictable and I will not let other family members drive it due to safety concerns. The shifts from second to third gear are overly harsh. I have taken the car to the dealer three times but the dealer states that the car is operating normally.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #63

Feb 012016


  • 7,000 miles
Car shifts roughly when accelerating, just one of the lower gears, at around 10-15 mph. Jerks noticeably all the time, whether car is warm or cold. I did not say anything to see if it was as bad as I thought, and a frequent passenger finally noticed and asked me about it. Car does not take off quickly like I am used to. Feels very slow and heavy. Not sure if this problem will get worse with age/mileage, but I'm just hoping it won't become a safety issue.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #62

Mar 062016


  • 16,600 miles
While driving ~40 mph on an expressway the car started flashing all these warnings on the dashboard including pull over and check transmission. Looking down I saw that the car was automatically put in neutral and the gas pedal wasn't working. I maneuvered the car to the shoulder and since it wouldn't shift into park I pressed the parking brake. If the road was any more crowded we could have been killed.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #61

Feb 162016


  • 4,000 miles
When coasting at low speeds, transmission downshifts and engine revs higher and car accelerates. Must brake to avoid possible conlission

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #60

Dec 192015


  • 3,900 miles
While slowly driving my 2015 Acura Tlx into my home garage and putting the car into park with the red light indicating the parking gear was engaged and letting my foot off the brake my car suddenly lurched forward about two feet before I could stop the movement resulting in damage to my drywall. The first time this happened was shortly after I purchased the brand new car and I assumed I may had not had the car properly in park and no damage occurred and it may have been caused by so called driver error. When it happened the second time 8 months later my wife and I were both in the car and observed the red parking light was on indicating the car was in park when my car suddenly lurched forward causing the damage. The Acura dealer asked to keep my car in an attempt to "replicate" the problem for about 17 days until it could be inspected by dpsm (Acura's description) and I was told no problems were detected. In researching this problem I discovered this was very similar to a prior 2015 Acura Tlx recall instituted last year by NHTSA. The Acura service department reacted as if they had never heard of that recall until I gave them a copy of the information posted on the internet. The only suggestion offered by the dealer after their inspection was to keep my foot on the brake when the car is in park until the engine is completely stopped and engage the parking brake. The mileage on my odometer was under 4,000 miles at the time of their inspection and my car is kept in a garage when I am at work and at home so environmental causes should not be a factor. I feel very fortunate that minor property damage was the only loss we encountered from this undisclosed safety defect and hope this problem can be remedied before more serious consequences occur to other Tlx drivers.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #59

Dec 082015


  • 16,000 miles
This car is a total lemon - do not purchase. I have had this car to the dealer 9 times in 12 months for non routine maintenance issues and it is getting towed there again today. Myriad of issues from lack of brakes to jerking transmission to flat out won't start. I purchased an Acura for a reliable car and that is most certainly not what I own now. I have an open case with Acura corporate but the dealer (pohanka Acura, chantilly va) will not stand behind the vehicles they sell. Buyer beware of this car!!

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #58

Dec 072015


  • 79 miles
Leased the vehicle on 12/7/2015. After a few hours off the lot the the transmission shifted roughly from 2-3 gear. Also experienced sporadic gear shifts.

- Plantation, FL, USA

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