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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,958 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.

2004 Acura TSX electrical problems

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2004 Acura TSX Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 132016

TSX

  • 106,000 miles

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

Center stack HVAC lights have stopped working. I've read countless threads & forums that state this is a known issue.it does pose a safety issue, I'm not sure why this has not been recalled yet. The warranty was extended, however, no one was notified & I purchased this car after the warranty period expired for the center console lights. They stopped working at 106K miles. In the daytime or dark you cannot read the climate control or radio control or clock display. You constantly fidget in the dark trying to see if you're pressing the proper button to defrost windows or turn the heat or air on. Taking your eyes off the road to fidget with your broken radio is the same thing as taking your eyes off the road for a cell phone. Why is this not a recall yet? only option is to pay out of pocket $1200 for a known fault in their design. Part to replace yourself has been discontinued. Recall needed.

- Netcong, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jan 152015

TSX

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the instrument panel illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the electronic control unit and power train control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V093000 (electrical system, engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 092014

TSX

  • miles
It was 930 at night I was driving my car home to drop off going on vacation..my car started stalling out and all lights went out.. as I brake my car jumped 3 to 5 feet.. it was like the brakes surged.. lights flashing.. very dangerous because if I would of been on my way to work on freeway I could of been in a dangerous accident.. the car did not stop when applied the brake instead it acted like I was pushing the accelerator... I had to shut car out put in neutral and have it pushed in my garage to prevent going through wall... I never heard of a alternator doing this.. my car was just at dealership aprox 3 wks before that for a recall.. (stalling ) they said it was not related to that...

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #16

May 152014

TSX

  • 130,000 miles

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

Center stack lights out (radio, heater/ac unit) according to internet research many other 2004 and 2005 Tsx owners are experiencing this problem, although Acura had issued a service bulletin, and supposedly increased warranty period to 100K or 7 years, there was no notification to owners. My 2004 Tsx begun experiencing the problem at 120K so the extended warranty wouldn't have helped consumers experiencing this problem after 100K miles.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #15

Nov 062012

TSX 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Interior lighting for radio and temp control and clock some time the whole panel goes off but control lights for the temperature and the radio button lights have never came back on since they went off a couple of years ago we were told this was a recall for this car but the dealership refuses to fix it or acknowledge a recall this could easily be a safety issue will driving at night and is very frustrating.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #14

Feb 182009

TSX 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The console lights (lights in the center) went out in 2009, which is a safety concern as you need to attempt to read the controls via the overhead light while driving, causing a huge distraction. We took it to the dealer and they wanted $150 just to diagnosis it. Recently we learned that Acura extended warranty some years back to fix it however we were never notified (we are the original owners). Now we have passed the extended warranty time (7 years). We feel it's a safety concern and should have been notified about the issue by Acura and that as such Acura should still be liable to fix the problem. Thank you

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #13

Apr 102013

TSX

  • 107,000 miles

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

Center dashboard lights / climate control lights blinks and goes off and stays off while driving.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #12

Oct 312012

TSX 4-cyl

  • 105,500 miles
Hid bulb cannot be replaced. Moisture in the housing unit.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #11

Nov 272012

TSX

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. The contact stated that the lighting in the instrument panel and the center console failed. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, every single electrical component failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection where they advised the contact that the circuit board needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 032011

TSX

  • 134,000 miles
Fire under the hood while driving around 40 mph about 5 miles from home. Heard a squeaky sound around the stearing wheel minutes earlier. I do not know what componenet failed but had a recall sometime ago that was repaired. Had oil change exactly a week earlier. No body injured.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

problem #9

Dec 122010

TSX 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

Centre stack lights out (radio, heater/ac unit) according to internet research many other 2004 and 2005 Tsx owners are experiencing this problem. The problem appears to be a known defect in the printed circut board. Although Acura had issued a service bulletin, and supposedly increased warrenty period fto 100K or 7 years, there was no notification to owners. My 2004 Tsx begun experiencing the problem at 123K, so I'm out of warranty, and will most likly have to fork over $2,400 to have the center stack replaced. The NHTSA needs to investigate this matter and force Acura to replace for free as the probelm appears to present itself shortly after the warranty period.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 012008

TSX 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I bought my 2004 Acura Tsx car in Jan 2008 a few months later after I bought it the interior lighting of my radio and A/C buttons were not turning on anymore my warranty was already over and ever since I have been trying to find a solution or a recall.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 152007

TSX

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph when the vehicle would not shift into manual transmission and begin exhibiting a loud, abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the dealer advised the contact that the transmission would need replacing. The contact stated that the transmission was replaced three years prior at 62,000 miles. He also stated that the radio had failed and would need to be replaced for the second time and the air conditioner also needed replacing for the third time. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current was 118,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 102010

TSX 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vsc and check engine lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle then lost some power so the contact pulled over. The vehicle was shut off and restarted but the check engine stayed illuminated. The vehicel was taken to a repair shop but the mechanic could not diagnose the failure as the check engine light was no longer illuminated. 10 days later, the failure occurred again. The vehicle was taken back to the repair shop where the contact was informed that the app sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 96,000. Updated 03/31/11

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012009

TSX

  • 55,000 miles
2004 Acura Tsx radio and heater console lights went out in 2009.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 042006

TSX

  • 65,693 miles
Backlighting of radio and HVAC buttons no longer works. This actually became an issue and was checked/diagnosed by the Acura dealer on March 4, 2006. At that time they indicated it was out of warranty (mileage=65,693) and the owner chose not to have the repair done since it was not covered. Acura subsequently issued a technical service bulletin to address this issue and extended the warranty for the faulty pcb to 100,000 miles. However, they still claim my vehicle is not covered because it is now beyond that 100,000 mile limit. This, even after they diagnosed the problem initially at well under the 100,000 mile limit of that extended warranty. They claim this is because I am the second owner, but that warranty stays with the car, not the owner and this has become a real safety issue for our teenage son who takes his eyes off the road far too long trying to find the right button on that unlit console.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #3

Nov 252009

TSX

  • 104,000 miles
Passenger side head light malfunction. Head light works on and off; does not turn on sometimes. Some days it works, some days it never does. Problem appears to be related to rainy/dump weather. Dealer did not acknowledge that it is wiring issue and recommended that the hole system be changed and it cost me $909. 00. they did not give me the old part.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 302009

TSX

  • 70,000 miles
Started car one night and clock, radio and temperature control lights all were out.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 282008

TSX

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. While driving approximately 10 mph in a parking lot, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the instrument panel. The contact parked the vehicle and proceeded to lock the power doors before exiting; however, the door locking mechanism would not work. She could not lock the doors from inside the vehicle and had to manually lock them from the outside. In addition, the trunk locking mechanism was inoperative and could only be activated with the trunk release. The passenger side tail light failed to operate and the driver's side door chime was inoperative. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the trunk wiring harness. The technician discovered NHTSA campaign id number 04V429000 (exterior lighting:tail lights ). the vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The recall remedy has not corrected the failure. The vehicle was scheduled for another repair. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 58,000 and current mileage was 60,000.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

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