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NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,500 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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2004 Acura TSX transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Acura TSX Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 201984

TSX 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,000 miles


Acura Tsx manual transmission failed at 56K. The problem caused a loud knocking noise coming from the transmission case while in gear. Noise goes away when clutch is pressed in. I am 6K over my warranty and the deal is still going to cover the replacement of a new transmission which they quoted at $4500 to replace. I will be responsible for covering the cost of the clutch $400. I read one other instance where the same problem happened with a Tsx owner.

- Bon Secour, AL, USA

problem #3

Jun 232006

TSX 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles
On my way to work, I started hearing a noise in the drivetrain. I checked the car over the next morning and took it to the dealership. They're telling me the carrier bearings and differential bearings are worn out in the manual transmission -- after only 54K miles?! they're not covering it under warranty. I'm being told it is not a "warranty item.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 092006

TSX 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The clutch failed at 56,000. I have driven a clutch for 24 years. The clutch lasted over 125,000 miles in my last vehicle. I also have experience driving trucks with manual transmission. The dealer would not support any warranty since the clutch is a "wear part".

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 082004


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
1) car with 9000K develops mechanical sound with decelerating 2) took in car to dealer for recall on wire in trunk and they found problem with transmission. I found out from service rep that they had another of the car in their shop for the second time with a second transmission problem. A friend also had a transmission problem. 3) dealer is replacing transmission. I would like to look into lemon law as the web seems to indicate problems with this car and I have 3 examples of the problem.

- Wilmette, IL, USA

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