really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
187,150 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1996 Acura TL transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 232023

TL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,229 miles


We have had numerous issues with this car after buying it used. After just replacing the cracked intake manifold on it, now it has transmission issues. The car has started jerking whenever it changes gears. When I checked the check engine light code with an OBDII reader, it has the trouble code P0700 Transmission Control System (MIL Request). When I looked that up, the repair will cost at least $900 to replace the transmission control module. Since I drove it without realizing how serious the issue is or knowing it had that code, I probably unintentionally caused damage to the transmission, which means the transmission may need to be replaced as well. I haven't bothered to take it to a shop, because the car isn't worth it. It hasn't even hit 200k miles and now the transmission goes out. Another issue with the car is the availability of parts - the parts are expensive and hard to find. The intake manifold we replaced was used and it had cracks but the shop was able to get the cracks welded. It will be too hard and expensive to repair the car at this point.

- Melissa A., Madill, OK, US

problem #1

Oct 312010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

Well, I had this car for about one month before the transmission started slipping..and I must say, considering that the car was 14 years old I'm not all that surprised...But wow what an amazing car it was..Notice i said WAS...The car started jerking and ramping up before it actually kicked into gear..and when it finally kick into gear it made this loud metal slamming sound...Oh and I almost forgot while coming up on a stop light I hit the brakes and the pedal went to the floor, not stopping the car for about ten feet but finally engaged after I almost lost my mind...or life, says my girlfriend..she's right!..But other than that I loved, loved, this car. It was by far the best car I've ever owned..I plan on upgrading to an RL3.5 99-04....read great reviews for them and I've driven one..PS the car got wrecked.

- doefl, Tallahassee, FL, US

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