NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 1999-2003 Acura TL has a known & widespread defect with the transmission.

Honda fixed some vehicles with a recall in 2004 by changing the oil cooler return line. To settle a class action lawsuit in 2006, Honda extended the transmission warranty on some of these Acura TL's to 93 months / 109,000 miles.

Now these vehicles are past the warranty limit, so buyer beware.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,500 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.

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.

2000 Acura TL brakes problems

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2000 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 132012

TL 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles


As I was waiting in my car, for my sister to get in. All of a sudden the ab light appears on my dash board. The second incident happen soon after that, as I was driving on the freeway, my car just came out of gear and wouldn't pass 1st gear. The D5 light started to flash on my dash board also. By then I had made it to the curb of the freeway, thankfully. I was really frighten cause I had my 8 month old baby in the back seat. Then it started to over heat as I was at a stop already.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 222003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Acura TL transmission failed, new one was installed, recall issued Sept 04, "fixed" transmission claims to be fine but on occasion violently downshifts, accompanied by warping brakes that Acura has issued a service bulletin for, it is a serious problem.

- Danbury, CT, USA

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