NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2000 Acura TL (Page 1 of 2)

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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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
174,792 miles

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2000 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Dec 062016


  • 115,300 miles


Trasmission went out.while driving; recall mailed to me by service team on timing belt and water pump.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #25

Sep 122017


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. The vehicle was taken to hendrick Acura (6824 E independence blvd, charlotte, nc) where it was diagnosed that the third gear pressure switch was defective and needed to be replaced. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was remedied per NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 114,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #24

Aug 252016

TL 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
My transmission failed due to overheating as described in Acura safety recall campaign P39. I've had the this diagnosed at Acura reno, the maintenance manager has found the described condition present in my transmission. He agrees he has found the heat discoloration and symptoms describes in the warranty and the original safety recall. He is declining service based on the service records of the transmission fluids, he states tans fluid needs to show service records with every 50,000 mile this is untrue based on the owners manual information. Mine meet and exceed Acura recommendations. They have confirmed this with the service center that serviced the car in Maryland. At this point they are doing everything they can to not honor the repair. Safety risk: NHTSA recall number: 04V-176 gear failure could result in transmission lockup, which could result in a crash. Remedy: On vehicles with 15,000 miles or less, the dealer will update the transmission with a simple revision to the oil cooler return line to increase lubrication to the second gear. On vehicles with more than 15,000 miles, the dealer will inspect the transmission to identify gears that have already experienced discoloration due to overheating. If discoloration exists, the transmission will be replaced if discoloration is not present, the dealer will perform the revision to the oil cooler return line.I'm speaking to a [xxx] at Acura reno [xxx] my case number with Acura is [xxx] my VIN is [xxx] this failure occurred on hwy 80 East bound just before donner summit in California. I noticed a strong odor and smoke then the transmission lost engagement. I had the vehicle towed to reno nv that was the closet town we are from Colorado on summer vacation. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #23

Sep 022014


  • 138,000 miles


While driving on the highway the vehicle wouldnt shift. Luckily I was able to pull to the side to prevent an accident being that I had my three year old in the car.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #22

Dec 262014

TL 6-cyl

  • 161,787 miles
I purchased the car listed above in February 2014. Due to transmission problems, I went to trade this car in and purchase a newer one. I was then informed by the salesman that there was a discrepancy with the mileage on the car I was trading in. The history report showed my car at 281,762 miles in July of 2013. At the time I was trading the car in it had a mileage of 161,787. When I was sold the car in February of 2014 the mileage was listed at approximately 140,000 miles. There was no notice on the car indicating an engine swap or odometer swap. The car was sold at a price of $5500 dollars due to the outstanding mileage for that year. I now believe this to be a common practice at this car lot as I did not trade the car in and returned it back to the car lot.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #21

Nov 032014


  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that the vehicle decelerated independently after the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the transmission needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 161,000.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #20

Aug 012007


  • miles


The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph attempting to accelerate, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate and excessive force was required to depress the pedal. Additionally, the contact stated that when pressure was applied to the front driver or passenger side doors, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Avendale, AZ, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Oct 122013


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the front passenger's side made loud noise as the vehicle hesitated. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 042013

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
When car is shifting from 1st too 2nd gear it goes into a neutral position.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #16

Feb 182013

TL 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that the transmission failed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 04V176000 (power train) and contacted the manufacturer. The manufacturer stated that the transmission was previously replaced under the recall in 2005. The transmission failed again because the gears were fractured. The failure and the current mileage was 155,000.

- Dewitt, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 012008

TL 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My key can be pulled from the ignition without first putting the shifter in park. If the emergency brake isn't applied the car can roll but cannot be steered. It is dangerous. Acura and Honda have a number of recalls for this issue, including some 2000 TL vins but apparently doesn't include my VIN under the recall. The description of the recall exactly matches my symptoms and it is a serious safety issue and a very expensive repair. Onset date and mileage are approximate. I've been living with this problem for years hoping that Acura would eventually recognize that they are responsible for this and pay for the repair.

- Camas, WA, USA

problem #14

Sep 282012

TL 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
When turning car off ignition transmission interlock failed and the car was left in neutral and after exiting car it rolled backward (on a hillside) & hit parked truck. Very risky! I didn't know that Acura TL had prior years (thru 99) that were recalled. Also Honda had other models in later years with the same problem. Called national Honda 800 and they verified not covered. I had fixed, but Honda is putting public at risk!

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #13

May 312012

TL 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Was driving my vehicle which I just purchased on May 26th 2012, and my car began to have shifting problems in 2nd and third gear racing rpms and would not stay engaged in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th gear and violently downshifted into second gear at freeway speeds causing me even restrained by the seat beat to fly into the steering wheel and windsheild bumping my head and hurting my back due to whip lash. This occurrence happened several times. Then the D5 would start flashing and check engine light became lite. After calling Acura customer care, brian informed me of the recall that had to do with this matter and was supposedly fixed. My car is unsafe to drive because of the rapid change of speed at the cars desire. I could injure not just myself but others around me.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #12

May 062012


  • 185,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and would not accelerate above 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who inspected the failure and stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 185,000.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #11

Jan 302012

TL 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
This car had been recalled due to a transmission issue in 2004. Early 2012, a shifting delay happened first for about one month. Then, transmission jerked between 2nd gear and 3rd gear and its getting worse. I went back to Acura, they said the transmission is broker and should be dead anytime. They suggested me to replace to it, which costs me 3500 dollars.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 172011


  • 2,103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. The contact was driving 25 mph when the vehicle failed to shift into 2nd gear properly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed the failure applied to NHTSA recall campaign id:04V176000(power train:automatic transmission) but the recall had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 210,300 and the current mileage was 210,475.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 182011

TL 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
The remedy outlined in campaign 04V176000 did not resolve the manufacturers safety defect for my vehicle. Per the recall, my transmission had an oil cooler return line installed in December 2004 by sterling Acura of austin. I replaced the transmission fluid at 47000, 71000 and 107000 miles. In August of 2011 at 133000 miles, my vehicle suddenly started stuttering and hesitating when up shifting from first gear. The vehicle would also lurch forward due to unexpected down shifts at moderate speed. Depending on the traffic and driving conditions this could have resulted in a collision, luckily in my case it did not. However, other owners impacted by campaign 04V176000 may not be as lucky since it is likely a matter of time before their transmission eventually fails for the same safety issues raised in 2004.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 032011


  • 124,500 miles
2 weeks back while driving on highway, mil (engine) indicator and tcs indicator showed yellow. The transmission was running slow in spite pressing the accelerator, delayed gear engagement while accelerating, harsh gear shifting noise was noticed. I have been facing delayed transmission issues during acceleration previously and thought it was normal. When checked with dealer (from whom we purchased the car at 93K miles) they highlighted as follows. "124705 found code P0740 internal transmission failure. Transmission replacement needed". the dealer quoted $4000 for assembling remanufactured transmission and addition $1200 might be charged if my car transmission cannot be reused by Acura. I called Acura they took my car and owner information. They mentioned it has crossed the warranty limits and they cannot do anything. Lately we came to know about the Acura severe transmission issues on the web. The car was sold by the dealer to us in spite knowing about these issues. We have been doing regular maintained and have to face this problem. Recently we did change the timer belts and engine mounts. As a single car owner we have to go through safety issues in the product, wasted time spend in understanding the product issue which is never declared by Acura, visiting dealer and mechanic shops to make sense on changing the transmission and continue to spend on major reworks. Acura has to take responsibility and address genuine product issues which are nothing to do with customer. I want to escalate this issue to NHTSA for their review. Kindly do the needful.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #7

Mar 202010


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura.the contact stated that she was able to remove the key out of the ignition while the vehicle was in the park position. The vehicle rolled and crashed into a parked vehicle. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure mileage was 160,000 and the current mileage was 169,000.

- Matteson , IL, USA

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