NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Anti-Theft Controller 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 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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2000 Acura TL electrical problems

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2000 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 062005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


Vehicle is a 2000 Acura 3.2tl with 25,000 miles. Car "immobilizer" (anti-theft) system activated preventing car from starting. All keys locked out, so system itself at fault. There was no attempt to steal car (it was parked in garage at the time). If this had happened in a remote area, driver and passengers would have been stranded. Acura said that the only solution was to have car towed to dealership. I believe the anti-theft system is faulty and should be recalled for replacement or removal.

- Greenville, SC, USA

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