NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition 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:
76,333 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 electrical problems

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2000 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 192010

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL 3.2tl. The contact stated the vehicle would roll without the key being in the ignition. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who diagnosed the failure as being the ignition interlock and advised him to take the vehicle to Acura. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 147,000. Updated 1/21/11 02/14/11

- Cabool, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 052003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Consumer can remove the key from the ignition switch when vehicle isn't in park.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #1

May 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has been to 2 dealers 3 times for not starting. Dealer cannot find cause. Vehicle will not start intermittently. Consumer has filed an appeal under lemon law.

- Boington Beach, FL, USA

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