NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine 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:
68,370 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 engine problems

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2000 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012009

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,111 miles


2000 Acura 3.2tl. Consumer states transmission defect the consumer stated in August 2009 the transmission had to be replaced. The motor mounts had to be replaced twice. The consumer also mentioned that her two sons also have Acura 3.2tl's and they too have experienced transmission and motor mounts problems.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 112005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
I recently had a recall attended to on my 2000 Acura when the technician told me that my engine mounts needed replacement! I was quite surprised at this expecially when he then told me that this was an inherent problem with this car and he does 10-15 perf week!!! the mounts, he said, are designed to last between 70-90000 miles, and since I had 87000 it was no surprise to him. I have had many cars and never ran into this problem, with an inherent engine mount defect. If this is the case, I feel the design should be corrected and we, the owners should not be responsible for the $458(at this time) is costs to fix their mistake. Thank you for your concern. Respectfully, joel kreiss

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 272000

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my TL brand new in 2000. Since then I have it in the repair shop 7 times for the samething. Below is a summary of each attempted repair: Ěthe 1st attempt to repair check engine light (Nov 9 2000) three months after I bought the car brand new, the coil and fuel injector was checked. A short was found in the wirehook (false code). Ěthe 2nd attempt to repair check engine light (Dec 13 2000) was a code P0305 #5 cylinder miss fire and they replaced 5 injector with 4 injector Ěthe third attempt to repair check engine light (Dec 5 2001) was the replacement of a linear solenoid, gasket and O-ring. Ěthe fourth attempt to repair check engine light (Nov 14 2002) injector #4 was miss firing. Fuel cleaning and erg valve replacement. Cleared all codes and light went off until I drove it home and the light came back on. Ěthe fifth attempt to repair check engine light (Nov 27, 2002) found recurring codes P-304 and P-306. Repaired all ignition coils and spark plugs. Updated injector harness "buss" connectors. Ěthe sixth attempt (July 28, 2003) to repair check engine light and SRS light. Check engine light cause #P304 misfire. SRS light found faulty opds unit. Electrical related. Ordered and replaced new unit. The seventh attempt was another mis-fire on #4 and 5 cylinders. I had filed a better business burea claim (between 6th and 7th attempt) and just so happened the district mgr found out about my claim when my car was at the dealership for the 7th attempt repair. He gave orders to stop all repairs on the car because of the BBB claim. I am now in the middle of Honda mediation and BBB. I may be offered trade assistance from the manufacturer or value price from manufacturer via BBB. The car is unfixable and deemed a "lemon". I can not sell this car privately in good conscience. I hope Acura can admit it is a lemom and put me into a new vehicle --it's to their advantage.

- Trenton, MI, USA

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