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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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
135,000 miles

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2000 Acura TL lights problems

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2000 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 012014

TL 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles


While driving at speeds of 5 - 70 mph the headlights will shut off. Most frequently the passenger side shuts off, on occasion both lights will shut off unexpectedly. Using the turn signal stalk switch and rapidly turning on and off will typically reset the lights. On one occasion this did not work even after 20+ tries. During these occasions the high beams will function properly. I have tried to duplicate this problem and have been unable to do so. It is a completely intermittent problem. Other manufactures have had to issue recalls due to this problem. Acura should also be required to address this. Other individuals on Acura web discussion boards have experienced similar problems.

- Vadnais Heights, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 072011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Acura TL. While driving approximately 25 mph with the headlights activated, the passenger side headlight suddenly failed to illuminate. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road and after turning the headlight control device several times, the passenger side headlight began to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where both headlights were replaced. The failure recurred after the repair was performed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the headlight control module would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent defect. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

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