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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,000 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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2001 Acura TL electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 292005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


After rear-end collision (my fault on slick pavement, going est. 15 mph where brakes locked up and car skidded for at least 15-20 feet) the front end of my car simply had a dented front end and grill and left (driver's side) headlight. A few minutes later a small flame broke out around this broken headlight and the flame quickly grew before the fire engines could get there, w/in 5 minutes the entire engine area was on fire and the car is now totaled. The fire chief told me that he had never seen a headlight catch fire and then spread the way this did. I'm questioning whether this was a mechanical or electrical defect in this model of Acura and whether I have a claim against Acura.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

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