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:
170,400 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 #3

Jun 122012


  • 159,200 miles


Acura fan motor stopped working. Upon inspection saw the connector from the fan motor melted inside. Its a sure fire hazard.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #2

Jul 192011

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Acura 3.2 TL. The contact stated that when activating the air conditioner, no air would blow from the vents. Upon further inspection, he found that the electrical connector was melted and causing the failure. The contact repaired the vehicle by replacing the connector and blower motor. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 145,000. Updated 9/27/11 the ac/heater stopped working. The consumer smelled an electrical burning odor. It was discovered the fan connector and fan had burned up. Updated 10/07/11

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 052011

TL 6-cyl

  • 207,000 miles
The wire and connector leading from the brake pedal position switch (on the brake pedal arm) into connector O on the under-dash fuse/relay box is damaged - seems like the component overheated. This resulted in complete brake lamp failure and shift lever locked in park.

- New York, NY, USA

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