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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,958 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012016


  • miles


Takata recall.

- Parkton, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 012014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Acura TL. While driving 50 mph, the air bag light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 092004

TL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,790 miles
I have been involved in two car accidents where I was hit from behind and my airbags did not deploy. In the second accident my car was totaled.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

May 172004


  • miles
While driving at an undetermined speed air bag warning light appeared on the dashboard. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealership for inspection.

- Travis Afb, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142002


  • miles
Airbag sign remained lit as I started driving from driveway into street. About 20 feet on the airbags deployed, I was engulfed by smoke, lost control and hit the telephone pole in front of my neighvbor's house.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

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