NHTSA — Power Train: Manual Transmission Problems

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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.


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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.

2001 Acura TL transmission problems

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2001 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 192002


  • miles


Approximately 17 months after date of purchase, I began having trouble with the transmission while driving out of town. The car had no power, which eventually lead to my not being able to put the car in reverse, without first having some sort of hesitation. The car was transported to the dealer on July 20th, and a remanufactured transimssion was installed in my car. On July 29th I took my car to the dealer with a complaint of a whistling noise that was heard upon exceleration. I was told that the car was operating to factory specifications. I took the car back on August 5th, because I was still hearing the noise upon exceleration, the noise was heard this time by the technician, and a remanufactured transmission was installed the second time. I took the car back on August 20th, for the third time, because the car had no pick up power upon exceleration, I was told that the transmission was slipping, and an A/B valve was installed. I took the car back for the fourth time, because I was having the same problem once again (the car had no pick up power upon excelerationto), the dealer notified me and said that it was once again the transmission and that they would have to order the transmission. Nlm

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 062001

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Check out the following news group on the web for others who are experiencing the same problem: forums.clubrsx.com/showthread.php?S=&threadid=1078. No safety defec tlisted.

- Elkton, MD, USA

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