Transmission Failed

2001 Acura TL

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Acura dealer. Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
151,650 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace transmission (2 reports)
2001 Acura TL transmission problems

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2001 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 102015

TL 3.2TL 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199,915 miles


Was driving in cruise control 75 mph on the highway, and slowed down to avoid debris on the road. Upon trying to accelerate I felt no power and the car felt like it was in neutral. Thinking I put the car in neutral by mistake I looked at the gearshift and sure enough I was still in D5.......I then looked at the dashboard to see the D5 light blinking, then the engine light came on along with tcs light. I pulled into the breakdown lane turned off the car and smelled an awful smell and the car began smoking heavily.

When I turned on the car again to try to drive no gear would work couldn't go forward or back. I bought the car with 90,000 miles and it was already on it's 2nd transmission so I thought this one would've lasted but lo and behold it didn't. I was quoted over $4,000 to replace and the car at the time was worth less than that, so I had to part with it. Great car if not for the transmission issue.

- xceleron, Brockton, US

problem #7

May 232016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 288,400 miles

yes, up until now this car has been somewhat very nice and reliable, considering this to be it's second transmission! that is all i am going to say about this piece of sh*t honda has out taking our $$$$ in repairs.

Now, what are you all's next ideas to screw the public after they are gulable enough to purchase one of your vehicles

- Jerry D., Bedford, VA, US

problem #6

May 232006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Vehicle was on interstate, transmission failed at 70mph, no power going to the wheels. Smashed into concrete barrier trying to pull over and stop. New transmission was covered under recall by Honda, so transmission was replaced, free of charge. Vehicle is sold as of 2007.

- Will R., Nashville, TN, US

problem #5

Aug 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles


Had the first transmission failure at 65,000 miles which was covered under Acura's warranty extension. Failed again after 57,000 additional miles and Acura refused to cover or assist with the cost. Why would a manufacturer replace a faulty product with a product that was of even less quality? Makes me question whether I want another Honda product after having them for 30 yrs. The range in costs to rebuild or replace with a rebuilt transmission ranged from &3000 to $6000 and that wasn't even looking at a dealer service. I can only imagine the cost of the dealer to replace the transmission.

- brucer2003, Durham, NC, US

problem #4

May 042012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

Will never buy another Honda product again. Honda should have to fix every vehicle involved w/ these transmission problems.

- Steve W., Moravian Falls, NC, US

problem #3

Dec 222011

TL 3.2 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,500 miles

I bought the car as pre-owned from dealer in 2004 with about 21,000 miles, and was not aware of the historical issue about the transmission. About a couple of years later, I did a search on Wikipedia (see below) and Google to find out that was a design flaw and a recall to do inspection for excessive heat from 3rd gear. They found no problems with my transmission at the time (~60K), but they installed a jet-pack kit (under the recall) to prevent overheating of the transmission. I thought that was OK, but now that my warranty has expired, my transmission broke at 89K. I was SO UPSET because Acura did not want to do any "goodwill" repair on it. Some blogs states that some people had this transmission fixed for 3 times within 100K miles.

"The automatic transmission in many of these cars were also defective. In response to the recurring problem, the manufacturer extended the warranty covering the transmission to 109,000 miles (175,400 km) or 7.75 years for all 99 to 02 and 03 partial per VIN. Acura dealers replace the transmissions under warranty. Transmissions replaced prior to March 2005 usually fail again. Transmissions replaced on 3/2005 and later include a redesigned 3rd gear clutch pack reported to fix the problem.

Several models in the 2001–2003 years were the subject of a safety recall in July 2009 for injuries reported by faulty driver's side airbag inflators. In February 2010, another recall was issued for the same problem."

- wjl001, Park Ridge, IL, US

problem #2

Oct 172011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

the tranny was served few years ago at acura then failed again suddenly without even any notice

- zicoriad, Jersey City, NJ, US

problem #1

Sep 072011

TL 3.2 Type S 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I cannot believe that this is the 2nd car I bought from carmax and the tranny went out within 3 months on this car at only 85,000 miles. I believe the manufacturer should be responsible for anything major up to 100,000 miles period!! I believed I was buying a good reliable car that was not abused but the tranny, come on this is ridiculous!! thank god I have an extended warranty but I wonder what they will replace the old one with ??? I really hope it is not crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Jim H., Charlotte, NC, US

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