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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 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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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 102002

TL 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


I own a 2002 Acura TL type S with only 80,000 miles on it. The drivers seat has become loose from the mounts and rocks like it loose from the supports. I have looked at the frame of the seat and it appears the welded frame has come loose on one of the corners. I have some experience as a welder and can see that the welded area was not very good causing it to separate...

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Oct 232002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states that he was rear ended and the front passanger seat fell all the way to the back. Dealer was not contated.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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