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:
91,500 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.

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.

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 182014


  • 110,000 miles


Takata recall: Problems occur on regular roads, local areas, cities. The car's window, the left passenger side behind the driver, is fail. It doesn't go up or down any more. It began couple years ago, and we had to to pay for the car repair person to pull it up only. Yet, it is automatically pulled down again and leaves a space that can't not protect passengers inside. Air, heat, any weather problem or any constructional objects injecting/flowing freely in/out. Other problem is "vsa" and "triangle" lights on. It started from last year when I had its tires replaced. Mechanics double checked and confirmed me that this car was too sensitive to do any tire job. Although they have tried to reset the sensor system, it still has the problem.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 102011


  • 73,000 miles
Car was purchased March of 2010 with 69K miles. Transmission failed in January of 2011 at approx. 73K miles. Dealer replaced transmission for $1800, after informing us that transmission was replaced by previous owner at approx. 60K miles. Just 13K miles prior. After less than 1 week after transmission is replaced, iac valve was replaced due to unstable RPM. I have never heard of a transmission failing after only 13K miles, nonetheless, a car having at least two transmissions replaced after only 73K miles. For all I know, the transmission should have never failed yet, I should not have had to pay for the repair because Acura cannot fix the problem, and this car should not be bought, sold, or driven.

- Banning, CA, USA

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