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:
57,730 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 #4

Apr 252018


  • miles


Takata recall

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 022015


  • miles
Car will no longer function properly/ poor driving.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 212013

TL 6-cyl

  • 134,919 miles
2002 Acura Tls: Intermittent sever right front wheel braking causing vehicle to leave lane of travel at various speeds (25-55 mph). Replaced yaw sensor, no change. Replaced front wheel sensors, no change. Scanned for codes without result. Technician contacted tech line and sent snapshot of vsa. All tests normal including voltages and connector pin fit at vsa control unit, lateral acceleration sensor connector and connector 204. Contacted Acura customer service, but we're not willing to provide any additional assistance due to mileage of vehicle. The only way to drive the car safely is to deactivate the vsa manually after starting the vehicle each time. Last option is to replace vsa control module (quote for new part #39780-S0K-A01 vsa unit $1,031.46, plus labor).

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #1

Feb 052010


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura TL. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and there was smoke rising from the engine compartment. The contact also mentioned there was a visible power steering leak and the brake lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the steering hose and brake sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

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