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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,550 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

Jul 182005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The front disc brakes rotors on the 2002 Acura TL wear unevenly or swell in the heat. This causes the steering wheel of the car, and thus the car, to shake during stops. This condition happens while stopping slowly or quickly. This condition is unsafe. We have taken our car in 4 times to have the rotors ground and each time there has been someone else waiting in the service department with the same problem. The problem goes away after servicing but always returns. Acura has refused to acknowledge a problem with these rotors.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 162005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,100 miles
I am on my tenth transmission on an '02 Acura TL type S. Acura is well aware of the problem and will do nothing but continue to put in bad trannies. Someone needs to stop this before someone gets killed!

- Sanford , FL, USA

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