NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems

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CarComplaints.com 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,745 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.

2002 Acura TL brakes problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 182005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,470 miles


Sudden, loud grinding sound coming from rear disc brakes. At same time, SRS indicator light came on. Contacted Acura dealer, clair Acura of walpole MA, unable to service for at least a week, didn't appear concerned about safety issues. Took car to tire/break specialist who immediatley diagnosed total brake failure, calipers were locked frozen. Called Acura dealer, still unconcerned, knew nothing about other vehicles with similar problems. Had car repaired immediatley by break specialist - replaced calipers, rotors, brake fluid, complete brake package.

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 252004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
This involves my 2002 Acura TL type S and the braking system. I have aprox. 22,000 miles on my car. On a recent trip from los angeles to las vegas I noticed an unusual amout of vibration when braking the car from high speeds (70's). I had this happen to me earlier and the dealer turned and resurfaced the rotors and replaced the pads with "non destructive" new ones. The earleir event happened around 15,000 miles or so. Last week my transmission failed (Honda is now recalling) and I informed the service tech of my recurring braking problem. I was told today, by keys Acura van nuys, ca that they weren't going to fix the brakes and I should pay to have the now warped rotors replaced when the pads wear out! I couldn't believe this! this is the first car I've owned that had 2 major braking faileures in less than 20000 miles and the dealer refused to repair it. I believe this is of great saftey concern and not at all normal wear and tear! I don't live in san fransisco where the hills can tear up your brakes. I know other Acura owners have this issue with the breaks and I personally think they are endangering people by neglecting to service this dangerous failure. I hope you can help get them to act responsibility.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 232004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Brakes fail every 15,000 miles according to Honda customer service this is a normal condition.

- Summerfield, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Consumer complained about a brake problem. Defective rotors are causing the steering wheel to shimmy. The rotors were resurfaced no numerous occasions but the problem persisted. The manufacturer and dealer are aware of the problem but have not been able to provide a permanent repair or additional assistance.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 182003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittent clicking sound coming from the radio system. No particular pattern even with cd playing or radio playing. Dealer did not detect sound and refuses to investigate. Have had other warranty items corrected by dealer, including warped rotors.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 182003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is 2002 Acura 3.2tl with 21000 miles. Dealer acknowledges front rotors are warped yet will not fix under warranty.

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

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