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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 272002

(reported on)

TL

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle has a severe engine hesitation. At approximately 50 mph the vehicle will lose power and recovery time back to normal speed is several seconds.

- Greenville, RI, USA

problem #1

Jul 312002

TL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on the highway, the vehicle shutdown without prior warning. The dealership is aware of the problem. The consumer states that the driving performance was sluggish and provided little to no acceleration. The RPM indicator would race to 3000K+rpms whenever the accelerator was pressed. The auto began to hesitate and lurch violently. Shortlty after, the check engine and the tcs lights illuminated on the dashboard and the gear indicator (which was on D5 at the time) began to blink.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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