NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,000 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 engine problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

May 212009


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Acura TL. The vehicle was purchased without a warranty on February 25, 2009. While driving 40 mph on the highway, the vehicle began shaking and then stalled. The vehicle lost power and shut off. During the shaking, the check engine light blinked on the instrument panel. The shaking occurred when accelerating. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic because it was unable to be driven or restarted. The mechanic stated that the cylinders were misfiring or either the engine or transmission failed. The vehicle is still unable to be driven. The current and failure mileages were 110,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 242005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While making a left or right turn a loud buzzing noise started coming from the front of the vehicle. The consumer noticed while starting up the vehicle a loud knocking noise was heard coming from the front as well. The consumer drove to the dealer. The mechanic informed the driver that the problem could not be duplicated. The mechanic also informed the driver that the vehicle operating as designed. Please fill additional information.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

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