ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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.


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.

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 lights problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The headlights are so bright that they blind other drivers when on the road and come over a hill. This is increasing the owner's chance of an accident because the other drivers are not able to view the road, and could cause a head on collision between two vehicles. Manufacturer has been informed by the consumer.

- Rolla, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 112001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The headlights were too bright, the dealer adjusted them on two occasions.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 012003


  • miles
Those new "blue" headlamps are blinding at night. They seem dangerous.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

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