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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,080 miles

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2002 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Oct 212003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,940 miles


Safety issue. Acura dealer has been unable to resolve supplemental restraint system (SRS) problem after three attempts during the past 90 days. The vehicle is now being serviced by the Acura servicing dealer for the fourth time for the identical problem. The SRS problem light keeps turning while driving. There is a concern that the SRS system will not function as designed due to this ongoing problem.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 012001


  • miles
Recurring problem with SRS light coming on and rendering vehicle unsafe to operate per dealer, owner's manual, and factory rep. Car is 90 days old and has been out of service for 40 days. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer can repair after 4 attempts. There is evidence that this is a problem with this model as it is reported on internet message boards (e.g., and the dealers refer to other occurrences.

- Chester, NH, USA

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