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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,551 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 172010


  • 139,744 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Acura 3.2 TL. The contact stated while driving at approximately 10 mph, the air bags independently deployed. The contact was struck by the air bag and sustained unknown injuries as a result. The contact inquired with both the dealer and manufacturer in regards to NHTSA campaign id number: 09V259000 (air bags: Frontal: Driver side inflator module) and was informed that her VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer would offer no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 139,744.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Nov 152005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,500 miles
SRS light came on for 4th time; Acura 3.2tl 2002.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 252005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,040 miles
The consumer filed a previous complaint on the SRS of the airbag, ODI 10137149. The consumer refused to add this information to her previous complaint and wished to file a separate complaint on the same vehicle. The consumer was having problems with the blower motor resistor that went to the heater, the air conditioner, and with the wiring harness under the dashboard. The wires melted. The consumer did not see flames, but felt there was a fire. The consumer took vehicle to a dealership where she was told it was a safety issue. The consumer contacted Honda manufacturer, who was suppose to call the consumer back. There have been no repairs at this time.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 012005

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
2002 Acura 3.2 TL. The consumer states the SRS indicator light comes on. The dealership states it is a faulty opds unit. The problem has not been fixed. There is a service bulletin for this. The light came on approximately 2 months ago and has not gone off.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

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

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