NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Torque Converter 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:
75,500 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 transmission problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 012007

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


Check engine light came on code reading PO470 which Acura says its means transmission torque converter. This is the second failure and only 12K miles from a recheck up by Acura on the transmission saying the metal flakes in the case are normal. I think there is a cover up to these bad transmissions. There are numerous posts from consumers with the same issues. Acura capped the transmission warranty even though the replacement fails the same way and the same gear.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 152002

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Transmission on my 2002 acuta TL-S has been replaced on two occassions. I have no reason to beleive that this problem has been corrected, the 3rd replacement transmission is now mis-shifing at highway speeds. Dealer nor Acura has provided any explanation as to why this model vehicle needs so many transmission replacements.

- Tappan, NY, USA

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