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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,489 miles

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2002 Acura TL wheels / hubs problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 152008


  • miles


One of the tires has a sidewall bubble. I looked around on the internet and this seems to be a common problem with kumho tires. I went to the dealer we purchased the tires from and they said that I was the 4th person there that day with kuhmo tires that had sidewall bubbles. Also, the tires are wearing out much faster then they should be. Luckily I check our family tires once a month. If someone does not check them these sidewall bubbles could lead to a blowout and serious accidents. I believe there should be an investigation and recall of these kuhmo ecsta asx tires.

- Vernon Hills, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 102004

TL 6-cyl

  • 17,434 miles
Michelin Pilot performance tire - P215-50rit93B - dot B938cttx0301. These tires have had difficulty performing on the road casusing me to have two blowouts 8/03 and 1/04 with replacement of rim right front 2X in front and back right 6/04.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 012003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,700 miles
While driving under icy road conditions the front passenger tire blew out. The consumer replaced the tire and 5 months later the replacement tire blewout. On the first incident, consumer noticed a bubble on the right rear tire sidewall. On the second incident, a bubble was also seen but this time it was located on the right front tire sidewall. On both incidents, both tires were replaced.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 182004

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,800 miles


Two tire blow outs in 4 months. First tire had bubble caused by non level road surface which would not qualify as a divot or pothole. Second tire completely blew out after hitting rough road at 40-50 mph and caused damage to rim totaling over 1000 dollars. Completely inexcusable because tire pressure was adequate, car was serviced previous week and there were no defects at time of service.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 272003


  • miles
Michelin tire on Acura TL type S developed a bubble after about 10,000 miles. Originally accepted dealer's explanation that it came from hitting a pothole, but on line I discovered that many people had developed bubbles. I've attached a few comments from Are these tires safe? Michelin Pilot hx mxm4 - 2002 Acura 3.2tl-S - vacaville, ca driving style: Easy going - driving condition all highway - 2003-08-01 yesterday I was reading some posts online ( about the Acura TL type S and everyone was complaining about bubbles and sidewall blowouts in their oem tires. So I went and checked mine sure enough I have two tires with bubbles. I called two of my friends that have the same car both also have bubbles. Went to the Acura dealer to complain and saw two more customers cars with bubbles. Called Michelin they gave me the pothole excuse sorry Michelin didnT hit any potholes your product just sucks. Michelin Pilot hx mxm4 - 2002 Acura 3.2tl-S - wayne, NJ driving style: Average - driving condition mostly highway - 2003-07-21 these are the stock tires that came with my Acura. They suck! everyone I know with these tires have a "bubble" problem with them. Michelin Pilot hx mxm4 - 2002 Acura 3.2tl-S - tullahoma, tn driving style: Average - driving condition combined highway/city - 2003-05-19 22000 miles and pampered yet a sidewall bubble grapefruit sized needless to say it is my fault and no adjustment. Michelin Pilot xgt H4 - 2001 Acura 3.2tl - san juan, pr driving style: Average - driving condition combined highway/city - 2003-04-17 only two year with car and already replace three tires due to "bubbles". I verify air presurre weekly and rotate every 10,000 miles and still have bubbles.... Michelin Pilot hx mxm4 - 2003 Acura 3.2tl-S - East Chicago, in driving style: Average - driving condition: Combined highway/city - 2003-05-07 I have 3 sidewall bubbles on tire with 1000 niles. Give me a break...we need a recall.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 102003


  • miles
Tires- Michelin Pilot hx mxm4 215/50 17. Had 2 tires that had to be replaced in the last 1000 miles because of sidewall bubbles. Told that it was caused by potholes and was not covered by warranity. I do not feel that I ran over any major potholes, and I feel small road cracks etc should not cause this.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

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