2003 Acura TL
Problems & Complaints
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.
Worst 2003 Acura TL Problems by Category
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- transmission problems38NHTSA complaints: 180
- body / paint problems8NHTSA complaints: 13
- AC / heater problems2NHTSA complaints: 2
- interior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 3
- brakes problems2NHTSA complaints: 9
- electrical problems2NHTSA complaints: 15
- engine problems2NHTSA complaints: 41
- steering problems1NHTSA complaints: 5
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 61
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 47
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 16
- wheels / hubs problemsNHTSA: 13
- suspension problemsNHTSA: 13
- lights problemsNHTSA: 10
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 3
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 2
- cooling system problemsNHTSA: 1
- exhaust system problemsNHTSA: 1
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