NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,203 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.

2003 Acura TL electrical problems

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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 042012


  • 61,521 miles


A routine service diagnostic showed high resistance points in the ignition switch due to the condition of the solder joints in the switch. The higher current draw is a potential fire hazard. I asked the service advisor whether there was a recall in effect for the switch, and was told there was not at the present time. Replacement of the ignition switch remedied the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 242008

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,088 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Acura TL. After parking the vehicle and walking approximately two feet, the vehicle began rolling backwards on its own. The vehicle was stopped when it crashed into the passenger door of another vehicle. There were no passengers in either vehicle at the time of the crash. The other vehicle was damaged and the contact's vehicle sustained scratches to the rear bumper. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and they stated that the ignition interlock was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was 70,000 and failure mileage was 68,088. Updated 12/12/08 updated 12/15/08.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012002

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle type: Acura 3.2tl model year: 2003. Vehicle periodically failed to start. Vehicle periodically stalls in traffic.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

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