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.


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2003 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 232003

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My 2003 Acura 3.2tl was put in service in August, 2003. Recently, the SRS light has come on and the dealer's service department is now making the second attempt to correct it; however, they advised me in writing as follows: "advised customer not to leave any electrical device on pass seat, will cause light to go off" I.e., cell phone in my wife's pocketbook could turn SRS off. This explanation does not seem plausible. If the system is that sensitive, it is not dependable!

- Timonium, MD, USA

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