really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,000 miles

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2004 Acura TL drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Jan 062013


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle shifted into gear abruptly. The vehicle would also hesitate between gears. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure became worse until the vehicle would not shift into any gear and became inoperable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed of a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train) but did not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall. The failure and current mileage was 124,000.

- Ashburnham, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122012

TL 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
While on a hill to make a left turn a supermarket the transmission started to make a loud noise and the car started rolling backward with the shifter in drive in drive mode. At that movement the engine stalled and it was difficult for the car brakes to be applied and in reverse the car crashed into a hydraulic lift gate causing major damage and the insurance company declared a total loss. The police officer arrived to investigate and try to put the shifter into park and it was very difficult. The police officer declared that the car had a mechanical failure and it caused the accident. Note, this transmission was installed by Acura last year with about 15,000 miles driven and failed.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 302009

TL 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle sputtering/judders during acceleration at low speeds (around 25-35mph). This problem started sometime after (may be in 2009) I bought a pre-owned vehicle in 2007. When I first complained it to a dealer in 2009, they said it might be due to cold weather. But now I moved to a place which is warmer all year around, but still the problem persists. Recently took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the transmission might need a replacement.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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