NHTSA — Power Train Problems

2004 Acura TL (Page 1 of 2)


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

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2004 Acura TL drivetrain problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Oct 032018


  • 152,000 miles


My 2004 Acura TL is my first car owned. When I put the car in drive I can only accelerate to 20-30mph on the highway. Because, the car would not accelerate on a straight way or up hills. This is a dangerous manufacture malfunction with Acura transmissions for the consumers financially and physcially. I would appreciate a recall being done on my 2004 Acura TL because I love this car and would love to keep it. I am a college student and do not have the money to install another transmission and the same thing happens again. I have read many reviews about transmissins failures on Honda/Acura transmissions. I thought Acura was a great brand, but Acura CEO and headquaraters have to know that consumers are frustrated and angry regarding transmissions and other related issues due to the transmissions.

- Cheltenham, MD, USA

problem #22

Sep 112018


  • 193,000 miles
Power steering spit out oil everywhere

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #21

Jul 262018


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle failed to shift into another gear even with the engine revving. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the gears failed because the second or third gear was not getting enough lubrication to shift properly. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited the same symptoms as listed in NHTSA campaign number: 04V176000 (power train). The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #20

May 192018


  • 170,000 miles


Last weekend I was driving in the highway all sudden my car lose power and the transmission became not engaged with engine and almost got into a major accident. The car was performed perfectly before that. I kept the car in top condition never had any issues. So the car was towed home and I tried to diagnose the issue and found out that the tramission filter was bad and the loose filter components got stuck in the after filter hose bolt. According to the owners manual transmission filter does not have any maintenance scheduled to change the filter. My car has about 170,000 miles. When the filter gets old and become brittle and breaks apart and block the fluid passage causes my tramission to fail. Please see attached for the pictures with filter material stuck in the filter bolt.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #19

Apr 152018


  • 122,000 miles
One of the front axles sheared (broke in half). This happened when the car started moving forward when the light turned green. An accident didn't result but if this had happened while the car was moving it would have been very bad. The mechanic suggested the axle was made with weak metal. The car had 122,000 miles on it and has since been sold to carmax. The other front axle has not been replaced but likely is made of the same weak metal. I have the broken axle and will save it for another month.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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problem #18

Mar 152018


  • 173,000 miles
I bought a used 2004 Acura TL that has run fine for 6 months so far. Just last night, when stationary and trying to move forward my transmission started slipping, stalling out and ramping up to 5000 RPM. After a green light with cars behind me and I can't move an inch. I take my car to a transmissions specialist to learn that there is coolant mixing with my transmission fluid. There was a NHTSA recall on the automatic transmissions for Acura TL's in 2004. Recall number 04V176000. The transmissions specialist said that in 23 years working he couldn't remember the last time he saw this problem in a Honda, he thought they called back those coolers. Anyway, calling my local Acura dealer, they just looked up my VIN and told me there is no recall assigned to my car, and therefore they can't do the recall work. Yet I have the exact problem described in the recall! I read that manufacturers are only required to do recall work for 10 years but they might do older work (14 yrs) in this case since there are so many old cars still on the road, or if it poses a risk to the road (which in this case it certainly does). I'm looking at a $2600 fix that I feel should be addressed by the manufacturer and I'm being blown off. 'on some vehicles, certain operating conditions can result in heat build-up between the countershaft and secondary shaft second gears in the automatic transmission, eventually leading to gear tooth chipping or gear breakage.'

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #17

Oct 052015


  • miles


Previous recall on the power steering hose leaking, mine is leaking when in motion and stationary, previous recall on internal transmission fault, previous recall on wiper motor housing, current recall on ball joints, was told by mechanic I have a ball joint problem, current problem with passenger side headlight going out. Replaced ballast with new one and head light worked for a couple of weeks and went out again, notice while in motion and stationary.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #16

Feb 152018


  • miles
My 2004 Acura TL is experiencing transmission issues. I was driving down a city street when my car suddenly began slipping gears. The engine would rev when I pressed the gas, however, the car was acting like it was in neutral. I was driving in traffic so this could have potentially caused a crash. I am thankful that this did not happen while I was on the highway just moments before the problem started happening. I was able to steer the car to the side of the road and put it into park. The car would not properly shift into drive or reverse. I had to get my car towed to a mechanic. He stated that something in the transmission was overheating and that some serious damage could have occurred. The transmission problems that I am experiencing are identical to the problems outlined in recall #04V176000.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jan 012018


  • 130,000 miles
Bought used on 1/1 /2018, drove fine for about 10 minutes and then it felt like car went into neutral and car wouldn't move. We were about an hour from my house from where we bought car. We then had to pull over, shut the car off, wait 5 minutes and start car for it not even go a mile and we would have to repeat. We were traveling on busy parkway and this became a traffic hazard due to the amount of traffic.the car will shift into any gear and has 130,000 miles on it.

- Ancram, NY, USA

problem #14

Jul 122017


  • 140,000 miles
Vehicle transmission is shifting hard and feels like it's slipping

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 122016


  • miles


Recall number 04V176000 power train:automatic transmission I have noticed that when you type in your make and model this is the recall that shows up, but when I use my VIN it does not show this recall but it shows the same symptoms/ issues that are on this recall. My car whines after certain RPM. I called Acura and explained the same and they said it is not specific to my VIN. I asked a dealer and the employee explained that this was common and people have driven their cars with same issues up to 400K miles. Is this safe for me to drive when I know the problem exists. How can the manufacturer get away not honor when the exact problem exists. I have read a few complains that other people have expressed on the web. Is there anything I can do so Acura can honor this issue?

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #12

Mar 042015


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. While driving 35 mph, the gear shifter tooth failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the gear shifter tooth fractured and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Woolwich, NJ, USA

problem #11

Apr 012016


  • miles
Drive axle broke in side torque convertor while I was driving 45 speed I had no trans when axle broke steer car over to side of road so another vehicle didnot hit

- Feasterville, PA, USA

problem #10

Nov 072013


  • miles
Top of my dash where the glovebox is all crack where the the takata inflators our

- Feasterville, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 222016


  • 14,000 miles
Driving along and power goes out. As if pops out of gear. But do not hear a popping into and out of gear. Then all the sudden pops back into gear. This is dangerous. High speed and then power goes out.

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #8

Feb 012016


  • miles
Powertrain recall issue 04V176000....accelerated on its own when I was slowing down to park just hit the curb slightly..then the D light started blinking...very scary.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #7

Nov 252015


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. While driving 55 mph, an abnormal noise was heard coming from the front of the vehicle. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fourth and fifth clutch plates failed and needed to be replaced. Another independent mechanic diagnosed the vehicle and stated that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 84,000.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 082015


  • miles
My 2004 Acura TL has recently been experiencing issues where the transmission would lock up while driving, potentially leaving myself and my passenger(s) susceptible to a vehicular crash and rendering the vehicle immobile. While checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. automotive recall and Acura websites, I saw that there had been a recall (00-04 cl & TL A/T recall) for the żexact same issueż I was having with my Acura. I then proceeded to call the 1800 number that was on Acura's webpage. Upon calling this number, I was instantly met with resistance about the recall and was given the run around about the appropriate person to speak with regarding this issue. I was specially told that my car was not impacted by this recall and Acura would not honor the safety defect that potential affected 1,099,796 units according to the recall summary that is displayed on all three websites previously mentioned. When I requested to speak with a zone manger or someone that would look into my inquiry, I was put on hold for 20 minutes, only to speak with a customer service agent by the name of Julian. Julian reiterated that my issue was not applicable to the recall and suggested that I take the vehicle to an Acura dealership at my own expense. I informed Julian that I was not pleased with his decision to dismiss my inquiry and I requested his contact information to file a formal complaint, which he refused to give me. I am reaching out today because my vehicle has been affected by NHTSA recall number: 04V-176 and I have not received the customer service that anyone would find acceptable in resolving this issue. I would like for my vehicle to be repaired by Acura at no expense to me and for someone at Acura to follow up with me by the end of this week with a resolution to this matter.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 122014


  • 123,000 miles
The transmission seems to be falling out of gear. Its an automatic and when I put it into drive sometimes it doesn't go although the RPM still goes up and gas is still being pushed so im pretty sure the car thinks its going when its not. When I was driving on a busy road my Acura decided to fall out of shift as I was turning. So, everythings great and then all of a sudden my car wont go instead its just rolling even though I give it gas and the RPM goes up.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #4

Apr 082014

TL 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
My son purchased a new 2004 Acura TL from the elk grove ca dealership with money he saved while in the navy. He has had the car and maintained it through the end of last year but has been aware for awhile that the transmission is in need of replacing. There was a NHTSA recall (04V176000) April 15, 2004 for power train transmissions like the automatic transmission in my son's car and motor trend magazine posted that it potentially 1,000,796. We believe that our son's car has the same problem, whether or not the VIN was in the exact lot selected for the official recall. When my son got out of the navy, he moved around quite a bit while finishing his bachelor's degree and did not receive any information regarding this matter from Acura and did not hear about it otherwise. We have taken the car to the fremont, ca Acura dealership but they are refusing to acknowledge any culpability or replace the transmission, though there are obvious, well-known, historical transmission issues with Acura. Refusal is, of course, the first line of defense in corporate America, but we hate to see his hard earned money ($30K+) spent on what was supposed to be a high-performing, luxury vehicle.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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