NHTSA — Power Train Problems

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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
111,118 miles

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2006 Acura TL drivetrain problems

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2006 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #16

May 202020

TL 6-cyl

  • miles


Bad transmission! car didn't move.

- Chelsea, MA, USA

problem #15

Oct 092019


  • 168,000 miles
My transmission went out without any warning while in motion. I was driving down interstate 64 and the engine light turned on, and the vehicle went into limp-mode drastically dropping from 55mph to 25mph. There were many vehicles behind me. I worked to pull out of the way safely. The code on the car was P0741. Crown Acura richmond advised me that the transmission needed to be replaced.I have had my vehicle serviced by the dealer since purchasing it brand new on August 1, 2006. I've now spoken with several people, including a mechanic who reviewed the car to give me a second opinion. He recommended not replacing the transmission because there is a history of the transmissions failing without warning. It appears that there is a known defect and Acura should have recalled this model. Although I was not in an accident or hurt, there was a very high potential for that to happen if I hadn't navigated quickly.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #14

Jun 142016


  • 181,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Acura TL. While driving 20 mph in second gear, the vehicle shook violently and the steering wheel vibrated and made a whining noise. In addition, the check engine, transmission, and power steering warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission and rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 181,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 012015


  • 165,000 miles


This model and year has numerous of complaints about the front dashboard cracking at an early stage. Also the valve cover gaskets leaks prematurely. And finally the transmission began slipping out of gear which I had to have it rebuilt. Please address these issues.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #12

May 212016


  • 180,000 miles
Headed out in the afternoon, it was May 2016 weather was mild 70 degrees. I was sitting at a stop light after turning out of my neighborhood on a two lane road and put my foot on the accelerator and the car would not move. I had a line of cars behind me who couldn't go around until the other side was clear. No lights came on on the dashboard, the car just wouldn't go even though it was in drive. I turned the car off and restarted, it went a few feet and then stopped driving again. I pulled into a neighborhood and tried to see if the car would drive in reverse and it did. Obviously I could not drive back home in reverse. I waited about 10 minutes (I hadn't made it far from home), turned the car off, back on and drove back home. The car wouldn't go faster than 10 miles per hour and was struggling to go into gear. I had it towed to 3 different shops and all told me I needed a new transmission.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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problem #11

May 082017


  • 208,000 miles
My transmission is starting to fail gears the RPM is going up and down rapidly.

- Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #10

Aug 142015


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Acura TL. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart, but the failure reccured. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift into gear. The vehicle was towed back to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,000. The VIN was not available.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #9

Jan 242014


  • miles
2006 Acura TL. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated she had to pay $1280 to have the transmission replaced. The problem has since returned.

- Ramsey, NJ, USA

problem #8

Feb 022015


  • 103,000 miles
The car suddenly started to slow down. The gears started engaging and disengaging. Next day the autozone shop used the scanner and found codesp0722-P0780 the cuuse of ca problem. The car runs for a few minutes and then dies, after cooling period of about 2-4 minutes it starts runs for about 6-8 minutes and dies again. Three days ago the transmission repair shop also took on highway and had the same problem. He then tried to use the scanner to get the codes and. The scanner would not read anything. Thus at his advice I have to replace with new reman transmission coding about $4,650. In addition the dashboard showed tears the last summer. Called Acura and the said they had no recall on Acura TL 2006 car and also about tearing of dash board.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #7

Sep 072014

TL 6-cyl

  • 107,030 miles
Vehicle transmission stopped and failed go into gear while in motion/park on road. No warning lights (check engine) were on before incident. Notified Acura client services of the issue. Acura provide no feedback or solution for this problem. Problem was isolated to defective transmission. Total cost to replace defective transmission $1850.

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 162014


  • 68,000 miles


Transmission shifted erratically at 40 mph and was slipping at 50 mph until it went neutral on a busy road. Stopped on the shoulder and waited for a few minutes. Was able to get to my destination. Later that day I drove back home only to have the same issues after 15 minutes but this time the transmission could not upshift properly and would go to neutral. Stopped on the shoulder again and waited. Re-started after a few minutes and the car would drive fine again but only for 3-4 minutes until the transmission went to neutral again. This went on for 2-3 more times until I stopped and just parked the car waiting for the tow truck to take back to a reputable repair shop. Found out from the service dept that the transmission is shot and that I needed to replace it. I called the Acura dealer and was informed that they could not do anything since it was past the warranty period even though I only had 68K miles on the odometer. The car has been maintained extremely well and cared for. I never had a problem with Honda transmission on prior vehicles I drove (98 civic 100K+ miles and 98 Accord 4 cycle 190K miles).

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #5

Jun 092014

TL 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My 2006 Acura TL suddenly shut off while driving on a parkway. The dealer said a yellow sack spider web clogged the air conditioning drain tube which caused water to back up and spill onto the power train control module causing my Acura to shut off. Very dangerous situation.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 112014

TL 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The transmission stopped operating. Appears an issue with the second gear, as per repair facility.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 062012

TL 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at ~60+ mph in traffic and tapped the brakes. The car lurched and almost came to a dead stop (I later learned that the automatic transmission had shifted into 1st gear). This happened 2-3 other times as I tried to move over and get out of the traffic flow w/O being able to fully deploy the brakes. I had to "coast" to a stop. The force of the lurch was enough to throw me forward in my seat. I feel very fortunate that the airbag didn't deploy and that I was able to move to the shoulder without incident. The loud clunk that the car made when this happened made me think I had hit a huge rock or something in the road. Beyond scary. I am the only owner of this car and it has been 100% maintained by the dealer.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 072012

TL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Acura TL. The contact stated that when driving uphill, the gears would start to spin and the transmission would slip and hesitate. The contact stated that the failure would mostly occur when the weather was hot. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and the contact was told that the transmission needed to be replaced because the transmission was not strong enough for the V6 engine that was in the vehicle. The contact had the torque clutch solenoid replaced previously, but the transmission still failed. The failure mileage was 73,500 and the current mileage was 79500. Updated 10/11/12 the consumer stated transmission oil drips through the through the vent when the failure occurred. Updated 10/11/2012

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 272010


  • 108,353 miles
I had the most harrowing experience while driving home last Saturday, Nov.27, around 1:15am, at constant speed of 60 mpg when suddenly while stepping on the accelerator pedal I felt slipping of the gears, then the car's acceleration quickly dropping as I frantically tried to regain control and barely managing to steer the car onto the shoulder where it stopped to move completely. I realized then that the car wouldn't move in any gear I shifted it to, which is indicates to me of a failure relating to transmission, if not a failure in the automatic transmission itself that caused this very dangerous incident to happen. I had to call aaa to have the car towed to my driveway where it still is as of this writing. I had no prior knowledge of any transmission problem with this car nor should suspect of such since I've been current with all scheduled maintenance services and kept it in good condition at all times. On Nov. 24, three days prior to the incident, I brought the car to Acura to make sure I had the 'power-steering hose recall' service done since days prior I've been hearing unusual grinding noise around steering wheel, amplified upon turning even slightly the steering wheel on either direction, usually when the car is started the first time. I thought the noise I hearing might be related to this 'recall' service. However, according to Acura that service had been done on my car last February 2008, but it would cost me $110 for them to diagnose the problem for which I opted them not to since I didn't have the funds. I believe an incident such as I have experience wherein a moving vehicle would suddenly lose power and become immobilized within matter of seconds poses a very serious 'safety risk' to our highways that should warrant prompt investigation and resolution to its cause to ensure responsibility of our continued safety.

- Metuchen, NJ, USA

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