2015 Acura TLX drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

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2015 Acura TLX (Page 4 of 4)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: 2015 Acura TLX owners just want a transmission that can get from 1st to 5th gear without feeling like a washing machine full of bricks. A class-action lawsuit wants answers for why the car’s transmission jerks and hesitates just months after the transmissions were recalled and replaced for not being able to shift into park.


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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,198 miles

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2015 Acura TLX Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #19

Sep 162014


  • 87 miles


The safety incident(s) to be reported: 1) vehicle seemed to jump into neutral¯ when decelerating almost to a stop (e.g. to make a turn) resulting in the engine revving and no power when the accelerator is pressed. Tach did not move and the transmission display still reads D. this left me in the middle of an intersection with no power being delivered to the wheels. There was no oncoming traffic. Unfortunately this has happened repeatedly when the engine is cold. So far there have been no accidents. Each of the following safety problems are also ongoing: 2) intermittent and variable duration hesitation from a stopped position (or slowed down to around 10mph or less and then accelerating) makes it dangerous to turn swiftly across oncoming traffic. 3) intermittent and variable duration slipping when trying to accelerate from a slow (10mph or less) coast makes it dangerous to perform any maneuver that requires a swift and reliable response from the transmission. 4) intermittent and variable duration revving between gears when kicking down to try to pass another vehicle makes such maneuvers risky.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #18

Feb 272015


  • 6,700 miles
I own a 2015 Acura Tlx 2.4L 4 cylinder: 1.on stop and go traffic the transmission is jerky (almost every time). This means that when the transmission shifts, it creates a shutter that reverberates throughout the car. 2. after driving 1 mile or so and coming to a complete stop, especially during cold start, the transmission lurches forward very hard ( like someone rear ended) doesn't happen all the time but happens often to dislike (four times total). Very scary when you feel like you may rear end someone. 4. when slowing down, say coming to a traffic light and not coming to complete stop and making right or left turn at say about 10mph speed or so, and hit on the gas pedal to speed up, the transmission hesitates and doesn't know which gear to engage thus making very jerky feel. 5. every time cold start, transmission shifts in 1st and 2nd gear are very hard.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #17

Dec 042014


  • 7 miles
I returned the car the day after purchase because it was lurching forward upon shifting gears, the shift was very jerky. The dealer did not diagnose a problem. I tested the car in all 4 drive modes and there did not seem to be a difference in the jerking forward. The jerking problem continued and I again took it to another dealer in fl. This dealer also stated no problem. I called the dealer that I purchased the car from, Chevy chase Acura, and the sales person suggested I return the car to their dealership when I return to md. I emailed the service manager but have not had a response. The jerking forward issue remains a problem.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #16

Nov 192014


  • 3,220 miles


I was accelerating from 40 mph to 50 mph when the car suddenly stopped accelerating, beeped, and started flashing all system errors in orange on the dash display. The car would not go above 50 mph, as if the gas was being choked off at that point. Car was towed to dealer. They had the car for a week before it was "fixed". the exact same error just occurred for a second time while I was accelerating and merging into a busy highway lane. Car is again at the dealer for almost a week and counting. While it hasn't caused an accident yet, this is extremely dangerous. I was nearly rear-ended when my car stopped accelerating and started decelerating on a busy highway. In between these occurrences, I have had other random errors, such as the lane departure warning system activating while driving straight down the center of a lane. When this occurs, the steering wheel is "tugged" towards the direction it thinks it needs you to go. Very dangerous when the car is trying to tug you out of your lane into another. The random errors that occur are all with the same systems that flash error warnings all over the dash on the two occasions that the car has stopped functioning properly. Ldw, acc, braking system, vsc...all important safety systems!

- Anthem , AZ, USA

problem #15

Feb 132015


  • 3,365 miles
The car has a had a hard or delayed shift from reverse to drive when cold from the time I bought the car, but last week the car slipped/shifted out of gear like it was in neutral when I accelerated from a stop to go through an intersection. The car was in economy mode at the time. Acura did an update on the transmission for hesitating and lurching around January 15, 2015. The car is at the dealership now.

- Bedford, TX, USA

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problem #14

Oct 212014


  • 400 miles
When accelerating from a stop when the transmission is cold, there is a lag time from the time the accelerator is pressed to the time the car moves, and when the car moves, it lurches through the first few gears. Can be dangerous if not totally paying attention. Also, when approaching a stop, as the electronic transmission downshifts to the lower gears, the car also can lurch when getting to the first gear. When backing up and going from R to D, there is a 2 to 3 second lag until the car goes into D mode. When backing out of driveways, give yourself plenty of time! I have had the car in 4 times for "software updates", but it does not address any of these issues.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #13

Feb 032015


  • 400 miles


Issue 1 - basically, when the car is cold (as in hasn't been driven for about 3 hours or more) it shifts pretty hard 1-2, 2-3, etc. Regardless of the ids mode. However, it seems that it is less pronounced in "econ" mode, probably because it softens the shifts a bit. Sometimes it is more noticeable than other times. It also seems that it is even slipping a bit when accelerating from a stop, kind of like in a manual transmission when you let the clutch slip too much. When the car warms up to operating temp, I really don't notice it shifting hard at all, and in fact the shifts are almost imperceptible 90-95% of the time. Issue 2 - when slowing down (say coming to a traffic light and not coming to complete stop and making right or left turn at say about 10mph speed or so and hit on the gas pedal to speed up, the transmission hesitates and doesn't know which gear to engage thus making a very jerky feel. Issue 3 - I have noticed is that when coming to a stop, sometimes it really slams into first gear, and I mean hard enough to shake the car. This happens rarely, but when it does its very disconcerting. Issue 4 ? there is the 3-4 second delay when I engage the car into the (D) drive position either from (P) park or reverse.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #12

Jan 132015


  • miles
There was no accident. This car is the 4 cylinder, tech model. The transmission hesitates shifting from reverse to drive. It also will hesitate when turning a corner sometimes. The other problem with this car is the climate control system (listed as electrical above). It simply doesn't work correctly. The driver side tested 8 degrees different than the passenger side. So if I have the drive side set at 75 degrees for heat it feels like 68 degrees. When on the heat setting, the fan appears to disperse more out of the defroster than it does below the dash. I have to turn the car climate control setting on the driver side to 80+ degrees and use the ac dash vents to keep my upper body and hands warm. There are many complaints on the Acura Tlx forum about the climate control issue. I have made attempts to get Acura to address the heater climate control issue.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 052015


  • 100 miles
There is a very rough upshift from second to third, on a long right hand turn when transmission is cold, in the middle of the turn, power to wheels disappears and reappears when road straitens, transmission/car surges forward on down shift 3 to 2 (sometimes).

- Acworth, AL, USA

problem #10

Jan 022015


  • 1,000 miles
Issues with transmission shifting. 1. delay of acceleration at low speed such as at an intersection (4 occurrences) where making a turn car does not readily accelerate due to being in too high of a gear while in automatic mode. After about 2 seconds, car downshifts and resumes normal acceleration. Has not recurred in at least a month. 2. rough shift (lag) when car upshifts from 2nd to 3rd. This has been present since purchase and occurs regardless of what mode (auto/manual) is selected. Has not improved. 3.within last 30 days, vehicle is not downshifting correctly when coming to a stop. Car does not actually downshift into 1st until after it is at a complete stop resulting in a lurch. No matter how smoothly the car is brought to a stop, the final downshift in auto mode doesn't occur until after reaching a stop. The problem does not start to happen until engine/car is warm as the first few complete stops when cold are 100% ok, then after warmed up it will occur every time thereafter. 4. when engaging drive or reverse, the vehicle will begin to accelerate slightly without pedal input such as when backing out of a parking space. Contacted dealer and dealer said no instructions from maker or tsb's yet and that transmission was new model and maker not sure what to expect. Told dealer I would drive the car for a few more weeks to see if situation improves. Did not take car in for check based on dealer comment that there was no instruction from Acura yet for a fix. Vehicle is now 3500 miles and issues 2, 3, 4 still occurring.

- Hanover, IN, USA

problem #9

Jan 122015


  • 500 miles


Transmission has extremely bad jerk from 2nd to 3rd gear. Also, transmission tends to make car accelerate on its own sometimes. Also, downshifting is too slow to make an effective pass on a highway. Horrible, unsafe feeling transmission.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 042014

TLX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Acura Tlx. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, his foot was removed from the accelerator pedal. The vehicle decelerated to 40 mph and then rapidly accelerated without warning. The failure recurred while decelerating to 20 mph. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10. Updated 4/20/15 the consumer stated when the vehicle was warm, it accelerated when down shifting and the RPM's would to 200-300. Updated 04/23/15

- Baxter, MN, USA

problem #7

Dec 172013


  • 50 miles
Transmission is jerky. Does not shift smoothly in 2 and 3 gears. Sometimes accelerates before downshifting transmission seems ok in higher gears. Car does not accelerate properly in low gears. Makes driving risky and difficult until car is in higher gears.

- Boynton Beach , FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 052015


  • 2,300 miles
While driving the vehicle and coming to a stop, once stopped it feels like the vehicle is pulsing or shuttering forward, and when trying to accelerate the rpms go high and the vehicle jolts forward (transmission failure? the 2015 Acura Tlx 4 cylinder tech package is currently at the dealership for a week and a half!!! I'm not a very happy customer.

- Linden, NJ, USA

problem #5

Dec 302014


  • 1,900 miles
While my 2015 Acura Tlx was parked, the vehicle rolled into my neighbors driveway!! back to the Acura dealership it went, Acura confirmed it rolls in park, replaced the transmission, besides that the 2015 Tlx stales out while driving intermittently very unsafe !! my brand new Acura has spent half the time I've had it, getting repairs at the dealer.. I don't expect this from Acura.

- Linden, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 072015


  • 224 miles
I leased a 2015 Acura Tlx V6 9-speed automatic transmission on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Today I discovered that there is a recall for this car (based on the VIN) and that in December 2014 Honda motor company issued a stop sale order on this model. How was the dealership allowed to lease this car to me if a stop sale order was issued by the manufacturer" are they required by law to disclose any recall notices before selling or leasing a car" I would also like to complain about the reflection of the air vent grill in the side view mirrors. It is very distracting. I have owned six Acura since 1988, been a loyal customer of this particular dealership (2 purchases and 2 leases) since 2000 and am beyond disappointed with this vehicle. I feel that I've been completely conned and taken in by an extremely slick and false sales pitch. I've had such great experiences with Acura that it never occurred to me to doubt their word. To now discover that there is something technically wrong with the vehicle that may impact my safety and the safety of others, that the dealership should have been aware of this defect and recall notice, and did not inform me of such is reprehensible.

- Lighthouse Point, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 152014


  • 1,800 miles
You put the car in park and it rolls away. Very dangerous!

- Wrentham , MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 112014


  • 900 miles
Low speed acceleration - shifting from 1st or 2nd or 3rd (not sure) gear to next gear is not smooth. It is a fairly hard shift. The rest of the shifting is smooth 4-9. also automatic downshifting creates an odd speed up for a second to what seems like a rev match to try to make it smooth, but causes problems on slippery roads. Also early warning brake warning signal is very intermittent and works sometimes and not others in the exact same lighting situation and car position and same type of car directly in front of me.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 292014


  • miles
Reflection rear view mirrors ac vent. Also abnormal shifts low speed

- Washington, DC, USA

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