I could not find the youtube video you mentioned about L! to D5 if the transmission pops out while driving...can you give me more information on that.It appears that i am not alone. I bought a brand new 2002 TL-S and recently had the miss 2nd gear issue as described above. Currently have about 112,000mi and car is like new condition (for 9 year old car). It was very dangerous when it happened 1st time on entrance ramp to very busy interstate. It feels like car automatically shifts into neutral and did not know how to resolve until seeing youtube video of L1 shift then D5. I am surprised I have not heard of any accidents with this issue. The missed shift to 2nd happened again on a slightly busy street before I took car to dealer. Same conversation as above with dealer who will cover 80% of cost (remanufactured transmission + new computer per RECALL) which still translated to about $1,000 my cost (similar $4,700 total cost + tax). I phoned Acura customer support prior to confirming go ahead, but received same response due to again, amount of Acura service business. I explained the loyalty I invested in their product to no avail. I purchased brand new 1987 Honda Accord, brand new 1992 Acura Vigor, brand new 2002 TL-S, and wife's brand new 2005 MDX in past 25 years. Note the MDX torque converter was replaced in 2008 (55,000mi under warranty) and in 2010 (110,000mi with 80% cost covered by Acura). My TL trranny was serviced in 2004 with oil tube add per recall. This TL tranny issue is last straw. Customer service did not honor 25 years of loyalty plus referrals to family and friends about Honda quality. No more!!! I will not purchase another Acura or Honda product again. I encourage all who read this to remove Honda/Acura vehicles off their choice of vehicles. I will make sure that my children will not buy their products and make sure that all my friends are informed of my BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE experience with Acura/Honda.
I bought a 2002 tl with lots of miles and hoped to drive it for a while as a back up car. within 1000 miles the tranmission started to slip between 2 and 3rd. Costs as much for a transmission as I spent on the car. My biggest car buying mistake ever.