More Advice On Acura TL Transmission ...

More Advice On Acura TL Transmission Failures And Recall

There are 310 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 29, 2007, titled More Advice On Acura TL Transmission Failures And Recall. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Q: I read your article and I felt a knot in my stomach hearing about the Acura TL with transmission problems.

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TL Type S

Hartford, CT

#191 Dec 24, 2012
Beverly Santillo wrote:
The transmission on my 2003 Acura TL with slightly over 100K miles is slipping. What's my best recourse for getting it fixed if Acura will do nothing? I've owned 5 Acura including RL and TL and I'm shocked to find out this is an epidemic problem
Well unfortunatley, I believe your out on both ends meaning, if you have over 105k since the 7 year time frame has elapsed the your on your own. I had and 03 that fell under the recall and the acura dealer in Avon / Canton CT replaced it with a new tranny. They are suppose to scope the transmission to see if the 2nd gear has any wear on it and if so then it should have been replaced, also if any metal shaving wear found during the changing of transmission fluids it should be looked into most likely it needs to be replaced. I was lucky I check the recall for any car I purchase so I am aware if something starts to go that its covered. Your best bet is to do what I did call the acura 1-800 number and the person there can tell you if your covered and what needs to be done by giving them your vin #, good luck I still own my TL type S and loving life !!!!!
alex

Brooklyn, NY

#192 Jan 4, 2013
My 2006 Acura tl tranny went with about 80,000 miles on it. So disappointed in Acura and the way they handled the.situation. I will never buy a Honda Acura product again.and I.will try and.stop anyone who does.... Acura sucks
EmmaCay

South Jordan, UT

#193 Jan 11, 2013
Calgary transmission is the way to go when doing something like this. Transmissions are very costly to replace or even repair. My 92' Ford Aerostar has had the transmission replaces 3 times. Its been hit and miss but its still running for the most part. It can be done, but you'll want to get all the information you can.( http://www.nationaltransmission.ca )
John

Batavia, IL

#194 Jan 11, 2013
Frank W wrote:
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 recently purchased a 2003 TL Type S for my son. The exact same thing happened to him and I thought the shifter just fell into neutral until it happened to me early last week. I brought it to my Acura Dealer and believe it or not they covered the entire cost. They even replaced my ECU for free. All was covered under the recall. It has 147k miles. Lucky for me I asked them to check a small oil leak for me. It was the rear engine seal which would have cost $900 because the tranny needs to be removed. But, since it already was, it only cost me $90. This recall covers the following:2001-2003 CLS, 2000-2003 TLS . It is for 1 st and second gear issues, the one you mentioned. They will have to tear it down, take 5 pictures of that area of the tranny and send it to Acura for approval. If it is that problem, free new tranny and ECU! No joke. I am extremely happy.
John

Batavia, IL

#195 Jan 11, 2013
Kim wrote:
My transmission on 2004 acura tl just went out.. Is it worth it to buy a rebuilt??
Is t a type s? Check with Acura as it may fall under a recall. Mine was just replaced today for free.
John

Batavia, IL

#196 Jan 11, 2013
Kim wrote:
My transmission on 2004 acura tl just went out.. Is it worth it to buy a rebuilt??
is t a type s? Check your Acura dealer for the recall bulletin. Mine was just replaced today for free!
John

Batavia, IL

#197 Jan 11, 2013
Acura Girl wrote:
I have a 2002 3.2 TL Type S and had the recall on my tranmission in 2004 I think it was. They replaced my transmision and now i am having a shimmy when my car shifts from 2nd to 3rd. It feels like a low vibration but makes no noise. I this my transmission going out again or I was told my front engine mount needs to be replaced. Is my transmission still covered under the recall warranty or am I stuck with a huge bill now?
They probably should have replaced te ECU for free as well. That may be causing your problems. They replaced mine under the warranty.
Barry C

Lawrence, MA

#198 Feb 1, 2013
Wow I just got a 2002 acura tl type s the car I have wanted for a while.And sure enough its a lemon.I have had so many hondas and figured it was time to step it up to acura .So much for that.I am super bummed out reading all these posts does anyone know any replacements that can permanently solve this problem?
Buy American

Detroit, MI

#199 Feb 6, 2013
Now it's an American company. You are an idiot. you keep buying the trash, but Never call it American.
tampatom wrote:
I've been a Honda/Acura advocate since 1988 having owned 2 Accords and 4 Acuras. Not anymore. My 05 TL transmission died even though I maintained it well.
At 92k it started slipping almost overnight. I called Acura and they said from my symptoms my transmission needed to be replaced. Estimate $5500.00 plus.
I had it rebuilt at a very reputable shop and was told by 3 different sources that the problem is inherent in the car and Honda knows it but refuses to correct it or stand behind it. They told me that in most cars they use OEM parts but in this case they can give a better guarantee and quality job with some specific after market parts.I believe that this problem stems from poor grade components in the American made cars. It has shaken my faith in American Honda and I will no longer support them. It would be different if this was a rare occurrence but it is an epidemic and only the buying public doesn't know it. All my previous Hondas/Acuras were built in Japan and unfortunately that makes them better. American Honda does not use the same rigorous standards as they do in Japan.
evan

Los Angeles, CA

#200 Feb 16, 2013
John wrote:
<quoted text> Is t a type s? Check with Acura as it may fall under a recall. Mine was just replaced today for free.
Hello John!
This is the most miraculous thing I've heard. I have a 2003 acura tl s-type and when my engine started slipping seven months ago I immediately took it into my local southern California dealership and they looked it over and said it should be replaced and that it would cost me $6K. Ive since had the transmission rebuilt by a mechanic for $2k and within a few months of the rebuild it started slipping again. I'm now looking to sell it and would be amazed if I could get the problem transmission completely replaced. Could you tell me the name of your dealership?
John Lin

San Antonio, TX

#201 Feb 20, 2013
Need help here. Our local San Antonio Acura dealer just called back for $6600 repair cost (with new ECU), and American Honda will pay for 20% only. It's for my 2002 Acura TL, 128700 miles, VIN is under the recall range. Have all the maintenance records for 11 years. However, the 80%*$6600 is too much. Can I call Acura headquarter regarding my case and can I get the honda dealer to fix it for lower price? Or I am not supposed to pay that much?
mr boyd

Richland, PA

#202 Feb 21, 2013
I bought my 02 tl back in 2008 with 74k within 2 months my transmission started to go bad within 2 months acura replaced it for free now at 153,360k I haven't had no problems with it if my transmission ever do go bad I will go and buy me a infinity
G35x
K zee

Winter Haven, FL

#203 Mar 3, 2013
I have a 1999 Acura 32TL I'M HAVING TRANSMISSION " PROBLEMS AS WELL. THE SAME PROBLEMS?? DOES THE RECALL FIX THE PROBLEMS OR NOT? COURIOUS LOOKS LIKE NEGLIGENT CASES TO ME WHAT'S GON BE DONE TO FIX THE PROBLEM IF ANYTHING??????????
K zee

Winter Haven, FL

#204 Mar 3, 2013
Does anyone out there want to purchase a 1999 TL with Transmission problems I'm being honest unlike Honda! Oops where do I go from here??? Help
Sick to my stomach

Apopka, FL

#205 Mar 7, 2013
I cant believe after reading all these comments that I am right there with everyone. My 2002 TL, started with problems shifting into 2nd, then out of the blue sudden violent downshifts. Cheapest I heard to fix was 3200, and acura dealer wanted 3800
Wont Buy Japanese Cars

East Hartford, CT

#206 Mar 8, 2013
tampatom wrote:
I've been a Honda/Acura advocate since 1988 having owned 2 Accords and 4 Acuras. Not anymore. My 05 TL transmission died even though I maintained it well.
At 92k it started slipping almost overnight. I called Acura and they said from my symptoms my transmission needed to be replaced. Estimate $5500.00 plus.
I had it rebuilt at a very reputable shop and was told by 3 different sources that the problem is inherent in the car and Honda knows it but refuses to correct it or stand behind it. They told me that in most cars they use OEM parts but in this case they can give a better guarantee and quality job with some specific after market parts.I believe that this problem stems from poor grade components in the American made cars. It has shaken my faith in American Honda and I will no longer support them. It would be different if this was a rare occurrence but it is an epidemic and only the buying public doesn't know it. All my previous Hondas/Acuras were built in Japan and unfortunately that makes them better. American Honda does not use the same rigorous standards as they do in Japan.
Same goes with Subaru.
Our brakes failed 3 times when car was only 6 months old & their dealer refused to honor warranty & refused to fix it!
we nearly ran into tractor trailer the 3rd time the brakes failed.
Car was no longercmade in Japan at that point.
pjohns

United States

#207 Mar 11, 2013
Yes I too bought a TO bought 4 years ago..I bought extended warranty and got ripped off at American transmission here in had. They used my warranty..yhrowrd a crappy tranny in and now I have put 36,000 on that tranny and nowbits shot. I didn't know it but these acura are notorious for this. I have always owned a Honda accord and had never had any problems. I had already said I will not buy another acura and this confirms that. My dash has cracked badly..poor gas mileage etc.
joe

United States

#208 Mar 15, 2013
My 2001 acura tl 3.2 transmission died this weekend at 181k. It felt as if something just dropped from under the car. I've had the slippage from gear 2 to 3, downshift from 4 to 3 for no reason, sometimes stuck at 3 before it goes to 4 and the 2 to 3 gear "crunch"

No more honda or acura for me...
OptipictualArtis t

Sidney, OH

#210 Mar 27, 2013
I have the 2003 Acura TLs and it won't shift to 2nd. I was going to take it in but after reading all these sad product post with the same exact symptoms there is no need.
Thank you all for your post and I will be selling this car for it's parts:-)
If you use Twitter #ConsumerPower and voice your tranny problems there as well.
Akeem

Richmond, VA

#211 Mar 27, 2013
OptipictualArtist wrote:
I have the 2003 Acura TLs and it won't shift to 2nd. I was going to take it in but after reading all these sad product post with the same exact symptoms there is no need.
Thank you all for your post and I will be selling this car for it's parts:-)
If you use Twitter #ConsumerPower and voice your tranny problems there as well.
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