2001 Acura TL 3.2 V6 from North America
Great car; too bad there is a transmission problem, but Acura seems to be backing up their product
Transmission began giving trouble with shifting at about 87,000 miles. This included occasionally hanging up in second gear and slowness in shifting between gears.
This is the only problem I've had with the car. The only other service has been routine fluid and filter changes (on manufacturer's schedule), new tires at 70,000 miles and new brake pads at about 65,000 miles.
It is too bad that Acura has had this transmission problem on the 1999-2002 models on what is otherwise an excellent vehicle. That said, Acura has extended the transmission warranty first to 7 year/100,000 miles and more recently to 7 years 9 months/108,000. My transmission was replaced at no charge at 7 years 6 months with no hesitation by the dealer from which I had bought the car. So at the moment I have a car with a new transmission that carries a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. A leaking front engine mount was replaced at the same time, which saved labor costs as much of the labor had to be done to replace the transmission.
The bottom line seems to be that Acura did have a transmission problem with this model, but has made a genuine effort to back up their product. For anyone considering buying this model as a used car, I would suggest looking into whether the transmission has been changed and if any warranty is available. Other than this, the car has been excellent with-literally-no problems except for the engine mount that was replaced with the transmission.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th April, 2009
7th Jun 2009, 07:06
If your transmission was replaced under warranty the only warranty coverage on the new transmission is the remainder of the 93 month/109K mile class action warranty. The 3 year/36K mile warranty coverage only applies if you paid to have the transmission replaced. If you are one day past the 93 month mark, Acura will tell you the transmission is not covered in any way. This isn't to say that "goodwill" coverage wouldn't be a possibility, but it isn't something you can count on in deciding whether keeping the car makes sense financially. This information comes from having checked with Acura.