2003 Acura TL Type S 3.2 from North America
Transmission #1 replaced at 28,000 miles.
Transmission #2 replaced at 66,000 miles.
Transmission #3 replaced at 69,000 miles.
Transmission #4 replaced at 74,000 miles.
Transmission #5 replaced at 74,000 miles.
The fifth transmission replacement lasted less than 24 hours. It appears the replacement transmissions are defective as well.
What happened to the quality reputation of Honda/Acura? Although the transmissions have been replaced under warranty, a more defective transmission is being used as a replacement, continuing the safety risk of my family and myself.
Americans do not like this. A sneaky, undercutting, relentless approach, just to look back and realize a mistake was made, in which innocent people were subject to unnecessary peril, injury, hazard and grief.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th May, 2007
12th Oct 2007, 18:10
I just read this posting and have to agree. I was surprised to hear that this problem is widespread. Even though I will lose money, my only option is to sell my Acura. I too had three broken transmissions and had to deal with the safety concern each time the dealership told me that nothing was wrong with the transmission, even though it was slipping.
23rd Nov 2009, 11:56
This posting sounds suspect to me. Why would any manufacturer replace a defective transmission with 4 more of the same - a tremendous waste of the mfrs and the dealer's resources. What is to gain there?
24th Nov 2009, 17:15
The May 28, 2007 posting I agree is suspect.
No details are provided as to what supposedly failed in five transmissions. No dates are provided. Was a loaner car offered?
What about the "lemon law"? Generally, dealer has three tries to correct a problem or the original buyer asks for a new car.
I own a 2003 Acura TL Type S with 66,000 miles and no problems. It is a great road car. On the highway I average 27.7 miles per gallon. Just replaced Avid V4s 215/50 with 225/50R17 Dunlop Sp Sport Signature tires, which are an improvement over the V4s that only lasted 33,000 miles.
16th May 2010, 16:13
I don't know if you took it to an Acura dealership, an independent shop, or a chain like Aamco (this information is not provided), but after the third one I'd have taken it somewhere else! My dad had an '03 TL and made it over 80k on ORIGINAL tranny before he traded it..