2003 Acura TL Type S 3.2 from North America
Too many defects
Brake light switch at 13K and 65K - would not shift into reverse without dis-engaging shift lock until switch replaced.
Transmission replaced 3 times - 24K, 66K & 69K.
Dashboard warped - replaced at 48K miles.
Dealership gouged the passenger seat when replacing the dashboard and offered no avenue to repair or take responsibility.
Counter-shaft speed sensor replaced at 37K miles.
Lots of repairs for an American Honda product.
A substantial loss in value due to transmission recall - compare the 2003 TL to the 2004.
American Honda has made no efforts to remedy the transmission issue, simply replacing defective transmissions with rebuilt defective transmissions until the extended time duration (years) or mileage reach the limit, then American Honda is in to make extra money in replacement transmission sales and labor costs.
Not sure about this type of business practice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th April, 2007
5th Apr 2007, 12:22
I believe your loss in value was not because of the transmission. 2004 TL was an all new design. It is night in day not only in interior and exterior styling, but driving as well. I have an 01 CL type S, so I know what you are saying about the transmissions, but you have to remember how many other manufacturers have transmission problems (chrysler) and don't offer and extended warranty.
5th Apr 2007, 13:47
Sorry that you are having so much problems... It should be written in history books that TL's from 2001-2003 were proned to trans failure.
11th Apr 2007, 16:39
Its bad enough that I needed 2 new transmissions and a lot of non warranty work done on my 02 TLS, but its Hondas poor customer care group that doesn, t really care. They are almost as bad as Saturn.