1st Mar 2008, 03:39
I had the same type of issue with my Acura I bought. Dealers want to sell cars and the first dealer sold you one... the second different one you went to was not able to sell you one obviously, but discovered repairs needed also making money. This is a great site at least you know enough prior to jumping into a used vehicle and being uninformed. I believed Hondas were infallable mainly from prior experience. I found out since that the newer ones are not. I also made the mistake of not seeing the Carfax I took the dealers word that it had no issues. It had actually hit an individual on a bicycle and had the bumper and hood replaced at 6,000 miles. CarFax will also pick up major engine work and the trans replacements. Again at under 30,000 miles when I purchased my 2002 TL I thought it was like new. It was black highly detailed and who would have known. The lesson I learned is to read up on complaints and never buy without seeing the Carfax instead of taking the dealer salesmans word for it.
10th Mar 2008, 19:05
The first dealer sold the car and the second dealer observed repairs... getting a Carfax is also extremely wise before any purchase.
25th Mar 2008, 21:35
My turn! 53,200 miles (all mine) on my 02 Acura TL, extended warranty in my hand, I went to my dealership with a slipping tranny and was told it will be replaced with a rebuilt! I asked how long the warranty will last on the rebuilt and he said there is no warranty. WHAT!?!? He assured me they have replaced numerous 02 trannies and none have come back. I haven't had it scheduled for replacement yet, it's on order. In the interim, I'll be calling Acura to see about a warranty on the rebuilt. I'll let you know what happens.
26th Mar 2008, 10:04
I'd get my trans fixed even with the rebuilt and no warranty. But I'd probably only drive it another year (10k miles) and then I'd be looking to sell. I know no one wants to be buying a car in this economy, but that has always been my plan should my transmission fail again - drive it about 10k miles and then buy a good used car that probably won't be an Acura.
1st Apr 2008, 18:10
Hello, I posted on 25 March. Had my tranny replaced today and my main concern was some type of warranty on the rebuilt, the dealer offered me a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty in writing. Only had 53,000 on the original. Time to start looking for a new car. I did look at the 08 TL and RDX, they both require premium fuel - no thanks, not with today's gas prices.
2nd Apr 2008, 12:15
What about a 2002 TL that had the trans replaced at about 40K miles and and now needs replaced again, but the VIN doesn't fall into the Class Action Suit? Does that mean it goes back to the warranty that was given when they replaced the 1st transmission?
2nd Apr 2008, 18:14
Read your owners manual, you should be running 93 octane in your 20002 TL... I never ran anything less in mine. Loved the motor... hated the tran(s)... sold the car.
5th Apr 2008, 22:56
How 'bout that, I never knew that and I've been using 89 octane for 8 years... car runs like a dream, but yes, the tranny is trash.
10th Apr 2008, 03:25
On 5/08 I purchased a 2002 Acura TL, with only 74,477 miles from a independent dealership. I am the second owner of this car. I like to know does the Acura extended warranty of 7 years or 100,000 miles carry over to the new car owner. Or do I have to purchase a aftermarket warranty. Let me know as ASAP. before I make my first payment on 5/11/08.
19th Apr 2008, 16:04
I have a 2002 Acura 3.2 TL with 133K miles. And just when I got the money to do some much needed maintenance, my transmission has gone bad. I was on the highway with my 2 year old daughter at the time the transmission was on its last legs. It was very scary. My VIN is not covered by the settlement, but either way need to get my transmission fixed. I'm going to call Acura's customer service and see what they can do, but not expecting to see much help, since I have over 132K miles and have never had a transmission problem. I think I will fix it and sell it. Any helpful advice, please send it. Thanks in advance.
20th Apr 2008, 16:23
Ignoring the owners manual, especially when it is new is another out for voiding warranties. I bought a new 2002 TL Type S at the time to drive aggressively at times, not to hear it ping and detonate when opening it up. Took a real beating when I sold it nonetheless.
21st Apr 2008, 08:44
If I had kids I'm not sure I'd keep the car after experiencing transmission failure. But I don't have kids so its really hard for me to judge. I feel very safe in mine - my transmission problem was detected early (when I felt it slipping) not after experiencing complete failure. I don't drive frequently and hardly in heavy, fast traffic despite living in a large city. Like I said, I, feel perfectly fine in my TL, but if you don't feel safe, by all means, sell the car and get something else even if it costs you some money. When you are old you'll never say "Gee I wish I kept that Acura a few years longer."
6th May 2008, 10:00
Just took our 2000 TL with 108K miles into dealer for routine service. While there dealer said two motor mounts required replacement which we did. Now 1 week after having routine service work done the transmission is failing. As w other posts, slipping, TCW and check engine light comes on.
Interestingly I found a 2007 post on another forum where motor mount service on an Acura lead to transmission problems. Not sure if coincidence or intentional or unintentional damage by mechanics.
Our TL ran fine and has been a great car. Very disappointed at this time.
I would be curious to see if others have had issues w transmissions after routine service, motor mount replacement, etc.
21st May 2008, 14:30
Have a 2002 Acura TL. Has 40,000 miles. Needs a front motor mount. Should I be worried?
27th May 2008, 17:26
I have a 2002 3.2 TL. I love the car. The transmission started to slip recently. My local mechanic advised me that ACURA has had major problems with these transmissions. My mechanic phoned the dealership where I bought it, and they advised me it was covered to 115,000, I'm at 112,000. So, I phoned in, was told the same thing & made the appointment. I was given a beautiful new loaner car, and told it would all be covered 100%. Feeling great at this point. Next day, they call me to tell me its not covered & as a GOODWILL ACTION, Acura will pay 25% of the bill. Not feeling very good about ACURA. Opened a case, and am still waiting to hear what they'll do about it. Can they do that??
25th Feb 2008, 15:58
Thank you to the response about buying the TL, I decided not to get it, but to get a 04-05 instead. Thank you.