5th Jan 2009, 17:52

I have a 2003 TL-s with navigation system. I noticed slipping of gear and car had some jerking shifting. The same day the transmission had slippage. The dealer said transmission needs to be replaced and will likely be near 4.6K (new york city). They indicated my VIN number was not covered. A lot of the comments in this site seem to indicate this is a similar finding.

Acura (central is reviewing) as I write.

11th Jan 2009, 21:13

Purchased a 2003 TL type S recently, the previous owner gave me a good deal, the car has 59000 miles, the 7 year or 100K extended warranty (which ever comes first) is about to expire in less than a month. Right now I haven't had any problems, but after reading many sites, I too, becoming worry about the tranny problems. I am going to bring it to the dealer for service when it reaches 60K. Does anyone know if the warranty is going to cover after 7th year even though the car hasnt reached 100K ?

11th Jan 2009, 21:44

Purchased a 2003 TL-S recently, previous owner gave me a great deal. The car has 59000 miles and I have no problems with it. 7 years and 100K miles extended warranty (which ever comes first) is going to expire within a month. I am going to bring the car to the dealer for servicing when it reaches 60K. Does anyone know if Acura dealer will cover the warranty on the transmission after 7 years even though it hasn't reach 100K miles???

8th Feb 2009, 21:04

Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. I was about to buy acura 2002 TL type S and I am so lucky that I found this website. I am going to refuse the seller now.

13th Feb 2009, 21:58

We have a 2003 3.2 TL S, and transmission just went out with 76,000. We took it to the dealership, and so far, they have only provided a quote and said that Acura will probably not be able to help. I have a call into Acura and they will look into it further and call me back... I hope they come through, this is the 2nd Acura that a transmission went out before 100,000 miles. Our 2001 MDX transmission went out, and we ended up selling it due to the trans, and was hoping they got better... I don't feel to confident about Honda vehicles much anymore...

15th Feb 2009, 18:52

Acura has trouble building a reliable tranny dating back to the 86 Acura Legend. I have owned 2, a 90 Legend and a 91 Acura Integra. I have looked into both before buying, both showed signs of tranny failure in the automatic models. Simply consumers need to do there research. Honda makes good cars and to see that a tranny problem hurts a good car bothers me. Why not try to find the 6-speed model?

18th Feb 2009, 18:01

I've got a 2003 3.2TL 128K and the tranny went haywire today out of the blue. Same lights came on, check engine light. 5th gear light blinking, and after all that, the car started stalling.

So my VIN number is covered under that settlement, but because I'm at 128,000 miles, does that mean theres nothing that can be done about it..?

4th Mar 2009, 20:30

I'm in the same boat... sort of. Have a 2002 TL, had the trans replaced by dealer due to slippage (under warranty) at about 70,000 miles. Now, with 175,000 miles, tranny just went bonkers and stopped dead. I called the dealer anonymously to see if they would do anything, and as expected they told me I was nuts.."after all, how could it be a bad tranny if it lasted 100K?" My next move will be to call customer support and ask for some kind of financial consideration, as a tranny should go much further, but I'm usually not very lucky with that kind of stuff. It's really too bad; I loved that car! I'll let you know if I do get anywhere. If not, it'll be my last Acura.

4th Mar 2009, 21:56

I have two TL's. Yes two. A 1999 and a 2000. I have had four transmissions replaced in the 1999 and three in the 2000. The dealership always had my back. Up until today Acura was covering the transmissions. The 2000 started to slip and the check engine light went on. I took it to the dealership today for repair. They called to tell me that Acura was not going to pay for the repair this time. I had to open a case with a Regional Case Manager who would not help. They will not pay another dime. Even though this is in fact an engineering defect. If I want it repaired it will cost me $3750.00. Not going to happen. I am very disappointed. My suggestion to all and any future Acura buyers. Do NOT purchase an Acura.

9th Mar 2009, 14:21

I have a 2002 Acura TL with Nav. I thought that I loved my car and the Honda/Acura corp until I my transmission recently started slipping and went out. My car only has 112,000 miles on it, so I took my car back to the dealership seeing that there is a recall due to the transmission issue, and they had informed me prior that I would be covered until 114,000. As of today they are refusing to cover it and I am unsure what to do. Please help me out.

15th Mar 2009, 21:26

I purchased a 2003 Acura TL in Nov. 2008 (80,000 miles) and my tranny went out. It was taken to Acura in Dec. 2008 about the tranny problems and they said it was fine. Now it quit on me. The service manager said no they cannot assist. I am contacting the regional office or a lawyer because this is unfair too many people. This is really sad that everyone is experiencing the same problem. I will never purchase an Acura again, and will tell everyone not to purchase a Honda or Acura.

27th Mar 2009, 15:47

I have an '02 TL-S and the check engine light went on around 114,000 miles. Love the car and have always babied it. Took it into the Boston Acura dealer and they diagnosed it as "failing clutch" and said it would be $6-7k to fix it (seemed high to me). They asked Corporate if they would cover it.

THANK GOD Corporate is paying all but approx. $800 for the repairs. Also they are warrantying the new tranny for 3 years, 36k miles. After reading some of the horror stories on this thread I was afraid I'd get nothing and have to just trade the car in. Now hopefully she'll go for at least another 36k miles.

6th Apr 2009, 22:36

I had my 02 TL's tranny replaced at 74,000 miles under the warranty. This morning, at 144,000 miles (yes, I drive a lot - 30-35,000 miles/yr) the tranny went out and left me stranded. I called the Acura dealer where I have had ALL my work done and was told that there was nothing that could be done. Didn't even ask about cost as I know they'll tell me it's >$3,500 (what they told me the cost would have been when it was replaced the first time).

I am having the tranny replaced by a friend that runs a tranny shop for $2,000.

27th Apr 2009, 18:34

I bought a 2002 Acura TL in 2004 with about 55,000 to 60,000 miles on it. My transmission went bad at about 90,000 miles. Acura replaced it for no charge, because it was a recall on the transmission. Now, at 162,000 miles, my second transmission went out. I called Acura headquarters and they told me it is nothing they can do because it has too many miles on it, and it is my responsibility to pay for it. What should I do?