2002 Acura TL TLS from North America - Comments

1st May 2010, 13:20

Those of us that spent 35k new should be reimbursed. Those that bought a high mileage one several years old, now cheap, I think no way. I sold mine in 2005 when it was 3 years old and 41000 miles. Took a beating then as Carfax spelled issues out from day 1 of ownership.

3rd May 2010, 12:39

Regarding whether the car was bought new or used - Acura has the responsibility to make a shoddy product right. Mercedes and Volvo both fix any of their recalls regardless of car ownership (new vs. used) if the recalled issue has not resolved.

In summary, I completely disagree with the line of thinking that just because someone bought the car used, they should be ineligible for the covered repair.

3rd May 2010, 15:31

I agree. When I bought my Acuras with the 3 year 36000 mile warranty new, I knew to sell as soon as it expired. The Carfax reports did indicate trans replacement, and in my opinion I got less for my car when I sold it. I sold at 41000 miles. I now have a 100000 mile warranty with my GM, which means when its warranty expires, I buy another new vehicle(s).

10th May 2010, 06:06

My family is why I sold my beautiful black TL Type. I sold it for 10k with 41000 miles on it. I felt with a wife and 2 small children it was a logical move with safety concerns.

First trans went at 28000 miles. Sometimes you have to lick your wounds and move on. I am still bitter. I had a lot of Hondas new. The big thing is carfax reports; they are brutal at resale time as the printouts show the issues, 0 warranty or not. The next buyer sees it all. I have new domestics now with only minor issues that are normal ones

16th May 2010, 14:51

I have a 1999 TL at 122,000 miles and the transmission is slipping on first gear. Once it catches, the other gears are fine. I called the dealership and they told me that there was never a recall on my transmission. Liars! I know that it was taken into the dealership at 97,000 miles and had the tranny fixed/replaced. I can't believe that it's having problems again less than 30,000 miles later! After reading everyone's problems, I'm going to see if they can fix this problem for me for free. Does anyone know if the parts fixed from the recall are under warranty? Thanks so much.

21st May 2010, 17:21

Can anyone that has had a transmission replaced at no cost to them over the time limit 7.75 years or 110,000. Please email me with details. Acura tells me they won't/haven't done it.

Thanks.

dime1524@yahoo.com

23rd May 2010, 05:40

Why should Acura replace a trans on a 8 year old car? My third year I sold ours and moved on. If you buy a $7000 used car, why expect a $4000 transmission? I only got a third of my TL type S at resale over this issue however.

25th May 2010, 12:45

Today I brought my 2003 Acura TL Type S to the dealership for its SIXTH transmission... yes that's right the 6th transmission. I bought the car used with 63,000 miles on it... I have no idea how many transmission its had before me. Acura paid for all of them but ONE. I had to pay $1600 (half the price they get the tranny for) last time I replaced it because the 36,000 mile/3 year warranty was up. I honestly think they should GIVE me a car for all the crap I've had to deal with. I will never buy another Acura or a Honda again because of this horrible experience.

I don't recommend anyone buy an Acura TL, or Acura at all. I'm not happy with the service, and I think they should help me out in getting a NEW car, because this is ridiculous.

My suggestion is, if they want you to pay $4,000 for a new transmission after having replaced it, tell them to cut you a break, and that you've heard they will go half the wholesale price of the transmission. Since the only charged me $1,600 for my transmission after the warranty was up, I don't think they should be charging people $4,000 to put another crappy transmission in. Honestly, warranty or not, they should be replacing them for FREE...

I can't say enough about how mad I am, and how horrible these transmission are.

29th Jun 2010, 11:45

I have Acura 3.2 TL.

About two weeks ago when the check engine light come on, I had my car serviced in the local dealership. They found the oxygen sensor and its communication line broken. A new sensor was placed on. The check engine light is now gone.

At the same time in those last two weeks, I first experienced just harsh behavior of transmission a few times during acceleration in the speed range 20-40 mph. The car sometimes pulled very hard.

Then an even worse case happened during acceleration at the entrance of the highway in the range 60-70 mph. The engine suddenly slowed down to 1000 RPM, then recovered. Having so many cases here described about transmission malfunction, I am still linking my car behavior to this new.

My current mileage 82,600. Want to make a test drive with sensor turned off.

Any ideas or thoughts?

30th Jun 2010, 07:57

After 6 transmissions a junkyard is an option. I sold ours as soon as it touched 3 years old and it hurt financially. I am glad now however and like our GMs we bought.

2nd Jul 2010, 11:46

I am the original owner of a 2002 Acura TL with its second transmission at 87K miles (mostly highway). I had to pay 25% of the transmission repairs. Fast forward one month later, there is engine oil leak under car. I took it to independent shop. They told me Acura dealer service should have advised or replaced the seal when working on the transmission. I called the Acura service where they did the warranty work. Person told me that the seal looked fine. Hence, I'm stuck with another $350 of more repairs to replace a $20 seal.

Once I get a secured job, I'll dump this car. No more Acura or Honda for me.

4th Jul 2010, 05:49

Wow, I really feel duped by Acura. I purchased a TL about a month ago and the tranny is already going out with 106k miles on it. I will get rid of the car and cut my losses as I have lost whatever little faith I had for Hondas or Acuras. I will buy German, since they stand behind their products and do not BS you around, trying to nickel/dime you.

4th Jul 2010, 12:11

"I will buy German, since they stand behind their products and do not BS you around"

I've had bad experience with Honda as well, but I have a hard time understanding why people are so intent on buying ANY foreign brand. True, Porsche is the top-ranked car in the latest quality surveys, but Ford and GM beat out every other car maker, with Ford having more top-ranked cars than any other manufacturer. We own a Lincoln MKZ and a Ford Fusion (identical cars except that the MKZ has 10 grand of ego tacked on). Either of these cars is light years ahead of any Honda, Acura, or Toyota.