15th May 2006, 18:48

I am also an owner of an '02 TLS. My problem began with the hard shifts, and the occassional delayed shift. Yesterday, when merging, it came out of 2nd and wouldn't drop into 3rd.I hit the gas twice, and finally dropped into gear. Soon after, the VSA light came on and wouldn't go off. Today, on my way to the mechanic, the transmission all, but failed. It's in the shop with 68K on the odom. Acura service indicated to me on the phone with little hesitance that it will be covered out of extended warranty. I have put 14K on the vehicle, and it has already had the "upgrade" under the recall. So who knows how long this transmission has lasted.

30th May 2006, 14:49


I recently brought 2002 Acura 3.2 TL S-Type. Presently transmission is working OK. But when I drive more than 50 miles engine becomes so hot. Now my odometer reading is 70,000. So can I go and ask dealer for new transmission.

17th Jun 2006, 18:39

I have a 2003 TL-S with 60,000 miles. My car, while driving to work, suddenly stopped running on a busy road. I had just exited off a major highway.

I had to have my car towed to the dealer, and they reported to me it was indeed the transmission, and that I would have it replaced free of charge.

I am very upset because this was not an inexpensive car. I bought it in good faith because of Honda's reputation. I don't know if I'll keep the car at this point.

22nd Jun 2006, 15:44

Acura isn't willing to extend my warranty!

I have an '03 TL type S, it has 40,000 miles. This is my 3rd transmission, I think it needs another. And last week they had to replace my coils and spark plugs because my car was backfiring! Now it sounds like a truck. That's some Luxury Vehicle. At this point I'm mostly disappointed in Acura/American Honda, for not extending my warranty! I don't want to sell it because it'll just be someone else's problem! I don't know what to do, the woman from Acura told me to just go and buy the extended warranty, but I'm a single mom and I don't have an extra $1500 laying around. Does anyone have any advise?

22nd Jun 2006, 20:00

We liked ACURA for its great service. We've owned a manual Integra for 8 years before we bought an acura TSX (manual 6 speeds) 2 years ago. We never had a problem with the Integra, so we decided to stick with Acura. The TSX we bought was brand new except for the 20,000km on it because it was a demo. We only drive it from the office to the house and vice-versa, which is about 20kms a day (it's a secondary car). The Acura dealer is the only one to take care of it. Now the transmission broke about 6 weeks ago (if not more) and our car is still at the dealership. We have an extended warranty on this vehicle, but they refuse to cover the expenses arguing that bad driving was the cause. I know for sure that it's not the case since only 2 people drive that car with 20 years experience with manual cars. The audacity and the way we were treated (like we were morons) was something I will never forget nor forgive. We were on our way to become regular customers for Acura, but we'll never buy an Acura ever again. The way customers are being handled is a disgrace and Acura is digging its own grave. They have a fierce competition out there. Don't they know that?

27th Jun 2006, 17:41

Hello fellow Acura owners-My husband bought the 2002 TL type s, and yes we have replaces the transmition 4x's. Now here is the new dilemma, My husband was driving his car to lunch on a rainy day, and both tires on the left side hit pot holes full of water so he could not see them. We took our car to the Acura dealership, where we always take it and they gave us an estimate. Now we all know that an estimate is not solid. It could go higher or lower then the price quoted. Right? OK, but not $1,900.00 more than what they said. Why…. The service Man said there were other things wrong with it that needed to be fixed that were not listed. So the Mechanic really did not look at this car, did he???

27th Jun 2006, 22:20

Never buy a demo, its the worst thing you can do. I bought a Mercedes demo and had nothing but problems with it. I had replaced my TL with the Mercedes thinking I was getting a more reliable car. At least Acura paid for the transmissions that went into the car. The TL engine is great. I had 225,000 miles on mine, but had gone through 5 transmissions. I have now bought a Lexus ES330 and love the car. I've put 15,000 miles on it and have had no problems. The service at Lexus is outstanding. I think I've found a make of cars I can stick with.

4th Jul 2006, 16:36

Acura dealer just replaced my tranny last week under warranty, 2001 TL with 91,000 miles.

7th Jul 2006, 13:14

I have a 2003 Acura TL type-S and the dealer is putting in the 2nd replacement transmission right now (this is transmission #3).

I would like to share what I've learned in dealing with the transmission problem on my car:

1. On the 2003 TL's only VIN numbers past a certain number are covered under the extended 100k warranty. Do not assume that you are protected.

2. When Acura replaces your transmission, there is no "new" or extended warranty on the replacement transmission unless you buy an Extended Warranty.

In my case the original transmission went out at 48,000 mi and I had only a 50,000 mi warranty. The dealer told me I must buy the Extended Warranty to get more than 2,000 miles coverage on it. I thought that was ridiculous and took my chances. (I thought I would trade it in until the service manager talked me out of it.)

This 2nd transmission just went out at 56,000 miles (understand the replacement only had 8,000 miles on it.) Thank goodness Acura is going to replace it at no cost.

I have a serious concern about the safety of my car. This time when it went out there was absolutely no warning signs whatsoever. Like you have probably read about, the car came to a near complete stop when we were exiting off the Interstate coming home from vacation. It was smoking so bad we thought it would catch on fire.

I have requested an appointment with the dealer and an Acura representative. I love my car, but do not want it back. I have a 5-yr old and just can't take my chances with this happening again.

The dealer has been kind to us but they just don't seem to understand that this problem is not acceptable. Does anyone know if Acura has done buy-backs? Or what other course of action can I take??

11th Jul 2006, 12:11

Same situation here. The transmission on my 2002 TL went out at 30K, the second one went out at 60K, and I am at 75K on my third one. I too am concerned about my safety. I tried to sell my car to a dealer yesterday, and they only offered me what I owe on it, about 8K. I hate to part with my car for such a small amount, but with the transmission troubles, the market is flooded with these. I would like to think this third transmission has the fixes, but there's no way to know.