2002 Acura TL TLS from North America - Comments

12th Jul 2006, 09:55

I recommend contacting Acura Customer Care. Go over the dealer's head since they don't seem to be helping much. Acura's Customer Care line can be quite helpful when you experience problems. Frankly, I believe your car should be replaced under the lemon law.

17th Jul 2006, 09:34

I did speak with Acura Customer Service and they told me they can only help with out-of-warranty repair work. Only the District Service Manager can assist with possibly getting me out of the car (trade-in assistance.) I am getting the run around. Think I will contact an attorney if this keeps up.

As for the warranty, the dealer tells me Acura has given them the OK to do all repair/replacement transmission work at no cost no matter the miles on the car. (Not just my car - all cars.) This is different than what I was told when the 1st transmission failed in January. Not sure if the District you are in makes a difference. Good luck.

18th Jul 2006, 05:19

2002 Type-S just over 100,000 miles bad transmission. Need Help! Does Acura have a handle on this problem. Is it time to give up on Acura. Any advise would be great! Are there currently any lawsuits against them for this problem? Thank-You.

18th Jul 2006, 16:50

A earlier posting referred to the Acura district rep stating they were replacing all transmissions. Would you happen to have this reps name or phone # or location? Thanks.

19th Jul 2006, 13:34

I have a 2001 Acura 3.2TL. It was my dream car when I bought it. I am in the same wagon with a lot of you. My original transmission went out at 39,000 miles. I started having acceleration jerks and hesitations, and sluggishness in general. It took 3 techs at the dealer to decide what was wrong. They decided it was the EGR valve and the transmission. So, replacement #2 transmission in, new EGR valve at $377 dollars, transmission was free. Car still not running good. Still has jerky gear changes and sluggish.? trading for lexus or infiniti.

1st Aug 2006, 00:58

Got my 2003 TL-S early 2002. Now at 45k miles tranny started acting funny - occasionally will not engage (in auto mode)when up-shifting from 2nd to 3rd - have to put it into manual, downshift to 2nd and then up-shift again.

I've seen posts on this site that Acura might have been finally found the fix for these faulty transmissions...

Anybody knows any replaced transmission on TL-S 01-03 that went on for more than 50k miles?

Thank

1st Aug 2006, 09:55

I have a 2003 Acura TL and it has 96k on it. It is at the dealer getting a new transmission at the moment. I have only had it one year (it was pre-owned). I love the car, but now I am scared that the new transmission will have the same problems! It sounds like they haven't fixed the problems that are causing the transmission to mess up to begin with! Am I just getting the same transmission, just a new one? If so I will take a loss and trade the car. I was also going to be a lifetime Acura customer. My last car was an integra. Any more problems and I am switching to Lexus!

14th Aug 2006, 01:43

My husband and I have a 2003 Acura TL Type S and we are currently getting ANOTHER new transmission. (This will be the second time we've replaced it) The car is currently under a 100k extended warranty (at 88k miles right now). Does anyone know if we can get another extended warranty to protect against these transmission issues? I'm afraid we'll hit 100k before we see the end of our transmission woes.

I wonder if we should all pursue some type of class action lawsuit. This is really ridiculous!

18th Aug 2006, 13:56

My 2003 TL2 TypeS had its transmission replaced earlier in 2006. I had less than 30,000 miles. I asked the dealer for an extended warranty, but none was given.

The dealer said they would "work" with me if it happened again.

So, if you received an extended warranty, consider yourself fortunate.

28th Aug 2006, 15:35

For a while now, I've been considering purchasing a used 2003 Acura TL Type S. After doing some research, it seems that the Acura has frequent problems with the transmission making me more apprehensive about purchasing a TL despite its great look. Does anyone know if the transmission problem occurs in only the Type S models or all? I was also thinking of maybe getting a reliable Accord, but after more research, it seems to have the same transmission recall. Does anyone know if both transmissions are the same?

On a last note, are there any other major frequent problems with the TL and is it advisable to get a used Acura TL Type S?

3rd Oct 2006, 15:18

Has anyone had any results when calling Acura Corporate or a lawyer? Please respond with information.

2nd Nov 2006, 19:28

Glad to see this website. We have a 2002 Acura TL Type S and are on our fourth transmission. We purchased the car in 2001, and in 2002 the first failure. In 2004, second failure, 2005, third failure, and summer 2006. Acura has replaced the transmission free and I have over 148,000 miles. There is a class action lawsuit currently underway. I received the information in the mail today. The fairness hearing will be held on December 28, 2006 at 9:00 am in Oakland, CA. I will never buy another Acura again.

4th Nov 2006, 08:24

I purchased my 2002 Acura TL brand new and had absolutely no problems up until a month ago. At 108,000, my transmission is going downhill quickly. I'm heading to AAMCO next week to get a new transmission. I hope others can share good experiences with dealing with AAMCO. I took my car to the dealer (where I purchased the car) at 106,500 because my check engine light was illuminated. The code returned from their diagnostic test suggested transmission problems. The issue I have with the dealership (Cary, NC) was that there was absolutely no mention of Acura's history of transmission problems with the '02 TLs. I realize that my mileage exceeded the 100k mileage warranty coverage, but their blatant intent to not share their knowledge is enough to keep me from ever purchasing another Acura. I think it's going to be a Lexus or a Honda for me next year.

4th Nov 2006, 21:24

Honda is Acura, but still, the newer models have better transmissions and will be reliable.

4th Nov 2006, 22:14

Honda has the same problem with the transmission just got my notice for a class action suit with my 99 honda odyssey.

5th Nov 2006, 19:41

I have owned a '02 TL-S for over a year, and it now has about 60,000 miles, and I also received the settlement notice in the mail a few days ago, then I went online to check my VIN and came up covered under the class.

Though, I have no idea if it had any prior transmission problems, I recently noticed that after slowing down almost to a stop to take a curve, when I hit the gas pedal again, it sometimes goes in blank, and kind of kicks back before the second gear engages; but it doesn't happen very often, and I'm not sure if I should take the car to the dealership now or what? Any suggestions?

14th Nov 2006, 16:01

I hear if you hear a loud noise from your transmission, it's a sign of going bad. Mines starting to have that noise. What happens if my 02 TL isn't covered under the Honda Settlement? It has 84,000 miles, so it's under the 7 years/100,000 warranty?