27th Dec 2006, 21:54


Greetings all,

I would first like to thank the creator of this site for providing the consumers with an arena to truthfully note our experiences with the cars we purchase. I also would like to add to this detailed list of comments and concerns in regards to the Acura transmission problems. I have a 2003 Acura 3.2 TL type-s w/NAV. I am awaiting my third transmission replacement. Due to my unfortunate experiences with my Acura service dealer, I have been forced to search for further information and assistance to help me understand why the transmission problems can't be fixed.

Initially, most of my concerns were due to the fact that my questions remained unanswered by both the dealer and Acura client services, in addition to the fact my warranty will be running out without any permanent remedy to the problems I have experienced. I will be left having paid forty thousand dollars for a car that has had continuous problems with the transmission and various different electrical components. Aside from the transmission, I have had problems with:

- My OnStar equipment, muffled voice, loss of GPS, dropped calls, claims I no longer have remote diagnostics after my first tranny replacement.

- After first transmission replacement OnStar could no longer unlock my doors.

- Problems with my heating/cooling system following my first tranny replacement.

- Constant gear shifting while driving the vehicle. I was told the dealer can't duplicate my complaint time and time again.

- Problems with my SRS lights flashing.

- My door panels faded.

- My cup holders appear to be defective there is no crack yet liquid seems to get in the shifter unit.

- Lower console lid doesn't stay shut.

- My battery at one point would not charge, and I had to have it replaced a year after purchase.

- Horrible service dealer experiences when I asked questions and have never got answers.

This is a brief summary of my experiences following the purchase of my new Acura. I have now decided to try to seek assistance. If you have had any of the same experiences, or would like me to let you know what I am doing to try to fix this problem, please contact me at:


In particular I would greatly appreciate any messages or information about your experiences in regards to any 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL "Type-S", however all messages and tranny experiences are welcome.

- If anyone has their original 2003 Acura 3.2 TL Type-S users manual, can you please contact me. The printer states it is out of print for some reason, and my particular model was dropped off the market for reasons unknown.

- Can anyone confirm that their 2003 Acura 3.2TL Type-S had, or still has, a remote diagnostic feature capability that could be utilized by OnStar

I am hoping to gather enough information to seek a permanent fix for our transmission problems. I find it unfortunate that we as consumers have to be treated so unjustly, and have to explain our situations over and over, only to get nowhere. Meanwhile, our miles are adding up and our warranties running out. In my opinion, an extended warranty doesn't fix the problem.

Helpful resources:

- For information about Acura's transmission safety recall or to make a complaint/request investigation, contact the NHTSA.


- American Honda Company / Acura participates in a BBB auto-line. To file a claim call: 1-800-955-5100

Best Wishes.

28th Dec 2006, 08:27

I sold my Type S for this every reason and bought 2 new GM's. I took a horrible beating when I sold mine. The unpredicatible loss of a transmission is serious and I could not jeopardize my families safety. I loved the performance and handling, but could not trust it happening yet again...

31st Dec 2006, 17:27

Check out the late model Accord V6 transmission issues and get back to us...

31st Dec 2006, 23:34

I have a late model Accord and have no troubles at all. I am going to have 150,000 miles soon. If everyone just followed maintenance closely they would not have so many troubles. As for the 3.2 TL, I do not know if it is the same case, but for the 3.0 Accord engine I believe it is how you maintain you vehicle. People do the most stupid things with their cars and then they wonder why they are broken!!! I do not tow anything with my Accord and I do not race everyone at stoplights like I have seen other people in their Accords do. Could racing everyone at every intersection be the failure of the transmission on the Accord? Possibly, but I think the real problem of the Accord transmission lies in how you treat it.

1st Jan 2007, 11:45

Racing isn't the problem (it can accelerate the issue sure if you use the sports shift) and are there any Accords with trailer hitches? I have had a # of Accords, a Civic, an Integra, a Legend (the best) and a TL all purchased new. The older generation were the best... I didn't do my homework on the new TL. Back in that time I bought clutches not having multiple trans replaced. My son tore the clutches out learning to drive on my new Integra, but still the trans did not fail. I had a new 92 Accord stolen recovered and fixed and even its trans was still good afterwards. I couldn't believe it wasn't totalled but the insurance company had it fixed. I am willing to admit when issues are faults that I created but not when its factory related. It seem that even if you baby the 3.2 VTEC the trans. failed again anyway...I may buy Honda again, but not until I am absolutely certain they resolved the transmission problems. I refuse to stick my head in the sand and praise past laurels. I really liked Honda but they dropped the ball.........

2nd Jan 2007, 05:25

Not sure what you mean by being “over my head”? I own a Cadillac, Honda, Ford, Porsche and an Acura. What’s most concerning is that the engineers at Honda can’t seem to, or aren’t willing to, come up with a proper solution for one of their higher end performance vehicles. This should concern anyone considering the brand. I’ve owned 2 Toyotas without any drama. I had complete confidence in Honda products. That confidence is shaken when an Acura service mgr suggest I don’t go too far from home in one of their cars with 50,000 miles on it.

2nd Jan 2007, 14:17

Sticking your head in the sand means you are not forgiving. Being over your head is something you cannot afford. I refuse to bury a problem just because it was once fine. It's a real problem...

3rd Jan 2007, 10:59

An easy, but expensive way for Honda to fix the problem is the modify the Engine and transmission from the next gen TL and put it into the Acura TL's of yesteryear. Seems costly, but it would end the problem for good. There cannot be more than 200,000 of these TL's on the road? I do not know how many really, but not a million for sure?

3rd Jan 2007, 14:22

Until the newest vehicles have a lot of time and mileage on them it cannot be said its the solution. I believe that those affected such as myself should be reimbursed. The fixes are band aides and dangerous... as they can fail at any moment.