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#5168 of 9045 2000 TL EGR valve & Tranmission problem
Jan 31, 2004 (7:43 pm)
At about 29k miles, the vehicle started to exhibit rough engine startup problem when it was warm. The symptom was similar to that of engine cylinder misfiring. This problem was intermittent and hence very difficulty for dealer to reproduce. After a month, the engine and TCS check lights finally came on. A local Acura dealer at Sunnyvale, CA diagnosed it to be faulty EGR valve. The dealer replaced it and the ECU unity under warranty. Unfortunately after the repair, the same problem still persists intermittently albeit that no engine check light comes on. I have expressed my concern about this problem many times to the Service Director of Sunnyvale Acura. However, he insists that without an engine check light or reproduceable symptom there is nothing the dealer can do.
According to my research, I found out that there have been a significant number of complaints reported by 1999 Acura TL & CL owners on problems related to EGR valve. Acura has since extended its warranty on EGR valve for those year-models. I suspect that my problem with TL is related to it. Another soon-to-be problem I have with my 2000 TL is its transmission. When engaging it produces loud annoying metal contacting noise. I first reported my concern on the potential transmission failure to an Acura District Manager in 2000. At that time, the District Manager assured me that the noise was normal. Shortly after, Acura extended its warranty on the 2000 TL transmission to 7 Yers/100k miles. According to my research, Acura has since developed new fix to replace those TLs with failed transmission. Progressively, I can feel that my TL transmission is becoming more and more sluggish with increasingly louder engaging noise each time. This is doom-to-fail transmission is obvious when the transmission fluid is replaced since the transmission drain plug magnet always attracts unusual large amount of debris on it, a indicator that excessive wearing on the transmission.
I wonder if there are other 2000 TL owners also expereince the problems I have?
Jan 31, 2004 (8:45 pm)
akirby's right. Check the tire pressures. Many automakers overinflate the tires a few pounds for shipping purposes. That's so the tires don't flatten during extended periods when the car is not being moved. Your dealer may have forgotten to inspect tire pressure before you picked up the car. All tires should 32 psi, except the 6 speed which is 35 psi up front and 32 psi on the rear tires. Also, the 6 speed does have a stiffer suspension.
Sorry but your assumption regarding SACDs is your fault and not Acura's. This falls under the category of "This is what happens when I don't read the owner's manual".
#5172 of 9045 Nice pics uvamarkg1
Jan 31, 2004 (9:05 pm)
But honestly, would you have done it for protection purpose? I mean would the car's door next to yours hit the BSM first when open wide enough to hit your TL's door?
Jan 31, 2004 (11:33 pm)
no.. I completely purchased the BSM for appearance purposes. I think it complements the silver color particularly well.
#5174 of 9045 SACD - Final word
Feb 01, 2004 (4:28 am)
You are completely correct when you say "your assumption about SACD's is your fault not Acura's".
I completely agree. My first stop after picking up the car was to Best Buy. I made the assumption that SACD's would play. I did not take the time to read the manual, and what's worse, I've read over these discussions thoroughly the last week once I decided on the Acura (must have glossed over the SACD discussion).
Thanks also for the tip about tire pressure. Hopefully it's a simple problem. I'll check the pressure.
Feb 01, 2004 (6:29 am)
Is this your first car purchase ever??? Did you think of checking the tire pressure? The dealership might've simply inflated the tires to 42psi causing the rough ride.
Feb 01, 2004 (8:57 am)
You and I could be twins. I picked up my TL yesterday and have the exact same problems with vibration. It's not the tire pressure. My tires are perfectly pressurized -- just checked again to make sure. I will be speaking with my dealer. Please let me know how you make out on your end.
#5177 of 9045 Plenty of Room
Feb 01, 2004 (11:00 am)
I purchased a silver TL a week ago (six speed with nav). One of the major selling features for me was the interior room. I am six foot five inches tall and I have acceptable head and leg room. I have never had a car with a sun roof because of the head room. The six speed is a blast to drive.
I find if I am in stop and go traffic I turn the stereo off so I can hear the RPM's of the engine when starting in first gear. Although checking the tachometer helps, I would rather be looking at the road.