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#11405 of 16087 TL transmission/brake pad issue
Aug 23, 2010 (2:07 pm)
A potential TL buyer here. I would think the TL auto trans. issue is history by now, after all, they have been on the same 5 speed all these time! one would think... I wish for the new 6 speed but is a bit worried, almost everyone (benz 7, infiniti 7, toyota 6, has had issue with their newer version of auto trans when it first came out.
Funny all the bittering on infiniti brake pad... now all the issues with 2008-2009 Accord brake pads (consistantly short lived, avg. 20K) makes me wonder about the TL brake pads. Haven't heard much about it yet, but watching closely.
#11406 of 16087 Re: TL transmission/brake pad issue [ctl]
Aug 23, 2010 (3:09 pm)
I would wait until the current body style of the TL is out for at least 4 years to assess the potential transmission issues.
Remember, the 2000 + TLs took about 4 years to manifest themselves as did the MDX.
#11407 of 16087 Re: TL transmission/brake pad issue 
Aug 23, 2010 (3:32 pm)
Is the current TL transmission the same as in the '04-'09 models?
#11408 of 16087 Re: Check CR Reliability History Charts 
Aug 23, 2010 (6:20 pm)
comments on CR reliability charts and dealership experinace==
On consumer reports-- I use them for almost everything I buy, from Toasters, Tvs and cars-- i think its a great paid service that does have merit. The break and transmission issues on both the tl and infiniti-- its all about luck when getting a car - most cars have something thats going to be problem (or reported as a problem by the owners)-- no one builds a perfect car (but the accord/civic have been close).
On dealerships-- well i''ve owned both acura and infiniti.. Acura has a better overall setup and you feel wanted when you drop your car off -(2 dealerships i've visited, for oilchanges only, dam i miss the GS-R)- this is my
Infiniti -- well i bought my G35 at a small dealership in the middle of nowhere and they have great service but the larger in-town dealership is cold, mass marketed, non-user friendly monster.
I think its more about who owns the dealership and where its located.
#11410 of 16087 Re: TL transmission/brake pad issue [ctl]
Aug 24, 2010 (7:53 am)
As far as I know, the brake/rotor wear issues are mostly contained to the 2008-2010 Accord. I haven't heard similar problems with the 2009+ TL which I believe uses different pads/rotors from the Accord. Don't quote me on that since I don't have the new TL and not sure what was changed or not changed. But I know that current gen Accord owners are going through hell with Honda on the brake/rotor issues and Honda has not done a great job of stepping up and helping people until being forced to legally or with severe pressure from corporate Honda. Such a shame.
From my own experience, both my 2006 and 2008 TL have had absolutely no brake/rotor issues at all.
#11411 of 16087 Re: TL transmission/brake pad issue [smarty666]
Aug 24, 2010 (9:28 am)
2009 TL AWD- 1 year and 1 week of ownership, absolutley no brake or rotar issues.
#11412 of 16087 Re: TL transmission/brake pad issue [smarty666]
Aug 24, 2010 (4:15 pm)
The current TL auto-trans 5speed is the same one Honda used across the board (RL, TL, Accord, Civic...), since 2000 TL! On one hand they would probably have made it to perfection by now. On the other, one would think they have extincted by now, lagging behind virtually the whole industry in the transmission area! Amazing stubbornness or confidence? maybe also they were bite hard by the early trans. issue and being cautious.
As to the brake pad, if I have to bet, I would take that they share the design and parts with Account, at least the FWD version. Will be great if they didn't, but the jury is still out on this one.
#11413 of 16087 Re: TL transmission/brake pad issue [billyperks2]
Aug 24, 2010 (5:56 pm)
ok, good stuff.. i would hope not its a year old-- how many miles >?
#11414 of 16087 Re: TL transmission/brake pad issue [sweendogy]
by kirstie_h HOST
Aug 25, 2010 (9:10 am)
That is actually my major complaint with my G35 - it chews through brake pads & rotors more than any other vehicle I've owned.
Of course my major complaint at the moment is that it handles so poorly in the snow, but I knew that when I bought it. I just didn't have a lifestyle then that made it matter.