Last post on Oct 08, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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#140 of 144 08 TL Transmission Issues
Jun 07, 2012 (1:22 pm)
I have a 2008 TL AT and had some hard shifting at 40k miles with some clunking between some gears, Reverse to Drive, some 2-3, 3-4 lurching and hard shifting. Complained at the dealer and they recommended a AT fluid change which I was hesitant to do because itís recommended to change it in the ownerís manual at 60k miles and the maintenance minder did not go off and the dealer wanted to charge me $250 for something that may not fix the problem. I lived with the problem and complained again at a different visit and again nothing. Closer to 60k miles, I decided to spend the money and buy Redline AT fluid that meets Honda fluid which is considerably more expensive per quart but had good experience with the brand for my other car easing shifting problems. Changed out the fluid but the problem came back within 2k miles. Went back to the dealer and complained and they just told me that they are putting in a new transmission. Not sure if itís any better but hopefully this one doesnít break. I love the car otherwise and am happy they decided on a doing the right thing with this remedy but Iím concerned about the long-term quality. Iíll see how this one goes and report back.
#141 of 144 Re: 08 TL Transmission Issues [czr]
Jun 27, 2012 (4:44 pm)
I have an automatic 2005 TL with 137K. Never had transmission problems. and changed the timing belt at 100K. Today I am driving local and it has trouble shifting into 3rd - it takes a long time. After the the next stop sign same thing. This has NEVER happened before. I call to my dealer and tell them my issue I drive over there right away. They tell me me 3rd gear is fried. They give me a loaner and call me a few hours later and tell me Acura will pick up 75% of the bill but I will still be responsible for about $1300. They are giving me a factory rebuilt tranny. Now I know nothing about car just that I love driving my TL and that it has been great to me til now.
-Should ALL the work be covered? It isn't a 2004 with the tranny recall. But I do not recall my warranty that is now in the black book in my car in their Acura parking lot.
What coverage/warranty should I expect they will give me on the rebuilt?
Should I ask about the torque converter? Not sure what it is but it was spoken about in an earlier post.
Thanks for any help.
#142 of 144 Failing transmission, 2001 TL
Jun 28, 2012 (7:18 pm)
I just found out my 01 TL transmission is failing and it's too far gone to do anything about it. I recently noticed that I could tell that the car was shifting. I have almost 141K miles on it and unfortunately, thought my mechanic was checking the auto transmission fluid with my regular oil changes. I also had some major engine work (cam seals, crank seals and spark plugs) completed in Feb 2012 136,800 miles. I certainly thought they were checking. Now the fluid is dark and I've been told by both the mechanic and I confirmed with the dealer that there's nothing that can be done. Flushing the system will apparently cause more problems. It's really disappointing because other than this major issue, the car has been well cared for mechanically and is in excellent interior and exterior condition.
My question is, does anyone have experience with a failing transmission? I couldn't get a straight answer (and maybe there isn't one) as to how long I have to buy a new car. As I mentioned, I can feel the car shifting but it's not very noticeable. Will the problem continue to deteriorate or will it just stop?
Thanks for any help and advice.
#143 of 144 Re: Failing transmission, 2001 TL [trisheeey]
Jun 29, 2012 (7:00 am)
What do you mean by "feeling the car shifting"? It's normal to feel it shift. Is it a rough abrupt shift or long delayed shift? Could be tough for anyone based on the information to give you a timeframe for when it may fail. Sometimes you can limp along on these things for a while.
#144 of 144 Re: Failing transmission, 2001 TL [dece207]
Oct 08, 2012 (4:46 pm)
I have what seemed like a mint condition 2003 Acura TLS, until my tranny gave out. Great! only $2000 for a rebuilt. Could be worse I guess. I'm going to continue to enjoy the car afterwards, I hope. Maybe the "check engine " light is just screwing with me, eh? naaaa, I think not. But in passing, to me the trans was shifting just fine and strong. Oh well.