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#22 of 111 Transmission Repair - 1999 TL, 77K miles questions
Sep 13, 2008 (9:17 am)
I have a 1999 TL with 77,700 miles on it. I bought it in 2003 as a certified pre-owened vehicle. I'm 1 year 9 months out of the extended warranty period. Acura has refused a request for "good will out of warranty" assistance (though I'm still working on it based on the low mileage angle). I've maintained the car diligently, replaced timing belt, new tires etc. The only other problems are:
a) occasional error on navigation system saying it needs a disk reformat. This has happened 3 times and it self-corrected
b) during a heat wave, I noticed that the cruise control light didn't come on on the dashboard, though the car was performing in cruise control. Again, this corrected itself.(Are these bad signs?) I can't afford a new car or a good used car right now. Is it worth getting my transmission fixed? It drives ok now, but the seal is leaking transmission fluid.
#23 of 111 Re: Transmission Repair - 1999 TL, 77K miles questions [tjx25]
Sep 13, 2008 (12:51 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problems. I have a 99 TL with 81k miles too, and once the car just stopped. Acura dealers (on two occassions) could not find out what is wrong.
Tell me when you get "good will out of warranty" clause to have your trans. fixed - I will try the same
Good luck with your car.
#24 of 111 Re: Transmission Repair - 1999 TL, 77K miles questions [shiva70]
Sep 13, 2008 (2:50 pm)
Hello, The "good will" phrase is just a concept -- not a clause in anything official. However, in order to even discuss thit with Acura, they need to diagnose your car as needing a new transmission and at your VIN number makes your car a member of the class that the suit was all about. So far I haven't had much luck since it's 1 year and 9 months out of the extended warranty. My research, and this thread talks about the transmission problems with 1999-2003 Acura TLs.
#25 of 111 Re: Transmission Repair - 1999 TL, 77K miles questions (shiva70)
Sep 13, 2008 (7:56 pm)
We also have a '99 TL in our family, with 112,000 miles on it, and have had the problem of the engine just stopping. The problem began several months ago. I don't know the cause, but the symptom is that occasionally, when the car idles or it's traveling slowly (under 30 mph) the engine just dies. It also sometimes dies when it's started after it's been warmed up.
If anyone has experienced this problem and knows what causes it, and how to repair it, please let me know.
#26 of 111 6-CD player repair or replace?
Oct 07, 2008 (8:33 am)
6-CD changer for Acura TL 2002 was skipping and is now jammed. What are my options to get CD player working? Recently bought this standard TL model with with 95 K miles and standard audio system. Otherwise car is in excellent condition.
Oct 30, 2008 (7:06 pm)
Those of you who formerly owned a '99-'03 TL, with what did you replace it, and why?
#28 of 111 Re: Traded For ?? [hpmctorque]
Oct 31, 2008 (5:02 am)
Had an '03 TLS, great overall car but horrible in the snow. I traded for an '04 MDX. Eats northeast winters for breakfast!
#29 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs (kcall2) [hpmctorque]
Oct 31, 2008 (1:35 pm)
Update to my Aug 02, 2008 post. When dealer did the 75K service, he reported the car would need front brake pads shortly, and the lower ball-joints were worn. Ball joints were causing a metallic clank on rough roads, bumps etc.
Anyway, dealers service department replaced the seat back cover (sent car to an upholsterer) using OEM replacement cover. No charge, called it a goodwill gesture. I also had them replace brake pads and ball joints. Dealer service is not cheap, and the latter two fixes came to ~ $700. Not complaining mind you, I consider this normal wear, and after 78K miles with NO major work except scheduled maintenance, am quite happy. Edit: Had failure of the mass air-flow valve around 55k miles. Other than minor things (brake reservoir cap) etc, zero failures. Great Car!
Best part of the deal was the service manager sent me home in an 09 TSX service loaner, which I kept for two days waiting completion of work on my TL. Nice car! Too small for my needs, tho.
Fuel economy for life of the car had been excellent, with daily suburban driving averaging 22 - 24 mpg, interstate cruising always 31 or higher.
Service manager told me they had not seen any tranny problems for several months, believes the bad ones have worked their way out of the system. Guess I'll keep the TL several more years, wife wants it for her run about car. Need to find something for me to drive soon, just gave my F150 to my son. Am thinking probably a Civic sedan.
#30 of 111 acura 3.2 tl v6 1999
Dec 01, 2008 (3:36 pm)
i have had my tl since 2004. i got it with 115k on it. i have had to replace trans and some parts but other then that i am very pleased. looking to add headers, intake and exhaust. looking for a shop or mayhbe a acura club in riverside, ca area to give advice on upgrades. the navigation is awesome and even better in the new tl's. my favorite tl is the 02, i would take that over the new tl's!
#31 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs (kcall2) [kcall2]
Dec 01, 2008 (3:40 pm)
i know that clank noise your talking about! i went to sears ( dont ask me why) and they told me that they just put lube in a bearing or something like that and it went a way. but they didnt charge me for it either. i have a 99 tl with a replaced engine but its still awesome