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Acura TL, Sedan
#92 of 111 Re: Acura 3.2TL (2000) Water Pump [nahoy]
Feb 26, 2010 (11:51 am)
It is true. Usually you replace both (water pump and timing belt) at the same time to cut down on cost. Did you replace the timing belt already?
#93 of 111 Re: I have defective '02 3.2 TLS transmission [jlizard]
Feb 28, 2010 (8:06 am)
Sorry about your transmission problem. I'm wondering whether, if there's a Honda dealer that's closer to you than 100-150 miles away, whether it would be authorized to repair your TL's transmission. I'm suggesting this because, (1) your Acura's transmission may be identical to that of a Honda V6, and, (2) a Honda dealer may charge you less than an Acura dealer. I don't know whether these things are true, but it couldn't hurt to check them out.
If your car is well maintained and runs well, other than for the transmission, it should be worth more than scrap value, regardless of what the used car pricing books may tell you. It would be difficult to replace a good '02 for $4,000 - $4,500.
Transmissions aside, TLs are well designed and well built cars, that can last well over 200,000 miles with proper maintenance and reasonable care.
Good luck, and let us know what happens.
#94 of 111 Re: I have defective '02 3.2 TLS transmission [hpmctorque]
Mar 13, 2010 (7:38 am)
Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, the Honda dealership is closer and could do it, but their estimate was upwards of $6000. Come on!!!
#95 of 111 Re: I have defective '02 3.2 TLS transmission [jlizard]
Mar 15, 2010 (8:42 am)
Everything is negotiable. The dealers, including Honda and Acura, aren't doing that well these days.
I'd begin by asking why they (the Honda dealer) charges a lot more than the Acura dealer. I wouldn't disclose what you were quoted by Acura, other than it's considerably lower than what they quoted, and then only if they ask. You don't owe them any information.
Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
#96 of 111 Re: 2003 acura tl 3.2 transmission failure [nahoy]
Mar 15, 2010 (8:55 am)
For the record: When my transmission failed 2 years ago ('99 TL, out of extended warranty period but within mileage guidelines), Acura nat'l made me a deal based on my low mileage: I paid about $1,500 and they supposedly comped me 50% (I think it was 50%...not sure now), which would have made it about 3,000 or so for the new tranny. It's been 2 years, and everything's fine. I doubt if there are any cars out there that are within mileage or warranty period for the transmission problems of the old TLs, but it sounds like $3K should be in the sweet spot for a replacement.
#97 of 111 Re: 2003 acura tl 3.2 transmission failure [tjx25]
Mar 15, 2010 (1:38 pm)
Acura treated you very fairly to pony up 1/2. I believe $3,000 is reasonable by current standards.
How many miles did your '99 TL have when the transmission failed? Are you the original owner?
#98 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs [u151208]
Mar 31, 2010 (7:28 am)
I'm original owner of Acura TL type S with 90,000 miles. My trans was replaced at 48,000 miles. This was my first car from Honda & at first, I was disapointed with the make, but they replaced the Trans. and computer & it runs great, love it compared to the new ones. I agree that the 100K timing belt, plugs, water pump $, seem excessive. But I plan to keep it another 50K or more.
In fact my other leased car, I can't wait to turn it back in. It's a large crossover & only get's 20 Miles per gallon on open road & doesn't drive as well as my "old" Acura which doesn't burn oil and gets 28-29 miles per gallon--and it's paid for. LOL
#99 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs [njtraveler]
Apr 05, 2010 (9:18 pm)
I'm also among those who like the styling of the '99-'03 generation TL better than the new ones.
By the way, timing belt and water pump are scheduled at 105,000.
#100 of 111 2000 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem
Aug 02, 2011 (6:12 pm)
#101 of 111 2000 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem
Aug 01, 2011 (2:36 pm)
So here's the deal... this past weekend I was driving on the highway when the TCS and Check Engine lights both illuminated simultaneously. Last time this happened, it was a bad ignition coil that needed replacing. About 20 min. later, it felt like someone put my car in neutral, I was on the interstate and my car began to slow, but when I hit the gas, the engine revved but I was still slowing down. Finally when it got down to about 20-25 mph the gears caught again and I was able to get off an exit. When I looked at the bottom frame of the car, there was transmission fluid leaked everywhere. When I checked the transmission fluid itself, it was higher than the normal line, and looked diluted as though something was leaking into it, and it was consequently getting displaced somehow. As I opened up the hood, the transmission itself emanated white smoke for about 5 minutes.
I got the car towed home and about 5 hours later started it back up. It drove as though nothing was wrong, took it up to about 70-75 mph and through each gear and nothing slipped or felt off. I took it into a transmission specialist to get it checked out anyways.
The mechanic told me it looked pretty bad, on the report it said Code 740 - 4th Pressure Switch Failure, and Code 1740 - TC Clutch System Failure. They said they can rebuild the transmission and will get back to me tomorrow on the cost.
A few questions for everyone:
1) Is it worth the rebuild or should I just replace the transmission?
2) I have a friend who recently put in a new transmission on a 2000 Accord, is this transmission similar enough to that one?
3) If I need to limp the car along for a few weeks before replacing/rebuilding the transmission, would using something like a Lucas Transmission Fluid Stabilizer allow me to do this?
Thanks in advance for all your help!!