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Acura TL, Sedan
#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!!
#102 of 111 Re: 2000 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem [jmoney89]
Aug 02, 2011 (6:12 pm)
This should be in the Acura TL 1999-2003 discussion.
#103 of 111 Acura TL 2003 Low Beam Headlight
Aug 18, 2011 (6:08 pm)
My low beam headlight has gone out. Will I be able to change this bulb myself, or do I have to take my car to the dealer? I do not want to because I know that I'll be over charged. Please help.
#104 of 111 Re: 2000 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem [jmoney89]
Aug 18, 2011 (7:25 pm)
I'm sorry I can't give you good advice on your first and third questions. Regarding your second question, however, the transmission in the 2000 Accord is different from the one in the 2000 Acura TL. The Accord had the old time tested 4-speed automatic, while the TL featured a new 5-speed. The latter was problematic through about '03, with many owners experiencing the symptoms you described.
You didn't mention the mileage on your TL. If it's not too much above 100,000 (can't recall the exact cut-off, but you can probably find it on Google) it's possible that Acura may assist you with part of the expense. It's worth asking them.
Please let us know what happens.
#105 of 111 Re: sup sup sup [zin0]
Jan 26, 2012 (5:34 pm)
Sounds like your pretty familiar with early Acuras. I'm currently driving a 99 Acura TL 3.2. I had the transmission replaced about two months ago by AMMACO. It cost about 2600. Acura wanted 4200 to replace it. Last year I had two motor mounts replaced. This year I had one fuel injector replaced and possibly another going bad. I had the 105,000 mile tune-up early January, hoping that nothing else will go wrong. My milage at this time is 99,780 miles.
I bought the car new at the dealer and had regular maintance at the dealer, but it seems my car is falling apart before 100,000 miles. My car looks almost show room new inside and out. It's been taken care of well. I'm not sure what to expect of it next, other than a possible fuel injector going bad, or the third motor mount going bad.
What do you know about the 99 Acura TL 3.2? Do you know by any chance of any common failures with the 99? I feel bad that the car can't last beyond 100,000 before falling apart. I bought the Acura because of the supposedly high quality so I wouldn't be nickled and dimed to death in it's later years. If it breaks down anymore, I'll have to file for food stamps.