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Acura TL, Sedan
#2 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl [owenpga]
Jun 10, 2011 (8:40 am)
Having own four honda products in the past, I thought you would be aware that there was a known transmission issue with that model year.
I had the Type S and the tranny went out at 30k, the dealer claimed they fixed it on a TSB recall, tranny went out again at 36K miles. I got frustrated and sold the car, but if you look back in boards you will see the many complaints for those model years 2002-2003-maybe even earlier.
#3 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl [billyperks2]
Jun 10, 2011 (9:11 am)
thanks for the info. any idea of what a transmission might cost?
#4 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl [owenpga]
Jun 10, 2011 (12:46 pm)
Honestly, I dont know because mine was fixed under warranty. At first they told me they replaced a specific part in the transmission then on the second fix they said they gave me a brand new tranny.
#5 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl [owenpga]
Jun 14, 2011 (6:28 am)
The transmission problems began with the 2000 model year, when Acura went from a 4-speed to a new 5-speed automatic.
How many miles are on your car? I ask because Honda/Acura extended the warranty for your transmission to 100,000 miles for those model years. I don't know if there's a time limit, but if there is maybe your Acura dealer would give you a pricing concession to repair or replace it. I would bargain hard because Acura has acknowledged (at least implicitly) that the transmissions of the '00-'03 TLs are problematic.
Good luck, and please let us know the outcome, since it could help others in your situation.
#6 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl [hpmctorque]
Aug 24, 2011 (10:12 pm)
My 2000 TL's transmission just went out at 83,000mi. Even with the extended warrenty offered on this model year, Acura refused my request for ANY good faith assistance in replacement costs (due to age of vehicle). Frustrating to say the least, considering I'm the original owner and have purchased 4 Honda/Acura cars over the last 20+ years.
#7 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl [chelseafan]
Aug 25, 2011 (5:45 am)
Acura did extend their warranty to 100k on their lousy transmissions several years ago
I also had a transmission go out on my 2000 TL last year. The transmission slipped for many many years but they always maintained it was ok. It went out after the 100 k passed but they took 12 days to contact me with their decision that they would do nothing although the transmission issues began at around 60,000 miles. We were in limbo for those 12 days. My daughter drove this vehicle and hated every minute of it with the transmission slipping every day. We bought her a new Altima with a CVT and she loves it.
Acura sales are terrible in general and no other brand has the transmission issues they have.
Acura may not survive if this continues and they only have themselves to blame. Butt ugly designs, the worst transmissions and a dismissive national customer "care" division.
The Car Show on Speed Channel ripped Acura a couple of weeks ago.
#8 of 20 Acura TL 1999-2003
Aug 29, 2011 (3:02 pm)
Reminder that messages 5-7 belong in the "Acura TL 1999-2003" discussion.
#9 of 20 Re: Acura TL 1999-2003 [hpmctorque]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Aug 30, 2011 (8:45 am)
They are fine right here at the moment.
#10 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl 
Aug 31, 2011 (9:12 am)
What do you drive?
I had the 2003 TL Type S, tranny went out twice and I sold it. I then passed on the 2004-2008 TL because I thought it just blended in too much with the accords and camrys, not a bad thing but I still passed.
Its two years now since I pulled the plug and the 2009 TL SH-AWD and the car is bullet proof, no rattles, squeekes or tranny issue and all I get is compliments. Car shows rip a lot of manufacturers including BMW and Mercedes so i dont see your point here.
#11 of 20 Re: transmittion slipping in 03 acura tl [billyperksii]
Aug 31, 2011 (8:01 pm)
Speed Channel's show is called the Car Show. They have a segment at the beginning of the show which address individual car issues. On an episode about 3-4 weeks ago the subject was "Acura." Maybe you can view it on a VOD service.
These car guys all were critical of Acura's dismal sales, their ugly designs, and their quality. They were unanimous with their criticism across the board. It is unlikely that 4 car guys would be this critical of the brands of BMW and Mercedes.
I hope your TL remains bullet proof. You have more faith in this brand than I have which is suprising since you had 2 transmiisions go out on an '03 TL.
My 00 TL was "bulletproof" for a few years and then the tranny began slipping every day. Acura said it only affected the '00 TL. Then the 2001, '02, the '03s and on and on for the TL.
Same thing with the MDX. Acura minimized the problem and more and more years were similarly effected.
Acura has not solved these problems and couple that with the worst customers service I've ever experienced, this brand is in trouble.
These forums are loaded with disgruntled customers of Acura 's transmissions and the interest in filing or joining class action lawsuits grows every day. Check the MDX boards if you don't believe me. Facebook too.
I would unload your current TL in a heartbeat while it is still bulletproof.
To answer your question, we have 2 G35X sedans, an '04 and a '07. I will either give the '04 to my son or trade it in. The '04 had prematurely wearing brakes and Infinti replaced rotors twice and pads twice at their expense. There were no hassles from them re the brakes. The first replacement was pursuant to a recall and the second replacement was done as good will. I have 86,000 miles on the '04 and have not spent anything on the car except oil and routine maintenace. The 07 has also been problem free. Their customer service was excellent.
I want a small AWD crossover and will problably buy a 2011 Infiniti EX 35. Also looking at the Mercedes GLK, the X3 or the Q5.
I do hope you have good luck with your TL. I've owned Preludes, CLs, several Accords and a TL. The Acura line has clearly declined in every respect.