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Acura TL 1999-2003



  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    Please let us know how your transmission failure was resolved.
  • My 2003 Acura tl 3.2 with 117000 just went today, I called the dealer and he said my VIN number doesn't qualify. He said the repair cost is $4500 and it is on me. I am talking with the service managerand he is "checking into it". Anybody get their transmission done on a 2003 Acura TL 3.2 with similar miles or more?
  • nahoynahoy Posts: 2
    I have an Acura 3.2TL (2000) with 130K miles.
    The water pump needs replacement.
    I was told the timing belt needs to be removed in order to replace it.
    Is that true?
    The estimate was around $1K.
  • nahoynahoy Posts: 2
    I had the transmission rebuilt on my 3.2TL (2000) with 130K miles.
    The cost was $2000.
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    Im buying a new Acura TL and i was wondering how many miles an Acura tl has when it comes into the dealers lot. In other words, when its coming from the factory.
  • nab70nab70 Posts: 1
    I love my Acura...but I have been experiencing a hesitation in the shifting and if it's cold it shifts hard in to gear...with raised rpm's. I have taken good care of my car .I am afraid that this is the transmission slipping but my vin # say's it's covered but I bought the car as second owner and I now have 133,000 miles, I'm not sure if I'd still be covered under this without it coming out of my pocket???
  • Don't know if you will be covered but I have a 99 tl and around 130 or 140 my trans went out. The crazy thing is that it will run how it is for awhile and then go out on you. You could try that Lucas tranny fluid but prepare to get a new one. It cost me 3500 out of pocket and it took like 5 days. The dealer wanted to charge my like 4800 or something like that. Runs much better now plus I use 91 which makes a huge difference. Sorry if I'm not much help. I'm no mechanic.
  • I think you would have to come out of pocket now if you have a defected tranny. I was told the recall would last 7 years / 109,000 miles. I've read posts from others indicating that their TL's exceeded this, however they also indicated that they had a more sympathetic acura dealership to work with so that they didn't have to come out of pocket. I never experienced what you are experiencing so you might be dealing with something entirely different. In 2007 when my tranny went out, it drove perfectly, then all of the sudden on the freeway it went from 5th gear to seemingly 2nd gear, then it couldn't catch anymore, just reved the whole time. Thankfully I got a new defect-free tranny without having to pay as I have an 02 TLS. Your cold shifts and raised rpm's sounds very typical for most aging Honda/Acura. I'm sure after the engine is warm the shifting is normal and the rpms are no longer raised, however I could imagine how irritating that is. I'd get a diagnosis if I were you.
  • My '02 Acura's transmission downshifted to 2nd and locked up going highway speed. Luckily, the highway was clear and there was no crash but my husband hurt his back from the violent lock up. We have about 116000 miles on it. Closest dealerships are 100-150 miles away, so I didn't want to have the car towed until I knew the cost. Our's was part of the recall, but only the jet kit had been installed. One dealership's service employee was chuckling when he found out it was out of warranty. I didn't find any part of this situation funny. Second dealership didn't want to give me a price, had the service manager and "master" mechanic on the phone ganging up on me and acting defensively about my questions. They say "no help" from Acura. I wrote to Acura Client Services. What a joke. Obviously, they are paid to bully customers. They said they may provide goodwill and to have the service manager contact them. Service manager said he did and they have no record of my contact with them and will provide nothing towards the cost. Dealers quotes were from 4,000 to 4500 for a remanufactured transmission. Local guy came in at 4500 with engine mounts for Acura remanufactured. I have also asked about whether the "kits" are installed on the remanufactured transmissions to prevent this from happening early on again, and their answers aren't meshing. When the car is started the engine is revving up and down now, too. Does anyone know what that is? The cost of repairs on this may be overwhelming, so car may need to be scrapped. If anyone has access to service bulletin or tech paper from Acura about replacement transmissions would you please provide. Thanks and I hope no one else has to experience this terrifying experience only to be bullied by Acura.
  • pan0kpan0k Posts: 1
    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?
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    edited February 2010
    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.
  • jlizardjlizard Posts: 2
    Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, the Honda dealership is closer and could do it, but their estimate was upwards of $6000. Come on!!!
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    edited March 2010
    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!
  • tjx25tjx25 Posts: 3
    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.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    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?
  • 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
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    edited April 2010
    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.
  • Hey Guys,

    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!!

  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    This should be in the Acura TL 1999-2003 discussion.
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