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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • tlywtlyw Posts: 2
    Unfortunately, at this point I agree. Who did Linda Blair use?
  • rickoricko Posts: 22
    I have taken my TL back to the dealer for the 3rd time for vibration in car starting at 50mph, they have put new tires on and no help, just talked to service, they said they have been on phone with Acura that problem is not in wheels but drive train. Acura told them to neutralize motor mounts and retighten, no help,they are keeping car another day and waiting for Acura to tell them what to try next. Very dissatisfied with car's performance, I live 2 1/2 hrs away,think I will go buy a Lexus,anyone else had this experience? ricko
  • msf2msf2 Posts: 88
    Consult a lawyer about the lemon law. You may very well have a case.
  • luvmyltluvmylt Posts: 6
    I have the same issue though the dealer could not duplicate it! In addition to the noise I also have a crunchy feeling on the accelerator pad. Anyway, why would ABS Self-test only occur when the car is cold.....I don't hear it when I start off in the afternoons.
  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    >>Anyway, why would ABS Self-test only occur when the car is cold.....I don't hear it when I start off in the afternoons.

    Good Question. I know the self test occurs when I start in the morning and when I go home from work. I don't know (or haven't really paid attention) to whether it occurs every other time or not. It may be a time passed thing or a brake pressure thing.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    If I'm not mistaken, I hear the crunchy self-test noise everytime I start off, not just in the morning.
  • mariner7mariner7 Posts: 509
    From edmunds I read from time to time about Honda's V6 auto trans problems but never quite learned what it is. What is it?

    Over the weekend I drove my dad's previous gen TL, a car I drove often before, but this time it did something different. From 1st gear, it appeared to overrev, and therefore shifted very abruptly to 2nd gear. The problem would appear and disappear.

    Has there been a recall on the prev TL? If my dad doesn't get it serviced right away, will the engine get damaged?
  • lorileelorilee Posts: 1
    We purchased a 1996 Acura TL for a few thousand dollars from a Chevy dealer for our daughter to use going to school. It has 144,000 miles and we have the vin history. It was made in Japan and used as a dealer or show car until it was at 44,000 miles. It was then purchased and owned by one man until he traded it in May. We had to have an Acura dealer redo the fluid lines due to air bubbles and this was the cause of overheating the first week. Now all is fine and engine was not damaged by brief overheating. Acura dealer did dignostic and said that the car should easily last, with maintenace, another 50,000 miles plus. My question, the cooling fan runs for about three minutes when the engine is shut off, every time our daughter drives it, be it 5 miles or 15, etc. Is this normal for age and milage. Have we missed something. I have been told that Honda engines often do this. I just need reasurance or a tip if we are missing something that needs to be fixed before winter.
  • parasparas Posts: 2
    I've been to acura 5 times regarding vibration. They eventually changed tires and rims , but to no avail. They insist that nothing is wrong and that it is common for the 04 TL's. But they do a great job making me feel like I'm the only one who feels it.

    Anyone with conclusive information?
  • carnaughtcarnaught 'zonaPosts: 2,339
    What causes your TL to vibrate? Certain speeds? What vibrates, the wheel, dash?
  • armandarmand Posts: 178
    There hasn't been much said here lately about the TL tire problem. I wonder if anyone has heard anything new as to what if anything Acura is going to do about it. Great car - terrible tires.
  • parasparas Posts: 2
    1. a rumbling vibration at low rev RPM's. 2.During hard accelerations.
    3. Speeds above 40mph, regardless of whether the clutch is engaged or not. Worse above 75mph.
  • recently found out that low profile tires do little to protect alloy rim from curb scrapes! is anyone aware of a product to help polish minor scrapes on alloy rims?
  • mdhaukemdhauke Posts: 202
    Unfortunately not. 3 of my rims has scrapes now. The worst culprit? Drivethroughs.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    It doesn't help that the TL is now a fairly wide car. And the wheels pushed way out to the corners looks great, and helps handling, but adds to the problem. When I park curb-side, I go sloooooow!
  • bluetlbluetl Posts: 1
    I have the exact same problem, it is a vibration that occurs on acceleration and then again primarily in the 1500 to 1800 RPm range, I feel it in the steering wheel, gas pedel and seat. I didn't notice it in the beginning I have about 4000 miles on my car now. It kind feels like when you need to clear your throat.
  • chiangjchiangj Posts: 17
    Sorry to hear that but I have the same problem! Two rims on right side was scraped. Is there anything I could repolish the surface?
  • This is where people attempt to fasten the seat belt but miss. The aluminum strip is rather soft. I have a few marks.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I've heard that the local police are starting to use that as a sobriety test. They are saying if you miss even the seat belt buckle, there is no way in hell you'd be able to touch your nose with your finger! :)
  • billyperksbillyperks Posts: 449
    What is your email address? - I need a price on the Falkiens.
  • Well, I received the phone call from my dealer explaining that my 03 TL S, has been recalled because of the tranny. Seems like second gear isn't getting enough "oil" so, they have to install a pump?? Anyway, they will give a loaner and have the car for a couple of days. The car drives fine (24,000miles) and I haven't noticed any problems but, they want to be on the safe side...more power to them.
  • carnaughtcarnaught 'zonaPosts: 2,339
    Generally I am very happy with the Bluetooth feature. A weird problem happened yesterday. When I returned to my car after about 4 hours, it showed no phone was paired. After I shut off the car and restarted it, it was back to recognizing the phone. Anyone else have this problem?

    I'm using the Sony-Ericsson T608.
  • rsreenirsreeni Posts: 1
    I recently bough an used 2000 Acura 3.2TL with 495xx miles on it. Now, the Side Airbag light comes up and stays on. Do I have to get Dealer to fix it ? I tried adjusting the seats and doesn't help. If I sit in the passenger seat, the light turns off.Any help is appreciated.Thanks, Sreeni
  • I went online to do research on recalls and the TL has been recalled for transmission probs from 2000-2004! I want this car so bad it hurts, but I can't disregard this terrible history. Honda seems to be falling apart. fm

    Use the right side box and search vehicle.
    You can even read the official letter Honda sent to its dealers.

    Surprisingly, recalls for BMW and Lexus were small stuff. Infiniti did not fare well. Audi A6 did poorly but S6 had minor recalls. So Audi still looks pretty good.

    I'd like to hear everyone else's comments on this.
  • donbldonbl Posts: 42
    If you think Audi's are good, read Consumer Reports survey results on reliability. Solid black circles.

    Acura's tend to be half red or solid red.
  • sftroysftroy Posts: 30
    I purchased my 04 TL in Nov (VIN # ...00005xx) and I have similar vibration issues (see my earlier posts). My car vibrates at all speeds after the car has been parked overnight and at high speeds all the time. I parked the car for a week and the vibrations were terrible. I can feel it in the steering wheel, my passengers can feel it and I can hear the thumping sound often. After a long fight with Acura (and the Service Mngr going for a test drive alone), I got new tires and my rims were balanced. Unfortunately, the vibrations continued. I went on another test drive with a Tech, he noticed the vibrations. My rims were slightly out of spec and were rebalanced. I still have vibrations and I'm going f-ing crazy over this. I have Acura Cust Svc involved but if they handle it like the original tires, I'm in for a long, long battle. I have yet to hear back from my dealer and/or Acura on what the next steps are and when they will happen. The vibrations are simply not acceptable and anyone with this problem needs to call Acura and complain. (Note: I was told by the Acura Cust Service person that there is a known harmonic issue at 52MPH with some 04 TLs and that there is no fix for it right now. Great.)

    Everyone should also demand that Acura extend the warranty on their 04 TL trannys to 100K like they and Honda have done for other models.

    I purchased this, my 4th Acura/Honda product as a replacement for my 03 Accord that had premature transmission failure during the first year (among other issues). I thought that I purchasing a car of superior quality and superior customer service that I could rely on and feel safe in. I'm having second thoughts and it is up to Acura to do the right thing - are you listening???
  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    I agree...the TL is a nice car but is not in the same class as BMW or Lexus.

    Too many problems... all kinds of rattles and transmision issues for 4 years in a row.

    I'll never buy another Acura...nothing but an overpriced honda.
  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    There are people who specialize in reparing rims

    Talk to the dealer...
  • How did you get your dealer to change those awful
  • I have the same problem. Wondering about that myself.
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