The automatic transmission tends to malfunction more often than in similar models. The Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate.
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The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.
A shudder or vibration may develop while driving at speeds between 35 and 40 MPH. Our technicians tell us this condition is commonly caused by a failed automatic transmission torque converter. It is recommend to replace the torque converter and install an updated powertrain control module (PCM) to correct this concern.
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The Airbag (SRS) warning light may illuminate due to one or more failed sensors. Our technicians recommend complete diagnoses of any stored fault codes because these sensors can be very expensive to replace.
The main relay, which supplies power to the fuel pump, can fail. The engine will crank but fail to start (or start intermittently).
Acura Recalls (Recent)
Acura Recalls 2000–2002 TL Vehicles Due to Incorrect Parts on Seat Belt Buckle
Acura is recalling certain 2000–2002 TL vehicles that may have had incorrect parts installed as a result of a previous seat belt buckle recall. These seat belts may not comply with federal safety standards. Dealers will inspect and replace the front seat belt buckles free of charge.
Acura Recalls 2002 TL Vehicles Due to Improperly Manufactured Seat Belt Buckles
Acura is recalling certain 2002 TL vehicles due to improperly manufactured seat belt buckles. In the event of a crash, seat occupants may not be properly restrained. Dealers will inspect front seat belt buckles and replace as necessary.
Acura Recalls 2000–2002 TL Vehicles Due to Possible Brake Light Switch Failure
Acura is recalling certain 2000–2002 TL vehicles due to possible brake light switch failure, which is caused by assembly oil contaminating the electrical contacts. The brake lights may not illuminate when the brakes are applied, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will clean excess oil from the brake pedal assembly and replace the brake light switch.
Acura Recalls 1996–1998 TL and 1996–1999 RL Models Due to a Loose Transmission Case Bolt
Acura is recalling certain 1996–1998 TL and 1996–1999 RL models because an automatic transmission case bolt may loosen and fall out, allowing the transmission to disengage from the differential. This may cause a loss of power to the drive wheels without warning. Also, a parked vehicle could move unexpectedly if the parking brake is not set. Dealers will install a redesigned transmission case bolt to correct this issue.
Honda and Acura Recall Various 2001–2004 Vehicles Due to an Internal Transmission Fault
Honda and Acura are recalling numerous 2001–2004 vehicles to inspect for an internal automatic transmission fault. This fault could result in gear failure, which can cause the transmission to lock up. If the transmission were to lock up with the vehicle in motion, a crash could result. If the inspection reveals internal transmission damage, the transmission will be replaced. If no internal damaged is noted, the transmission oil cooler return line will be revised in order to increase fluid flow. For more information, please call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.
Acura Questions and Answers
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Acura Owners' Reviews
overall a solid car. I have chased the oil leak at the distributor, repaired the exhaust, replaced water pump/tires/oil/-not too much more . Car will be 20 this year. 156k miles, paid 1200 two years ago. Handy-mans car, needs attention on accession, mine has always started and run.(granted not perfectly, but if you want that bust out with 40,000.00 for a second car, then you can expect a little more!)
My engine is overheating, i have changed radiator and change gasket and even top cylinder grinding.the thermostat have been removed and the fans are ok, wot else could be causing an overheating in this engine? i dnt want to change this car. The water pump is working fine. pls i need a help.
I bought a used 1998 accura cl. I hate this damn thing in a way that I cannot even put into words. The previous owner had to replace the engine at 70000 miles, said that he couldn't afford to own this car. At the time I I couldn't believe him but After a few months of owning it I needed a new clutch and transmission. Plastic radiator replaced twice. It seems that I have to recharge the ac every year. And now it's the alternator. I wish I would have never bought this piece of junk. I will steer everyone I know as far away from acura as I can. This damn thing is cursed. My only real hope left is that it suddenly just catch fire tonight while sitting in my driveway so that I can just cut my losses.
Bought used 1997 Acura CL in 2002. In 2013 she's still rolling strong with 271,000+ miles. Replaced transmission once, starter, some suspension items, usual expected wear-and-tear issues, and interior is worn from time and use. All things considered, this car has been a blessing from God for me and was well worth what I paid for it. Plus I've driven it for 6 additional years after I paid it off. No car payment is a great and wonderful thing. :)
I love this car. I have 113000 miles on it, replaced tires once. I have air whistling through the drivers side door but dealer says they are not sure what it is so I did not try to get it fixed. The interior passenger side rear door handle leather is pulling away (it looks like it is coming unglued). The drivers seat has a few small tears where the seat belt buckle hits it. The trim around the outside of the windows is rippling(it has already been replaced once) and my paint is showing wear. The gear shift light on the console is out. Other than the above I have not had any major problems with this vehicle.