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Acura RL Acura extended automatic transmission warranty

Acura RL Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 146,500 mi (121,000 mi - 172,000 mi)


Acura extended the warranty due to numerous issues with the automatic transmission. Problems with the automatic transmission may make the car undrivable and can result in costly repairs.

  • rallen769, , 172,000 mi

    When accelerating, I heard a clunk. After the clunk, I heard loud clanking and spinning/whirring noise. I could not accelerate, coasted to a stop. When bringing to the repair shop, they said it was the differential, and possibly the transmission. When the shop attempted to remove the differential from the transmission, they said the tool used to remove it broke off in the differential. They were unable to get the shaft of the differential out of the transmission and could not get the transmission out. It is now in the shop. My car is in great cosmetic and mechanical condition with the exception of this issue. The shop also has a small car sales business and they are offering to basically drop the $500 of labor fees accrued and keep my car. I am not real happy with this offer. Even if they use it for a parts car because it's too costly to fix, I'm sure they would get far more for the parts than $500. Maybe I'm just sad that this unexpected issue had to happen, but my car is still very pretty and hard to swallow this.

    I noticed about a year ago that the car had a slight jump in shifting at slow speeds. I asked the dealership and two other repair shops to look into it because I wanted to prevent a problem. All said they could not duplicate the issue, but it continued to persist. Eventually this happened. I can not say for sure that it is related, but my suspicions are yes.
    Has anyone had any issues of not being able to remove the differential from transmission? What did you do?

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