Automatic Transmission May Fail Prematurely on Acura TL

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Automatic transmission problems are common and these transmissions have high failure rates.  Acura has voluntarily extended the warranty on many of its automatic transmissions, so be sure to check with an Acura dealership to confirm warranty coverage.

Automatic Transmission May Fail Prematurely

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 126,351 (61,810–215,000)
Drive Train affected: Automatic Transmission
7 model years affected: 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2006, 2007
15 people reported this problem
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Trans just stopped working. No indications that something was wrong!
Transmission started slipping and then died. Dealership wants $7,200 to replace it for parts and labor!
Dealer replaced transmission at 50% of cost since it was out of warranty
I haven't fixed it I can't afford the damn thing, Acura should replace all these garbage heaps. They knew about this in 2000 and it still happening in 2004, maybe you should look into changing your transmission to a different kind of transmission since this one doesn't seem to be working! But you know that's how it goes, because this just wouldn't be the United States of America if people were not being ripped off by corporations.
Transmission has gone out. I'm having a very hard time finding a replacement transmission. Every one that I find for my make and model ends up being the incorrect transmission.
The transmission started slipping from 2nd to 3rd on my way home from work on a Monday night. On Tuesday morning it was working fine for about 15 miles - then it started slipping again. Tuesday afternoon I took it to a transmission shop and they checked the fluid and test drove it. They wanted me to bring it in Wednesday morning so they could hook it up to their computer. On my way home the problem became worse - revving up to the red before shifting from 2nd to 3rd. Wednesday morning on my way to drop it off there was no problem until after about 20 miles. The transmission shop did their tests and research - found out that this is a VERY COMMON problem for Acura. Acura will not help with the $2400 repair cost. This will not happen to me again because I will not buy another Honda/Acura again!!!
Car maintenance was superb. One week after scheduled oil change and diagnostic the trans went dead. Dealership offer to replace for ONLY $5000.
Transmission shifts to "M" mode on its own and gets stuck in lower gears slowing the vehicle.
Suddenly would not shift to 2nd gear