2003 Acura TL Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Acura TL

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2003 Acura TL Problems

Automatic Transmission Issues

The automatic transmission tends to malfunction more often than in similar models. The Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate.

Automatic Transmission May Fail Prematurely

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

Engine Mounts

I found out that at only 83000 miles my TL had to have the engine mounts replaced already at a cost of almost $800.00

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2003 Acura TL Questions

From 0 to 30mph there is a rumble strip like feel. (1 answer)

When cpming to a light I hear a clicking noise in the front brakes I believe. Acura said to replace rotors and brake shoes which I did, still have same problem. My main concern is when coming to a stop at a light, the Light turns green I hit the gas and I feel a rumble strip like feel coming from...

Is the serpentine belt something common that tends to go at this cars age? (2 answers)

Also have a MASSIVE steering fluid leak. Trying to get any idea if this is common with these cars. Trying to decide wether to fix or trash it, thanks!

Abs/vsa does not read above 6 mph (1 answer)

No codes reading abs .I replaced all 4 speed sensors
cleaned all 4 stators on wheels no rust ,speed sensor codes are gone now.
Replaced abs/vsa controller .
Cleaned plug to abs pump
was reading a PFINH could not find what that is ,only found one that goes to the transmission gear selection ...

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2003 Acura TL Recalls

Driver's Front Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag inflator free of charge to correct the concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Honda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

Replacement Airbag Inflator Could Be Defective

Honda is recalling 2,430 vehicles because a driver's airbag inflator, installed as a replacement part, may be defective. In the event of deployment, these inflators could produce excess internal pressure and rupture, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace the driver's airbag inflator as necessary. The recall is expected to begin by June 27, 2011. 

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2003 Acura TL Reviews

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...
I bought her with 52k in 2008 for a 40k a year job,and now she has 212K leaks power steering fluid, new rotors, pads and tires times 2 and thats it, best car I've ever owned.
We bought our 2003 TL in early 2002 and it has operated trouble free (with the exception of rotors) for 150,000 miles. The transmission had the recommended recall work performed. What experience have others had with high mileage TLs? Is transmission replacement expected at 200,000 miles? Thank you.

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