2003 Acura TL Repair and Maintenance

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

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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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.

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.

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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My Acura TL 3.2 is the best car I have ever owned and at 76 I've had a lot of cars. I bought it from my neighbor with 12147 miles on it. It now has 46720 and I have done nothing to this car except normal maintenance. I get 31 miles to the gallon on the road. The in town mileage is not terrific (15 to 17) but also not that bad. They recalled my car for a tranmission part addition at 16000miles....

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.

transmission has already been replaced once and now it's acting up again-the blower motor fried had to replace it and 3 other parts-now front end squeaking-i always heard acura and hondas were the best- thought about trading it in on a 2010 civic until i checked out owner reviews

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