The Acura TL is a compact executive and luxury car that was produced by Acura, a luxury vehicle division of Honda and first launched in March of 1986. The Acura TL was first introduced on the market in 1995 to replace the Acura Vigor and was Acura’s best selling model until it was outsold by the MDX in 2007.
Auto Repairs Are EXPENSIVE
In 2005, the Acura TL ranked as the second best luxury sedan in the United States only losing to the BMW 3 Series. After this popular ranking, however, the sales and the reviews steadily declined. Four generations of the Acura TL were produced, with the final fourth generation premiering as the 2009 model and ending production in 2014.
The first generation was the UA1-3 and was produced from 1996-1998, the second generation was produced from 1999-2003, the third generation was from 2004-2008, and the fourth generation was produced and manufactured from 2009-2014.
2002 Acura TL Problems
The top categories of complaint regarding the 2002 Acura TL involve the transmission, with the 1999-2003 Acura TL having a known and widespread defect within this system. Honda fixed some vehicles with a recall in 2004 by changing the oil cooler return line, and extended the transmission warranty on some of the Acura TL’s to around 110,000 miles.
The transmission problems that the users stated for this model involve the transmission failure and the transmission slipping, with the typical repair cost coming out to around $3,060 and the average mileage occurring at around 148,000 miles, with the most common solutions being to rebuild the transmission or replace the transmission.
2003 Acura TL Problems
The main category of complaints regarding this mode is also the transmission, with users stating that the car undergoes transmission failure and the car shakes during acceleration. To fix the transmission failure, the typical repair cost comes out to nearly $3,000 and occurs at around 115,000 miles, with tears stating that the most common solution is to replace the transmission.
2004 Acura TL Problems
The top categories of concern regarding the 2004 Acura TL involve the interior accessories and the transmission. The top issues regarding the interior accessories for users include the cracked dashboard, the control center not working, the stereo not working correctly, and the washer fluid light turning on. To fix the cracked dashboard, the typical repair cost is around $1,200 and the most common solution is to replace the dashboard at around 116,000 miles.
For the transmission issues that have been plaguing the Acura TL, the transmission failure and hard shifting are still the most common problems. The typical repair cost is around $3,600 and occurs at around 11,000 miles, with the most common solutions being to replace the transmission, with users stating that the car shuts down while driving, the car wasn’t able to stomp and the car needed a transmission replacement.
2005 Acura TL Problems
The main category of concern regarding the Acura TL involves the interior accessories, with the highest NHTSA complaints involving the body and paint category. The interior accessories issues continue to focus on the cracked dashboard, the CD and tape player breaking, and rattling in the rear shelf behind the rear seat. The cracked dashboard has a common solution of replacing the dashboard and having a typical repair cost of around $1,700 at around 89,000 miles.
Regarding the body and paint problems, the top concerns from users focus on the clear coat peeling off, the door handle cover falling off, the roof and pillars, and the structure of the body having issues.
2006 Acura TL Problems
The 2006 Acura TL main categories of concern involve the interior accessories and the top NHTSA issues focus on the seat belts and air bags system. For the interior problems, users have cited complaints regarding the cracked dashboard, Bluetooth failure, and the navigation system. To fix the Bluetooth failure, the most common solution is to disable it and replace the module, with the typical repair cost coming out to around $800 and occurring at around 96,000 miles.
For the seat belts and air bags, the top complaints focus on the air bag system, with users having complaints about the faulty sensors, electrical issues, the dashboard lights coming on, and the transmission needing to be rebuilt or replaced, causing 3 crashes, 3 injuries, and occurring at around 89,000 miles.
2007 Acura TL Problems
The main categories of complaint in the 2007 Acura TL still focus on the interior accessories, but also have user complaints focusing on the electrical problems and the transmission. The top complaints of the electrical system focus on the battery dying overnight, the loss of power in the car, the car not being able to turn, and the loss of power while driving. The battery dying overnight can be repaired by around $200 and has a common solution of replacing the relay or disconnecting the faulty Bluetooth module.
The transmission issues in this car focus on the hesitation during transmission and the constant vibration during use, with the most common solution rebuilding the transmission and costing around $2,500 and occurring at around 66,000 miles.
2008 Acura TL Problems
The top category of complaints focusing on the Acura TL in the 2008 model year involves the interior accessories as it has the previous years, with the main user concerns focusing on the seats ripping, the dash cracking, the Bluetooth failing, and the radio losing presets. To fix the seats ripping, the typical repair cost comes in at around $750 and occurs at around 74,000 miles, with the most common solution being to replace the leather.
2009 Acura TL Problems
Unlike the previous model years, the main category of concerns regarding the 2009 Acura TL focus on the engine. The main issues focus on the excessive oil consumption in the 2009 Acura TL, with this problem happening at an average mileage of around 41,000 miles, and has users stating that the low oil light turns on the dashboard, and there is excessive oil use in the car.
2010 Acura TL Problems
Similar to the previous year, the main category of complaints in the 2010 Acura TL involves the engine, with the most user complaints focusing on excessive oil consumption or a beeping noise coming from the engine. The typical repair cost of the excessive oil consumption came out to around $6,550 and has the most common solution of possibly replacing the motor, replacing the engine, or replacing the short block.
2011 Acura TL Problems
Unlike the previous years, the 2011 Acura TL has very few problems when compared to the last few model years. The only problems in this model were very minor, and focused on the clutch and engine problems. The clutch issue focuses on the clutch slipping during use, with the typical solution being to replace the clutch and flywheel at around 40,000 miles.
2012 Acura TL Problems
The main category of concern in the 2012 Acura TL involves the suspension problems and the steering system. The problems within the suspension focus on the noise from the suspension, with the problem happening at around 8,400 miles and users stating the car makes clunking or grinding sounds.
In the steering system category, users made various complaints regarding the power steering failing, with the most common solution being to replace the EPS unit or replace the power steering motor, with the typical repair cost coming out to around $1,490 and occurring at around 82,000 miles.
2013-2014 Acura TL Problems
The problems with the Acura Tl in these model years are very minor when compared to the previous years, with these years having only minor complaints, focusing on the steering in the2013 model year and the body and paint in the 2014 model. The steering concerns focus on the power steering failure, with users stating that they needed to replace the EPS module at around 57,000 miles for around $1,200. The body and paint issues in the 2014 Acura TL involve the deck lid hinges squeaking at only 8,000 miles.
2007 Acura TL Reliability
The 2007 Acura TL has a combination of both comfort and safety on the road and delivers a luxurious ride and a comfortable car for many occasions. The pros of the Acura TL in this year is that the V6 engines deliver power and high performance qualities, the Acura TL is packed to the brim with standard features, the car has leather seats and a luxury interior with a spacious cabin, the Acura TL has a strong resale value, and it has solid safety features and crash test ratings. The cons of the 2007 Acura TL is that the handling has a tendency to steer haphazardly, there is no rear folding seat back for extra cargo space, and there is no all-wheel drive option.
The CAr US News Scorecard for the 2007 Acura TL earned a 8.9 rating out of 10, with the critics’ rating coming out to 9.3, the performance coming to 8.7, the interior equalling 84, the safety coming out to 9.2, and the reliability rating from JD Power coming to 3 out of 5 stars.
2014 Acura TL Reliability
The 2014 Acura TL Reliability earned the #10 ranking in the 2014 Luxury Midsize Cars category, along with a not as favorable #68 spots in the Used Luxury Midsize Cars under $20K category. The pros of this model involve the premium and luxurious interior, the strong and high performance V6 engines, and the sporty and agile handling. The cons of this car involve the few driver assistance features and limited safety options, with the 2014 being the last model year in production.
The Acura TL has energetic and agile handling, an upscale and luxurious cabin, and solid reliability and safety ratings for its last model year. It is also one of the most affordable used midsize luxury cars available on the market, and provides decent miles per gallon with the car earning `17-20 miles per gallon in the city, and 25-29 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Car US News Scorecard earned a total ranking of 7.9 out of 10 for the 2014 Acura TL, with the critics' rating coming out to 8.3, the performance coming to 7.8, the interior equalling 8.2, the total cost of ownership coming out to 8.4, the safety coming out to 9.2, and the JD Power Reliability rating earning 3 out of 5 stars.
Acura TL Recalls
One of the first recalls for the Acura TL involved the powertrain and the automatic transmission. In some minivans and passenger vehicles, certain operating conditions could result in heat build up between the countershaft and the secondary shaft second gears in the automatic transmission, leading to gear tooth chipping, transmission lockup, and increasing the result of a crash.
Another early recall in the Acura TL involved the hydraulic power assist, the hose and piping connections, and the steering system in the car. Honda had to recall nearly 300,000 vehicles from the 2004-2008 models that had prolonged high under hood temperatures causing the power steering hose to deteriorate prematurely, leading to the hose to crack and leak power steering fluid.
Another recall from the same year involves the visibility and the windshield wiper and washers. Honda recalled nearly 130,000 vehicles from the 2004-2005 Acura TL vehicles, with the potential of water entering the windshield wiper motor breather port, resulting in corrosion inside the motor housing and causing a failure of the electrical circuit breaker in the motor housing.
One of the last calls in the car involves the airbags and the frontal and driver side air bags. Honda recalled specific 2009-2014 Acura TL models, with the affected vehicles receiving a replacement driver air bag inflator as part of the Takata inflator recall remedy or a replacement dier air bag module. An explosion of this inflator within the driver frontal airbag can cause the sharp metal fragments to strike the driver or passengers.
The Acura TL ranked the second-best luxury sedan in the US in 2004, but soon after, sales and reviews declined because of its common transmission issues requiring complete transmission replacement. In some cases, it may be better to send this car to a junkyard if you can’t afford the repairs.
Auto Repairs Are EXPENSIVE
When the Acura TL hit the market in 1995, everyone was excited about it. At the time, it was more durable than luxury cars in its segment. It was small yet sporty and was a fairly reliable vehicle until transmission issues started to arise. It created a lot of buzz in the automobile industry.
The problem with buzz in the industry, however, is that some vehicles don’t live up to the hype. This could happen for many reasons. The most common is that within the high-class build, problems with engines, transmissions, and suspensions lurk.
Common failures include the torque converter, 3rd gear clutch pack, and entire transmission. After numerous lawsuits and recalls, Honda extended the transmission warranty, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to continue manufacturing the car; manufacturing ended in 2014.
This article outlines the Acura TL transmission types, issues, and where applicable, the 2021 cost estimate of the repair. Remember that this estimate varies depending on the mechanic, location, availability of parts, and market value.
Acura TL Transmission Problems
The Acura TL has several problems but by far its worst category of problems is the Acura TL transmission. Transmission failure showed up most commonly in the 2003 Acura TL. This problem was on the automatic transmission, not the manual transmission.
Even though 2003 had the most complaints, it wasn’t the only year that the TL had issues. 2002 had a high number of complaints as well, but the years 2003 to 2009 and 2012 all had transmission issues.
Consumers hate problems with their vehicles, especially when they paid a pretty penny for the ride. When these transmission issues started occurring, the car owners were livid.
What years did the Acura TL have transmission problems?
The Acura TL transmission has had its share of problems throughout the years beginning with the 2002 model and going through to the 2012 model.
In 2002, the Acura TL had a widespread defect within the transmission that meant complete transmission failure at around 148,000 miles. The same problem occurred in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007, but with each year it began occurring at an earlier amount of mileage.
Granted, many drivers don’t push their cars past 100,000. They buy a new car to replace the ride way before the milage adds up to that point. However, this means the danger is problematic for used car owners.
Used car shoppers often get excited to see a once-hyped car available for a steal. The problem is that these great prices and deals often reveal that the car will be a lemon.
What Transmission Do I Have?
Acura TL transmission models consist of the BDGA, B7VA, and B7WA. All of the models have the same common problems including loss of forward gears, overheat, and loss of 4th gear and/or reverse.
Causes of the loss of forward gears ranged from a faulty solenoid to a torque converter issues.
If you towed heavy loads, drove in stop-and-go traffic, or drove on mountainous terrain, overheating occurred when the transmission created more friction than the automatic transmission fluid could remove. This could cause a whole slew of problems both in the moment and down the line.
Another common issue was the loss of 4th gear or reverse caused by design flaws in the valve and channel plate. How is the car going to make it out of the subdivision without fourth gear?
The Worst Year for the Acura TL: 2010
Although the 2003 Acura TL transmission was severe, the 2010 Acura TL has been titled the worst year to date.
In addition to transmission issues, the car excessively consumed oil. Owners were putting two to three quarts of oil into the vehicle between oil changes and some even had the engine die.
In addition, the 2010 Acura TL also had defective brake rotors that caused the front wheels to vibrate. The 2010 model also had the airbag sensor turn on at about 50,000 miles.
When this vehicle first hit the market, the MSRP was between $35,000 and $42,400. Imagine spending all that money on a car to have problems with the brake rotors, transmission, and engine failure. If that’s not covered under warranty, you may as well send the car to the junkyard.
Acura TL Recalls
The Acura TL transmission is notoriously faulty and, as you can guess, the vehicle itself has several recalls related to the transmission.
The 2000-2004 Acura TL was recalled because, in certain operating conditions, heat built up between the countershaft and secondary shaft gears in the automatic transmission that lead to gear tooth chipping or breakage.
If the gear failed it would result in transmission lockup which could lead to a crash (injury, property damage, car loss, etc. are all on the menu in this situation).
The 1996-1998 Acura TL was recalled because a transmission case bolt could fall out allowing the transmission to disengage. This meant the vehicle lost power to the drive wheels without warning. Also, shifting into park would not lock the wheels and a parked vehicle could move unexpectedly.
If you are the current owner of an Acura TL or interested in purchasing one, you can call your local Honda dealership, and with the vehicle identification number, check on any outstanding recalls the car needs.
Acura TL Technical Service Bulletins
Sometimes vehicle manufacturers issue technical service bulletins (TSB) and three were issued related to the Acura TL transmission. A TSB is sometimes confused with a recall but only covers components that malfunction without compromising the safety of the vehicle.
The most recent TSB issued was for the 2009-2011 Acura TL. A shudder from the torque converter could be felt while driving between 20-45 mph. To minimize the shudder, a software update for the transmission is available.
Honda made this software update available free of charge; however, if the shudder returned, the torque converter would need to be replaced. Honda extended the warranty on torque converters in affected vehicles to eight years from the original date of purchase or 105,000 miles, whichever came first.
That being said, if you have a Honda Acura that is no longer eligible for this free repair, you’re going to have to pay for it out of pocket. That’s bad news, especially for used car owners who likely made the purchase to save money, not spend it.
The 2002-2003 Acura TL also had a TSB. The 3rd gear clutch pack in the automatic transmission was wearing quicker than normal and needed to be replaced. If it wasn’t replaced, the car would not upshift or downshift, display excessively harsh shifts, and slow or delay engagement.
The first TSB issued was for the 1999-2003 Acura TL. While driving, certain indicators on the dashboard flashed, loud noises came from the transmission, slow or delayed gear engagement was experienced, and automatic transmission fluid leaked.
This was solved by a new torque converter, powertrain control module replacement, and/or a new fuel pressure regulator.
Because there were so many issues with the transmission, Honda was forced to extend the transmission and torque converter warranties in 2003, however, they no longer apply.
How much does it cost to replace an Acura TL transmission?
Because the Acura TL transmission is known for failure, it’s important to know the average cost to get your vehicle fixed. The average cost for a diagnosis is the cheapest part at around $100.
After the diagnosis, the cost to rebuild or replace your transmission is very expensive.
The average cost to rebuild a transmission is $2,800 to $3,800 while replacing the transmission can cost from $4,000 to $8,000. The labor to remove and replace a transmission ranges from $500 to $1,200.
Rebuilding a transmission can save you money in the long term, but it is still a significant chunk of change. If the vehicle is not worth the investment, it’s better to send it to the junkyard.
Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a vehicle is roughly 12 years. Most people try to push their cars to 100,000, sometimes 200,000 miles within that time. The likely truth is that an Acura may not make it in light of these transmission issues.
How long does an Acura TL Transmission last?
Ideally, transmission should last the life of a car, but as we can see with the Acura TL transmission, that is not the case.
The life of a transmission is one of the biggest concerns for car buyers, especially those buying a used car as it is harder to verify how the car was maintained.
Transmission lifespans vary with some lasting just over 10,000 miles and others over 200,000 miles. Although regular vehicle maintenance is the number one factor in elongating a transmission’s lifespan, it does not matter if the vehicle has manufacturing issues.
The 2007 Acura TL transmission needed replacing around 66,000 miles. While mileage varied, the longest an Acura TL transmission lasted was 148,000 miles, until of course, Honda redesigned the transmission and it was no longer a problem for newly produced models.
Is the Transmission Repair Even Worth It?
Having read all of these problems, you’re wondering is the Acura TL transmission repair even worth it?
Rebuilding a transmission may feel like a quick victory. Within a few days, maybe a week, your car is back on the road for a few thousand dollars. That might seem cheaper than buying a whole new car.
When talking about cars with a high value or sentimental meaning, some drivers will do whatever it takes to keep the car in pristine operating condition. Sometimes, though, it’s not worth it!
The average price of a transmission rebuild is about $2,500. That’s a lot of dough for a used car, especially something from 2003-2010.
For some, this repair makes sense. They may have the $2,500 to repair their used car, and they can avoid making a down payment or taking out a loan to buy a new ride. As the life of the vehicle is extended, car owners take a sigh of relief.
Then again, what else is going to go wrong with the car next? Do you have the money set aside for a new repair every other month? The short-term payoff may not be worth it in the end. Getting a more reliable vehicle could save you a lot of headaches and cash.
The Acura TL: Think Long and Hard Before Purchasing
If you own an Acura TL and have yet to have transmission issues, reading this article has probably scared you. You are now facing transmission problems, amongst other issues, that may require expensive repairs that you just don’t have the money for.
Unfortunately, this happens with all cars, especially used cars. Sometimes the best option is to part with the car once and for all by sending it to the junkyard. With the title in hand, you can wave goodbye to that disaster.
If the car is worth the investment, use your time wisely and visit a mechanic for a proper diagnosis as soon as possible. If the mechanic can make a diagnosis before any symptoms show, you are buying yourself some time. With proper, regularly scheduled maintenance, the car could last for much longer.
It’s much better to deal with this problem now before you end up stranded on the side of the road, hazard lights and all.
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Acura TL 2004-2008: problems, reliability, fuel economy
Updated: September 25, 2021The 2004-2008 Acura TL is a rare sporty sedan. It offers a strong V6 engine, sharp handling and an upscale interior. The list of available features includes HID headlights, Bluetooth and Navigation System with Voice Recognition. The TL scored well in the NHTSA frontal crash tests. The reliability is not bad, but there are a few things to watch out for, please read further.
Reliability and problems:A bad engine oil pump seal can cause an oil leak in the oil filter area. The repair costs $450-$500. It's a good idea to combine this repair with the replacement of a timing belt and water pump, as some of the labor overlaps.
Several owners mentioned cracks in the dash. It looks like this problem is more common in southern states. The dash replacement is expensive. See this threadof the Acurazine forum discusses the issue.
Problems with the Hands free link staying on and draining the battery are mentioned often. The Acura Service Bulletin 08-057 for the 05-08 TL describes the problem and advises replacing the HFL control unit. The repair costs around $360-$400. A bad accelerator pedal position sensor can cause the Check Engine light with lack of power and the code P2138. We have found many Youtube videoson this problem.
Engine mountscan go bad. The replacement of three most common engine mounts may cost up to $1500. Aftermarket parts are cheaper.
The side mirror actuator can fail, causing it not to reset properly when using the memory settings. The part is not very expensive, but removing the mirror glass is a delicate task. There are several YouTube videoson the subject.
As of 2021, Consumer Reports rates the 2007 Acura TL as 'above average' for reliability. The 2004 TL is rated 'below average'. Other model years of this generation are rated 'average'.
Fuel Economy:The 2004-2008 Acura TL 3.2L automatic gets 18/26 mpg(13.1/9.0 L/100 km) city/highway on premium gasoline. On one 17.1-gallon (64.7 liters) tank, the 3.2L TL can go up to 408 miles (657 km) with mostly highway driving. The 2007-2008 3.5L TL Type-S is rated at 17/26 mpg(13.8/9.0 L/100 km) on premium gasoline.
Mechanical:The TL has front-wheel drive. Transmission choices included a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. The front suspension is a double-wishbone; the rear suspension has an independent multi-link layout. All four wheels have disk brakes. The Anti-lock brakes (ABS) and the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control are standard.
Timing belt or chain:Both the 3.2L and 3.5L V6 engines have a timing beltthat must be replaced at recommended intervals.
Safety:In the NHTSA frontal crash tests, the 2004-2008 Acura TL scored five stars for both the driver and the front passenger. In the NHTSA side-impact crash tests, the 2004-2008 Acura TL received four stars for the front and five stars for the rear seat protection. For more details, visit Safercar.gov. The 2004-2008 Acura TL also received "Good" overall rating in the frontal offset crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS).
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Pros: Safety ratings, strong V6, sporty look, handling, premium sound system.
Cons: Requires premium gasoline, the rear seat doesn't fold down, the rims scratch easy when parking by the curb, parts are expensive, large turning radius
Maintenance:Regular oil changes will help keeping your engine in good shape. Change the transmission fluid at recommended intervals; use only the fluid type listed in your owner's manual. The owner's manual for 2007 Acura TL says
Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (automatic transmission fluid)If you hear a whining noise from the steering when the car is started cold, there was a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) on this issue describing a problem with the air entering the power steering fluid through a bad O-ring at the steering pump; the repair is fairly simple: replace the O-ring. To keep your car safe, have it inspected at least once a year in a repair shop on the lift. Keep all the fluids clean and topped up.
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2006 Acura TL - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis
🔎 Common problems of the 2006 Acura TL
306 problems have been reported for the 2006 Acura TL. The following chart shows the 20 most common problems for 2006 Acura TL. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags with 83 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's equipment (53 problems).
Table 1. Common problems of the 2006 Acura TL
📈 PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend
In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2006 Acura TL in the United States are 78,123 units . If the total number of problems reported by Acura TL owners in the last 15 years is 306, and the age of the vehicle is 15, the PPMY index can then be calculated as
PPMY Index = 306 / 78,123 / 15 * 1000 = 0.26.
For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Acura TL model year vehicles.
The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2006 Acura TL in 2006.
Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend
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📊 Compare the 2006 Acura TL with Other Model Years
When making the decision between buying a new or used Acura TL, the following table can be used to compare the 2006 Acura TL with the Acura TL from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2006 TL is 306 while the average number of problems reported for the 19 model years of the Acura TL is 190.
Table 3. Compare the 2006 Acura TL with other model years
Tl problems common acura 2006
The Acura TL is a luxury sedan that has a lot of power but, also has the dubious honor of having racked up the most complaints of any Acura ever on CarComplaints.com. In fact it jumped far ahead of its Acura peers when it came to serious issues. Manufactured from 2000 through 2014, the Acura TL has an aggressive design and powerful V6 engines, but unfortunately, owners had a lot to complain about, especially in certain years.
Acura TL transmission problems
The worst category of problems with the Acura TL is with the transmission. This dreaded problem, transmission failure, showed up the most in the 2003 Acura TL. Complaints about the transmission were off the charts, and received a severity rating of 9 which is “really awful”.
This is understandable because the cost for repair headed close to $3,000. This problem was on the automatic transmissions in the Acura TL, not the available manual transmission.
Even though it had the most complaints, 2003 wasn’t the only year that the TL had transmission issues and complaints. 2002 had a high amount of transmission problems complaints as well. Acura TL owners who bought production years 2003-2009 and 2012 also had complained about transmission problems. Most car enthusiasts know that Acura had a problem with faulty transmissions in both the Acura TL and the Acura CL.
2010 was the worst year for TL
Even though 2003 had the severe problem of transmission failure, CarComplaints.com dubbed the 2010 Acura TL the worst year ever. Excessive oil consumption was a big complaint for the 2010 TL. Owners complained of having to put 2 to 3 quarts of oil into the vehicle between oil changes, and others reported the engine dying even though they had taken the vehicle to all of its scheduled oil changes.
This was a very expensive problem for owners, with an average repair cost of $6,550. The site gave the problem a severity rating of 7.9, or “pretty bad”, and the issue occurred at an average of 60,950 miles.
That wasn’t all for the 2010 Acura TL, sadly. Defective brake rotors were also a problem, and that received a severity rating of 10, or really awful, because let’s face it, brakes are important.
Owners found that the front wheels would start vibrating and then found out the problem was the brake rotors. 2010 was also a year for the airbag light coming on. At an average of 48,000 miles, owners had to take the car in to get the airbag light turned off.
Interior and electrical issues
In 2006, the Acura TL also had it rough. That year, interior accessories went haywire for owners, with a ton of complaints about everything from a cracked dashboard to Bluetooth failure. The cracked dashboard picked up a severity rating of 8.1, which is also “pretty bad”. Owners were upset that the dash started cracking so early in the vehicle’s life — the problem usually happened on an average of around 94,000 miles.
Owners of the 2006 Acura TL also complained about their Bluetooth failing. Car Complaints gave it a severity rating of 6.3, or ‘fairly significant”, because a lot of today’s technology depends on wireless connections. unfortunately, it was also an expensive repair, costing Acura TL owners an average of $800.
Even though it was in production for 12 years, the Acura TL turned out to be the most complained about Acura in their lineup. Transmission failure is never going to earn points with drivers, and Acura has moved on from the TL sedan.
SOLVED! 2006 Acura TL Transmission Problems
A lot of owners have made many reports about the car’s transmission for issues such as erratic shifting, transmission slipping, and transmission failure.
The root category of concern for the 2006 Acura TL is namely the interior accessories, and the top NHTSA problems that focus on the seat belts, and airbags system.
For the interior problems, owners have reported problems regarding the crack of the dashboard, failure of Bluetooth, and the system of navigation.
In this article, each user’s complaints will be covered and recalls for the 2006 Acura TL transmission problems, so you will always be informed.
How to fix the Bluetooth, seat belts, and airbags issue?
The usual solution to fix the failure of Bluetooth is the method of disabling it and replacing the module, with the most common repair cost rolling out to around 800$ and occurring at around 96,000 miles.
For the side of seat belts and airbags, the most concern of owners is the airbag system.
The things that cause three crashes, and three injuries, that occur around 89,000 miles are electrical issues, a transmission that needs to be rebuilt or replaced, the dashboard lights coming on, and faulty sensors which most users complain about.
Problems of 2006 Acura TL
There is no open safety recalls on its transmission to the 2006 Acura TL last August 2020.
But, users have made a lot of concern about the car’s transmission for problems such as transmission slipping, transmission failure, and erratic shifting.
First, in August 2014, there was a user of the 2006 Acura TL who reported erratic transmission shifting at 40 to 50 mph speed.
And even experienced the issue on another day like the transmission is struggling to upshift and suddenly shifting into neutral. This means that the car had to get to a repair shop.
The second is the transmission slipping. In August of 2014, a 2006 Acura TL user complained that the moment he drives the car uphill, the gears will slip and spin continuously.
This issue is more often occurring in hot weather as it was reported. Immediately, the owner must need to replace the transmission after being advised it wasn’t suitable with the V6 engine of the car.
The third is transmission failure, in January 2014, there was an owner of a 2006 Acura TL who reported to the NHTSA because of the ongoing problems where the user had to have the transmission on the vehicle that was used to be prematurely replaced.
The owner paid $1,280 for the entire transmission to be replaced, just for the same issue to occur again.
The leakage in the gasket between inner and outer transmission has received a lot of complaints. Unluckily, this leak is mostly misdiagnosed as an axle oil leak.
Just inspect immediately if you know you have any kind of fluid leak. There are a lot of cases or reasons why transmission is leaking.
However, ignoring the leak can be the reason for severe transmission issues, which lead to damaged or broken gears.
How do you handle an open recall on a 2006 Acura TL?
Even if there are no reported formal or official recalls issued on the 2006 Acura Tl transmission, there are still other safety recalls on this vehicle.
On the NHTSA recall page, enter your VIN to find out if there are any open recalls on your car or if you have a 2006 TL.
You can reach out to 1-800-382-2238 to have a conversation with an Acura customer service representative if there are.
Because they will be able to guide you through the steps to have your recall repaired and addressed with no cost needed.
It is no first or the second time that Acura TL is diagnosed with issues about the transmission of your information.
Even 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 are prominent for their transmission problems. It is reported that in 2006 Acura TL, 296 transmission problems can occur.
Hopefully, this article made you list 2006 Acura TL transmission problems.
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