2nd Generation (1999—2003) TL Problems

This generations ranks 28th out of 31 Acura generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (71%), body (9%), and the electrical (4%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 39 complaints at an average of 125,230 miles in the 2003 Acura TL.
  2. Transmission Slipping 7 complaints at an average of 70,061 miles in the 2002 Acura TL.
  3. Transmission Failed 8 complaints at an average of 151,602 miles in the 2001 Acura TL.

What TL Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Acura model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 54 3 182 11.77
2002 20 5 190 6.23
2001 9 2 166 2.29
2000 9 4 176 3.99
1999 4 3 142 0.79

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