I am considering buying a 2003 TL Type-S, with 89,000 on the tranny. The VIN ends in 071696. I have read many complaints of the transmissions failing ... will mine fall into this category?
Year : 2003
Make : Acura
Model: TL Type-S
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Proceed with caustion,, these transmission are NOTORIOUS for failing, we have done many, espcially the older ones.
What are your major concerns?
I wanted to know if my VIN number makes this car one of the earlier ones, or did they fix the problem by the time mine was made.
If the car drives okay now, and there is good record of the fuild being replaced I wouldnt be too concerned. But dont be surprised, its not inevitable, but highly likely
I need you full VIN to run the check
based on what I pulled your VIN,, your vehicle has been fixed.
Here is the recall letter
(This is an electronic version of the letter that will be mailed to you. Please wait until you receive the actual letter before contacting your dealer.)
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has decided that a defect relating to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2001-03 3.2CLs, 2000-03 3.2TLs, and 2004 TLs.
Certain operating conditions can result in heat buildup in the transmission second gear set and may lead to gear tooth chipping. In very rare cases, gear breakage can occur. Gear failure could result in transmission lock-up, and a crash could occur without warning.
Call any authorized Acura dealer and make an appointment to have your vehicle repaired. For vehicles with less than 15,000 miles, the dealer will install an oil jet kit to provide additional lubrication to the gears. For vehicles with more than 15,000 miles, the dealer will inspect the affected gear for heat discoloration, which indicates possible damage. If heat discoloration exists, the dealer will replace the transmission. If heat discoloration is not found, the dealer will install an oil jet kit. This work will be done free of charge. Please plan to leave your vehicle all day to allow the dealer flexibility in scheduling the inspection and installing the oil jet kit. If transmission replacement is needed, the work will take more than one day.
If you are not satisfied with the service you receive from your Honda dealer, you may write to: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.Honda Automobile Customer ServiceMail Stop 500-2N-7A 1919 Torrance Blvd.Torrance, CA XXXXX-XXXX If you believe that American Honda or the dealer has failed or is unable to remedy the defect in your vehicle, without charge, within a reasonable period of time (60 days from the date you first contact the dealer for a repair appointment), you may submit a complaint to: Administrator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration1200 New Jersey Ave., SEWashington, DC 20590Or call the toll-free Safety Hotline at (XXX) XXX-XXXX [TTY (XXX) XXX-XXXX], or go to http://www.safercar.gov
Our records show that you are the current owner or lessee of a 2001-03 3.2CL, 2000-03 3.2TL, or 2004 TL involved in this campaign. If this is not the case, or the name/address information is not correct, please fill out and return the enclosed, postage-paid Information Change Card. We will then update our records.
If you paid to have the transmission replaced, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Refer to the attached instructions for eligibility requirements and the reimbursement procedure.
Federal law requires that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within 10 days.
If you have any questions about this notice, or need assistance with contacting an Acura dealer, please call Acura Client Services at (XXX) XXX-XXXX, and select menu option #2.
We apologize for any inconvenience this campaign may cause you.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Acura Automobile Division
You can have this verified at any dealership
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