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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 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, 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.