My '00 TL has 40k miles on it and the extended Transmission warranty
period will end sometime this year.
I asked the dealer about the trans and was told there is no way to
predict if or when it "might" die. They've even seen one that had 2
replacements in less than a year.
I really like the car and it's in excellent condition. The finish and
interior are good as new. The only thing not working right is the
drivers seat bottom heater.
I don't know if it's wise to do brakes, tires, etc. when they come due
or if it's better to replace the car and avoid the possible Trans.
6 years and only 40k? Keep it if you like it otherwise - you're
worrying about nothing. When and if the tranny sarts to act up, it'll
probably be well after 150k the way you're driving it, which is in 15
some years at this rate. Some cars never get tranny problems before
everything else dies around them. Just because the warranty is expiring
doesn't mean the tranny is going to explode or anything.
I only talk like that in the movies
It sounds like you don't drive a lot. The extra cost to trade in your
nearly perfect vehicle on sometime new would far exceed the potential
cost of an eventual transmission replacement if yours needs one some day.
I would simply make sure that the transmission fluid is properly changed
out once every two years with the drain, fill, drive, etc. procedure
Honda recommends and using correct Honda fluid and then stop worrying
about it. All kinds of bad things might happen to us in life, but there
is little sense overdoing the worries.
I believe that recall was for a visual inspection (via fibre optics)
of the second gear. Only those that showed wear/problems were
replaced. The others (mine too) had a retrofit oiler of some sort
As I mentioned, my dealer has seen repeat failures (don't know the
model or year).
Thanks to all who replied. I haven't decided what to do yet, but I
think less worrying would be a good start.
I am in the same situation as the OP (2001 TL with 84K kms). The cost of a
new transmission represents at most 8 months of payments on a new car. If my
transmission replaced at 76K failed within the next 2-3 years, Honda would
probably agree to pay a fraction of the invoice. Should I keep my TL and
take the risk of a transmission failure? Probably.
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Well I went and looked it up. CR gives the 2000 Acura TL it's worst
reliability rating in the transmission category. However, it does
give the 2000 TL it's second highest rating for used car
reliability(there are only five ratings of course). It's worth about
a third of what a new TL is worth.
This one is your call. Acura has known problems with 1999-2003 TL and
CL automatic transmissions. They fail suddenly usually without
warning and sometimes so badly the car will not be drivable and have
to be towed to a dealer/shop. There is a warrenty extention for 93
months (7 years 9 months) or 109k miles that you are about to pass.
IF you have a good service history with a dealer and the trans fails
just out of warrenty they will usually cover it for you or atleast
cover the part. I've seen vehicles with 180,000 miles and never a
problem but I've seen a trans take a dump as low as 18,000 miles
also. The good thing is 99.9% of the time once the trans has been
replaced with a factory rebuilt it doesn't fail again. That model TL
is a wonderful car but unfortunatly the original transmissions just
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