Honda/Acura Complaint - 2002 Acura TL, before you buy, review other transmission recall nightmares
I recently purchased an 2002 Acura tl. I'm having trouble with the transmission shifting from second to third gear. When it shifts, the rpms race unchecked until it grabs a gear creating a very dangerous situation. I found that there had been a recall specifically dealing with the overheating of the second gear due to the lubrication system. Upon researching more about the car, I found that the transmission had been replaced July 31, 2003 by Acura upon request of the original owner. Nine months before the recall had taken place. When I spoke with my service advisor at Mile High Acura, he told me that since it had already had a new transmission put in it that they would not replacing a second. At this point I was under the impression that the second gear inspection had already taken place. He told me that he had to talk with Acura corporate to see what they could do for me. Two days later I called to find out the status and findings of corporate. My service advisor told me that they needed to take pictures of the second gear for signs of schorching and discoloration. This was seven days after I had the vehicle dropped off at the dealership. They would not tell me weather or not the recall parts had indeed been installed on the vehicle at the time the transmission was replaced. They only told me that there were no signs of overheating and that they would not be doing any recall work on the vehicle. Instead they quoted me $3940.00 to replace the transmission. I feel like they are scaming me simply because they had put a new transmission in. I have only to assume that since it was done 9 months before the recall that they did not replace the neccessary parts. I will be taking it to a private transmission shop and having them document the work done, and if I find any evidence to the contrary, I will be taking them to small claims court and making them pay for not only the transmission work, but the loss of work time, rental car costs paid by me, towing costs, and lawyer costs.
So just beware that Acura will do anything to reduce their liability for their faulty product. This recall also affected various other models of Honda Accords, Oddessy's. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY HONDA OR ACURA VEHICLES. I personally will never buy another Honda/Acura product.