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Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problems

Q. Dear Vincent, I recently bought a 1999 Acura 3.2TL, 4-speed automatic transmission with 87,000 miles on it. I know Honda's transmission has a hard feel compared to Toyota. However, you can feel a good bit of hesitation during acceleration when you release the accelerator and step on it again.

Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problems

This doesn't happen every time but happens quite often to let you feel the change while running. Once you step on the accelerator steady, hesitation doesn't occur. The strongest hesitation is felt at 55 miles. I had it checked by an Acura dealer and they kept on insisting that it was normal.

I have an old 1990 Acura Legend and a 1995 Mercury Villager which I never felt that when driving it. I have my car mechanic check the Acura TL and he agreed with me that there is something wrong but didn't know what it is. I think it was the transmission, but Acura mechanics refused to agree with me. I'm quite frustrated with how they treat their loyal customer.

They said the hesitation or rough gear shift is due to the Grade Logic System they have for this models. I don't buy it, because I read about the use of this system and my rough shifting occurs even on straight flat highway. Please advise me how I can present my problem again to Acura dealers so they can understand that there is definitely wrong with my car.

What are the other possibilities that could have cause this erratic shift? You can feel a sudden lose of power when the gas pedal is release and when you step on the gas pedal again, that is when you can feel the hesitation or rough shift.Thank you for any advice you can provide.


A. Try the dealer once again. If they still won't help you, I would call Acura Customer Service, file a complaint and request a meeting with the Factory Representative. The phone number is in your owners manual. Acura acknowledges, and I quote Acura:

In certain vehicles, a higher than normal number of automatic transmissions may have defects in material or workmanship that could cause premature wear or failure. To ensure that customers have adequate warranty coverage, American Honda is increasing the warranty on the transmission and the torque converter to 7 years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

This applies to all 1999 Acura 3.2TL and 3.2CL models. So, I think you have a leg to stand on.

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