I have had this acura for four years now and it out performed my previous STS Cadillac. The only repair which I have had to do in the last four years was to replace the muffler. Yes, I was quoted like $600 for a muffler but, what I did was buy one using the internet with a rebate costing me only $114 usd, and then had it installed at a local mechanic for $25 since it was just three bolts to deal with but it required a lift to replace it. Overall great car!!!! I take care of it so it will last, why deal with car payments for a new one... LOL
I bought my 2.5TL used in 2000 with 26k miles on it. It now has 228k miles and it still going strong. My teen son drove it for 2 years, my teen daughter drove it for 1 year, now I am driving it again, and it takes me everywhere without problems. I commute 4 hours round trip (combo of highway and city) daily!
Quality and design.
Better lumber support. That's a personal preference though. The rest of the family thinks it's fine.
Back on 2/16/04 I wrote a review when the car had 154k. Well, it now has 214K! It's getting a bit tired now, uses a bit of oil, leaks a bit of oil, bunch more rattles and sqeaks. HOWEVER you can't go wrong with a first generation TL!! Best car I have ever owned. I am in the process of looking to buy for another 96-'98 TL with say 100k miles. I'll be giving my TL to my oldest teenager. He loves the car.
Got this car with 135k on it for $4k and had no real problems till just recently. Ball joint on psgr. side is squeaking, and steering rack leaks p/s fluid (leakstop stopped it tho). No really BIG issues though! Wish I found a 3.2 (drove my friends one, BIG difference!), but the 2.5 is ok. Acceleration is a bit sluggish, but it is over 3k lbs. Proper maintenance keeps this bad boy running smooth. Just replaced the console with the 3.2 premium wood console. Made a world of a difference in the cockpit!
Exterior styling (shouldn't have changed it), tight turning radius, and the smooth ride. The cockpit is set up pretty nice too (just need more illumination to see what you're trying to adjust).
Make it quiet! Road noise is bad for a "luxury" car. Smoother shifting tranny would be nice too. Cheaper parts would be nicer. At least drop the price to 3.2 prices. Why is the 2.5 more expensive? A tilting sunroof would've been nice too.
I bought this for $13000 ($10000US)
after selling my '90 4Runner for gas
reasons. This car is good on gas for
its size (about 10L/100km or 24mpg in
city driving and 6.3L/100km or about
30mpg on the highway). It is very
comfortable with its nice leather
bucket seats (although the leather isnt
as high class as in the newer cars, or
even as in the older lexus cars, but
its good). The engine is very
responsive and refined even at high
RPM, but the transmission tends to
shift at weird times. I haven't had any
problems at 160000km(100000mi) other
than c/v boots needing replacement.
Auto climate control
EXCELLENT stock sound system. 8
speakers and sounds very crisp and loud
with good bass.
EXCELLENT reliability. No powertrain
trouble or major repairs needed.
Good fit and finish on the paint and
They could have used better materials
on the door handles on the inside. It
looks like a chrome foil was wrapped
Needs a rear spoiler and bigger rims
(stock is 15") and better tint on glass.