I bought a '97 TL because the trannys on the 99-03s are notorious for failing. Bought the car with 138K and now it's up to 176K. I've replaced radiator ($150), axles+tie rod ($450), fuel pump ($250), starter ($150). Also replaced regular things (battery $100, rotors and pads $300). The car does tend to overheat, but it's usually caused by air in the cooling system so you just need to bleed the system when it does and it takes care of the problem 95% of the time. Gas mileage is just OK (26-28 highway, 24 combined). Slow windows is a universal problem. Otherwise it's a good car.
Excellent car in every way. At 110,000 miles the dealer replaced the o2 sensor and the spark plugs under the free Acura extended emissions warranty (up to 150,000 miles). Otherwise the car has been extremely reliable with only regular maintenance. Regular maintenance costs were low. The paint and the fit and finish of all interior and exterior parts are still great after eight years of use. And it's still comfortable and fun to drive with good acceleration, braking, and handling.
The exterior styling is classic and unique, unlike most newer cars which try to look different and all end up looking the same. The interior is comfortable and well laid-out.
I don't have many suggestions. The wheels are only 15 inch. A slightly larger wheel and tire might look better, but then it wouldn't be "original" anymore, would it?
Great audio for a stock system. Beautiful car and much more elegant than Toyota. Solid engine, but it could use a little more power. Very reliable, but the gas mileage isn't the greatest. Never try to change the timing belt yourself. It took me three days. It can be done, but it's a pain. If you change the transmission and differential fluid often it will shift very smoothly and erase the "clicking" sound when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. Overall, a very stylish and dependable car. I'll be driving this for a while.
Stereo. The general look of the car. The interior is beautiful.
I bought my Acura used with 40,000
miles. It now has 140,000 miles on it,
Driven rough the whole time. Only had
two mechanical problems with it.
Driver side actuator and starter went
out. Total of $400.00 in Repairs, for
a seven year old car not bad at all.
Front Headlights w/foglights on.
Leather interior. Fast for a four door