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1998 Acura TL Sedan

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Acura TL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 176 hp @ 6300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Acura TL

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Typical Acura luxury, refinement, and reliability.

  • Cons

    Cramped back seat.

  • What's New for 1998

    The premium level is gone, but the TL gets more standard equipment.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Loved it until 130k

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura TL 2.5 4dr Sedan

Bought my Acura in college at 66K miles, no major problems or complaints for the first 4 years! I drove it hard too. But as soon as I hit that 130K mark EVERYTHING started to go. My car quickly went from being valued above 5K to now I'm hoping to get 1K for trade in. The breaks, the radiator, the intake system (?), and the timing belt all went within 1 year of each other. VERY EXPENSIVE TO FIX!! The three different mechanics all told me the same thing - it can cost 2 times the amount to fix these high performance cars as even just a basic Honda. I wouldnt advise anyone to buy one of these cars with high miles, especially if maintenance costs are a big concern. But always drove beautifully!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Love my car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura TL 2.5 4dr Sedan

I have had this car for 10 months and am so happy that i made the choice to buy it. The body is in great condition with no rust and is a very rugged car to drive. When i test drove it i was very impressed with how it hugged the road. When its time to get a newer car im sticking to the Acura TL.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Okay for me.

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura TL 2.5 4dr Sedan

I bought my Acura used five years ago. In that time I have replace the timing belt, had the engine overhauled and the transmission overhauled (costing several thousand dollars), replaced the pulley system for the alternator and the windows are having trouble rolling down or up and the paint is flaking off. I do realize that it's an older car now, but the repairs are really starting to be too much. Otherwise, the car runs great when it's running and sounds great. Pretty good horse power though gas mileage is only about 21 mpg. Not great, but it's okay.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Very nice car, high reliability

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura TL 2.5 4dr Sedan

I bought my '98 2.5 TL about 5 years ago, I also paid $1200 for the extended warranty to 100K miles. I never got to use the warranty. At 107K miles now, D4 light is out, and I have replaced both oxygen sensors as well as doing the scheduled 104K miles timing belt / water pump service. I also replaced the battery a couple years ago, and new brake pads. I'm due for replacing the AT fluid and filter. All in all, this car has been excellent. My car with 107K miles drives and feels like a new car - nothing loose or sloppy, and the throttle response is very smooth.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great but not without flaws

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura TL 2.5 4dr Sedan

Handling is precise and predictable, a sure mark of quality craftsmanship. Not like BMW, but has tight riding - you can feel the contour of road surface in a well tamed manner. Surprizingly reliable driving and traction in various inclement weather conditions - A+. If you make sure that air filter, spark plugs, and engine oil are clean, then you will be surprised with its mileage. Mine has 115,000 miles on it, and drives about 27 miles per gallon faithfully on highway with some inner city driving combined. Today it recorded 27.4miles/gallon on my trip to Richmond. Not too bad at all for such a heavy machine! Definitely a nice bang for the bucks.




Great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Acura TL 2.5 4dr Sedan

This is a great car. I bought it pre- owned from an Acura dealership and love it. The ride is great, it is very reliable, the sound system is very good, the outside design is beautiful and the inside is ergonomically well designed.



Full 1998 Acura TL Review

What's New for 1998

The premium level is gone, but the TL gets more standard equipment.

Talk About The 1998 TL

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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