Bought this car in 2002 w/32000 miles. Now has 98500 & is still going strong. No tranny issues (those were mostly the later model 5sp AT). Other than normal maint have replaced ignition switch twice and egr once. Other than that great car & runs like new.
I bought my 99 TL with 99K miles and couldn't have bought a better car. I have had all of the scheduled maintenance done on it at Firestone. No need to go to the dealership for any repairs. This week my catalytic converter is messed up and will have to be replaced. Firestone said that they are seeing a lot of those in a variety of makes and models because of the shift to ethanol. 152000 miles and one trip to the repair shop for something other than maintenance. The only complaint is that the auto day/night mirror is now tinted permanently on the bottom and not at all on the top. A little annoying.
Stereo, acceleration (and I owned a sports car before this car), reliability, heated seats, trunk space, gas mileage.
Cup holder size and placement, the trunk needs a keyhole for when my remote battery went dead, the rearview mirror. (these are all obviously things that aren't deal breakers)
This car was a graduation present to me after finishing high school, and I love it! However, it has let me down so so many times, which is really disappointing because its definitely my favorite car. This car has been nothing but trouble, though. We bought with 97k miles on it, and in less than a year had to performance over $3500 in work. Ignition coils fried and fans quit working, leaving me with an overheated undrivable car until repaired. Then a month later transmission problems became massive. Performed maintenance and fixed the issue for about a week, then while out of town the transmission failed altogether leaving us stranded in another state. I love my car but it has stolen my $$
Sleek look, sunroof, quality sound, leather interior, and great performance (when working).
TRANSMISSION, I swear this transmission is plagued with issues. and serious electrical problems have become common. I can't keep this car out of the shop for more than a month, and its so disappointing.
Best ownership experience imaginable. Very reliable car. Transmission replaced at 19k miles. Replacement 4A still going strong at 220k miles. We had a problem with warped rotors. Build quality is phenomenal. Nearly 10 years of New England and mostly Canadian winters and the car looks incredible inside, outside, and underneath. MPG usually mid-twenties US mpg, about 30 Canadian mpg. Commutes 250 miles at 80+ mph several times per week, plus longer highway trips. Durability of trim pieces is amazing. Engine bulletproof, very smooth, and adequately powerful. Vinyl on edge of driver's seat will tend to crack while leather still looks new. Highly recommended car.
Reliability, durability, comfort, power, amount of standard equipment, very reasonable price. I like the admittedly conservative exterior styling, and 3rd-gen TL wheels/tires make the 2nd gens much more aggressive and broad-shouldered (lowering 1" strongly recommended). Good stereo.
Appearance of OE 16-inch wheels begins to degrade after exposure to just 1 winter of salty roads. Seats should be all leather. Better brakes.