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Love my car but not the transmission
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By Ralph
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2002 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased this car "pre-owned" off a lease, 3 yrs old, 30k miles. I have loved this car. Transmission went out at 104K miles and 7 yr, 9 mos from date of purchase. Transmission was replaced, just under the mandated extended warranty, but told new transmission has no warranty. What? I've had two problems with windshield wipers. Other than that, it is a great car. My dealership has been great to me (Atl)


Best Features

Everything. Rides comfortably, great stereo, great seats, great controls.


Worst Features

Transmission issues.


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Terrific car, everyone loves it
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By DMac
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2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought it in 2007 w/ 35K mi. I haven't had any trans problems. I would say that it is a little slow to go into D5 or R and a little slow to downshift for passing. Using auto- manual solves the passing issue. The lower profile tires make a big difference compared to the non-TypeS. The rear spoiler adds a sportier look, which it needs also.


Best Features

Powerful engine. Comfortable drivers seat. Handling is great. Passengers love the back seat and legroom.


Worst Features

Dashboard glare on windshield is significant. Upgrading DVD nav is too expensive.


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Acura is just average
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By Gerhard
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2002 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my Acura based on consumer reports reliability and performance recommendations. However, my Acura did not live up to my expectations. I spent the extra money on Acura over domestic products and other foreign brands because I thought I was getting top quality. Instead I got many headaches. For the record, I still like the design and I like the performance. However, I did not like the fact that I have had to have my transmission changed 2 times. I am on my third trans and now I have to purchase a new timing belt that is supposed to cost over $1000. And that is only at 7100. Needless to say I would not recommend this model, nor would I endorse this brand any more.


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Worst Car since my 1977 Chevrolet
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By R Jarrell
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2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I'm on the second Transmission now. It's going bad and the dealer won't acknowledge. Among other failures blower motor, emissions sensor, brake rotors, leaked for over a year - defective rear view mirror, trim is coming loose on dash. Thin metal will dent at the slightest bump. Awful quality. Great mileage though but they lightened it up too much. I will never buy another Acura. Not as good as a regular Honda.


Best Features

Horsepower & acceleration, gas mileage.


Worst Features

Scrap and start over.


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Great car, horrible reliability
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By value man
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2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Why the whole world has not made a big issue that the reliability of this model year's transmission is absolutely horrible is beyond me. Acura should be embarrassed - this model year is a black eye to their reputation of reliable cars.


Worst Features

own up to the transmission problems


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