Bought this car new in October 2001 in Aegean Blue. I still get compliments on it all the time. It has a wonderfully large trunk that has been hard to match in other cars. I have driven many other near luxury cars and have found nothing else that compares. Recently I have had some "problems" both with the transmission and what I believe may be the fuel pump. The car does goes through brakes quickly. Overall, it has been my favorite car of all time and I really hate to think of selling it but I think the time has come. I have never kept a car anywhere near this long if that tells you how great of a car this has been.
We have had the 2002 Acura now for 6 years and the darned thing looks and performs exactly as if it had just pulled out of the dealership. It has always been a surprisingly nimble car, great handling, nice acceleration when you need it; but what's most remarkable is how well it has aged. Still feels like new. Never a single mechanical issue. Rock solid quality. I originally got it for the value and it has more than delivered. It's made me an Acura fan.
Nimble, responsive, extremely high quality.
Wish it had built-in bluetooth like the newer models.
I picked up my 02 TL in Florida and drove it up to Minnesota about 64,000 miles ago. I now have 112,000 miles on it and it still drives just as nice. I just put in a timing belt, brakes, rotors, crossover cooling line. Acura gave me a 100,000 mi. warranty on the transmission since there were issues with a select few. The only thing I notice is that there sometimes is some hesitation when shifting into D5. You have to wait 1-2 seconds before applying the gas. Great fuel mileage. 26-28 city / 28-31 hwy. Record trip was made with a 34 mpg tank.
Navigation, control buttons on steering wheel, Bose sound.
Premium fuel only, CDs sometimes need assistance with ejecting.
Have had this car since late 2001 (around 77K miles). The acceleration of the type-s has been nice and the car is comes with a lot of great standard options. The navigation system is great, if a bit dated now. The transmission has been unreliable from the start and has been replaced twice. Both times the dealer gave me a hard time before replacing it. It's an nice and reliable car, but it's boring. Acura seems to have fairly bland styling in general. I would buy an Audi or BMW instead next time.
Acceleration. Navigation. Steering wheel mounted radio controls. Reliable (except transmission).
Car has mostly been a pleasure. Only problem is that transmission has been recalled and I am on tranny #4. Acura is great though and warranties it for life. Performance for this car when it came out was amazing and it still competes with today's best. Besides the transmission issues there have been no problems. The nav system is the best in the business. Gets me from A-B in style and fast!
Nav system, sport seats, sound of the vtec kicking in, easy to read gauges, road handling
If they could only make a transmission that lasted the life of this car. I heard at the time Acura couldn't match a transmission to fit the torque but they still haven't mastered it.