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2003 Acura TL

   
 
Acura TL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 225 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Acura TL

  • Jack-of-all-trades but master of none, the TL provides an impressive mix of luxury, sport and affordability.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent value, comfortable front seats, impressive power from the Type-S engine, long list of standard equipment.

  • Cons

    Average interior materials, lacks the panache of some competing luxury sedans.

  • What's New for 2003

    For 2003, all TL models equipped with the navigation system receive OnStar as standard equipment.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (446 total reviews)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Great car despite the tranny

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)

I bought the car in a dealer's auction with 149 k. I learn about the transmissionrecall and was scare when the car would occasionally shake during gear shifting. Took it the dealer and they stated I needed another transmission asap. Went to my local mechanic and he state transmission is good just had a broken motor mount and fluid need to be flush. Car drove good ever since, I love the speed. I pass newer car with ease. I hit 90 on the road easily going to Atlanta. I would definitely buy one again. My car is till operating but I gave it to my girlfriend since she dented the doors and bumper in an accident.




My last acura

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)

I bought this car new in 2003 and have had it serviced at the dealer religiously. I kept it washed, waxed and cleaned inside and out. The car is a lot of fun to drive. It's a little noisy on the inside, though. The transmission went out (second gear recall defect) at 70k miles. The dealer replaced it for free. I spent about 5k to replace motor mounts, timing belt and other major maintenance at 100k. At 101k the clearcoat began failing. At 110, the drive train started wobbling and/or slipping at certain speeds and power settings. At 150k, the car looks awful and isn't worth further repairs. I'm done with Acura.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

120,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)

Bought the car in 06 with 20k on it! Flawless until 120,000. At 120k the coil went, 4 weeks later transmission dead. I drove it to the dealer and traded it in on an 09 MDX!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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Full 2003 Acura TL Review

What's New for 2003

For 2003, all TL models equipped with the navigation system receive OnStar as standard equipment.

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2003 Acura TL Discussions See all Started By

hpmctorque
hpmctorque
02-01-2008
I'm adding this discussion because most of the messages in the "Older Tls" discussion are about the '04-'08 generation....


owenpga
owenpga
06-09-2011
just recently had trans oil changed in my 2003 acura tl. prior to changing it, i had slight delay when shifting from 2nd to 3rd. new oil seemd to help but didn't cure it completely. my mechanic didn'...


4trueman
4trueman
12-16-2002
- 2003 TL Price will be down more than $2000~$3000......