by tcross on Feb 14, 2013 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.
by gralls4771 on Mar 24, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
This car was my first Honda product after owning nothing but American built cars, I had very high hopes.
At first I was very impressed with the Acura, I loved driving it, great for road trips, very powerful and sporty handling.
But then I learned of the transmission problems.
I felt like I was driving a ticking time bomb..........then mine needed replaced just like so many others.
Count on spending about $5000 from Acura.
This happened at 90K, then at 113K the engine started making internal ticking noises.
Dealer recommended new engine. Really?
Entire drive train replaced by 113K with a perfect maintenance record?
Sold the car that day.
So turned off by Honda now.
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