by fever1 on Apr 21, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
As with most of the 2003 readings, my TL lost its transmission at about 90K. As the warranty was shot after 10 years I had to pay 3K+ for a new transmission, DON'T GO TO THE DEALER or you will pay 5K+ with a lesser warranty. The airbag sensor light went on and the dealer asked $650 to fix it, I figure I went most of my life without ever even wearing a seat belt until it was made a law, I can live with out airbags for awhile. So after 100K that about sums it up the major repairs. The comfort of the drive is the best I ever had, the engine is great; it can throw you back in your seat. Gas mileage is surprisingly good. The leather interior is average at best.
by sjonly on Jun 19, 2013 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.
by 1soccerfan on Jan 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
I bought this car Sept 2010 with 110K miles.
I drive at least 2,000 miles per month, this car has 141K now.
14 months and I've driven it 31K miles with NO PROBLEMS OR ISSUES.
Oil changes and tires only.
I drive my cars hard and I expect something to go wrong but the transmission shifts perfect and everything works perfectly.
I go on 2-3 hour road trips at least twice a month with no worries.
I trade cars about every 2 years and I have to say this is the best one I've had in a long time.
by howard42 on Nov 13, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
There are several years of very poor Acura transmissions around 2003.
Catastrosphic failures of the transmissions.
My 2003 was bought new, babied, garaged, and had an impeccable maintenance record.
All maintenance done by dealer.
Transmission died at 118,000.
Repair cost was 75% of actual value of car so was not worth repairing.
Needless to say, Lexus will be my new car company.
by jacquelineb on Sep 18, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
Initially I was proud that my 2003 Acura TL was made in Ohio and purchasing it used fit my budget in 2007.
This car can eat four years of family vacations. Expenses include: a rebuilt transmission replacement, convenient electrical features busting.
At 80,000 my CD player failed & ate CDs, @ 90,000 CD player buttons on steering wheel failed, @ 100,000 the heated seat feature failed on the passenger side.
The one on driver side only heats the back not the bum for which I am keeping my fingers crossed will not fail this week since I need to recover from a back sprain.
Leather seats not too durable for no kids no pets family.
by Bama Jiggs on Aug 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Acura TL 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
This is my wife's car. We purchased it in July 2003 new. I has given us service far superior to any car we have ever owned. (married 56 years). We returned it to the dealer for a recall on the transmission in 2005. Had the transmission serviced in 2009. The car now has 85,000 miles and still performs like new. On trips we average about 32 MPG. Seldom drive more than 65 MPH. Only problem is premium fuel.
I am looking into buying my next car and my budget is around $10,000. I like both cars, the 2002-2003 Acura TL and the 2001 Lexus GS 300. I am wondering which car is sportier, handles better, and is o...
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'...
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