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After having to replace the transmission on this car at 130,000 and being told Honda transmissions have problems I traded it in for a Lexus. I've had to put 2 transmissions in my 2003 Civic Hybrid! I thought I was buying a top of the line car. Everyone I know who has had an Acura loved it and it lasted a long time. I'm done with Hondas.
I also drive a 2001 3.2TL. The transmission was replaced under warranty at about 34,000 miles back in 2004. Currently, I am close to 200,000 miles and still on the replacement transmission. Back then, I was advised by a mechanic (not at Acura) to replace the transmission fluid every 24,000 miles or two years, which ever comes first. So, that's what I've been doing ever since and I have no complaints. ... Read More
OK. My wife had the UA4-UA5 (BMW and Mercedes afficionados should approve of my detail) 2001 Acura TL. When the 2004 came out in early Oct 2003, we both test drove it and she said she had to have it because of its improvements in handling and of course styling. That would be the UA6-UA7 factory codes. About 3 years later, because she puts lots of miles on her cars, she ... Read More
OK. Just checked with wife. She is kind of an enthusiast driver through the years as observed by me in her driving in the twisities locally and in challenging roads (not interstates) around the country on vacation trips. She has selected and bought American branded performance cars in the past. She said she has never heard of the UA designations for Acura cars. She does know the difference between Acura TL ... Read More
Like you've said many times GG, none of us (with possibly the exception of Roadburner & Fedlawman) comes close to our respective cars limits of acceleration & adhesion, especially on public roads. No matter how fast we tackle twisty back roads or blast off onto an open highway. There are days when I jump onto 95 and have been able to set my cruise at 80 mph. Traveling at that speed, ... Read More
The first car I owned was a hand me down Accord. I did subsequently buy a new Honda Accord (1990), but moved on to 1993 Toyota Camry v6 SE (the only year they offered a manual 6 - speed transmission), and then to the 1998 Nissan Maxima SE. My last two cars have been the Infiniti G35 6MT -- 2003 and 2006. I have loved all my cars and really enjoyed ... Read More
I have what seemed like a mint condition 2003 Acura TLS, until my tranny gave out. Great! only $2000 for a rebuilt. Could be worse I guess. I'm going to continue to enjoy the car afterwards, I hope. Maybe the "check engine " light is just screwing with me, eh? naaaa, I think not. But in passing, to me the trans was shifting just fine and strong. Oh well.
Thanks for posting that data source - it is a great one to look through. However, not sure how you concluded that the TL's minor facelift has made much of a difference in sales? The YTD numbers are up slightly (12% +/-) through July 2012 vs. 2011, but they are also now giving away the car with up to $9,000 discounts. And the slight YTD bump is still nowhere near the ... Read More
"Too bad Acura snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory when they redesigned the TL from the generation I have (2004). I'm sure those unemployed Pontiac designers that they hired could have found work eventually." I said the same when I had my 2003 (so big deal), I went to the Auto show and saw the 2004- my first response was BLAH- too Accord and Camrish, just did not stand ... Read More
Yes, I would say so. $9k is about a 33% increase in price. A 2002 Toyota Camry LE was $19500. A 2012 Camry LE is $23400. About a 20% increase. The 2003 Audi A4 Quattro was $27500 and the 2013 version is $33400, or about a 21% increase. If one could consider the Camry as a "commodity" and use that as a baseline, it would seem BMW ELLPS has creeped substantially ... Read More
$27k in 2003 is $33.6k in 2012...still creeping a bit I suppose ;)
No, the starting price on a BMW RWD 325 in 2003 was about $27k and the starting price of the 2013 BMW RWD 328 is about $36k. That is approx $9000 difference and would constitute creep as they say.
Does the $2,500 dealer cash currently available on the TL SH-AWD include the so-called "competitor conquest offer" of $1,000? (I happen to have a 2003 BMW, which meets the conquest requirements.) Is it possible I may be eligible for $3,500 total in cap cost reductions on a lease? My area is southwest FL, 33901. Thanks!
Yeah, you're right, the Vigor's back seat was indeed cramped. I really liked the styling and stance of that car, though, and the five cylinder engine was excellent. Circling back to the very low mileage RL you're considering, be prepared to change the fluids, belts and hoses if the haven't been replaced according to the schedule in the owner's manual (not the Acura dealer's schedule). Belts and hoses, and some fluids ... Read More
Thanks! The only reason I traded my Vigor in was because after I had my son I realized just how small the backseat was. His infant seat literally touched the back of my drivers seat, and I'm only 5'1". As long as Acuras continue to be good to me, I will be a lifelong customer!
My mistake, the Acura I am looking at is indeed a 3.5 RL. You provided a lot of good background information about Acura's and now I see why I am drawn to the TL model...it reminds me of my Vigor I loved so dearly! :) The car was owned by an elderly lady who just passed away and her family traded her car in to purchase an Audi....silly them :) Someone ... Read More
Thanks for the update, rem. Now, regarding the low mileage 1997 Acura you mentioned, there's no such thing as a 2.5 RL. Acura made a 2.5 five cylinder TL and a 3.2 V6 TL, and a 3.5 RL, but the model designation you mentioned doesn't exist. The good news is that the three models mentioned above are solid cars but, obviously, old. The 2.5 TL was the successor to the 2.5 ... Read More
I have lamented the lack of manual transmissions in these ELLPS and LPS cars for years -- my last manual was virtually the last manual that I could get in a car that I really wanted, and that was in a 2003 Audi allroad with the 2.7T engine. Then I bought a 2005 Audi A6 with the 6-speed tiptronic, followed by a 2009 A4 2.0T Prestige with the sport package (also ... Read More
I wanted to try another brand because my previous car was the 2003 TL Type S, the G just did not do it for me, I tried to force myself to like it but I just knew it would have been buyers remorse. When I was looking for a new 2005 ELLPS, I looked at the G35 along with the TL. The G35 was noticeably a bit narrow, but not a ... Read More
Mark, I dont just blabber about a car and read some article in a magazine. I actually test drove the G35X for an extensive time. The salesperson actually gave me the keys and said have fun but be careful. I wanted to try another brand because my previous car was the 2003 TL Type S, the G just did not do it for me, I tried to force myself to like ... Read More
The tranny started to slip at 89,000 miles even though it had the oil kit installed at 40,000 miles. I found numerous complaints on the Internet about Acura TLs (and other models) with tranny problems. Acura issued a recall for Acura TLs to put a band-aid or replace the tranny. I called the dealer and they said tough luck. Referred me to Acura. Talked to them, they said I am out ... Read More
I'll agree the TSX belongs. If only for it's quality interior appointments and exacting assembly from Japanese artisans. I found it to be "tighter" than the USA built TL a few years back (previous generation models). I had a 2003 Accord V6 and it's interior was best in class in my opinion, but the TSX clearly goes beyond anything Honda has or had in luxuriousness of the interior. I haven't driven ... Read More
Obviously this poster has been out of the loop for quiet some years now. The tranny problems he is talking about were on the 2001-2003 TL's. I had to replace mine twice on my 2003 TL Type S.
What do you drive? I had the 2003 TL Type S, tranny went out twice and I sold it. I then passed on the 2004-2008 TL because I thought it just blended in too much with the accords and camrys, not a bad thing but I still passed. Its two years now since I pulled the plug and the 2009 TL SH-AWD and the car is bullet proof, no rattles, squeekes ... Read More
They are fine right here at the moment.
Reminder that messages 5-7 belong in the "Acura TL 1999-2003" discussion.
Just wanted to update those interested that I decided against the used 2003 TL. I got the name of the old owner and discovered that it has been in at least 2 accidents. That being said on top of the potential tranny issues was enough to turn me off. I have, however located a 1997 Acura 2.5 RL with just one owner and only 14,000 miles!!!!!!!!!! Seems unreal, I'm thinking it ... Read More
My low beam headlight has gone out. Will I be able to change this bulb myself, or do I have to take my car to the dealer? I do not want to because I know that I'll be over charged. Please help.
You could do some research and verify if the transmission was already replaced by Acura. If so, then I would think it's a good investment. Most 03's (based on my research) don't have tranny problems as the issue was rectified for the previous years. I own an 02 TLS and had my tranny replaced for free @ 86k due to a warranty the vehicle still had. I am sure all warranties ... Read More
This should be in the Acura TL 1999-2003 discussion.
Having own four honda products in the past, I thought you would be aware that there was a known transmission issue with that model year. I had the Type S and the tranny went out at 30k, the dealer claimed they fixed it on a TSB recall, tranny went out again at 36K miles. I got frustrated and sold the car, but if you look back in boards you will see ... Read More
hello, 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't seem to think there was a transmittion issue at this time. today i ran some errands and notice on 4 different occasions a big delay and slight jerkyness when shifting from 1st ... Read More
I’m absolutely in agreement with you. I had my 2003 A6 for three years with no issues other than the aluminum trim around the windows turning amber. Customer service was good. The car was returned clean the techs always covered up the seats and floor before driving the car. My experience with ACURA has been miserable. You are treated like they are doing you a favor. You get a “free” car ... Read More
i agree lawman.. but smarty is again mistaken as you posted, just like he was mistaken about me even talking about the TSX -- i have never made comments saying the tsx sales have tanked but I did say and prove (using hondas own sales numbers) that TL sales have "tanked" since they changed to the modern design -- i can pull up the numbers again for the TL --the car ... Read More
Had a similar 2nd gear recall service done on my 2000 TL with 93,000 miles (had no problems previously). Within a few months the whole transmission failed completely. Had to have it towed and the transmission replaced. Your symptoms sound a bit different, however, since it fixes the problem itself when you restart. Can only suggest you return it to the servicing dealer to check for an electrical switching/ solenoid problem ... Read More
Transmission problem 2003 Acura TL 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 180000 miles I have a 2003 Acura TL-S the car runs great with a perfect engine Last april i took the car to Acura for servicing and i was told that there was a recall on transmission, something has to to with the 2nd gear and they put some kind of inject on it. Anyway, last night while i was ... Read More
I have been buying Acura's from 1991 to 2008 I got sick of the no power I had the 2008 TL type s before that I had the 2006 RL and the 2007 MDX and before that 2003 TL type s the funny thing the MDX was the fastest....lol I got rid of the 2008 TL for the Lexus IS-f got rid of the 2007 MDX for the 2008MB GL550 my ... Read More
You are wrong! I have been buying Acura's from 1991 to 2008 I got sick of the no power I had the 2008 TL type s before that I had the 2006 RL and the 2007 MDX and before that 2003 TL type s the funny thing the MDX was the fastest....lol I got rid of the 2008 TL for the Lexus IS-f got rid of the 2007 MDX for the ... Read More
Trust me, I've had much better customer service with Infiniti. I guess it comes down to the individual dealership so this can vary from city to city. All I know is that we had 3 Acuras and all 3 had the transmissions go out. That's my experience. Around 2003, my brother and I went shopping for an MDX for him. We asked about the reported transmission problems in the TLs from ... Read More
i had my 2003 type s transmission failed at 30k and again at 36k.The repair was done by Acura both times under warranty. Got rid of the car September 2006.
Okay everybody... Here are the true sales stats for the TL from Acura: 1999 = 56,566 2000 2G = 67,033 2001 = 69,484 2002 = 60,764 2003 = 56,770 2004 3G = 77,895 2005 = 78,218 2006 = 71,348 2007 = 58,545 2008 = 48,766 2009 4G = 33,620 Looks like the new redesign 3G in 2004 is more than double the sales of the current TL 4G. Numbers don't lie. ... Read More
I don't keep up with values because I'm not in the market. You can easily check values via Ebay, Craigslist or KelleyBlueBook.com. Personally I'd be very leery of a salvage title. Not because they can't be repaired properly; I used to work at a car dealership many moons ago and I think a quality body shop can work wonders. But the problem will come when you go to sell it. I ... Read More
Winter tires make a world of difference. I drive a 4Runner with AT tires and we also own a 2010 Acura TL SHAWD and a 2003 Maxima and I have dedicated snow tires for both vehicles and those cars are better in the snow than my 4Runner any day of the week.
After reading every forum and review known to man, I'm stumped. I'm driving an 07 Tribeca, which has good steering and loads of room, but bad ergonomics and a lousy tranny. My new commute, 3.25 miles each way. To avoid piling miles on my wife's RX350 (yes the Subie was hers, don't ask) I need something I can enjoy driving on backroads, and which my family of 3 can enjoy on ... Read More
I am in the similar age category as u. Go with TL for practicality and with GS for passion and enthusiasm. GS ride is classy but not quite as sharp as the BMW. TL is nice front wheel drive that is drivers car for someone that cannot do their own oil change but still likes to participate in a conversation about cars.
Hello to all. I have been looking at some used 2003 Tl's and found one for $8000 with 86,600 miles on it. This was what I believed to be a pretty good deal until I did some research and discovered the potential tranny problems. What a bummer, I had a 1992 Acura Vigor which was the best car ever and I have been looking forward to trading in my 2000 Impala ... Read More
I'm original owner of Acura TL type S with 90,000 miles. My trans was replaced at 48,000 miles. This was my first car from Honda & at first, I was disapointed with the make, but they replaced the Trans. and computer & it runs great, love it compared to the new ones. I agree that the 100K timing belt, plugs, water pump $, seem excessive. But I plan to keep it ... Read More
mocozeke....I had an '04 TL, and currently have a 2010 TL SH AWD. The '04 was the 3rd generation. The '03 was the 2nd generation. Pretty big differences between those and the current 4th generation. Bigger motors, more HP, better interiors, better suspension, etc. They all employ double wishbone suspension (pioneered by Honda) and multi-link rear. Most bigger sports sedans use the multi-link rear in their larger offerings. Performance, give or ... Read More
Acura treated you very fairly to pony up 1/2. I believe $3,000 is reasonable by current standards. How many miles did your '99 TL have when the transmission failed? Are you the original owner?
For the record: When my transmission failed 2 years ago ('99 TL, out of extended warranty period but within mileage guidelines), Acura nat'l made me a deal based on my low mileage: I paid about $1,500 and they supposedly comped me 50% (I think it was 50%...not sure now), which would have made it about 3,000 or so for the new tranny. It's been 2 years, and everything's fine. I doubt ... Read More
I've seen both the TL and GS for sale for around 8k-11k. Which has better handling and a stiffer suspension. And what year was the TL you owned?
I had an Acura and it was a lovely sexy car and I now own a Lexus GS 300 "06". They're both great vehicles, but I am partial to the GS. I'm not sure if you can find either under 10 grand, but keep hope alive. Most people who own these cars tend to keep them. At the age of 20 I would definitely go with the Acura. The body on ... Read More
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 overall better? Also, I am about to be 20 years old so which car would suit me better?
I had to get another Battery for my 2006 TL. I've had it since Jan 2006. The 2nd battery was on warranty and was replaced Feb 2008. My car went dead this past week. I got another battery at Costco. I hope their battery lasts longer than the two Acura batteries. The Acura's only lasted about two years each. As a comparison I haven't had to replace my 2003 Toyota Highlander ... Read More
I had the transmission rebuilt on my 3.2TL (2000) with 130K miles. The cost was $2000.
Yesterday, my TCS light came on and stayed on. Today, my emissions lite is on. What should I do? My friend says her emissions lite came on when she didn't get the gas cap on right. She had to have it reset. Mine is not under warranty. Will this cost much?
My 2003 Acura tl 3.2 with 117000 just went today, I called the dealer and he said my VIN number doesn't qualify. He said the repair cost is $4500 and it is on me. I am talking with the service managerand he is "checking into it". Anybody get their transmission done on a 2003 Acura TL 3.2 with similar miles or more?
Please let us know how your transmission failure was resolved.
My 2003 acura tl transmission just failed at 133,000 mile i am now left with the repairs and the bills. Not happy. Check the recall on the car and recall has been fixed. Can i still get this check out for the recall if it has already been fix? Any suggestion or help? please let me know.
I have had the Parchment in my 1999 Mazda Millennia and my 2003 TLS with zero problems.I am not knocking the Taupe but there is a Demo on the Dealers Lot for sale right now and it looks pretty beat up.I have two small children and I let them know that there is no eating in Daddy's car.
Someone I know told me last week she picked up a 2006 Acura TL with only 12k miles on it for $22k. Nice deal and nice car. I had a 2003 CLS and now have a 2007 TLS. My TL has an iPod input jack in the center console, not sure if an older model would. Both my TL and CL were fine in light to moderate snow as opposed to ... Read More
Hardtop....just to let you know I too experienced the transmission replacement in my 03' Acura TL with 60K miles and a VIN outside of the recall from the lawsuit www.hondatransmissionsettlement.com . I called the dealer and discussed that my car had the 02' transmission and should be included under an extended warranty and they should stand behind their product. I also called Acura to see if I could negotiate a warranty ... Read More
How has your overall experience been with the 300M? In '99 my wife and I debated between a 300M and a TL, and decided on the TL. We've never regretted our decision, but the 300M had some attributes over the TL, such as interior roominess and a large trunk. I rented a 300M once, and it drove well. Well, it has been a 10 year love/hate relationship with the 300M. On ... Read More
Not sure which Model, in 2009 TL on the console above the head, there is an option for Off, Door & On. When you put the option to Door, the interior lights on the top of the windshield and also the rear passenger interior lights get switched on. There would be similar switches on any model and the option - Door will have the lights turned on.Hope this helps
As long as the car has been well maintained, I think you will be very happy with the 05 TL. My family has three TLs, including an 05, and has been very happy with all of them. In terms of reliability, the only serious problem I could imagine is with the transmission, but the 05 transmissions are supposedly much more reliable than those from 2000-2003.
Hi MikeP. Unfortunately, my car did not have a VIN that was within those that had been recalled. I was told that only certain ones had total tranny replaced because of recall. Not mine, of course. And then, there was another "little" recall to check 2nd gear. Mine was brought in by the first owner to check on that and supposedly the car checked out okay. Yeah, uh-huh, right. So now ... Read More
I had my 99 TL transmission replaced with some redesigned parts - Acura picked up 40% of the cost, the other 60% was me - ended up spending like $1200. So far no problems, but it has been only 3 months/ 3k miles since I had mine replaced. Good luck with your replacement !
hey hardtop, i have a 02 with 65000, why did they make you pay for the tranny? it has been recalled, should be covered??... i recently went in for a oil change, and told me i needed new brakes and quoted me $400, so i went to parts department bought the brake pads for $100 front and back, took them to a local mechanic and had them installed for $60 and ... Read More
I still haven't gotten over the shock of having to replace and entire transmission on a car that had 62k original miles. Acura dealership hit me with a $3500 bill on that so didn't take to kindly to their wanting to replace my front and rear brakes for about $600. (BTW, Acura Customer Svc was no help.) Can anyone tell me if they have had any good or poor experience with ... Read More
Please help. I just bought a 2003 TL on 12/31/2008. On 2/05/09, I was driving down the freeway at 65 mph and had my car jolt on me as if I had slammed on the breaks. Limped to my local mechanic who advised I take it to Acura which I did. Before buying the car, I had done (what I thought) was all my homework. The VIN on the car did ... Read More
I had the same issue before with the same car, i brought my car to the nearest Acura dealership and they told me that they have to change the trans. and it will cost atleast $4000. So i called the corporate office i made my case that if they fixed the trans because of the recalled then i'm not goin to have the same issue, and they bought it, so they ... Read More
I would have gone to the quick change oil place to get them to pay for a new transmission they should have known that it takes a special trans fluid, secondly you should definately have taken it to Acura now that another shop has touched your transmission they probably wont do anything about it.
I have been reading here of the problems with the transmission. So here is my issue. I wasn't having any issues with my transmission but a friend did so I thought it would be a good idea to take mine in to have the fluid changed. I bought my 2003 TL S type s few years ago. It had 25K miles on it then and now has 69K miles. I took ... Read More
Relax, it seems to me you bought yourself a nice car, not a nightmare. Let us know what the Acura dealer says. Let's assume the worst, and the transmission fails. Acura has extended the warranty on the transmissions on the 2000 - 2003 model years to 100,000 miles or 7 years, whichever comes first. Therefore, the bottom line is that your car is still covered and will be for a while ... Read More
Sup people, i just bought a 2003 acura tl 3.2 pearl white clean clean for $10500 couple days after christmas. rides good with 68.000 miles. But i have been reading forums and hearing about problems with the transmission on these cars. i'm calling acura tommorrow to find out if anythings been done to this car. the only thing it really does on me is when i have it in park or ... Read More
Most of the repairs/replacements ie cabin air filter, transmission fluid flush and replacement, are just routine maintenance items. Who would drive with a dirty cabin air filter? The lower ball joint replacement is also somewhat common, as is the motor mount replacement. I recently went over my service invoices, and found that the front motor mount had been replaced at the 60K major service, along with timing belt and all the ... Read More
Sorry your car needed the repairs you listed, but none of those repairs, except for the ball joints, is unusual for the TL. We had to have the motor mounts on my wife's '99 TL changed at about 98,000 miles, so based on our experience, those on you wife's TL failed prematurely. From what I learned, motor mounts are a week spot on TLs of '99-'03 TLs. "...our dealer does the ... Read More
As far as I know, Acura DIDN'T make a 2006 TL Type S. 2007 was the first year in this body style. Previous TL type S was 2003. Did you mean a 2007? Spyderred.
Austin TX area dealer. Price Paid: $36,500 + $400 + TTL in a few extras that I didn't have the guts to negotiate off after arriving (finally) at the $36,500 price. I believe the $400 included a trunk tray/liner, 4 wheel locks, something else that I cant remember now, that wasn't terribly substantial. There was a trade involved. 2003 Merc CLK500 for $15,000 credit. 54K miles, loaded with everything but a ... Read More
The assembly with working lights came to $1200+. I see nothing wrong with the old assembly and would like to tell the dealer to take it back and give me a refund for it. They can install it in someone else's car at a discounted price. The real issue is whether they had to use a new assembly at all? If they had just installed the lights which were burned out, ... Read More
No the lights blew with all the condensation
Buy hiking boots! No, just kidding!! :P Do the lights still work? If so, why not just leave it as is?
Moisture got into headlight. Dealer said entire unit had to be replaced. Cost $1200+. I think original assembly was fine after inspecting it for cracks, holes. Moisture may have entered from back of headlight assembly from bulb insert location which is usually sealed by gasket after reinserting light. Acura, Stanley (who made light assembly) and dealer told me to take a hike. Any suggestions? Andre Libert
I noticed a post from a few days ago bashing honda in that their transmissions fail in 30k miles or less. For a while there, that was pretty much my experience . I had transmission failures at 19,000 and 61,000. I had a couple minor problems between that but I am proud to say at 101,000 miles nothing at all has gone wrong in the last 40,000. Although I was not ... Read More
I do not disagree that the quality of Acura or Honda cars has been slipping in recent years. But I guess you also do not disagree that their quality is still better than many brands. Cars are getting more complex these days, as manufacturers try to jam many more electronic, mechanical and computer-related gizmos into the car. Thus, the chances of having some of these gizmos fail increase exponentially. [Putting on ... Read More
'Tis a shame that you have had such issues. But, from my experience, your experience (and the poor tortured souls you have had to spend so much time with at the dealer...) are atypical. My family has owned Honda products since the mid '70s, I can't recall a single issue of note. More recently, since 2003, my father has owned 2 TLs, my brother an MDX and an RDX (and now ... Read More
If you think a Honda/Acura transmission needs to be replaced every 30k miles, you have not driven or owned a Honda/Acura. Honda had real problem with transmission in 2001-2003. 2009 TL looks ugly and too big. I think sales of TL will drop a lot. My girlfriend saw it on the road and think that it is new Saturn model.
Hello, The "good will" phrase is just a concept -- not a clause in anything official. However, in order to even discuss thit with Acura, they need to diagnose your car as needing a new transmission and at your VIN number makes your car a member of the class that the suit was all about. So far I haven't had much luck since it's 1 year and 9 months out of ... Read More
I have a 1999 TL with 77,700 miles on it. I bought it in 2003 as a certified pre-owened vehicle. I'm 1 year 9 months out of the extended warranty period. Acura has refused a request for "good will out of warranty" assistance (though I'm still working on it based on the low mileage angle). I've maintained the car diligently, replaced timing belt, new tires etc. The only other problems are: ... Read More
>Looks are subjective- I did a poll here in my office with around seven people and 4 out the bunch liked the car. To put it another way, it means that three out of the seven people didn't like the way it looks. That's over 40%. Of course, seven people is a very tiny sample and indicates nothing. But if a large a percentage of the public feels the same way, ... Read More
I own an 01 TL, purchased new in March 01. Since the first week when we went on a 3000 mile road trip, the car has performed beautifully, and still delivers 22-23 MPG in town, and always over 30 MGP Hwy. Have always serviced with the selling dealer, and all maint/oil changes, etc have been done. Problems. Had a mass air valve fail in 05 after the car was parked for ... Read More
Hi. I was wondering which kind of fm tunner would work for 2003 acura tl typeS. NOTE: I purchase Belkin ipod tunebase fm II- f8z176 and it doesn't fit my tl; so i had to return it. Anyhow, please reply if you have any suggestions. Thanks
Does anyone have any knowledge of the new technology that may be put into the 2009 TL? Automatic Headlights? (my biggest pet peeve with my 2003 Civic EX & the wife's 2008 Pilot) Ventilated AC Seats? Remote Key Fob? Cylinder De-activation? Ipod Adapter? DVD Player for when the car is in park? Solar powered exhaust fan to circulate the hot air when parked outside? (okay, I know I'm pushing it!) I ... Read More
Historically, American cars have been for the most part poor cars and not worthy of buying. I know I would not touch one from 1975 to 2003. But an interesting thing has been happening the past 5 or so years. American cars have actually been getting very good and reliable, too. The CR reports and statistics will take a while to catch up with the reality of the cars. The Impala ... Read More
No, you are definitely not the only one. I have wanted this generation TL since it first hit the streets but wasn't ready to buy. I fought this hard and finally gave in and picked up my brand new TL yesterday. In my situation I couldn't wait for the 2009 to come out since I needed a car bad. I didn't want to buy and have it get changed up so ... Read More
Great forum - on for the first time today. A few questions: We test drove a TL last weekend and fell in love. The only hesitation is that the model look will change a lot this summer as the 2009 is reportedly going to change significantly. We keep our vehicles 5 years or so (this will replace a 2003 Camry XLE that was loaded even nav back then). A little fear ... Read More
Can I install Alpine after market head unit in my 2003 Acura TL Type S ? What installation kit is needed ? and what are the pros and cons of installing such a head unit ?
I am not taking sides here with the BMW fans because my next car will possibly be a GS 350.I just wanted to share this experience with you in regards to horsepower, I had a 2003 Acura TL Type S which boast 260 hp.My friend has a older 528I that has 198 hp and everytime we race he was down on my tail.You would think that a 260 hp would blow ... Read More