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Good, but still a case of Caveat Emptor
By saitoman on
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2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
Review
Acceleration, handling and braking are good. Interior fit/finish still the Honda/Acura levels. Reliability an issue. I knew about the recall on the trans, mine was repaired, but then had to replace trans at 52,000 miles. Battery replaced, factory replacement died after 7,000 miles. Headroom could be better as could fuel economy. Seat adjustability needs better range. Bought Type-S instead of Premium because seats fit me better as a taller person (regular seats too cushy and cut head room for me). Exterior striping is a decal instead of black metal which is now bubbling. If buying a 1999-2003 TL research wisely and make sure the car is solid before purchasing.
Favorite Features
Ergonomics excellent, comfortable ride for all types of car trips. Stealth looks for car with higher power ratings. Just enough sport for a family sedan.
Suggested Improvements
Mechanical/accessory reliability. Trans, brakes and little inane things like the light for the clock could better better. Accessing panel for clock involved taking IP out, which is not fun. Dealer would charge a lot to replace a $3 bulb.
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