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VSA nearly killed me
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By aap2
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2005 Acura TL Sedan 3.2 4dr Sedan w/Navigation System (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Was driving 60mph on the highway using the stick shift feature on the automatic transmission. Out of nowhere the VSA decided to turn on while i was on 3rd speed simply cruising on 60mph. When the VSA light turned on the tires screeched and immediately i lost control of the car and it banged into the divider of the highway. The airbags went off (there were no passengers) and the front left wheel just popped off completely. Thank god there was a gas station 500 feet near me. I Been having a problem with the VSA turning on abruptly for no apparent reason; ive taken it to a mechanic before and even they have no clue wtf is wrong with it. Ive read forums which people have had the same issue...


Best Features

Powerful FWD, V6 growls aggressively, accelerates at ease


Worst Features

Wish there could be an AWD model and had better handling


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Great Car but Some Flaws
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By cooldiesel
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2005 Acura TL Sedan 3.2 4dr Sedan w/Navigation System (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought my 2005 Acura TL with about 90K miles on it. For the most part the car is fantastic, feels very high quality and rides excellent. At 80 MPH - typical cruising speed in Los Angeles when not stuck in traffic - the car feels as if it is on rails, and is very quite. Some people on internet forums have complained about squeeks and rattles from the windows in the doors when driving. I have found that this is true, but not to the point where it is a problem. The 6-speed transmission model which I have is probably not the best. The shifter is clunky, and the engine not suited to a manual since it has very little low-end torque.


Best Features

- Ride quality - Quite cabin - Body design - Smooth engine with decent gas mileage


Worst Features

- Improvement to 6-speed transmission model - Better interior build quality


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Very nice car
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By sleeper22
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2005 Acura TL Sedan 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my 05 TL with a little over 54,000 miles. It now has 105,000 miles. The 3rd generation TL's are very good cars. Comfortable, quiet, roomy, refined and I like the FWD because we do get snow here in KY. I just did the timing belt replacement (almost $1000 at dealer) so guess I will be keeping it for awhile. I really like the TL as in my opinion gets great gas mileage for a car that performs this well. I average 22-24mpg combined and anywhere from 28-33mpg highway. The only complaints I have are the brakes. They perform well but rotors tend to warp easily and the calipers went bad around 95,000 miles. Other than this the TL is probably the best car I have owned.


Best Features

Nice stereo and really like the in dash 6-disc changer. HID headlights are wonderful.


Worst Features

Brakes and leather seats could be of better quality.


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2005 Acura TL
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By bradyoung
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2005 Acura TL Sedan 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this car brand new back in 2005. Mechanically it's worked great. I've only had to do basic maintenance on the car such as batteries, belts, fluids, etc. I did have a power steering hose to begin leaking that I had repaired. 6 months later I get a recall notice from Acura and they reimburse me for the cost of the repairs and install a new power steering hose. This car now has 162,000 miles on it and it's doing great. I just wish the newer TL's looked as good because I would buy another. The only down side has been tire wear. This car does like to go through some tires about every 25 to 30K miles. The tire wear is based upon normal driving.


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7 year total repairs low
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By gary171
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2005 Acura TL Sedan 3.2 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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My wife purchased the TL new with the 7 year/100,000 extended warranty. The warranty just expired. Total regular maintenance for 7 years are $3600--all done at Acura dealership. Total repairs on my 2005 Infinity purchased the same day with same warranty are $9300. I love my Infinity, but regular maintenance is expensive. Acura repair bills very low over 7 years.


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