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2008 Acura TL - Consumer Reviews

2008 Acura TL

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You can't go home again...
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By ManyRegrets
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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I fondly remember my 1989 Acura Legend, which I loved for 10 years. After years of other less expensive vehicles, I was excited to purchase a 2008 TL. After 3 months, the power steering & the carpet (from the leaking power steering fluid) had to be replaced. Since that time, it is very difficult to steer, especially when turning corners or backing out of parking spaces & the acceleration is disappointing. The dealership's service dept. maintains that it drives "beautifully", exactly the way a TL of its age should handle. My son's 2006 Accord with 100k miles handles better. I will trade it in as soon as I can afford to take the loss, but no more Acuras for me.


Best Features

Body style


Worst Features

The door does not stay open unless it is pushed all the way out. If you don't make sure it's stable, then it will close back on your leg as you are trying to get out. This has happened to me and passengers several times.


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Very Good for FWD
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Mike M.
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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Reliable, pretty good looking,brakes modulate well, steering is well weighted, but understeers like FWD always does. good engine, needs 50 more hp. Excellent highway cruiser. Got 31 mpg at 70 mph on long trip.


Best Features

Navigation system and audio very intuitive. Great sound.


Worst Features

Had a rattle in the driver A pillar. Dealer fixed by removing trim and inserting glue backed felt. No rattles since.


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Italian Styling + Japanese Reliability
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By CarAddict
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2008 Acura TL Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

In addition to Honda's reliability, the other main reason why I bought this car is that I think Honda really did a great job styling the exterior of the TL. I really like the beautiful styling touches such as the character lines that run across the sides of the car. The 2008 TL styling is elegant and understated, unlike the new 2009 TL which I thought is too loud for my taste with the oversized grill in the front and chrome strip on the trunk. However, the sleek styling does result in poor rearward visibility for the TL. Having driven a Acura Integra for the last 20 years, this is probably the biggest thing I have to adopt in my new TL. Both the B and the C pillars on the TL are very wide!


Best Features

Italian styling with Japanese dependability! Excellent touch-screen navigation and typical logical Honda control layout.


Worst Features

So so material inside. My dash blotches easily (using 409 spray has helped a lot). Leather on the seating area could be a bit better quality. Some rattle near the front passenger window.


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Very Displeased with Acura
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By dissapacuraownr
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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I Purchased my new 2008 Acura Tl in July of 08. Loved the design and features. First issue with car - tire vibration at 50-60 mph. Performance Acura could not fix. Said it is normal for the car to shimmy. 3000k developed a timing belt chirp/chatter at idle. Acura service bulletin for timing belt issue -kept car for 2 weeks -did not fix noise. Now a 18000k still have timing belt noise now with loud whine during acceleration above 3k rpm. After 1 year of ownership dashboard has faded light grey/whitish from black. Hesitates in hot weather. Full of rattles. Have met Acura regional rep - no resolve. They do their best to ignore me. Warranty is useless.


Best Features

Navigation, Audio, Style


Worst Features

Engine without major design flaw. They know they have a timing belt issue that a Acura Service bulletin does not always fix. Once they know it can't be fixed they tell you its not a problem and ignore you. Fit and finish is poor compared to the last 2 acuras I owned.


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Solid Car
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mtlpa
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2008 Acura TL Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Basically bought this car from the inside out. Compared to 330i, Audi A4 and felt the TL was a better value and much more spacious. After a year there have been no defects to speak of, so quite satisfied with build quality. Performance is quite good although torque steer is evident under hard acceleration. Ergonomics are excellent and runs fantastic on the highway. Manual mode transmission is a little disappointing as it does not force the transmission into quicker gear shifts.


Best Features

Interior ergonomics, Navigation system, minimalist styling


Worst Features

Larger fuel tank, 18 gallons would be ideal. For 2010 go back to this body style and offer all wheel drive.


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