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4.38 out of 5 stars

Great car to drive

luvtypes, 05/22/2013
2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
19 of 19 people found this review helpful

Bought my TL about 4 years ago, and didn't have any major issues. All acura and Honda buyers have ideas about the bad transmission problem but still does not maintain it the way it should be taken care of, i changed transmission oil every 10K and now its just over 300KM on my car and still running strong...Love the car

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4.75 out of 5 stars

One of the best

francis15, 09/01/2014
2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful

My wife bought this one back in 02 TL type S new and it's been a very reliable car. Great power, fun to drive. Runs like the day we bought it. Not pleased with the Xenon lights. Acura wanted $1,200.00 to replace the ballast I got a new OEM one aftermarket for $150, then $150 to install. The 2nd i did myself. The xenon OEM bulbs are about $95 ea at any auto parts place. You can get aftermarket xenon bulbs to work for about $16 for 2 but supposedly can affect ballast. mine seem to work fine but i am now selling. My wife wants an 2015 MDX. I have to say I am impressed with the 02 TL overall. Acura will gouge the daylights out of you but it is a high performance car.

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4.75 out of 5 stars

Great mix of Power/Gas Mileage

gonzalgi21, 05/16/2010
2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
15 of 17 people found this review helpful

02 TL-S bought the car with 64k miles which is amazingly low miles for an 8 year old car. First thing that i noticed right away soon as i bought the car is the POWER the car is extremely fast and the gas mileage is pretty darn good for a 260 hp engine, audio system is also very good.Good old Honda reliability. Unfortunately owning this car is stressful because you never really know when your transmission is going to fail even though i haven't had that problem i know it's coming and there's nothing i can do about it. If this car didn't have these transmission issues i would literally want this car forever.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Don't buy a '02...buy an '03

TL - Tranny, 11/28/2004
2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Acura TL Type-S is a great sport sedan. Acura has had a hard time with the '02 transmissions. Its a specific range of VIN numbers and if your car falls with in...there is an expected chance of problems with your vehicle. Mine is one of them. Not only do I have one of these cars but 2 and they both exhibit the same qualities. To make the story short, I'm on my 4th trasmission and its due for the next. You come to recognize the signs! The talk I have heard from my countless visits to my dealer is the '03 have had no problems. I will say the car has never left me stranded, but I have had to push it out of parking spots because of no "Reverse."

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3.38 out of 5 stars

Horror Transmissions!

SlipGears, 05/21/2005
2002 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

I can't even imagine how Acura can get away with selling cars with repeated problem transmissions. I bought an 01 CL-S and had 4 transmissions. Just bought a certified 02 TL-S 3 weeks ago and it is already at the dealer for a new trans. Reverse jumps and sometimes won't respond, 1st to second jumps, 2nd to 3rd jumps, and it downshifts on me without notice while driving. These cars are unsafe and unreliable. I do not recommend buying Acura. You get a lot of features for your money, but it won't help you if you can't drive the car! Replaced transmissions are rebuilds. Acura should solve the problem, not delay it until you need another trans 20k miles later.

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