I bought my 2003 Acura TL in April of 2002, and it is still a great car. The biggest misconception is that you have to use premium gas. I have been using 87 octane since 2006 without any problems whatsoever. My biggest criteria for a car are reliability, comfort and acceleration, and my TL meets all three. Reliability? 15 years speaks for itself. Comfort? Leather seats and lumbar support are good for many hours. Acceleration? I don't need a Porsche, but when you stomp on the accelerator, even without the manual setting, you are pushed way back in your seat. Last thing: Acura dramatically changed the design of the TL (to a seriously butt-ugly version, imho) for their 2004's, yet I still see a ton of the 2003's (and earlier) TL's on the road, going strong, driven proudly by their owners.