2003 Acura TL Consumer Review: 2003 Acura TL Type-S

2003 Acura TL - Consumer Review

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3.2 Type-S Sedan (3.2L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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2003 Acura TL Type-S
By vman on


2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


Upscale Accord. Wish I chose the G35 or 330i which had better resale and reliability. Ride is jittery, stiff and not comfortable on city trips. Leather is low quality and went out of shape. Good room inside and seats are OK on long trips. Very thin paint. Squeaks and rattles appeared after first year. CD player broke 4 times. Like any big FWD sedan, the TL eats up front rotors on a regular basis 'coz they are nose heavy cars. I had tranny issues covered by the P/T warranty. Acura extended the trans warranty but long-term use became doubtful. Resale value took a big hit due to the tranny recalls of TLs and other Hondas. This could have been a good car if they offered it in stick.

Best Features

Good amount of cup holders better than my E39 and thoughtful compartments for phones, etc. Rear seat room for 3 adults, Good visibility, Quiet ride and nice sounding Bose stereo (when it works). Good sized trunk. VSA with FWD is great on winter.

Worst Features

Use separate CD changer, not all in one unit. Split folding rear seats. Express button on other windows and sunroof. Better tires, OEM Michelin MXM stink, lower the stance and soften ride a bit (Type-S). Better quality leather. Manual tranny option. Use plastic instead of glass lens on foglamps.
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