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2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S

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


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My only problem was early on when the vsa went crazy, and it took dealership a month to figure out what to do with the computer. Other than, this car has been perfect. Great handling and very peppy. I don't use premium gas, only plus, and that works fine. Have gotten as much as 33 mpg on the long hwy drives; average about 23-24, which is terrific. Sound system is great and finish is lovely. The CD player can make you a little crazy until it unloads and loads; that's the only flaw. Got new Michelins (and it costs a fortune with the S model) at 43,000 miles, and standard recommended maintenance; so far, nothing extra. Highly recommend it; in fact my husband bought a 2005 TL.


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Navigation system


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Routine Mx & Go
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By Grandpa
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2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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We traded in a Lexus SC 300 to purchase the TL new, and haven't regretted it. Other than routine maintenance and the trans which was recalled, the only thing we've had to replace is the wheels. (Hit a deep pot hole, blew both tires & bent both wheels). Wife is primary driver, with 75,000 miles. Now that the kids are gone, would probably prefer the CL which isn't made anymore.


Best Features

Decent fun to drive, good power for normally aspirated 6 cyl fwd, seats are still factory new.


Worst Features

Center stack invades leg space. Wish it came as 2 door CL, 5 or 6 sp manual, w/V8 & rwd.


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


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Anybody can make a great car -- just pick out some wow factor that seems intriguing and ignore every other aspect. You can have power, or luxury, or economy, or almost anything else, as long as you toss every other consideration aside. The TL-S isn't great by any of those standards, and that's it's best feature. It can accelerate well enough to get on any highway, handle well enough to stay out of trouble, offer enough comfort and quiet so that you don't mind spending a day in the car, all at a price that's still within shouting distance of being reasonable, with acceptable gas mileage. FWIW, the model has had transmission problems -- Honda extended the warranty and didn't keep it secret


Best Features

The car simply inspires confidence -- the acceleration and handeling are good enough so that I feel secure (and it has a full range of safety features, just in case.)


Worst Features

I wish the gas mileage were a bit better -- or that it ran on regular gasoline.


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Good, but still a case of Caveat Emptor
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By saitoman
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2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Acceleration, handling and braking are good. Interior fit/finish still the Honda/Acura levels. Reliability an issue. I knew about the recall on the trans, mine was repaired, but then had to replace trans at 52,000 miles. Battery replaced, factory replacement died after 7,000 miles. Headroom could be better as could fuel economy. Seat adjustability needs better range. Bought Type-S instead of Premium because seats fit me better as a taller person (regular seats too cushy and cut head room for me). Exterior striping is a decal instead of black metal which is now bubbling. If buying a 1999-2003 TL research wisely and make sure the car is solid before purchasing.


Best Features

Ergonomics excellent, comfortable ride for all types of car trips. Stealth looks for car with higher power ratings. Just enough sport for a family sedan.


Worst Features

Mechanical/accessory reliability. Trans, brakes and little inane things like the light for the clock could better better. Accessing panel for clock involved taking IP out, which is not fun. Dealer would charge a lot to replace a $3 bulb.


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Good for the price range!
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By Sal
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2003 Acura TL 3.2 Type-S 3.2 Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this off a lease return with 45K miles on it a year ago. Now I have 57K miles. Overall I'm happy with the car. I have the Aegean Blue, with navi. Looks pretty gangsta, plus nobody where I live has an Acura, so I stand out. But I do notice that the tranny is shifting a bit harder now and is starting to have a bit of trouble picking appropriate gear between 40-50 mph. But then again, I think I'm due for a transmission fluid service at 60K, so it may resolve itself after that service.


Best Features

Great set of standard features without having to pay extra, navi, Bose speakers (no booming bass here, but very clear sound), nice stock rims.


Worst Features

Telescoping steering wheel (going in and out), dual climate control, LED lights.


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