2003 Acura TL Consumer Review: Like it, but problems

2003 Acura TL - Consumer Review

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

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Like it, but problems
By Dave on


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


I really do like this car. Great interior appointments, Nav is great because you can use it while you drive (good and bad, but you can find restaurants on the fly) and the car has excellent acceleration in the limited powerband. However, I am on my second transmission. The shuffling through gears is rough, and it has issues picking a gear from 45-55 mph. The seats are squeaking, and there is a rattle in the dash. I am going to take it to the dealer to have these fixed before I give it back to them at the end of my lease. Good car, but beware of the transmission and engine issues.

Best Features

Excellent nav, easily upgradeable, tight suspension in cornering, good acceleration, fully appointed trim levels, sharp looking.

Worst Features

Engine upgrade/overhaul. Shaky shifting, noisy cabin, harsh on rough roads. Upgrade the sound, which they have done, and try to separate themselves from Honda.
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