By doing a little research found that their is a problem with 04-05 TL's dashboard cracking around the passenger AIRBAG. You can do a internet search to see the details. So car re-sale value will tank.
Overall great car. Outside explains itself from the pictures. Interior leather seats fit me well, smudges and dirt wipe away with ease (treat the leather every half year, Armor All leather gel). Only preventative maintenance done, I checked tire pressure, liquid levels, and cleaned outside and inside weekly. Never found a problem leaking liquids or tire pressure. Take care of your car and she'll take care of you. I drive in West Virginia mountains and around DC. Could accelerate easily at 80+mph on uphill mountains without mashing petal. Fun to drive on backroads. MPG is around the stated 20/30 expected, if you're not racing (I don't drive grandma style either)
No surprises from the car
I bought my TL new in early 2005 and it has been dealer serviced with 110,000 kms at the moment.
I have had nothing to service of significance except a new battery and a front brake job.
I have regularly treated the leather and it still looks like new.
The best tires I have found for the vehicle are Continental Extreme Contacts.
Unfortunately my in-dash cd player stopped working last year and I had Future Shop connect an ipod cable to the system for running my music in the car on trips.
I have had 4 acuras in my family (2 TLs and 2 Integras) and they have all been trouble free.
They are indeed well designed and well built vehicles.
My 2004 Acura TL is by far my favorite car I ever owned. I bought this car with over 100k on it while in college and I am still in love with it. 12 years later this car still gets complemented and random people feel the need to try and race me. Unfortunately a few days ago I totaled my car (not racing). It's completely destroyed but I walked away with just a few bruises. I absolutely love this car due to its power, style, and now the safety of the car. As replacement I'll be getting another TL only newer. Buy Acura, Love Acura!
This is my 5th and last Acura. Although they have a lot of nice comforts, I am becoming less and less enamored with the basic car design. The trunk is poorly hinged, has leaked, and the dealer can't find the leak. The back seat ripped when I put in a child seat and the dealer says it isn't a defect. The seat belt configuration in the back makes it very difficult for booster seats. The paint is peeling form the rear bumper.