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Best of its class
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By stoney
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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I researched this car at length while also considering the Lexus IS 350, BMW 3 series and the Infiniti G. This car definitely represents the best combination of size, comfort, sportiness and value for the $$. Like a previous post I too was at first disappointed by the car's jerky transmission, however after a few months of ownership this car's drive seemed to transform (or I got more accustomed) to very smooth, fun car to drive. After testing both the standard TL and the Type S, without question the Type S is a vastly superior automobile and is worth the extra two or three grand.


Best Features

Speed, Balance of size, sportiness, comfort and value (especially when compared to competitors.) Nav System, Sound System (even the bizarre tape player, I can now play my '80's tapes!)


Worst Features

The cars turning radius is ridiculously bad. Gas mileage could be better.


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Overall great Car
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By Sue
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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Great car. Looked at Lexus and Infinity. Acura gave more for the money. Love the carbon bronze color and wood grain details. Handles well. Loved not having to decide which options to pick since many were already included. Heated seats warm up quickly. Good pick-up. Get 32 mpg on hwy. Heavy doors. Such a solid car.


Best Features

Heated seats are wonderful. The navigation is simple to use and comes in handy. Use it more than I ever thought I would.


Worst Features

Seats are short and hard. A/C and heat vents are not very powerful. Passenger's seat does not raise up and seems to ride low.


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Great value for the money
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Brad
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2008 Acura TL Type-S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased my TL-S in July 2008 after seeing the spy pictures of the 2009 models. So far I have 7,500 miles on the car and it has been flawless. The 3.5L makes this car a sleeper, it's plenty fast for me. I shopped the G35, Lexus IS350 and BMW 3 Series before buying the Acura. The nice part about the car is the value for the money, this car comes loaded. With Lexus, BMW and Infiniti the options are expensive and add up quickly. An IS350 with the same equipment as this car stickered at over $45k, same with BMW. I was able to purchase my TL-S for $33k, that was $5,800 off the sticker. Was able to get a good deal with the ugly 2009's ready to hit the market.


Best Features

The interior is much more roomy than competitors models. The Lexus IS was just to small and cramped, I am 6" and it felt like a clown car to me, same deal with the BMW 3 Series. The navigation Acura uses is the best in the business, very user friendly and accurate. The exterior is dead sexy.


Worst Features

The Michelin all seasons that come on the car are HORRIBLE in the snow, pretty much useless. If you live in a area that gets some of the white stuff, you'll need to change the tires. The front end, because of the design, picks up a lot of rock chips, so I'd try to get a clear bra for the front.


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It's a Honda
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By John S
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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Moving from 6 years with 5-series BMWs to an Acura TL requires a major adjustment. The TL is a well-built auto with nice interior design and complementary touches. It's a bit light, and coupled with the regular skinny tires, provides a harsh, shaky ride over rough pavement. Go for the better tires. I don't agree completely with the car being described as having sporty handling, especially as a front-driver, as it pushes through the turns. But it does have good acceleration to get you safely on the highway, but at a cost in fuel economy (averaging 23 mpg overall). Sunroof operates nicely, but admits cool air in the winter with the shade open and roof closed.


Best Features

Car paint and interior finish is excellent. Seat positioning good. Controls OK, and Bluetooth compatible. Bright high intensity discharge headlights, with turn indicators on side view mirrors. Plenty of room in trunk for the clubs.


Worst Features

Ditch the tape player. Make XM radio channel selection easier. Design rear seats that fold down, not just a ski slot. Get rid of the cheap plastic - too many twittering noises. Have better tires standard. Needs steering wheel heaters, and a fatter wheel as well.


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Fantastic Car
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By stormy
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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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This is my second TL. My first was a 2003 TL-S. Got a great price since the 2009's were coming out soon. Since the 2008 car has the same engine as my 2003 car I did not see the need for any more horsepower. This is really a fantastic car. Love the navi. Like to mess it up by taking a different route than it suggests. My two complaints with the 2003 were that the back seat does not fold down and that the garage door button was not lighted. They got one fixed. I'll be buying Acuras from now on. BTW, there is a way to secure the gas cap. There is a little piece of plastic on the cap that sticks out. It fits in the groove on the inside of the gas door.


Best Features

Navi, quietness, power, handling, excellent gas mileage on highway (33 mpg), "tightness".


Worst Features

Rear folding seat. The white paint on the front and rear bumpers is a little different than the rest of the car. Per the service department if affects all the white Acuras and only the white Acuras. Noticed it on other makes as well.


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