2000 Acura TL Reviews - Page 4 of 5

2000 Acura TL 3.2 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.2 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired34124 miles
Most recent distance84951 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Faults:

I owned the vehicle for approximately 6months, while driving in a heavy rain storm the Traction Control System engaged automatically. The car lost all traction and slid off the road into a ditch. As a result of this accident it caused over $12,000.00 (twelve thousand!) dollars of damage. Very costly for cosmetic only damage.

Recently I was driving and was receiving hesitation while the transmission was switching from first to second then second to third. This also caused the Traction Control System to engage? I was fortunate to have the 7/year 100,000/mile warranty because the transmission needed to be replaced. I was ensured there was nothing wrong with the Traction Control System and It had nothing to do with the transmission. I will be selling my vehicle immediately!

General Comments:

The services received on the TL for both incidents was less than satisfactory. My husband and I have owned several Acura models (Integra, Prelude, Ledgend, and the TL) and as long as you have no problems or complaints you receive service with a smile. I will not and would not reccommend Acura to anyone after this.

Performance on our Acura models have been wonderful until the TL, that's why we were repeat buyers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st July, 2005

2000 Acura TL 3.2 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.2 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Faults:

I had problems with the boise stereo. Factory replaced.

Had problems with the front rotors. Factory put in new brakes and cut the rotors.

Still had problems with warping the rotors. I put on cross drilled rotors, problem solved and now the brakes don't over heat and have great stopping power.

The stock tires suck. Installed Mich pilot A/S. Wow, what a difference. The new tires work better in the rain then the old ones worked on dry pavement.

General Comments:

The car at 140mph drives like you're doing 100mph. I drive this car 100mph every day and it is just amazing. Remember this is not a Vette or hot rod, it's a sport sedan that rocks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2003

2000 Acura TL 3.2 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.2 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

Only the Transmission. The 2000-2002 had transmission problems. Have had 2 transmissions install (at 24K and 72K miles under warranty).

General Comments:

Great car and would buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2003

4th Sep 2004, 11:41

I have also had to have my transmission replaced after 92K. I have also found that my right leg goes numb when driving for a period of time. But other than that it is a wonderful car and I would buy another.

2000 Acura TL (not Type S) 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired62 miles
Most recent distance525000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

Poor customer support makes this a poor choice

Faults:

The transmission is faulty. It fails to select the appropriate gear at low speeds or on inclines. This results in periodic "lurching" of the car.

The door hinges are poorly designed or installed. One door fails to completely shut unless the door is slammed. Another door fails to remain open and tends to close on your leg as you step out.

The "automatic" rear view mirror failed one month after the warranty expired. The mirror now fails to dim, resulting in annoying night-time driving.

The plastic windows covering the speedometer and tachometer were installed with greasy fingerprints on the inside.

The dash board squeaks and rattles. Pressing any of the radio buttons results in an annoying squeak from the surrounding dash.

The speaker covers came loose two times during the first year of ownership.

Rust spots appeared on the inside of the trunk lid.

The radio has remarkably poor reception.

The outside rear view mirrors create a tremendous amount of "whine" at speeds above 60 mph.

General Comments:

This car appears to be a great deal, but I have found it to be less than what was advertised and promised.

The dealer will tell you that with its "TLC" (Total Luxury Care) program, you will get a loaner car even when you get an oil change. For the first three years that was true. Now, my dealer refuses to provide a loaner car unless "warranty work" is being done.

The dealer was incredibly rude and hostile when apprised of the transmission problems. I am convinced that only bad publicity from major newspapers forced Acura to extend the warranty on the transmission (to seven years). Prior to the article's publication, the dealer refused to address the problem even though one technician acknowledged that Acura has had "a lot of problems" with the transmission. When the article came out, it revealed that over 10,000 transmissions had been repaired. Acura, however, told me that this did not warrant a recall!

The car has an attractive price because the car lacks the attention to detail that Lexus, Mercedes or BMW offer. The TL's are assembled with poor quality control, resulting in the annoying flaws I described above (the door hinges, the mirror, the dash board, rust, etc.) I should point out that my car has never been in an accident before; it was purchased new.

In my opinion and experience, Acura dealers are only interested in making money without the so-called care they promise their customers. For all the headaches and annoyances, you are FAR better off spending your 32,000 plus dollars on another manufacturer's car.

All my dealings with the dealer / customer support have been fruitless and futile. I find their attitude all the more aggravating given the fact that I also have a 1991 Acura Integra. I would have thought Acura would appreciate my continued patronage. Clearly, they appreciate only my money.

I will never purchase another Honda / Acura product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st July, 2003

4th Oct 2003, 17:15

This gentlemen hit the nail on the head. My wife and I just returned from doing a little shopping and our hands are still shaking. On the way back our 2000 Acura 3.2TL just down shifted from 4th to 1st with no warning. We drove slowly the rest of the way home and the car had severe and erratic shifting. The TCS light came on and the 5th gear green indicator light started blinking. The car only has 33,000 miles on it. This is my second Acura and my last. I had problems out of my last one and the customer service was terrible. I went back to Acura on this one thinking the last one was a fluke. I guess I was wrong. DO NOT BUY AN ACURA!!!

17th May 2004, 14:39

I had the same experience the previous gentleman had. I am now having my second transmission replaced after the same experience repeated. I had Acura tow the car to the shop since I was afraid to drive it. Unfortunateley I m stuck in a lease because of a divorce and have run over the mileage. They will forgive the mileage if I buy the car at lease end, but it will be worthless as a trade and I want to be rid of it before it hits 100,000 miles and the warranty on all my transmissions expires. I have no doubt this transmission is also "disposable".

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 21 reviews