2002 Acura TL 3.2 from North America
Excellent vehicle if well maintained
Bought this car new in early 2001. It was a 2002 model that came out early. Still have it 15 years later. The tranny did fail around 70k miles, but other than that, it's been a really good car. Honda did cover the cost of the new tranny.
As with all cars, maintenance is key. I also had the dealer do all the major maintenance. But not the pricey scheduled intervals - just the oil and tranny fluid changes mainly. With the coupons and such, these things were no more expensive than the quick lube places - but they also did inspections, which the lube places typically don't do. In the long run, I think it paid off.
Of course there are good/great independent shops too - but the key is having all the important maintenance done regularly. Oil changes at 5k. Tranny fluid every 30k. Engine and cabin filter replacement, brake pads, wipers, tires, batteries, etc. Currently there is a steering rack leak - pricey repair so holding off - just topping off as needed.
Things like broken motor mounts, brake/shifter switch failure, clock light failure, wheel bearing failure and minor oil leaks did occur. But I don't expect a vehicle to be totally problem free for the life of a car. No car is.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th September, 2015
19th Sep 2015, 22:39
Good review on those early TLs. Here in southern California, we have a glut of them for sale. Many are going for peanuts. But that problem transmission remains a question mark for many buyers. Maybe you can tell us what problems you had before you got the replacement one, and also any information on the new one. Some people say the problem was still existing on the replacement one that they got. You had one replacement one and it sounds like they got it right. Many people say that the automatic transmission just got too hot and started burning up the components. Other people say it was the clutch pack that was built with inferior parts from a third party. Not sure what is true.