2003 Acura TL Type S 3.2 Litre V6 from North America
A very refined car, but a sports car nonetheless
There have been no particular problems with ths car up to this point, my only complaint is that the Navigation System's DVD is woefully out of date considering it was implemented in 2003. The available maps in my state are little more than major highways and a few primary roads, I expected a more in-depth listing of streets and landmarks. I understand the latest DVD available from Acura solves this, however it's an extra $185 to purchase.
In all,I absolutely love this car. The fit and finish are top notch, the body is solid, the doors and trunk close with a very smooth click. The acceleration is excellent, there is a bit more torque-steer than I'd prefer, but it's negligible. The brakes are smooth and responsive, the interior is well thought out, and there's actually a lot more space than I expected. I recently had the opportunity to tag along in a short trip in a 2004 BMW 5-series, and I was surprised how much more interior room is afforded to the TL.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2005
Brakes are horrible when pad is below 50%.
My transmission just blew on 2003 TL-S with under 42 k. miles. Now I am hearing from my private service station and from local Acura dealer that very high percentage of these cars blow one or more transmissions!
Acura will replace your transmission for free if you are under 7?years/100k miles after purchase of car.
Better check on that you own a Type S!!!