2003 Acura TL (not Type S) from North America - Comments

25th Jul 2002, 16:53

I own a 2000 TL (NOT TYPE S) and have used the mid grade without any problems whatsoever (27,500 miles).

21st Sep 2002, 11:15

Interesting comments about the brakes.

My story started with a firm decision to buy the 1999 TL. back in December 1998. After test-driving the car, I was very disappointed with the brakes that felt spongy and required a high pedal-force to stop the car. Next car tried was a Volvo S80T6 where the brakes were just so much better and the engine also noticeable stronger. Of course also much more expensive, but I went with the Volvo.

Now, considering a cheaper, used car, I just wonder if the brakes really improved on later models of the TL and if the TL is really that reliable as many claims.

23rd Feb 2003, 11:41

The 2003 Acura TL is really quite the balanced car. Our criteria was a new car for around $30,000 that was not bland in styling and that had a sunroof or moon roof combination. The looks of the TL got us into the car for a test drive, and the handling clinched it. Engine is quiet, neat and crisp interior, smooth and quick response. The intermediate size is perfect for us, not too small, yet not a large boat either. Downside? Well, you don't have the named status of a Mercedes or BMW etc, so if that bothers you then maybe this car is not for you. But I believe this car is a great value and is certainly at a luxury level.

11th Aug 2003, 12:02

I own an 00 Acura 3.2 TL. It is my second Acura (5th for the family) - the first being a 90 Legend. In my opinion it is one of the most reliable and the the best value for a car I could find. I compared it to a Lexus, Maxima, BMW, Infinity and Audi, they all want $$ for upgrades and features. Acura has the navi system, period. Excellent car anyway you look at it, interior space, acceleration, looks, handling, bells and whistles, safety features, etc. If I really want to be nit picky, I would want to be able to bump up the stereo for more output at higher volumes and would make the tires a little stickier. Car feels 'light' at high speeds (>95). Rides great at 80. Don't agree with the above brake comments, They're excellent.

30th Jan 2007, 15:01

I recently purchased the 2003 TL with 66,500 miles. The car drives great!! It handles curves and tight corners great, I was surprised by how long it was as well at first sight it look smaller then it really is. The brakes just saved my life recently so I don't have anything bad to say about those. Overall I give this car a 8.9% out of 10%

3rd Feb 2008, 18:22

I just purchased in Jan, 08 a 03 TL Type S with Navi, it has only 40k miles one owner, and is flawless. I watch this car for a few years looking at BMW, Lexus, and Nissan. For the price and what the type S offers as standard equipment, you can't beat it. Its gives the feel of a sports car, but still keeps it classy. My first Acura was a 88 Integra Special Edition, and it gave the same thing, with very little maintenece, when I was done with the Integra, it had 288k on it and still going strong. I would definatly recommend Acura hands down.

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