31st May 2009, 05:27
12:48 I buy new and here's my side. I really liked the TL, but never considered it an economy car or to be driven as such. When you pay a lot more for a new TL mainly for the engine vs. an Accord you buy for a reason. I never even once checked my gas mileage and always used 93 octane per the owners manual anyway. With a family this is a nice sports sedan for spirited driving with a rear seat. The wide tires are very expensive to replace on our Type S, not for driving like you have an egg under your foot.
I can see getting very high durability of the engine, and the only way I can see the transmission is to poke along gingerly. I did not want to drive it as an economy car otherwise a Accord is available to check the gas mileage and be economy oriented. If I can get 100,000 miles out of a vehicle and not have lots of issues I am satisfied.
I loved the Legend model; our first was in 1989 at $24K as I recall. That was a good bit of money, and again an Accord would have been less, but we wanted the engine. I had an manual new Accord and it was a decent driver vs. the Automatic before. Also bought new at the time.
The biggest plus with the TL is the performance, but with a weak transmission. My whole point is you can get high mileage and high gas mileage out of an Accord. Doing that with a TL means driving gingerly, I am sure to get high MPG and high trans life.
Have you bought tires yet? Why drive so gingerly on the TL tires same could be done on small Accord tires. I have Kumho run flats on my new car, which only last about 20,000 miles. I doubt I will be wondering how high MPG I can achieve. The car handles great and offers a great safety benefit on our isolated back roads at night.
16th Jun 2009, 12:45
I am about 2K mikes into my 3rd transmission and its already making some unusually funny shifts... Wonder if it's going to make it... 2000 TL... Bummer like the car a lot otherwise...
24th Jun 2009, 08:08
Within the past year, my 1999 & 2000 Acura 3.2 TL, both needed transmission replacement and had a front motor mount broken at approx 110,000 miles. Acura shared 50/50 in replacing the 1999 transmission... I've since disposed of this car. The 2000 will cost me $4500+ (transmission, motor mount, EGR replacement and ports cleaned)... Acura will not share in this one and I will soon dispose of this car!
9th Jul 2009, 21:17
2000 TL, we bought in 2003 from a dealer. June 2008 we had 92,600 & trans went. Over warranty due to time.
After researching the recall info, the dealer put us in touch with Acura. They gave us a better deal than a national chain for replacement. About $3100 with a 3 yr /36k warranty.
2006-07 Also had problem with CD in that books on CD & pre-recorded seminars on CD didn't always read right. Had it fixed once under warranty and, a year later, it acted up again. "Laser went". $150.
2005 - Oxygen sensor went & was not covered by warranty.
22nd Jul 2009, 17:32
I'm @ 93K miles with the same problem, my transmission just suddenly out of nowhere started to give out. They installed the oil jet several years ago and I never had any problems until now. Took it into the local dealer where I bought it after having called them up and stated the issue and mentioned the lawsuit and good will fix. The guy said at best they'll charge 50/50 and to bring it in to see. I brought it in, but now looking at the receipt these hoodlums are probably just going to charge me full price and leave it at that. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to complain up the ladder as I need to? Or am I totally out of luck..
28th Aug 2009, 06:54
I just got an Acura 2000 TL from the US and got the transmission replaced in Nigeria, but I realise that the transmission only shifts from 1 to 2. I have not seen it shift to 3, 4, 5. Can someone sufficiently tell me what the issue is? Seg.
28th Aug 2009, 21:36
I bought a used 2000 TL at 130,000. Had to replace the transmission at 160,000 for $2500.00. Now a year later, it's having problems again slipping out of gear, usually when I am in 1st or 2nd. I've had to put my car in park, and then try it again in drive. I've had it looked at and they are saying something about the TSP Fault Code. I can also turn my car off without putting it in park. I'm thinking if I keep this car any longer it's going to cost me a lot of money!! I also had the wheel bearing replaced.
I love the ride, and style of the Acura, but I don't think it's worth it!! Too many problems!
13th Oct 2009, 00:39
I have a 99 Acura TL, just rebuilt the tranny 2500 dollars, good car. Just those 99-03 year TLs had a lot of tranny problems. Hopefully this is the last time I replace it. The car has 171000 miles on it and runs like new now.
16th Oct 2009, 16:38
2000 TL 1st Tranny at 96K miles. Replacement lasted for 10K miles... the 3rd one is now making those funny sounds after about 10K miles... I expect it to fail anytime now... Grateful for the 36K warranty on the 2 nd tranny... And just put new Goodyear Eagles on this morning too...Bummer!
17th Dec 2009, 15:53
I just bought a 99 Acura TL with 206K on it. Runs beautifully, but I am nervous about having transmission problems after reading the many comments on this site. It seems most issues are with the 2000 model year, but the 99 was included in several posts. Too bad these models have tainted the Acura line. I had an 87 Acura Legend for 10 years and never had any major problems. I guess I will cross my fingers on this one.
17th Dec 2009, 20:10
If the transmission has come this far, than I would say you don't have much to worry about. Change the transmission fluid AT LEAST once a year. Do that and you should be golden.
15th Jan 2010, 14:09
I have 100K on my 2000 TL and the transmission started to slip. Took it to the dealer, then test drove it, and called to tell me they had to tow the car back to the shop. They agree the transmissions are the major problem with the cars, but Acura is only willing to pay 30% of the cost, on a $5k repair cost. I asked the shop and Acura to let me know what parts go bad over time in a transmission, since I'm still under the mileage, but over by time for the warranty. No one could come up with one. Way to stand behind your product. I'll skip Acura for my next car.
2nd Feb 2010, 14:50
Yup. I have a 2000 TL. Same tranny problems. Getting the 4th one installed tomorrow. Still owe 2 years worth of payments on it (over $6K). The dealership nor Acura will take any responsibility for any of it. This seems like it should be illegal, but for some reason I'm still paying!!!