11th Mar 2010, 07:01
Car is 10 years old and was likely bought for a fraction of the cost new. I had issues under 3 years old, and as soon as the warranty was up after year 3, we dumped ours.
10th May 2010, 17:01
Transmission making funny shifts again... coming up on the 3rd rebuilt in less than 30K miles... Anyone ever have a successful conclusion to these problems?
10th May 2010, 19:16
I sold ours at 41000. That was the best conclusion I can offer. Bought new, and exceedingly well maintained and garaged.
13th May 2010, 10:59
2000 3.2 TL owner too. Thought I was the only one with the problems. My original tranny failed and was replaced at 75k with a rebuilt one. Guess what, it has failed too. I have been an Acura customer for 20 years and now I will never go back. Who builds cars with a tranny that lasts such a short time. Shame on them, and now they have lost a customer that would have been theirs for life.
19th May 2010, 20:32
2000 TL, 228000 km, no problem with tranny. The only things changed were timing belt and spark plugs, and brake pads 2 times.
20th May 2010, 09:51
What perplexes me is people buying an Acura TL for only 4k and having no money left for repairs. New these cars are upward of 40k and have more components that cost more to fix then say a late model Civic. I bought new and sold, but still had expensive tires. Xenon bulbs for example.
It seems better in my mind to put 4k down, buy a 15k simple reliable new car smaller with a warranty, than a used 4k driveway ornament needing a 3k plus transmissions and likely other routine repairs. Likely due for timing belt as well at that mileage.
I also went through brakes twice by 40000 miles on ours.
If you like cachet, be prepared for the higher more equipped options to wear.
I had a new Legend once, and at 100000 miles it was very high to repair everything. Heater core, A/C issues, broken power sunroof. New it was not cheap, but it was new as far as components and a warranty in place.
Used; bring your wallet to make up for the depreciation the first owner took. You pay the repairs and they had it new at a higher price to buy.
24th May 2010, 03:42
I bought my 1999 TL with 117K miles, and now have 170K miles with few problems to date aside from regular maintenance and a timing belt. Last night however, the TCS and Check Engine lights went on simultaneously after I started the car up. The car now shudders when I drive it, and I fear the worst based on the comments that I see here!
15th Jun 2010, 08:01
I have a 00 TL with 170k on it. I often will feel the car shutter going from 2nd to 3rd gear at around 25mph. I do not drive the car hard or abuse it by any means, so I am trying to figure out what the problem is, transmission or otherwise.
28th Jun 2010, 12:27
Acura should stand by their products. I have a 2000 TL with 81K miles. The transmission just died on me. The Acura dealer will not even diagnose the car for free, and wants $4000 to fix.
11th Jul 2010, 05:03
I am so upset at myself after reading these posts! I bought a 2000 TL 4 months ago for $5250 at 87k miles, and about a month later the tranny went. I'm still waiting to fix the car, but hope to sue the person who sold the car because of the issues I started to have with the car the day after purchase. Does anyone know if I can get a copy of my receipt from DMV to get the info to sue in small claim court?
Anyhow, as crazy as it may sound, I have learned to drive the car with the issues of 1 & 2 gear, because I don't have the money to shell out to fix the car. It was just last year I fixed the tranny in my 1999 Honda Accord at 110k to total it early this year to buy a piece of junk. I'm upset that Acura won't take ownership, especially since all services including preventive timing belt change was done at the dealership that I bought my Honda from since 1999.
This car has way too many issues, and I will definitely never buy Acura or Honda again! To think I once thought these cars were reliable; now I see they're just junk with a high price tag to fool the consumer in thinking they're good!
I hate the day I bought this crap, and if anyone is considering buying one used, DON'T! You will fall victim too, and you're not immune.
My advice is to just stay away from the whole Honda/Acura family! Buy TOYOTA; even after their failures earlier this year for the Prius, they are still and will always be better performing cars. You will get your money's worth even if you have to ignore style (because Acura/Honda beats Toyota in design - but that's the only thing).
11th Jul 2010, 15:54
"My advice is to just stay away from the whole Honda/Acura family! Buy TOYOTA"
I've owned both Honda and Toyota vehicles. All my cars from BOTH manufacturers were extremely reliable, well-built vehicles. However, when it came right down to it, my Honda's were better in every aspect. While the few Toyota's I've owned were excellent cars that required very few repairs in the time I owned them, my Honda's were even better; all of them made 300,000 miles without a single repair beyond basic maintenance items. My Toyota's started costing me a lot more money to keep running after the 250,000 mile mark.
15th Jul 2010, 09:50
2000 TL: I've replaced the original tranny at 96K. Replaced that rebuilt unit 6K miles later. Now less than 24K later it is acting up again... I'd sell it, but who's going to buy it... Still have 3K miles left on rebuilt unit's original warranty, so here we go again...You'd think Acura would get tired of this...
31st Aug 2010, 09:38
From the last post... I ran the transmission down to within 1800 miles remaining on the warranty (from the 2 previous replacements), and lo and behold... it needs another!!... That would be the 3rd rebuilt unit in less than 2 years and 34K miles... Now it's a game of how many times can we do this!!
3rd Oct 2010, 06:52
I am looking for an email for a CEO of the Acura Corporation.
It appears that this site is just comments about one particular model. However, I am adding the MDX.
I bought a used MDX and have yet to put 15,000 miles on it. First the radiator, then the transmission. I contacted my local dealer and also then corporate for assistance in fixing it. Why? Because they sell to you saying that their cars are the best, and how you need to buy this because nothing really goes wrong with them etc. Then they do not stand beside their word.
When I contacted Acura for financial assistance, because I did not believe a transmission should have ever gone out on an Acura with 95,000 miles on it, the first thing they said was you should have bought the extended warranty. I said I could not afford it at the time. That is not our problem Maam. What? Then they refused to help me because I did not buy it directly from their Acura dealer, but from an independent dealer that had exactly what we needed for three kids. So Acura is a corporation, but does not want to hear that they have some serious problems with transmissions in many models. The excuses were endless.
Local transmission companies will not even touch it, because they say there are just too many problems with the vehicles, and it just leads to more problems for them. I respect that, as at least they were being honest with me.
The only place that will fix it is an Acura dealer, and it is almost 4,000.00. During these tough times, who can do that? So I asked them to buy it from me. With the retail value of 17k and a BB of 15. They offered me 6,000 for it.
So as an owner of three Acuras, I will not buy again, and will begin to sell each one as I can.
I also believe that I was treated with disrespect from some manager at the corporate office. His tone told me that he must deal with many of the same issues daily.
So if anyone knows of an email of someone that may be interested in my story, please let me know.
3rd Feb 2010, 07:19
The cars are 10 years old. Makes sense to buy new for a warranty or pay for the old one you bought cheap.