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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • bejocundbejocund Posts: 12
    For those with TL approaching 115,000 miles

    My calipers locked. Calipers are suppose to be replaced only once in the lifetime of the car.

    New brakes and rotors installed as well. Total for calipers and brakes and rotors $1200 at local shop (not acura dealer fees)

    Front left fog light is out

    a few internal glow lights are out (ie cruise control light that is on the handlebar)
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited March 2010
    See if you can contact someone @KBB and get the value from the date of the accident (two years ago). Then compare that to today's value in two ways: first look at "excellent" condition value vs. "fair" condition value. The precentage difference should give you a good idea of the diminished value resulting from your accident. Fair condition includes cars in accidents.

    Also, I would contact my own insurance agent and see how they would value the car if they were the underwriter. That may help. I would also ask for a new or replacement car if your having problems with it.

    Sorry about your accident. I certainly can relate. I hope your health fully recovers. I would press/fight hard (get an attorney consultation). I had to settle a claim with Travelers about six years ago. I still have back problems that will always be there.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,733
    finally breaking down and replacing the struts on my 2000 TL, now that it broke 150K and the RF is pretty much blown out and leaking.

    Nice sale at Sears. After shopping around, prices are all over the board. $800, $900. Some even more. not usually yes.

    But,Sears for whatever reason is much more reasonable on installation. So, had an earlier quote (with 1/2 price install) for $627, OTD including tax and alignment.

    however, they decided to have a 1 night sale (5 pm fri to noon saturday) . 1/2 off all struts (but normal install). Ended up cheaper.

    So, getting it done for a grand total of $516.76. That's 4 monro sensormatic struts, alignment and tax. Not a bad deal considering that going to another tire place and getting the exact same units would have been $300-$400 more.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • rvator4rvator4 Posts: 84
    My previous 2000TL that we sold to our Grand Daughter at 70K miles, and now with 90K, had the computer fail according to the local Honda dealer. 800 bills to fix. How common is it for the computer to fail?
  • slowcarslowcar Posts: 66
    Hi all,
    My TL has code A12 appearing, which means oil change and tire rotation and minor stuff. I followed instructions to turn off the code: up/down button until Oil Life percentage appears and press and hold Reset button. But it did not work this time. It did not reset the A12 code. I was able to turn off A000000 oil change code before but not this A12 code. It just beep and the code returned. What did I do wrong? Thanks.
  • Calipers only need to be replaced "once"? Does that show up in the manual? What if you kept the car for 1,000,000 miles?

    My Dad and I replaced the brake pads and rotors (no calipers) and parts were about $125 or so. Local independent brake/tire shop wanted ~$500, and the Acura dealer was something like $700 to $800. Their PARTS alone were about $400 if I were to buy them from Acura. Crazy.
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    See notes #5422 AND #5424 for resetting
  • slowcarslowcar Posts: 66
    Thank you much. So what I did wrong was that I always brought the Oil Life screen back before press/hold the Reset button. This time I will display the Oil Life then press and hold. If the A12 code returns, I'll just let go and then press/hold the reset again, right....and do that several times 'til the message goes away. Thanks a bunch again.
  • ajonesyajonesy Posts: 2
    Acura bulletin 08-031 should fix this.
  • ajonesyajonesy Posts: 2
    Acura bulletin 08-031 should fix this
  • smack518smack518 Posts: 17
    I hope this is the right forum for this question. I have a 2008 TL w/Navi. I've been getting ads for the 2010 replacement DVD. It is worth it to spend the money to get the updated disc? Other than updated roads is there anything else worthwhile on it? Also can I replace it myself or do I need the dealership to do so?

  • I have a 2006 TL and have never thought of replacing the navi DVD. You would have to give me a good reason to replace; I've never had one.
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    After the introduction of the 4th generation ACURA TL "styling" change, the interest in the ACURA TL forum seems to have fallen off a cliff (like its car sales).

    Too bad, both were interesting while they lasted.
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    I still own my 2005 Honda Pilot and belong to that blog.. Once every few months someone will send out an email that asked if anyone is still around? Tons of folks respond but everyone is just driving their Pilot and are all happy campers with not issues to report. 82K miles and other then oil changes, nothing to report in about..

    We are all here on the TL blog, but for most of us working americans, we just drive our car every day and having a blast. The car is so well engineered, not a lot of bad things to say or report. So for the majority of the 2009-2010 TL owners, we just take that role of the Maytag Repair Man, and live the boring life, except when we get behind the wheel and hit the accelerator!

    I think my 2010 TL SH-AWD, 3 months old and 2800 miles now has nothing less then 4 coats of wax! If I had to make a buying decision all over again, nothing has changed in the last 3 months to make me not once again select the Acura. :blush: ;) :)
  • billyperks2billyperks2 Posts: 378
    I would have ignored the above poster- just basically looking for attention.
  • bejocundbejocund Posts: 12
    Just curious if other 2005 TL owners are experiencing malfunction with their Navi system.
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    I will jump in only to say I am here, read many of the post, but I have been very busy as so many of us are these days when we are in a economic slow down, and we are all expected to do more at our jobs these days... I am sure if all TL owners were retired we would be talking away, but I bet for every one contributor, their are dozens of folks who are just listening and reading! Well, off to work I go in the SH-AWD TL, another FUN trip to the office! :)
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,041
    Avoid personally-directed posts please. Carry on.


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  • gbosilgbosil Posts: 88
    I am quickly approaching 60,000 miles on my 2007 TLS. Can somebody tell me what the 60K Maintenance cost is on AVG and what needs to be completed? Thanks!
  • Hi has anyone experienced something like this? Took delivery in January of a 2010 Tech Package TL with AWD. Love the car, but the low oil warning light came on and I figured it was down maybe a quart or so...Lo and behold, the car took 3 quarts of oil with less than 5000 miles on the odometer! Checked for leaks, etc. but there is nothing at all.

    Never experienced anything like this before with a new car, anyone else?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,733
    sounds like 1 of 2 optins.

    1) somehow, they delivered it way short of oil (not filled up at the factory?). or

    2) it actually used that much (which would be extremly rare, and unacceptable even though Honda would claim it fell within "specs")

    But, with 2, it seems like you would have to notice it going someplace (smoking or leaking). So if not, 1 makes more sense.

    Also, does this actually have a low warning light (like a BMW does) telling you to add? If so, that should come on by 1 quart. Or did you get the light of death (oil pressure light)?

    For sure, I would have it to the dealer to get inspected, and to make sure this is documented, just in case.

    assume they find no problem, and keep a close eye on it. If it doesn't end up sucking down oil ilke that again, assume it was just low to begin with. Or you overfilled by 2 quarts!

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    WOW, this made me go check mine! I just returned from a trip from San Diego to Las Vegas! It was 107 degrees so this definitely put the car through its paces, not to mention driving at 75 MPH. I wanted to be sure the car was warmed up this morning so I went and drove it for a bit. After placing it on a level part of my driveway, my oil level was down??? I had a few quarts for my Honda Pilot and wife TSX, so at first I wanted to add a quart, but not knowing what the low and full markings on the dipstick were I started adding oil slowly, waiting 3 or 4 minutes and then checking it again. My SH-AWD has 4275 miles on it and it took about 1/2 quart to top it off. This 5-20 oil is very thin , viscosity, so some oil usage seems normal. But we both have questions to ask the dealer. First 3 quarts seems very high usage for sure! I assume this is still the original oil that came with the car? I also assume you checked it before this event so you have a baseline? Mine used 1/2 quart, but my wife TSX used No Oil after 6,000 miles when it was new last year but that is a different engine. They say that the oil they use when the car is new is a special blend to allow the engine to break in correctly.

    I am so sorry you have this issue and lets hope other chime in over the next 2 or 3 days to give us all an idea on oil usage and what can be considered normal. BTW, what state do you live in?? Let us ALL know what your dealer is telling you! I will do the same.
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    Anyone else want to comment. How often do you check or have your oil changed and does it use any oil over time?
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    In my 05TL I change the oil every 5,000 miles with Mobil 1 synthetic 5W-30.
    I currently have 65,000 miles on the car.

    Between oil changes it does not use any measurable oil. It remains at the top "full" hole for the whole 5,000 mile period.
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    I called the dealer, two of them in the area, and both said it is not unusual to use some oil during the first 6K miles as the rings seat as it is a special viscosity oil with special additives for new engines. Then the oil usage should be normal and low. Both dealers told me the same thing. I will get my oil changed around 6K miles, they said that was about right for the first oil change since the car will be 6 months old at that time.. Only drive about 1K per month. Then I will watch it again for oil consumption.. My 2005 Honda Pilot uses about 3/4 of a quart between oil changes at 65,000 miles. I change the oil every 4-5K miles or every 6 months..
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    Wondering what your dealer told you about your oil usage? :confuse:
  • My dealer over the phone thought this was totally not a normal thing for a brand new car to be 3 quarts of oil down...They urged me to bring it in which I am doing this Friday...I will update after the car is checked out
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    OK, thanks for the reply back. I think most folks would say that 3 qt is a lot of oil. Sorry to hear this and please do update us on what the fix is going to be. It may be a Stuck Emission Valve that works between the oil reservoir and the air in-tack.. I heard about this on the KPBS Car Talk show where someone was burning oil, 18K miles, or using oil but no black or white smoke out the tail pipe and nothing on the ground. Lets hope it is something simple like that! I have the maintenance manuals like the dealer. I may take a look and see what the book say about this. :)
  • moet131moet131 Posts: 1
    Looking at buying a 2003 Acura 2.3TL at a local shop in town. It only has 66k miles but it also has a salvage title which is why the guy is only asking $7500. Test drove the car today & it handled pretty well with no major problems. Will be getting a full point check from an acura dealer on Fri. Any maintenance concerns for this year & make vehicle. I currently own a 99 Accord which I love & have only owned Acuras & Hondas in the past with no major concerns.
    Also I am thinking about buying a warranty from the acura dealer which they said would cost around $ it worth buying if they check the car & say it has no problems.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,855
    edited June 2010
    I'd walk away from that one. The price is way too high for a salvage car. You should be able to buy a nice clean one without a salvage title for not much more than that money.

    I did a search and found 40 2003 TLs with an average asking price of $8500.

    Here's a LOW MILES 2003 for $9000 asking price.

    I'm also skeptical that you can get any kind of legit extended warranty on a salvage car.

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