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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • emdemd Posts: 1
    Hi there. Just wanted to ask your opinion about purchasing a TL. This is the first time that my husband is considering a Japanese car, but I just wanted to check in with all of you to make sure that this one should be the one he chooses.


    Just reviewing the posts I'm noticing lots of concerns apparently about the tires. Is this a real problem? We live in NYS and do experience quite a bit of snow here.


    How is the Acura mechanically? We're looking at the one w/o navigation.


    Many thanks for your advise.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    That's what I was going to say too.


    curious2005, you have to remember that if you switched on the front defogger, the AC would come on automatically. Or the dealer may have set the climate control to auto, which means that the AC compressor would have been on, even if heat was coming out of the vents.
  • danny1878danny1878 Posts: 339
    I got that experience also, almost made me think that it was the coolant.


    Thats why they make the coolant fluid colorful, sweet smell but dangerous to your pets.
  • "Just reviewing the posts I'm noticing lots of concerns apparently about the tires. Is this a real problem? We live in NYS and do experience quite a bit of snow here..."


    The TL Navi comes with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4, which is a mediocre tire, the non-Navi comes with Bridgestone Turanza EL42, which is very terrible, especially on water/snow. If you buy the non-Navi TL you should negotiate with the dealer to put some decent tires, or deduct an allowance for you to replace the tires.
  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    Don't buy an 04....they have too many issues to even talk about and Acura will tell the problems are normal…!


    The 05 is probability a good car!
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,254
    After 3 weeks and a couple of snow storms (including, of course the recent dusting of 30" around Boston), I'm unimpressed with the EL42 tires in the snow. So far, they're bad. I'm not sure if I'll categorize them as dangerous, but I'm genuinely surprised at how often the traction control and abs have been employed (thank goodness for these safety features!). This is the first car I've ever owned (always FWD) that I question in the snow.


    Otherwise, wonderful car. Smooth, quiet, powerful, handsome and loaded with goodies. Acura's reputation for reliability/build quality is excellent overall. My family has had several Acuras/Hondas with nary a complaint (no tranny failures to report).


    As for Japaneese cars, your husband could (should?) compare/contrast with Infiniti G35 (G35X if you're concerned about snow, which I was and did) on the more sports, RWD orientation and, in the same vain, Lexus IS300 (much smaller, though). On the more luxurious ride side, Lexus ES330. He could also check out Acura's own TSX. Possibly the Mazda 6, Nissan Maxima or Altima. So many choices...!


    Good luck, enjoy the shopping. Only he (and you) can decide which one is "the one."

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    The Acura TL is a front drive vehicle and therefore should be good in snow. However, my TL is not good in snow (Bridgestone tires). Is the problem the 17 inch tires or the car?


    If it were the tires, then what tire brand would be better?


  • armandarmand Posts: 178
    The problem is a combination of low profile tires and the Bridgestones. I have put Contenintal snow tires on my "04 TL and it is pretty good in the snow.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,254
    Unfortunately, if there is little or no traction it doesn't matter which (or how many) wheels drive the car! As stated above, I think the combination of low profile and tread pattern make the ELs poor tires in the snow.


    You can go to to research different tires for the TL. I believe BF Goodrich Traction TA (all season tires) get pretty good reviews. It's been a while since I looked, though so don't quote me...


    So far, smart winter driving and electronics have kept my TL moving straight and true. I just really have to be extra alert with these tires. I'm a bit upset as I did not buy a RWD sedan just so I wouldn't have to buy a set of snows! Well, there were other reasons, too, but that was one of the main reasons. I've always driven FWD with all season tires and never had issues with winter driving throughout New England. But now...

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • inglejinglej Posts: 1
    Windows in the front doors rattle when the doors are closed and the windows are not all the way up. Acura dealer says it is normal.
  • surfgebsurfgeb Posts: 24
    I tried to make it through the Boston winter on the OEM bridgestones but I was slipping and sliding on the slightest snowy surface.


    I just bought 4 Vredestein WinTracs and it turns the car into s snow tank. The ride is surer than my wife's Pilot with AWD. Speed rated tires also mean that the drive on dry surfaces is as good if not better than the bridgestones
  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    so...what else is new!


    I the 05 tl's also rattle or is it just the early model 04 tl's?


    No matter because i'm sure it's normal
  • igibanigiban Posts: 530
    Sounds of door shut on driver's door is a bit different between windows all the way up and not, but I don't sense much window vibration. Not a problem


    One gripe I have on my 05 is that the firm ride coupled with a firm seat. Some will say it feels the road more as it's positive. Well when the road is good, it gives you a firm grip feeling in a supportive cockpit, which is nice. The problem is that when the road is bad, you feel a lot of it too, a lot more than my ES. I know many will say ah that ES is too soft and isolated, but I kind of think isolation from potholes a good thing. I guess you can't have both. The vivid road feel on bad condition can be a source of squeaks that some are complaining, although I have not sensed that much. It's a very solidly built car so far otherwise.


    I used to think ES looks just fine, elegant and luxury (except for the tail maybe), but when you park TL and ES side by side, I have to admit, ES does look at bit bulky, and well, too innocent. But the ride, still the creamiest of all. TL is quite decent, if you can avoid most of those potholes.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "I guess you can't have both"


    I've not experienced it personally, but apparently we can hve both -- in a BMW (probably 5 series and up).
  • igibanigiban Posts: 530
    Yeah, $20K more can do some wonder I think. Actually 525 won't cost that much more, but then some will say it's a teaser in 5 series. Other $50K cars like E or RL are better 'balanced' too.


    In TL's price range, I heard that G is even harsher, mercy! IMO, some ride between ES and TL would be perfect!
  • I'm getting my '05 TL in a week. I want a bluetooth phone and Verizon only uses the Motorola V710. Is the bluetooth compatability working well when calling cell phones as well as land lines. Also, how's the audio in the TL when talking on the phone? Thanks.
  • I have a 2002 TL. I was driving it today and noticed one of my headlights was out. I turned off my lights and then turned them back on. After I did this the light was working again. That lasted about 5 minutes and it went out again. I also have problems with the auto function to roll down the driver side window. It randomly shorts out and doesn't work. The dealer has reset the computer, but this doesn't help. Has anyone else had problems with the wiring of their TL?
  • Well I just bought a used '00 TL and I just found out that the BOSE CD Player in it dosent play the CD-R. I mean the CDs that I burnt myself. Is it just that way the Audio System works or is there a problem with my CD player.



    As the Audio system in the car does not have an equalizer , I am planning to install a Pioneer FH-P5000MP which is an indash MP3/CD player. I am not sure whether this would fit into my car.


    Can anyone reply to my questions above.


    thanks in advance.
  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    Does anyone know how long it takes to file a law suit using the lemon law?


    Are there down sides in filing a suit?


  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    Does anyone know how long it takes to file and settle a lemon law law suit.



    Are there down sides in filing a suit?


  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    Here is the site article which explains the process:


    Getting Some Lemon-Aid From Your Lemon Maker


    I couldn't find any current topics concerning Lemon Law, but if you use the site search using the keyword "Lemon" you'll get a return of several topics. Some may (or may not) be educational.

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  • xbixbi Posts: 9
    Hi all,


    I just brought my 05 TL (auto w/o nav) about three weeks ago. This is my first acura/honda. I noticed that everytime I shift the knob to reverse from drive, the clutch makes a very noticeable noise. I know that this clutch goes zig zag, but is this noise normal? Maybe I'm just paranoid. But this seems to be a problem everytime I shift to reverse. Thanks.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    You mean a "clunk" sound? That's normal.
  • mdhaukemdhauke Posts: 202
    Ted, it's definitely the tires.
  • mdhaukemdhauke Posts: 202
    Sorry, but I don't think you will find many CD players from the 2000 era that plays CD-Rs. If I were you, instead of investing in a new equalizer, get a new radio, one that plays CD-Rs and even MP3s. It may look a little out of place, but you will be much happier.
  • Called the dealer and they said that it was condensation that can happen when you run the A/C (this is obviously a common thing) or even when you just have the fan on at all. Just wanted to report back on this in case other new TL owners experience the same problem and are wondering/worrying. On a side note, the condensation does not seem to happen when I am not using the fan.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Should take more than just the fan to cause the condensation. I think the AC (compressor) has to be on. I have the fan on all the time, but I usually turn off the AC unless I need cooling or defogging.
  • qwallsqwalls Posts: 406
    The factory changer in my '94 Acura Legend plays my CD-Rs just fine, but it won't play CD-RWs.
  • semezsemez Posts: 36
    Anyone know how to reset the Maintenance oil indicator if the oil change is done by someone other than an Acura dealer? I know I saw it somewhere but cant find it.
  • tedescm1tedescm1 Posts: 309
    it's in the manual under oil change...
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