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Acura TL, Sedan
Mar 02, 2003 (9:16 am)
Just took advantage of a 1 week Acura lease window to get a 2003 TL Premium. Turned in a leased 2000 and experienced no transmission or other mechanical issues with that car.
I think Acura will continue to respond to the transmission concerns and end of model change over with aggressive lease offers. A really good lease beats buying for my money, even it there are no suspect mechanical issues like the transmission.
My wife drives the TL and missed her 1997 Avalon for a time after she started driving the 2000 TL. We were only a mile or so into the drive home with the new TL when she remarked how quiet the 2003 is compared with the 2000.
I drive a 2002 Accord Ex also leased near the model change over. We sat in the 03 Accord in the show room and both believe the TL seems roomier. Oddly, the 2002 Accord even feels larger so maybe it is the higher cowl line for the 2003.
Anyway, it took a four year lease to get the same payment as a 39 month TL lease, and the Accord warrentee is only 36 months. That decision was not much trouble.
I recently read a little in this group to see what was going on. For those hanging back on a 2003 TL, I suggest shopping Honda Motor Credit leases as they could get even better as the year unfolds. Of course, they may not either, which is why we went ahead now.
If you have to own, a 2.9% interest offer is open through March, and at that rate extended warrentees become affordable. Especially so if they also discount the car which they will likely do since the market is soft anyway. The 2003s may already have a 100K warrentee on the transmissions, I did not even ask.
If you truly like the TL as we do, it seems you should be able to find a comfortable finance/protection package. Honda doesn't sell the only transmissions that will fail over the next five years. Since they seem to be getting all this attention though, we thought it might work as an advantage. Honda "knows" they have an issue and will step up, in my opinion, by pricing it in. My guess is they will find a lot of takers -- the 03 TL is a very solid car. Just my $.02.
#1910 of 9045 cross-posting
Mar 02, 2003 (10:57 am)
per se isn't really against the rules, no. Sometimes a message is relevant in two different discussion.
Posting the same message over and over again in a number of discussions (more than two, for example) would be considered spamming, and therefore inappropriate, but if I recall correctly, junebug posted a message here and in the Accord discussion that was relevant in both discussions and *I* don't have a problem with that.
Obviously, this is way off-topic -- any questions, just drop me an email.
Mar 03, 2003 (11:54 pm)
Anyone see the 2004 tl at recent auto shows (Chicago, Detroit)? If so what can we expect? I'm hearing due date in Sept. Thanks
Mar 04, 2003 (7:21 pm)
04 tl hasn't shown itself yet, perhaps next month at the New York Auto Show ???
Mar 10, 2003 (8:36 am)
Well I must say that I'm very pleased to have researched for the best tires for my 2001 TL and not just go with the Michellin reprutation. I replaced the OEM tires with Bridgestone Turanza LS V. These tires are excellent! Handling, wet and dry performance is excellent. Noise is low and ride is real smooth. I purchased my tires from TireRack.com. They have the best prices. I took these tires on a fast, hilly, winding, sharp conners, wet road way and they performed at optimum level. I would recommend these tires to all. At this point I don't know how the tread wear is but will keep the board informed.
Mar 10, 2003 (10:38 am)
Has anyone had trannie trouble with TL's manufactured after May 2002?? That's suppose to be the month the trouble was fixed, even though they are extending the warranties on all 2003's.
Mar 10, 2003 (1:07 pm)
I did not realize that they have extended the warranty on new 2003 TLs. Are you sure about this?
#1916 of 9045 TL Reply to Fredvh
Mar 10, 2003 (1:44 pm)
Yes, this is what my sales rep and the service manager told me. I spoke to the service mgr this afternoon. He said thery had a lot of 2001's that had to be redone, only a few 2002's and no 2003's-so far. He said his wife has a 2003 with 16000 miles and hasn't had a bit of trouble. I have looked at other cars, but the TL still is the best fit for me--I'm just not sure about the trannie issue. The service mgr said it's a great car and he thinks they had the problem solved with the 2003's. Of course, this is his opinion, but he is the service mgr. I still love the car!!! It's really a beauty!! Everyone thinks I'm being over cautious.
Mar 10, 2003 (1:56 pm)
I bought mine 12/30/02 and I did not receceive any extended warranty.My car was manufactured 11/02, so far 1900 miles trouble free.
#1918 of 9045 Consumer Reports
Mar 10, 2003 (6:23 pm)
I just received the Consumer Reports April auto issue. They continue to give their highest rating for reliability to the TL transmissions on all but the 01 models to which they give their second highest rating ( above average reliability). Either their research is flawed or this transmission problem is over blown. They also continue to reccomend used TLs as best bets. Acura is also listed as the most reliable brand over all.