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#9027 of 9045 First time Car buyer
Jan 14, 2008 (6:06 pm)
I am thinking on getting a used acura as my first car. It is recommended first time drivers get a hooptie but i want a decent car. I was strongly looking at an 03 accord but one of my friend is persuading me to get an 04 acura TL. I was doing a comparison of features and i can see why they would recommend the Acura TL and considering i can get it for about 3k more than the accord. (accords ex range around 11-13 with about 70k miles and sometimes less)
I have been reading around and ive seen some acuras TL 2004 in between 14-15k with about 70000 miles or so. (note i am strictly just looking at prices online and i am not putting into consideration haggling the prices. )What do you guys think?
Should i jump the gun and get the TL? I really dont wanna get a cheaper car to then be going crazy a year from now trying to get rid of it. I am willing to spend the extra few k for it,
#9028 of 9045 Re: First time Car buyer [cg006]
Jan 16, 2008 (7:23 pm)
The '03 Accord (V6?) would not be a bad car, especially for a new driver. But, if you can afford the extra $3K, the '04 TL would be a much more satisfying car to own and drive.
#9029 of 9045 Re: Problems starting [aciampi]
Feb 08, 2008 (12:39 pm)
I have a 2000 TL, automatic, 119 k miles. Original tranny.
About 2 times per week, the car starts very hard and shakes violently. Acura changed the battery and cleaned the EGR ports. The problem continued but instead of twice per week, it is doing it about twice per month.
Has anyone else had this problem and what was the solution?
Feb 09, 2008 (7:32 pm)
I have an automatic 2000 TL with 68,000 miles. Going from 0 to 20 miles an hour sometimes the car stutters. Not the transmission ???? Right.
#9031 of 9045 Re: stuttering [myturn4]
Feb 11, 2008 (7:55 am)
Could be the transmission or even the engine mounts...feels like the transmission stutters, but it's really the mounts.
#9032 of 9045 Re: First time Car buyer [cg006]
Feb 11, 2008 (2:47 pm)
I can't comment on the price, but wanted to reply that I have a 2004 TL and absolutely love the car. Still think it looks fantastic and the drive is a great balance between sporty handling/accelleration and comfort.
Just a few comments, though:
1. if you're getting an automatic, look back at the message boards for 2004 TLs - some people complained about something like the car shifting from 3rd to 4th prematurely, making the car vibrate improperly. Find out whatever the problem was and test-drive for it.
2. Also, if you really want a family-sedan sportscar, you need to go with a RWD or AWD car.
3. if you're getting an automatic, look at whether it comes with a nav system - that was the only option back then. The nav system is really nice and they coordinate voice recognition with the a/c and radio, too.
Hope this helps!
#9033 of 9045 Re: Gas Mileage of 07 TL [kzeuski]
Mar 03, 2008 (5:03 pm)
This is true of my 08 TL, too. I can't agree with the "better safe than sorry, don't worry about it".
For one thing, there coud be an air bubble in the tank (doesn't seem likely in my case as it's only got 2500 miles on it and I've notice this false reading twice now). I'd like to be able to stop at the gas station less often (not easy given the TL's so-so mileage) with confidence
#9034 of 9045 2001 TL, 130k miles transmission help
Jun 18, 2008 (10:41 am)
We have a 2001 TL with 130k miles and have transmission problems. Should we expect any type of support from Honda/Acura or are we stuck? Thanks!
#9035 of 9045 Re: 2001 TL, 130k miles transmission help [kbecks]
Jun 19, 2008 (5:59 am)
It's very possible. You can do search in this discussion (the box is on the gray bar) for "transmission warranty" without the quotes and find lots of information.
Here's one recent post: benkinchen, "Older Acura TLs" #9025, 29 Dec 2007 11:57 am. Your TL is of the same generation, so this should apply to you as well.
#9036 of 9045 Re: 2001 TL, 130k miles transmission help [kbecks]
Jun 19, 2008 (7:06 am)
Actually, Acura is extending warranties on some MDX's with the infamous bad tranny. You might want to contact an Acura service center and inquire.