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#12 of 28 2002 acura TL type S Salvaged title
Oct 17, 2006 (12:41 pm)
Hi, before someone attacks me for being stupid (seems like the thing to do 'round here) I am a 19 year old female, I dont much experience with cars. I am attempting to learn here. ok thanks...
I have a chance to buy a 02 TL type S with 40k miles the front end has been damaged and replaced,
it drives and handles great, the title is a salvage,
does anyone know any drawbacks from buying a salvaged vehicle?
it looks and drives beautiful, interior is perfect not a scratch on its pretty blue paint, at only $10,000 its the only way I can afford to buy a TL. what do you all think?
#13 of 28 Re: 2002 acura TL type S Salvaged title [chiarlei]
Oct 17, 2006 (2:01 pm)
Hi, welcome! I don't think anyone around here is going to attack you, that's something we do not do around here and I'm sorry you have that impression.
Salvage titles are really big red flags. I recommend that you put "salvage" in the keyword search on the left side of the page and read the three discussions that come up. They are all closed now, but they have some good information for you.
Let's see if anyone here can give you other pointers.
Again welcome - hope we can help!
#14 of 28 Re: 2002 acura TL type S Salvaged title [chiarlei]
Oct 17, 2006 (2:22 pm)
pat is right. a salvage vehicle is a huge red flag. is there anyway you can get an independant mechanic to look at it for you.
i had a friend that bought an acura integra with a salvage title. he had an independant mechanic look at it and the mechanic gave the thumbs up. my friend now has about 210k miles on it!
good luck with the TL
#15 of 28 Re: 2002 acura TL type S Salvaged title [chiarlei]
Oct 19, 2006 (3:50 pm)
If car has a salvage title it means that it was more the 75% of the car cost to fix it. If it was damage in the front , the damage must be substantial, most likely frame damage and some engine work. Donít forget itís a FWD car and front impact is a worst case scenario. You might have small problems with this car and most likely will have constant tire problems due to the frame damage. You will also have a huge problem selling this car in the future. I would have more faith in 120K 2001 TL then the one with salvage title. If I were you, I would not touch it.
P.S. Every car has itís price, if you really like it take a gamble and offer 7K for it. Itís not worth more 7-8K.
#16 of 28 what a surprise
Oct 29, 2006 (5:57 pm)
I wasn't looking for an Acura. I was looking to replace a 12 yr old commuter car for a used Accord/Camry. I went to the dealer where we got our Pilot from, and drove a new base Accord EX automatic. Very nice, but at $25k, and dealer only offering a discount of $900, I was not enticed. I went across the street to a used car dealership. They post prices in the car window. There I saw (side by side)an 03 Accord EX-L V-6, and an 03 TL. Both were similar in condition and mileage. They had the Accord over $2k more expensive than the TL. What?? I asked the salesman, and he said--sure--everyone wants an Accord, and everyone thinks the Acura is too expensive!! So my search did an immediate change. I started looking for a TL. Found a satin silver 03 TL (non-S) with 21000 miles in beautiful condition with 10 months of original warranty remaining for less $$ than the cars mentioned, and also less than a new Civic LX. I love it. What a find!
#17 of 28 2004 with 100k miles -- would u buy?
Mar 23, 2007 (8:16 am)
what are the key risks of buying a 2004 Acura TL with 100k miles? The price is $15,000 (so its clearly reflected in the price) and I typically put a light (backroads) 8-10k miles year so high mileage doesnt scare me per se.
#18 of 28 1996 Acura TL 2.5
May 08, 2007 (2:44 pm)
I'm considering buying a pre-owned TL that only has 55,000 miles on it. I'm wondering if its worth it and what the Acura owners think and buying a 96. They are asking $8-9K for it. It seems to be in pristine condition. Perfect on the inside, with all the scheduled maintenance done.
Thanks for the input.
#19 of 28 Re: 1996 Acura TL 2.5 [carbuyer29]
May 08, 2007 (4:49 pm)
1) Ridiculous price. The private party value is between $4,500+/-, dealer retail $5,300+/- according to Edmunds.
2) Not that great of a car, IMO. Underpowered (funky 5 cylinder, 176 hp/170 ft lbs.). Boxy design. Doesn't handle particularly well. Think a similar vintage Accord EX for half the price is a much better value.
3) I have a 1995 Nissan Maxima SE 5-speed w/ 190hp/205 ft.lbs, a Ward's 10 best 6-cylinder engine. Although it has 155k highway miles, it's in extremely good condition. I would take it over that TL 2.5 any day, at the same price. And on a good day, I'd be hard pressed to sell it for more than $3,500.
4) Re-read #1 - Ridiculous price. If you really love this particular car, offer them $4,500 and know that you are still overpaying by $1,000 for the Acura brand, IMO.
P.S. I have nothing against Acura - own a 2004 TL 6-speed and 2005 MDX. But this 5-cylinder Vigor suceessor was an oddball that wasn't a compelling car brand new and certainly isn't 11 years later.
#20 of 28 Re: 1996 Acura TL 2.5 [habitat1]
May 08, 2007 (5:50 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I thought it might be a good deal based on the mileage and the maintenance history, but its still a '96. I'd like a later model, but they are pricey.
#21 of 28 Re: 1996 Acura TL 2.5 [carbuyer29]
May 10, 2007 (7:44 am)
I purchased a '97 TL2.5 (premium) for my daughter in December 2005 - from an Acura dealer. It was a 2 owner car, w/ maintenance history, and had 82K miles. Paid 8,000. Only service has been tires, oil changes and the 105K service (paid $800 at a private shop). I liked the size of the car (vs an Integra), plus it can't go too fast! The '98/99 Accords were my pfd cars, but for similar condition and miles, they were more, at that time.