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#15 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs [hpmctorque]
Aug 02, 2008 (1:21 pm)
I own an 01 TL, purchased new in March 01. Since the first week when we went on a 3000 mile road trip, the car has performed beautifully, and still delivers 22-23 MPG in town, and always over 30 MGP Hwy. Have always serviced with the selling dealer, and all maint/oil changes, etc have been done.
Problems. Had a mass air valve fail in 05 after the car was parked for a week - 500 miles from home. When I started the car the rpm's immediately went to 4k, then began an up-down 2k-4k cycle. Since it was Sunday, and didn't want to stay in Galveston any longer, decided to head home, and if it died, call road service. Short story - drove it home, turned over to Acura svc in OKC the following day, no problems since.
Went for 75k MI service last week, and reported a seat cover looking shabby. It was the vinyl part on bottom of backrest near door. Svc manager ordered new seat cover (value $540.00), and Acura is going to install Thursday - no charge. I'm thinking they really want to sell me another car!
All in all, I'm a totally happy camper. Between the attractive purchase price ($26645 delivered) excellent service, great economy, and a blast to drive, will buy another TL in a minute when the time comes. (yes, even the ugly 09)
#16 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs (kcall2)
Aug 06, 2008 (3:47 pm)
Congratulations on the great luck you've had with your '01 TL. I've got 113,000 miles on my '99, and while I'm very pleased with it overall, I've experienced more problems than you have with yours. For example, the catalytic converter had to be replaced at ~105,000 miles.
They're well designed and built cars. I['m anxious to see the '09, but I don't like the fact that it'll be bigger and heavier than the TL of our generation.
#17 of 111 Purchasing a used 2003 TL
Aug 17, 2008 (8:11 am)
I am considering this purchase from a private owner. She told me she has an extended warranty on the trans. I don't know if it was repaired/replaced but will soon find out. Is $8 or $9K a good deal for this car. She is asking $13.5K or b/o.
Does the 2003 have a good track record except for trans problems?
#18 of 111 Purchasing a used 2003 TL (1stnewcarinyrs)
Aug 17, 2008 (3:47 pm)
"Does the 2003 have a good track record except for trans problems?"
In a word, yes.
" Is $8 or $9K a good deal for this car."
What's the mileage on this car?
#19 of 111 Re: Purchasing a used 2003 TL (1stnewcarinyrs) [hpmctorque]
Aug 17, 2008 (11:48 pm)
47, 000 miles and I plan to start negotiating around $7 or $8K but I am willing to pay a fair price for the vehicle. The body seems to be in very good shape. Thanks for commenting
#20 of 111 Re: Purchasing a used 2003 TL (1stnewcarinyrs)
Aug 18, 2008 (2:28 am)
Check Edmunds "Used Cars" and Kelly Blue Book (KBB) for prices.
Of course you want to get the best price, and it's within your first amendment rights to bid any price you choose, but "$7 or $8K" seems like an unrealistically low, unfair to the seller, price.
A couple of other relevant factors you didn't mention are whether this car is equipped with navigation, and whether it's a "S." Depending, in part, on these things, the seller's asking price may not be unreasonable.
Please let us know what happens.
#21 of 111 Re: Purchasing a used 2003 TL (1stnewcarinyrs) [hpmctorque]
Aug 18, 2008 (3:38 pm)
The car does not have navigation and its not the S model. The sellers fiance is an auto mechanic so something tells me they would not let the car go for an unfair price. I do not know if he maintained the car. Thank you for your comments,
#22 of 111 Transmission Repair - 1999 TL, 77K miles questions
Sep 13, 2008 (9:17 am)
I have a 1999 TL with 77,700 miles on it. I bought it in 2003 as a certified pre-owened vehicle. I'm 1 year 9 months out of the extended warranty period. Acura has refused a request for "good will out of warranty" assistance (though I'm still working on it based on the low mileage angle). I've maintained the car diligently, replaced timing belt, new tires etc. The only other problems are:
a) occasional error on navigation system saying it needs a disk reformat. This has happened 3 times and it self-corrected
b) during a heat wave, I noticed that the cruise control light didn't come on on the dashboard, though the car was performing in cruise control. Again, this corrected itself.(Are these bad signs?) I can't afford a new car or a good used car right now. Is it worth getting my transmission fixed? It drives ok now, but the seal is leaking transmission fluid.
#23 of 111 Re: Transmission Repair - 1999 TL, 77K miles questions [tjx25]
Sep 13, 2008 (12:51 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problems. I have a 99 TL with 81k miles too, and once the car just stopped. Acura dealers (on two occassions) could not find out what is wrong.
Tell me when you get "good will out of warranty" clause to have your trans. fixed - I will try the same
Good luck with your car.
#24 of 111 Re: Transmission Repair - 1999 TL, 77K miles questions [shiva70]
Sep 13, 2008 (2:50 pm)
Hello, The "good will" phrase is just a concept -- not a clause in anything official. However, in order to even discuss thit with Acura, they need to diagnose your car as needing a new transmission and at your VIN number makes your car a member of the class that the suit was all about. So far I haven't had much luck since it's 1 year and 9 months out of the extended warranty. My research, and this thread talks about the transmission problems with 1999-2003 Acura TLs.