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#30 of 111 acura 3.2 tl v6 1999
Dec 01, 2008 (4:36 pm)
i have had my tl since 2004. i got it with 115k on it. i have had to replace trans and some parts but other then that i am very pleased. looking to add headers, intake and exhaust. looking for a shop or mayhbe a acura club in riverside, ca area to give advice on upgrades. the navigation is awesome and even better in the new tl's. my favorite tl is the 02, i would take that over the new tl's!
#31 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs (kcall2) [kcall2]
Dec 01, 2008 (4:40 pm)
i know that clank noise your talking about! i went to sears ( dont ask me why) and they told me that they just put lube in a bearing or something like that and it went a way. but they didnt charge me for it either. i have a 99 tl with a replaced engine but its still awesome
#32 of 111 acura 3.2 tl v6 1999 (acuramarc)
Dec 01, 2008 (10:15 pm)
"i have had to replace trans..."
How much was the tranny replacement? Was it a new unit, or did they repair the old one?
#33 of 111 transmission lawsuit settlement
Dec 24, 2008 (8:46 pm)
If you have your transmission replaced under the guidelines of the settlement, how long is the warranty period for the replacement transmission?
#34 of 111 2002 Acura TL-S
Jan 04, 2009 (10:44 pm)
I've got about 90K miles on my acura.
I've had to replace the transmission twice (covered under warranty) and have also had a similar problem with a 2000 Honda Odyssey. I think Honda/Acura made some poor transmissions for these cars.
Also recently had to replace the engine mounts ($$$) which I was told by a few acura places is a common problem.
Overall, it's been a pretty good car, but the boring styling is getting to me.
#35 of 111 2002 Acura TL-S (kingkhalas)
Jan 05, 2009 (5:21 am)
The new-for-2000 5-speed automatic was indeed problematic, but the good news is that Acura stepped up to the plate and replaced those that went bad under warranty. From what I know, the automatic transmission on the next generation TL ('04-'08) was reliable.
My wife's '99 has the older 4-speed automatic, which, at 115,000 miles, has been trouble free.
We also replaced the motor mounts, though, at about the same mileage as you indicated for your repair. Overall, my wife's '99 has been reliable and satisfying to own.
We're happy with the styling, which, in our opinion, is aging well. We were more concerned with its blandness when it was newer than we are now. Designs that are edgy when new frequently don't age well. In any event, I'm disappointed with the styling of the '09 TL.
What car(s) are you considering as a replacement for your '02 TL?
#36 of 111 Re: 2002 Acura TL-S (kingkhalas) [hpmctorque]
Jan 06, 2009 (5:06 pm)
If my TL-S broke tomorrow, I would consider a BMW 3 series, the 370Z, or a used porsche 911.
I guess after driving the acura I want something more sporty.
I agree with you about the new Acura's styling which I find to be quite ugly.
If Honda or Acura made a modern, cool sports sedan/coupe I would be very interested.
#37 of 111 Re: 1999-2003 TLs [hpmctorque]
Jan 16, 2009 (3:45 pm)
My wife has an '02 TL-S w/ about 73K on it. Overall great car, although seems like certain parts suffer quicker wear and tear sooner than one would think. Had to get the front lower ball joints replaced at 57K and the engine motor mount shortly after. One of my fog lights is shattered and I have no idea how or when that happened. Service quoted me $275 to replace that so I said no thanks since I rarely used them anyway.
Our TL-S was included in the '00-'03 extended transmission warranty, and we did need it replaced. My wife must have misplaced or forgotten about the Oct 2002 letter Honda supposedly mailed out regarding the issue, and luckily our service dept diagnosed it Jan '08, a mere five months before the extension (7-years) expired! They put in a current model, "state of the art" tranny, which took a couple days and would have cost at least $3,000 according to the service rep. We knew there had been a problem because the car would have a delay in going from 1st to 2nd gear and would all of a sudden kick into gear...just felt like it was "slipping" too much. We brought it in and sure enough that was it. Car felt like new after they replaced it, much smoother and more responsive pickup.
Our last major recommended maint was at 60,000 (our dealer does the major ones at 30K intervals), and we needed the engine motor mount, cabin air filter, transmission fluid flush, and timing belt. Whole thing came to $2,000. I do feel like the car is better off after they find and fix all that stuff at the major services, but MAN it can hit your wallet hard.
Suffice it to say, it feels like it could last for another 100K at least. the OEM tires were shot at 39K. Can't recall what they were but definitely a high performance summer tire with awful winter traction that ran ~$230 a pop. Replaced them at NTB w/ Sigma Regent tourings, much cheaper all seasons that are better in snow but have a much less comfortable ride than the OEMs we replaced. My rims are pretty banged up from a couple curb jobs my wife had...it's causing slow leaks from a couple of my tires so I have to constantly take my compressor out to the driveway and fill er back up. Anyone know how much the OEM rims cost?
#38 of 111 #37 of 37 Re: 1999-2003 TLs (digs5446)
Jan 21, 2009 (4:48 am)
Sorry your car needed the repairs you listed, but none of those repairs, except for the ball joints, is unusual for the TL. We had to have the motor mounts on my wife's '99 TL changed at about 98,000 miles, so based on our experience, those on you wife's TL failed prematurely. From what I learned, motor mounts are a week spot on TLs of '99-'03 TLs.
"...our dealer does the major ones at 30K intervals..."
I think your dealer is recommending service intervals that are shorter than necessary, mainly for his benefit, not the customers'. Our Acura dealer does the same thing. I'd follow the maintenance schedule in the owners manual, which is the one recommended by Acura, and I'd tell your dealer that this is what you want to do.
Don't believe what the dealer service people may say about a shorter maintenance schedule being better for your car. Of course, more frequent maintenance can't hurt your car, and may be slightly better, in certain cases, but it's not sufficiently better to justify the additional cost, let alone the time and trouble of taking your car to the dealer more often. Shorter maintenance schedules benefit the dealer primarily.
#39 of 111 Re: #37 of 37 Re: 1999-2003 TLs (digs5446) [hpmctorque]
Jan 23, 2009 (8:30 am)
Most of the repairs/replacements ie cabin air filter, transmission fluid flush and replacement, are just routine maintenance items. Who would drive with a dirty cabin air filter? The lower ball joint replacement is also somewhat common, as is the motor mount replacement. I recently went over my service invoices, and found that the front motor mount had been replaced at the 60K major service, along with timing belt and all the rest. Believe the motor mount problem is that Acura uses silicone goo-filled mounts to isolate engine vibration, and if the rubber bladder develops a leak, the result is vibration and harshness from the engine. Have 82K miles on my '01 sedan, and so far no hint of transmission problems. Knock on wood, my extended warranty is now expired. Is that what they call self-insured?