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#68 of 111 Re: Considering a Used 2003 TL [rem1997]
May 05, 2009 (8:11 pm)
You could do some research and verify if the transmission was already replaced by Acura. If so, then I would think it's a good investment. Most 03's (based on my research) don't have tranny problems as the issue was rectified for the previous years. I own an 02 TLS and had my tranny replaced for free 86k due to a warranty the vehicle still had. I am sure all warranties are probably void now for 2nd year gen TL's. As of right now I'm 123k, I have no problems and the power is great! Do some research, contact Acura with the VIN # and see if its already been replaced. Good luck.
May 05, 2009 (9:00 pm)
Thanks for the advice! I have checked the VIN# against the supposed affected vehicles and it did not fall within that range, however I have heard of other consumers having problems with vehicles that didn't fall within this range. I will try to obtain the name of the previous owner and check carfax and with Acura as well. Thanks again for your helkp, I feel like I'm taking a big gamble with this car.
#70 of 111 Re: Thanks [rem1997]
May 06, 2009 (12:29 am)
Please let us know what you finally decide, and why. Thanks.
#71 of 111 Re: Thanks [hpmctorque]
May 06, 2009 (4:30 am)
I sure will. I should have joined this site long ago.
#72 of 111 No 2003 TL for me
May 06, 2009 (9:50 pm)
Just wanted to update those interested that I decided against the used 2003 TL. I got the name of the old owner and discovered that it has been in at least 2 accidents. That being said on top of the potential tranny issues was enough to turn me off. I have, however located a 1997 Acura 2.5 RL with just one owner and only 14,000 miles!!!!!!!!!! Seems unreal, I'm thinking it was an elderly person's car. I'm going to try to go check it out tomorrow, it is a little over an hour away from where I reside. They're asking $8995 for it, I'm hoping to talk them down to $7500. Cross your fingers that I get there before another Acura obsesser beats me to the punch!
#73 of 111 Re: No 2003 TL for me [rem1997]
May 07, 2009 (5:08 am)
Thanks for the update, rem.
Now, regarding the low mileage 1997 Acura you mentioned, there's no such thing as a 2.5 RL. Acura made a 2.5 five cylinder TL and a 3.2 V6 TL, and a 3.5 RL, but the model designation you mentioned doesn't exist. The good news is that the three models mentioned above are solid cars but, obviously, old.
The 2.5 TL was the successor to the 2.5 Vigor, and, except for the engine, is very similar to the 3.2 TL of that year. The 2.5's suspension was tuned more for sportiness, the 3.2's for luxury. The 3.5 RL is a larger luxury car than the TLs. It's good, but some would say it's somewhat boring.
The mileage, 14,000 miles over 12 years, is good and bad. The good part is obvious. As for the bad, if the car sat for months at a time, say, that's not such a good thing. I'd try to find out about the maintenance, why it was driven so little, and how it was driven.
Good luck, and let us know what happens.
#74 of 111 Re: No 2003 TL for me [hpmctorque]
May 08, 2009 (11:17 am)
My mistake, the Acura I am looking at is indeed a 3.5 RL. You provided a lot of good background information about Acura's and now I see why I am drawn to the TL model...it reminds me of my Vigor I loved so dearly!
The car was owned by an elderly lady who just passed away and her family traded her car in to purchase an Audi....silly them Someone had put a deposit on the car but financing hadn't officially gone through. If it doesn't I should be next in line to get it. We'll see what happens!
#75 of 111 Re: No 2003 TL for me [rem1997]
May 08, 2009 (7:40 pm)
Why did you get rid of the Vigor you loved so dearly?
#76 of 111 Re: No 2003 TL for me [hpmctorque]
May 08, 2009 (8:14 pm)
Thanks! The only reason I traded my Vigor in was because after I had my son I realized just how small the backseat was. His infant seat literally touched the back of my drivers seat, and I'm only 5'1".
As long as Acuras continue to be good to me, I will be a lifelong customer!
#77 of 111 Re: No 2003 TL for me [rem1997]
May 09, 2009 (5:47 am)
Yeah, you're right, the Vigor's back seat was indeed cramped. I really liked the styling and stance of that car, though, and the five cylinder engine was excellent.
Circling back to the very low mileage RL you're considering, be prepared to change the fluids, belts and hoses if the haven't been replaced according to the schedule in the owner's manual (not the Acura dealer's schedule). Belts and hoses, and some fluids (eg. brake fluid and coolant, but not engine oil) not only wear with mileage, but also deteriorate with age. If the car checks out, it should provide excellent service for you.