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Acura TL, Sedan
#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.
#78 of 111 00 TL Transmission failure out of extended warranty
Jul 24, 2009 (1:51 am)
My 00TL's transmission is failing but it's out of the extended 7 year 109K warranty. I checked my VIN number and it is covered in the settlement and according to acura, the issue with the transmission is "OPEN" as in they never fixed it. (They did install an oil jet cooler of some sort years ago). Is there anything I can do? I can't afford to have the transmission replaced. I talked to the dealership and he told me to bring it in to see about goodwill but it's been 2 days and he said he still hasn't looked at the car yet and the service record he gave me looks like I'll be paying $115+ just for him looking at it and says nothing of possible good will. Any advice? I took it to scarsdale Curry Acura which is where the car was originally purchased 9 years ago...
#79 of 111 2003 TL - affected by recall?
Oct 26, 2009 (6:59 pm)
We are considering an 03 TL for our son - it has 85k miles. The recall on the transmissions is a big concern - I've looked at the recall notice, but can't determine if this car is included in the recall - can anyone help? VIN is 19UUA56662A048754.
If it is included, is there an average mileage when the transmissions failed?
#80 of 111 Re: 2003 TL - affected by recall? [ttarkington]
Oct 27, 2009 (5:26 am)
My 2003 TL Type S failed at 30K and 33K- got frustrated with the second failure and sold it.I think a majority of the 03 as well as the 02 were affected by this recall.
#82 of 111 2003 acura tl 3.2 transmission failure
Oct 27, 2009 (10:12 am)
My 2003 acura tl transmission just failed at 133,000 mile i am now left with the repairs and the bills. Not happy. Check the recall on the car and recall has been fixed. Can i still get this check out for the recall if it has already been fix? Any suggestion or help? please let me know.