2003 Acura TL User Reviews

2003 Acura TL Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"transmission" 4 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews
"high cost" 2 reviews

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2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
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Style, power, handling.

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Sporty ride, not a luxury car.

conan007
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Great Overall Family Sports Sedan — Great handling, smooth power. great standard features. The ride is really sporty, and comfortable, but lacks the refinement of the rear-wheel drive competitors, such as BMW and Mercedes Benz. However, I highly recommend this car to anyone. It is simply a gorgeous, and sportier Honda Accord.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2003 Acura TL S Review
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Sporty and looks great, goes very fast and is fun to drive.

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very expensive to fix, had a lot of trouble, have had to replace just about everything on this car!

kdt0824
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Fun To Drive, Expensive To Maintain — I like the fact that it is a good looking car and is very fun to drive. I do not like that it is very expensive to maintain, if anything messes up you are looking at a few hundred dollars to fix minimum. Have put over 3,000 in the car since I purchased it 3 years ago! The car also requires premium gasoline so it just adds to the high costs of this vehicle.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
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Power, easy handling, smooth quiet ride!

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High maintenance cost

cleangrrl777
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Reliable And Fun To Drive! — I've owned this car for 7 years and put over 120,000 miles on her! We've been all over the US on roadtrips and the smooth comfortable ride was worth the maintenance costs. Replaced the transmission at only 89K miles which was a bit shocking to me, but other than that I enjoyed this car!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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The leather seats in this model are as cozy as a couch.

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the gas mileage

lisaweatherly
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Great Condition For 10 Years Old — I just bought this car and it is in excellent shape for a vehicle 10 years old. It drives like a new car and the interior is surprisingly not outdated too much. Would like an outlet for an aux cord or Bluetooth, but it does have a cassete.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2003 Acura TL S Review
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I love my rebadged Honda. It looks and drives great. It has plenty of room for 4 or 5, and it has decent MPG.

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The front seats could be a little more comfortable, and the transmission can be a little iffy at times.

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Inexpensive, Family-friendly Sports Car — I've been very happy with my TL Type-S. I bought it with over 200000 miles on it, and (other than replacing the starter) it runs like a champ. It has plenty of pick-up and even more passing power. To be 10 years old, it looks great. It doesn't really show its age. There is some where on the dashboard, but it seems pretty common for this model. The mpgs are ok. In hilly city driving, I get between 18 and 22; but on the highway, I get between 27 and 30. It also hugs the road pretty good in the corners and is great fun on a straight a-way. If you find one with decent miles on it (under 300k), grab that joker up. It's fun, and it'll run forever.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Quick, perfect size, handles extremely well

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Premium gas

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Awesome — By far the most reliable car I've ever had, replaced one headlight and the vapor canister other than that nothing beyond standard wearable items. Acura dealership has been awesome to work with, my next car will be another Acura for sure!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2003 Acura TL 3.2TL Review
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Great car. Very reliable over a 10-year time period. No repairs needed. Like none. This car handles very well and the bucket seats wrap you in stability and comfort. Always fun to drive. Very good in snow.

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None that I can think of.

swan5305
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Sporty Drive With A Very Comfortable Ride. — This car has been a joy. A surprise. My husband bought it as "his car", mainly driving to and from work. I have a Lexus RX model, and there are times when I prefer to take the Acura on road trips.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Beautiful styling, large interior, comfortable ride, well designed.

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Transmission problem at 145,000 km

anawwar
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Excellent All Around Car — Well built car that visited the dealer shop only for regular maintenance until this year ! After the 144,000 km service, incl. transmission flush I started noticing transmission problems and told it required replacement. Did anyone have a similar problem? Aside from that recent issue, that car offered good gas mileage (average 9 liters/100 km) and felt quite safe to drive even under adverse weather.

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Silky smooth steering and fast enough. Great Audio. Brilliant Pearl White paint

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Heating & Cooling has a bug. Front Seats aren't supportive to the back

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Another Great Reliable Product From Honda — Performance - Good acceleration and braking, handling is ok Build Quality - My car is past 70k miles, No repairs, squeaks/rattles Appearance - interior is semi-out dated and exterior styling gives a bulky feel Cost of Ownership - gas mileage is ok - for a Honda product could be better, maintenance free! Fun Factor - is this car fun to drive? - Somewhat agree

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Safe and dependable. And fun to drive

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Too many miles for me to care for it.

phillymak
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Get A New Trans, Have A Car For Another 100,000 Miles — Original owner, it breaks my heart to sell her. Great car, safe and has never let me down, or stranded me. She needs a new transmission and a new owner who will care for her! Someone with a bit of car skills can have her for another 100,000 miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2010 Acura TL Reviews

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2009 Acura TL Reviews

Beautiful To Look At But Power Is Lacking By jaykfromstatefarm

I love this vehicle. It's beautiful to look at and has great features. However the power in this car as opposed to the car I had before was as different as night and day. My old car as FUN to drive an... Read More

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2008 Acura TL Reviews

Stylish Sporty 4-door By GenesisTrack12

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