2005 Acura TL User Reviews

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    2005 Acura TL 5-Spd AT Review
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    485

    Still Love It, Warts And All. There Are Very Few Vehicles I Loves The Looks Of Inside Abd Out, And — Car has a nice balance of handling and ride, good for long trips (at least for front seat passengers Love the looks inside and out. Great pickup and breaking. It's been fairly reliable, but my 1998 Prelude has been way more so, despite being a non luxury branded vehicle and being 7 years older.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Love the looks, inside and out.  Love the combination of decent handling with ride.  Love the sound system.  Love the comfortable, grippy seats.  Good for long rides.  Love the neck snapping acceleration, and great breaking. Handles well too for what I'm used to, and I'm used to Honda Prelude handling (my other car).

    Cons: Don't  love that it has a cramped rear seat given that it's a midsize sedan sharing a platform with the Honda Accord.(sucks with a child seat, and that's if it's in the middle.)  I'm dreading movign the seat to one side, as we'll most likely have to move the passenger front seat forward now.

    Don't love that the trunk isn't deeper.  Would love to put a stroller in depth-wise, as opposed to sideways (well, any stroller larger than an umbroller, anyway)

    Don't love that the rear seat doesn't fold down to connect to the trunk. (all cars should offer this, as it creates a lot of utility when needed)

    Don't love that it requires premium gas (again, based on the fact that it shares an engine with the Honda Accord).  I can understand if it works best with premium performance and mileage-wise, but it shouldn't be a requirement to prevent engine damage.

    Don't love that interior fit and finish is spotty (lots of squeaky interior body trim pieces that were replaced under warranty (7 or 8 so far).

    Don't love that my model year has no input jack for MP3 players/phones.  All I can do is burn CR-RWs for my CD player to make a playlist.

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    2005 Acura TL 6-Spd MT w/ Navigation Review
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    45

    Rocket Ship — `This car is a rocket, luckily i got one of the very few manual tl's out there before the year where the engine was refined. 0-60 in less than 6 seconds in a family/luxury sedan out of a 3.2 liter is quite good for the size of it. The brakes are far better than those of the average car because they're 4 piston brembos; they have kept me out of a lot of accidents with the idiots who inhabit the road. Handling is pretty good for a 3500 lb car, but there is some understeer and torque steer when your punching it. The build quality is phenomenal, not one thing is broken and its a 6 year old car. the nav is a little out of date, but generally gets you to where you want to go. Mechanically this car is bullet-proof; besides the gearbox problem with all hondas. This problem can, however be solved with a simple swap of transmission fluid with amsoil. It is the best looking tl in my opinion, and the interior does not appear to be cheaply made. And its optional tech-package gives you the feeling that your in something resembling a spaceship. Gas milage is average around town, but 28 mpg on the highway is very good for a v6 that runs on premuim. Maintenance is on the expensive side, but this car is a acura so that is to be expected. This car feel rock solid, while still having that amateur racer feel to it, so it is very fun to drive, athough it is notorious for its clutch being hard to learn.

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

    Pros: This car is a solid car that is a great value for the money, and very fun to drive.

    Cons: The only thing i dont like about this car is its massive 40ft turning radius.

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    2005 Acura TL 6-Spd MT Review
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    Just Plain Amazing — 30mpg in a car that doesnt hesitate to hit 150mph. all leather interior. even the base model is LOADED! smooth power all the way through the RPMs. Torsen LSD keeps things tight in the corners. suprisingly well handling for a FWD car.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: reliability. it carries the honda name.

    Cons: seems that the valves need adjusted around 60k miles on most reviews.

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    2005 Acura TL 5-Spd AT Review
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    Very Nice Car, And Not Too Expensive. — Performance - very fast, good braking (but its a heavy car), traction control system helps a lot with handling. Cost of Ownership - 3.2 liters eats a lot of gas when putting the pedal to the metal. Fun Factor - very fun to drive.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Andrenaline

    Cons: 3.2 liter gas guzzler, relatively heavy

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    2005 Acura TL 5-Spd AT Review
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    Very Nice — Never had any problems looks nice very good on the eyes decent on gas very fast for a sedan and also very roomy car was very expensive to purchase would rec any acura to anyone. great car to won very fun car to drive

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: runs very well

    Cons: none

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    2005 Acura TL 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation Review
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    Buy It — I think it needs much better brakes, well they did upgrade the suspension for a much more balanced ride between performance and luxury in the Type S and the 2006 models. All my complaints were fixed in the later model 2008 Tl which I will probably pick up a Tl Type S 2008 in the near future.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fun to drive, smooth

    Cons: Braking is sluggish in early models.

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    I Wish I Still Had My Tl... Mine Was Silver. — In 2005 I leased a 2005 TL for 42 Months. Wow! what a car. I remember being taken to the indoor garage in the back of the showroom for delivery. The car doors were open to welcome me and my family inside. What beautiful black leather interior awaited... I don't think I've seen a better looking interior in another car (in that price range). I think it even made the BMW 5 series look pale in comparison. I believe it's roomier. Oh! Let me tell you about repairs/service. Never, Nada, nothing ever went wrong, not even a bulb went out. I just took it in for regular scheduled maintenance. Until this day, every time I see a TL I stare... I do not know how this car holds up after the 3 1/2 years but I imagine it must be good. The only reason I did not buy the car or pick up another lease is because we needed an SUV to carry more stuff and people. One last thought, I think the 2005 styled TLs look so much better than the new styles. Good luck if you're getting one. Enjoy!...

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Damn, it looks so good!  Inside and out!

    Cons: I can't name a thing that's bad...

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    2005 Acura TL 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation Review
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    True Sport Luxury — Solid built, super-Honda. I love the simple, but agressive styling and all the added featues, including Navigation, 6-disc cd changer, voice command, bluetooth hands-free link for telephones, HID lights, heated seats, XM radio and tilting rear view mirrors (when in reverse). I love this car and only wish I had gotten one sooner.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fast engine, yet very luxurious

    Cons: I can't think of any negatives, but if I had to say something I'd said, no back up camera.

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    2005 Acura TL 5-Spd AT Review
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    Acura Tl, Generally A Good Mid Level Car, Fun To Drive — Performance - Good acceleration and braking, handles nicely Build Quality - Black dash fades quickly for some reason, otherwise good Appearance - Sleek and sexy ;-) Cost - Reasonable for what you get Fun Factor - It is definitely fun to drive, even as a manual

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Its named Kira because its an Acura (A Kira get it?)

    Cons: Gas Gas Gas Gas

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    2005 Acura TL 6-Spd MT w/ Navigation Review
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    Reliability And Totally Loaded .he Same Cannot Be Said About Bm , Mb Etc. — 100% reliable,wanted a BMW, fell in love with the TL & have never regretted it. Still have it -not one problem ! Hate the looks of 2009 TL and that might force me eventually to cross to BM ., unless the new 6s Manual is good. Enjoying my TL 2005 6speed manual - torque steer or not - fantastic under the snow....I recommend it without hesitation !

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Totally reliable   even when you use it for work !

    Cons: non...  .. perhaps the noisy summer tires!

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Acura TL Reviews

    Excellent Family Car By Wadech

    Very roomy cabin and cargo. Actually it looks like a BIG car even tho its rated mid-sized car. Navigation, bluetooth phone compatibility with voice controls and back camera for parking etc are very us... Read More

    Best In Class Luxury Sports Sedan - Great Awd! By TomGunn

    Like the appearance and styling, interior and performance, handling of this vehicle. Always been an Acura fan. The Navigation, tech package and voice activation and integration with other technology ... Read More

    2012 Acura TL Reviews

    Absolutely Beautiful Car By DBROWN7

    Overall the car is awesome. It is made for a family...very spacious. I felt that it is very safe and comfortable for my kids. This car is great quality and very appealing to the eye. It is great on ga... Read More

    Worth It By asnow326

    I'm a Honda fan through and through and where I could have purchased a brand new Honda Accord I felt that the styling of the Acura was well worth it. I am not fond of the 2013 and 2014 designs (the s... Read More

    2010 Acura TL Reviews

    Acura Tl 6 Speed Mt Sh-awd Is An Awesome Luxury Performance Sedan. By Mike_Anderson

    I love shifting this slick 6 speed manual transmission. Handling and braking is incredible. Smooth & powerful in a comfortable luxury package. Great family car. I am not a fan of Acura's controversi... Read More

    Reliable, Cost Efficient, And Fun To Drive By kutz1234

    Certified pre-owned. Drives great, looks great. Cars does well on gas usage. Has paddles shifters. This cars is very Reliable, cost efficient, and fun to drive. I love this car. It's a great sedan tha... Read More

    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

    Very Stylish By RogerMaggio

    Acceleration is very sharp and the feel of the car is that I am in a much smaller sports car than a four door sedan. Very safe car and plenty of room for a family of five. Have never owned a car with ... Read More

    2008 Acura TL Reviews

    Stylish Sporty 4-door By GenesisTrack12

    There really isn't anything I don't like about this car, its sporty, stylish, and has 4 doors. The engine is easy to mod and it is very reliable. In my opinion, the 2008 Acura TL Type S is one of my f... Read More

    A Real Looker, Good Daily Driver, Nice Tech Upgrades Over Accord By philipjfry27

    I really enjoyed driving my TL, and when it got stolen (d**n you thieves!!!), I realized I wanted something easier on the gas mileage and got a Ford Fusion Hybrid. However, for the 2+ years I owned... Read More

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