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2005 Acura TL FWD with Performance Tires and NavigationReview
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Perfect Car For Me And Anyone Looking For Sport And Practicality — Could not look for a more perfect overall car between electronics, size of engine, low cost, reliability, space, ease of driving, quality, fun to drive, ease of driving, sophistication, great maneuverability, braking, acceleration, comfort, and overall quality and ability to have fun while driving.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: stylish, quick, easy to drive, all bells and whistles you could ever want, good economy driving, reliable

Cons: none

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2005 Acura TL FWDReview
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The Third Generation Tl Is A Winner —

The third generation TL is a good combination of looks, luxury, and low cost maintenance. Acura is known for added value for your money and the third generation TL seems to have the perfect mix of sporty feel, luxury options, and low cost of ownership. Acceleration from the 3.2 liter V6, is nice with quick pickup to cruising speed when entering a highway on ramp or passing other vehicles. No need to worry about power. There is plenty of it available (270HP) to the driver whenever it's needed. Acura requires premium gasoline for this enging, and that may make some buyers shy away from this car, but I'm a firm believer in the fact that if you pay for the premium fuel in this engine, you will not have the problems that others have in some competing luxury brands. Braking seems confident, but not too "grabby". It's generally a smooth process to slow the car, however it will come to a stop quickly if you need it to. There is an abundance of seating room in both front and back. The leather is of nice quality and the heated front seats work well. Seating is comfortable in both front and rear. The only possible area of issue would be legroom for a passenger in the back behind a taller driver. The heating and cooling work efficiently and seemingly without much effort. There are dual climate settings to adjust for each individual in the front seats. The Acura Hands Free Link is supposed to be extremely easy to use with a cell phone; unfortunately I am unable to get my specific phone to work with it to try it. I hear from others that it is very convenient. Too bad that there are still bluetooth profile and pairing incompatiblities in 2013! The stereo with XM Radio and a multi disc changer works flawlessly. The sound is fantastic and the multi speaker setup (Including subwoofer) provide an amazing aural soundscape. I would say that this is a major highlight of the car. The only additional feature that I was hoping for in the stereo, was the ability to play back mp3 files from disc. Apparently that ability was added in later model years. There is really only one area that I wish could be improved, and that's cargo space. There is plenty of room to carry things like groceries and bagged items in the trunk, but trying to put in several large suitcases or any extra bulky items can be difficult. Also without a folding rear seatback, many longer items are basically impossible to move in this vehicle. Sure there's a pass through, but I'm not a skier and about the only thing else I could see fitting through it would be a couple fishing poles. I wouldn't give this generation of the TL a failing grade by any means, but I really believe that a folding rear seatback would help go a long way on improving the overal cargo carrying ability. Reliablity is first rate for Acura products and I have experienced just that. The visual appearance is a winner and looks classicly attractive without being over the top with styling cues. Build and quality of materials is excellent. Overal the 2005 Acura TL is a very nice mix of features for the price. It has many luxury options without paying an excessive cost to enjoy them.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Many luxury options for a reasonable price. Good acceleration, smooth ride

Cons: Trunk Space, no fold down back seat

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2005 Acura TL FWD with NavigationReview
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2005 Acura Tl, The First Of The Best Looking Tl's — I bought it new and regularly maintained it. Other than a couple of recall's, have never had an issue. I run 89 octance and the performance is just as good as new. Brakes have been outstanding, handling is great (rear wheel drive version would be killer).

Pros: Fantastic car, no issues whatsoever.  I left Acura for BMW for 12 years and came back in 2005 with the TL.  Wise choice!

Cons: If it were rear wheel drive, it would be perfect

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2005 Acura TL FWDReview
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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 FWD with NavigationReview
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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 FWDReview
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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 FWDReview
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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 FWDReview
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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 FWD with NavigationReview
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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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2005 Acura TL FWD with NavigationReview
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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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