The 4 Most Common TL Problems

We've pulled together a list of the most widespread problems that TL owners have to deal with.

Takata Airbag Inflator Recall

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A large number of Acura vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).

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Excessive Oil Consumption

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Changed your oil recently? I'm guessing you think you’re good to go for another 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on the oil you’re using. Acura owners with V6 J-Series engines better think again.

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HandsFreeLink Drains Battery

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Acura's parent company Honda was one of the first to offer a hands-free system called HandsFreeLink. In their rush to beat the competition, however, they missed a defect that allows the system to stay on at all times. Yes, even after the ca…

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TL Cracked Dashboards

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Does every 2004-2008 Acura TL have cracks in the dashboard? It certainly feels that way. Regardless of your climate or if you’ve garage-kept your sedan, hairline cracks and deep gaps are a common complaint from owners.

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What TL Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

TL Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The TL has 4 generations available in North American markets.

What Owners Say About Their TL

Excessive Oil Consumption

I have a 2010 Acura TL and it consumes oil like a thirsty camel. In between oil changes, I'm constantly filling the oil back up with 2-3 quarts of oil. To add to the oil consumption issue, when I accelerate, my car makes a rattling noise. Took to dealership, got a valve adjustment, got the car back, same issue.

While on Highway 26 in Oregon my wife was changing lanes to pass and the transmission suddenly slammed into a lower gear causing minor whiplash and creating a dangerous situation. Shortly after, the entire transmission failed and went into limp-home mode.

By the Numbers

  1. 354 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to

  2. 529 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 27 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

The Latest TL News

Are TL Dashboards Cracking Apart?

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A new report from WSB-TV Atlanta is shedding some light on a common complaint from TL owners – cracked dashboards. Owners are understandably upset that the plastic on their dashboards is splitting apart, even when the car has been garaged. … continue reading