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What's Wrong with the Acura TL?

The Acura TL has a total of 307 complaints. The majority of the complaints involve the transmission (31%) followed by the interior (22%) and the engine (12%).

We'd recommend avoiding the 3rd generation (2004–2008) which has the worst overall PainRank™ of 9.72

How TL Generations Rank

Gen Model Years Complaints PainRank (?)
4th Gen TL 2009–2014 59 4.35
3rd Gen TL 2004–2008 150 9.72
2nd Gen TL 1999–2003 92 5.06
1st Gen TL 1996–1998 6 0.33

Worst Overall TL Complaints

Let's take a look at the most common TL complaints submitted to over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Most Complained About TL Years

A quick look at which years have the highest complaint volumes. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on