The best feature of the 3.2TL Type-S is its smooth and responsive engine, which combines rapid acceleration with respectable fuel economy. It also handles nicely in everyday driving, but can get slightly unpredictable at its limits. Additionally, the ride is not as settled as one would expect from a car in this class.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000. ESC optional from 2002, standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2004.
Road Test

The best feature of the 3.2TL Type-S is its smooth and responsive engine, which combines rapid acceleration with respectable fuel economy. It also handles nicely in everyday driving, but can get slightly unpredictable at its limits. Additionally, the ride is not as settled as one would expect from a car in this class.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.2-liter V6 (260 hp)
  • 3.2-liter V6 (225 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Acura TL owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Rough shifting up hills. Shudders during acceleration"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The transmission make a noise when approaching 35 MPH when going up hill and was getting worse with time"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"To need to get a transmission replaced at only 92000 miles shows the company can't build a vehicle to be reliable, especially for a transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"transmission slipping. dealer recommended replacement"

David S., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission has begun to slip again but is now out of warrenty"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"I am embarrassed to say that we are on our third transmission, I wish I could confess it was abused, but the original transmission had a defective 2nd gear. The following two transmissions have a difficult time finding the right gear at low speeds"

Jon B., TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"erratic shifting, leaking,"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Gears were slipping, need a new transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission failed at 150,000 of light driving. $5,500.00 repair"

Anonymous, MB (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission overheated on a prolonged summer coast to coast round trip, due to inadequate original design of heat transfer mechanism."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace transmission gears shifting"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission stated to fail but was able to drive it to repair shop."

Anonymous, TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"bought this used car on based on ratings from consumer car guide when transmission went out mechanic said this was typical for this model and year. maybe you should be getting repair info from small certified car repair shops. don't have much faith in your car guides after this."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"Needed a new transmission in late 2018"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"At approximately 134000 miles, the transmission sporadically shuttered when it shifted from 2 to 3 and 3 to 4. We took it to a dealer and then an independent shop. The dealer wanted around $8000 for the installation of a rebuilt transmission and the independent shop wanted approximately $4000. We had the independent shop do the work."

Harry L., NM (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission quit working and I had the repair done at the Dealer. $5000!"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I had the transmission rebuilt and all is fine so far. The transmission burned out from a clogged filter screen I think."

Jeffrey P., MA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission failed requiring major rebuild"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"TRANS WENT OUT AT 35000 MILES"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission just died requiring replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Complete transmission failure"

William S., CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Would not shift out of 1st gear"

Bruce E., AZ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Stopped workin!"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Cottman re-built trans 4 times. they now tell me it is typical and working as it should. whole process took almost 3 years"

John H., KS (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Needs further rebuilding"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced old transmission with a rebuilt transmission at a new car dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission was slipping had to be rebuilt. This is a common problem with 2003 Acura. 3 2003 Acura's in my family had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission quit"

D W., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"there was a recall but no problem at that time ,problem occured 1 yr later"

Benjamin K., NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission required replacement. Including original transmission, this was the SECOND replacement. Traded car due to value of car and cost to replace transmission once again"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"these car along with the compatible Honda line have a lot of trans failure"

Kenny W., TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission failed. This was the second rebuild I have had on this car in the last 4 years"

Joseph R., NC (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"needed factory rebuilt transmission at 85,000 miles"

Karl B., PA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Lost shifting and power over 15 mile period. Car had to towed to shop"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

"Can no longer set clock"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Cruise control

"Simply stopped functioning. Engaging control has no bearing on speed. Simply no longer works"

M E., MA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Had to replace both headlight assemblies as left one failed - replaced bulb - no success - either or both headlights would come on sporadically or not at all"

Dave C., BC (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Left rear lighting module filled with water after being washed (at dealership!). Apparent defect in initial factory installation. On the upside, the repair was relatively easy (unlike the front headlamp fiasco)"

Alan M., WA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Headlights

"Due to an apparent manufacturers defect, the ballast in the drivers side headlight assembly got wet and needs to be replaced. This repair will cost more than the car is worth so it won't be repaired. I've been driving with only one low beam headlight for several years"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had ballast and bulb replaced on drivers side before for about 900.00 and two years later passenger side needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Headlight developed leak which caused moisture to short out 3 ballast. mechanic and seller of ballast both stated that this was a common problem with headlight assembly on 2003 Acura TL's"

Philip A., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"headlights out; igniter failure"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"Moisture got into the housing. A used replaced housing was $700"

Stephen M., CO (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"I have had the two headlights go out. to have the dealer install new ones it is $900 each time. It can be the bulb, ballast, igniter. One has to take the bumper off to get at it. The whole process is ridiculous. It cost me $9 to replace the bulb in my Suzuki"

David T., MN (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Left headlight low beam bulb failed 2x in 6 months at $99.00 per bulb"

Anonymous, MB (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"One headlight stopped working and could not be fixed except by repairing it’s electr system. Prohibitively expensive."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"They wanted $500 to replace a headlight!"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Headlight failure required the replacement of a transformer for $800"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"IT cost 560 dollars to fix the driver side headlight"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Seal on headlights leaks moisture and then bulb goes out - very, very expensive problem"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"headlight went out, turned out to be an extremely expensive, $600, Xenon Ballast. Luckily, I found on internet for $200 and another $200 for installation"

Anonymous, DE (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"the replacement t was costly"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The high intensity power unit went bad"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace both headlights and power supplies. Spent $1500"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The cost to replace a burned out left headlamp was $770 at dealership, because of need to remove front bumper. Cost of the light itself was $120. The design is clearly intended to soak the owner, in the event that it must be repaired/replaced"

Alan M., WA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The high intensity igniter and control unit stopped working. The cost of these two parts was $243 and $277. After labor, it was almost $800 to get the one headlight working again. Cost of parts seems exorbitant"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"HID ballast on one light needed replacement"

Stathis P., FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"headlights have a bulb controller that burns out and is pretty expensive to fix"

Kenny W., TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The headlight on the passengers side burned out"

Gene B., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Interior lights

"The gear box doesn't light up during the night when the headlight is on"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Warning lights

"Brakes have been deteriorating for several months. The warning light in the dashboard is intermittent. The would expect that if there was a problem the warning light would stay on. It instead came and went, likely causing me to put off getting my brakes checked out longer than was prudent"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Six CD exchanger stopped working around 60K miles. No longer under warranty, cost to repair estimated at $400. Removing the system would leave a space or gapping hole for a period of 4-6 weeks as repairs performed in California not in mi stake"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CD jammed; too difficult to remove without opening up the console"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CD player loses ability to play CD's - eject all 6 as they seem to get out of alignment inside the player - no longer use the player as it was unreliable & a source of aggravation"

Dave C., BC (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Player will not eject disc."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Unreliable CD player out of service prior to 60,000 mile maintenance. Dealer unable to repair and radio/cd system had to be removed and sent to California for repair at a minimum cost of $400.00. Elected to not repair."

Anonymous, IL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"cd player /radio/speaker system Infinity - trouble right after warranty expired."

Anonymous, MI (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The cd’s would get stuck in player, if you had more than 3 loaded, suppose to hold 6 cd’s."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Cd’s get hung up and will not play or eject."

Kenneth W., SC (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"CD will not eject. making unit unusable. Cost to repair is prohibibitave"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"CD player stopped working & will no longer accept CDs"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"6 changer cd got jammed. Also, the radio never ever had good reception"

Anonymous, DE (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A CD became stuck in the CD player and the unit had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"CD changer did not work. CD got trapped inside"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"I purchased the car used at 60,000km - the CD player did not work properly & eventually stopped working"

Julie T., ON (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"There is no in dash GPS system and I would have liked to have one. I use my phone or my iPad"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Evidently the in-dash nav. system ($2000) came with a cheap clock as part of it. The GPS clock stopped showing the time and shows only zeros (00:00). The garage at the dealer (Duncan Auto.) said they could not fix it and that it needs to be replaced to have a clock. The GPS works fine otherwise. Can no longer get updates."

T B., VA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The digital clock in the GPS display stopped working (shows all zeroes). The dealer repair shop said I would need to replace the GPS ($2000 GPS for a $50 clock). The GPS still works."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The clock stopped working (would only show 0:00) starting in August 2017. Acura and Alpine had a fix ready (software update disc) in November 2017, but Acura sent the wrong disc so the GPS stopped working entirely. Acura finally resolved by having dealer service department remove the GPS unit and send it to Alpine for repair. This was completed in April 2018."

Rick R., DE (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Screen needs is worn out and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Slow system to begin with, and now the touch screen is not working intermittently"

Evan J., OR (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Radio

"The volume control on the radio is not working as it should"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"They only work sometimes. Too expensive/not worth it to diagnose. Only for the radio"

Evan J., OR (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Coil behind the steering wheel has deteriorated to the point that steering wheel controls (cruise/radio) do not work, and horn does not work. Unsure of air bag"

Earle E., KS (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Voice control commands

"sound system sttoppped working had to replace, transmission had to replace with a new replacement for about $3000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Paint faded very soon and body badges fell off"

Daniel N., TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The door and windows seals are POOR"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on the passenger side is fading and gray is coming through the pearl white paint"

Lynnda W., FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Paint was peeling and looked terrible. we had the car re-painted"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"is worn down to the metal in a few spots"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"My Acura runs well and I have no complaints about the car or Acura dealer maintenance. However, about 2 yrs ago, I noticed that there were small blotches of faded paint in 2-3 places on the roof and hood. A few months ago, I brought this to the attention of the Acura dealer when I took it for routine maintenance. The asst. service manager took pictures of all the faded spots (by now there are 5 large areas) and he said he would submit them to the manufacturer and get back to me. He called a"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Body paint has been fading and peeling for years. Now the chrome on the door handles is starting to crack off and leave sharp edges. I have cut my fingers twice using the driver side door handle to enter the car"

Douglas R., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The dark green paint on the hood, trunk and roof has been severly fading white over the years and it appears that the paint job on my car was defective and the paint was not properly enhanced with UV light stabilizers"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Our Acura was once black, now most of the paint on the top (hood, roof & trunk lid) has faded, cracked and peeled away. I keep a close eye out for other Honda/Acura's with black paint and have come to the conclusion most have similar or worse conditions than mine. Poor workmanship and materials"

Jon B., TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Paint job is deteriorating on all surfaces. The chrome on the door handles is cracking and has caused cuts when opening the door."

Douglas R., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"IT SEEMS TO BE A CONSISTENT PROBLEM WITH HONDAS WITH CLEAR COAT PEELING"

John D., NC (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Would keep car but paint is severely faded. Roof, trunk, bumpers"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Cracking & peeling paint on rear bumper"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"the paint is cracking and peeling all over the car"

Eileen C., CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The poor paint job on my car has caused the paint on the front hood, roof hood and trunk to peel off and fade from green to white. Probably because of insufficient UVA light stabilizer in the original paint job from the manufactuer"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The paint has deteriorated markedly in certain areas of the car. Fading would be the worst problem, with some cracking. The car has Always been waxed and cleaned regularly"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Forest green body paint is fading and peeling badly. Not willing to spend the money for a repaint"

Douglas R., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Cracking trim looks horrible"

Paul M., CT (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Rust

"Rear right wheeelwell has rusted"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Stock lower ball joints started to get loose and I'm a perfectionist so I got them replaced"

John F., WI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Both ball joints broken and had to be replaced. Also, two engine mounts had to be replaced"

Robert P., VA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Needed replacing"

Gene M., CA (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
Bushings

"Needed replacing"

Gene M., CA (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Had to replace due to the problem I was having"

Cassandra M., DC (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Steering wheel was uneven when driving. Could steer but felt funny. Drove car to repair shop; diagnosed as fluid leak from pump and reservoir that needed to be replaced. Service completed with no further problems."

Mike M., OK (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering pump began leaking and needed tank refilled on occasion"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"The shocks/struts are worn. Ride is very bumpy"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"Struts recently broken"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced them as a matter of maintenance"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Noticed uneven driving and steering. Mechanic identified needing to replace shocks and struts"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Stock rear shock finally died"

John F., WI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Hood struts wore out and I replaced them and it was very easy using replacement parts ordered from the internet"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"sway bar rusted through"

Paul S., NV (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Two of three engine mounts were broken and had to be replaced"

Robert P., VA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I suspect this system to be the culpret of the vibrations but cannot prove it"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"ABS and Traction Control System Lights came on approximately 4 different times in 2014/2015. Each time, the one or more back wheels locked and/or wouldn't rotate normally. Primarily occurred in very cold, below freezing weather"

Eugene G., NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Calipers

"Rear calipers froze causing the pads to wear out and damage the rotor. This happened to both calipers at different times. I avoided damage to the rotor the second time because I could smell the pads burning and had the caliper replaced before any damage was done."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Right rear caliper seized while on freeway causing burning smell and complete erosion of brake pad and rotor."

Greg B., RI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Brakes became soft and calipers required adjustment/repair. $576 worth"

Carl P., NY (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Loose brakes and veered left when applied. Brakes were less than 2 years old"

Stephen B., GA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Normal wear and tear, second rear brake replacement including rotors since we bought the car"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
Parking brake

"Engaging the parking brake had minimal effect"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Have had several replacements of brakes since the car was purchased in 2003, far more than necessary for a car driven only 60,000 total miles"

Eugene G., NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors could not be turned so I had to have them replace all around both front and back,"

Cassandra M., DC (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"premature warping of rotors after service. May be faulty repair work verses defective parts"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Warped rotors first occured about 14000 mi. Acura turned rotors under warrenty, and told me they will cover in future since I am reporting problem now. When problem happened again, 30k mi., they would not cover it. they lied to me. I replaced rotors"

Jim B., CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rotors have needed to be turned or replaced twice in past year"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Squeaking

"The rear brake pads had worn down to the speaking warning which is why we brought it in for servicing"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Loud THUNK noise from hood area when AC is engaged. AC still functions but noise is certainly abnormal"

Greg B., RI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"We needed to replace the A/C compressor. our mechanic did it satisfactorilly."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Holds freon but will not cool except for a little bit. None at all in summer"

Daniel N., TX (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Doesn't work properly (temp control); living with it"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"To get heat to work now, I have to turn thermostat to 90 and when it gets warm, then adjust back to 70, etc"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Will not start heater until manually moving control all the way to 90 degrees. Then the blower starts and adjustments can be made"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Doesn't always transfer from heat to AC and vice/versa"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The fan motor sometimes does not come on right away and then, after driving awhile, it does come on. It tends to stay on until I turn the engine off. When I restart the car, the same thing happens again. I was told that it is probably the fan relay switch. I'm going to take it into the Canadian Tire shop next week."

D C., SK (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Died; replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Wires leading to the blower melted; had to replace the wiring harness"

Nathan R., WI (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Heater system

"not providing heat"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"After 121000 miles just having a small oil leak. At the moment, not enough to have it fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"rear engine oil seal leaks-mostly cosmetic, leaves oil spots on driveway"

A K., CT (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Valve covers and oil injection sencor"

James F., MN (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"rear engine oil seal leaks. Replaced, leaking again."

A K., CT (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Main seal. Oil pump or oil pan (two different diagnoses from different places) To expensive to repair especially main seal. I'm just living with it."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Acura dealer found very small leak and had to change a seal of gasket. I never noticed it myself"

Roger M., FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"REAR MAIN SEAL LEAK PROBABLY COMMON WITH HIGH MILEAGE"

John D., NC (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"It was fixed, but recurred"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Reoccurring oil leaks in the front axles. Replaced each axle twice since I owned it"

Douglas R., CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Have had to have bracket near converter needs repair- welding again"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"Repeated repairs at Acura dealer failed to fix problems"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Muffler

"normal wear and tear"

Jack C., IL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Ive replaced the fittings for the muffler X2 in the last 2 years"

A W., MD (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I had to replace the pipes and mufflers. Given the age of the car I can't complain but $2,000 for a new exhaust system? Acura parts are very expensive."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Other/unsure

"this is an expense I have after the so called recall free fix"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"Recall for malfunctioning air bags followed by a $1599 repair on passengers collision sensor which I think was related to AB replacement."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

"The drivers seat had one spot that would get uncomfortably hot when heater was on and then quit workin altogether"

Lynnda W., FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Total failure both seats"

Paul M., CT (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Mirrors

"Rearview mirror was very loose and would slip off while driving. Had to epoxy it permanently in place to solve problem"

Stephen B., GA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"The drivers seat motor will not recline the seat"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Sunroof

"Leak in sunroof, the weatherstrip needed patching"

John R., FL (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Windows

"Driver side automatic window motor needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Front passenger floor leaks. Unsure yet of origin. Both left and right front roof leaks at door/header junction point (likely clogged sunroof drain holes)"

Greg B., RI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"My trunk leaks in the rain"

Anonymous, DC (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"water leaks between molding of ceiling over driver's side door"

A W., MD (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Leak at top of windshield"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Car makes a continuous creaking noise when driving apparently coming from front left of car"

Greg B., RI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Jerky shifting from 1st to 2nd gear"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"symptoms of other remarks"

John H., KS (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Leak detected during diagnostic check up"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Oil pan apparently leaked and was replaced twice per factory instructions(using a silicon caulk). Didn't stop leak which is still minor. Source undetected"

Jeff F., FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"the gas canister and valve needed to be replaced."

Sam P., MI (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"The EGR valve was replaced, and the intake manifold and EGR passages were cleaned"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Car started "jumping" like it couldn't get locked in right gear (it's automatic). Too much $$ to fix it"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"instrument warning lights were not extinguished after manual fix possibilities like worn gasoline cap. When put on computer, fix was proper"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"I had to have the axle replaced because it broke"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I was unable to drive the car. The drive shaft was broken. I had it towed to the Acura dealership and they replaced the drive shaft"

Robert B., NJ (2003 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"I had to replace spark plugs twice"

Anonymous, DC (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Needed to replace current radiator due to age."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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