The Acura TL provides an excellent blend of comfort, convenience, and sportiness. With taut and and agile handling, it is also among the quickest and most fuel-efficient offerings in its class. We also liked the impressive interior, comfortable ride and quiet cabin.
Alerts
There are 6 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

Worse Better
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 Acura TL provides an excellent blend of comfort, convenience, and sportiness. With taut and and agile handling, it is also among the quickest and most fuel-efficient offerings in its class. We also liked the impressive interior, comfortable ride and quiet cabin.

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
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.2-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Acura TL owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 stuck in auto-changer"

Steve M., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CD player has gone brain dead and will not remember the location of where it was playing when the car is shut down. Each time you start the car, it goes back to the beginning of the disc. Dealer quotes outrageous price to remove and check the syste"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It stopped working. Also the GPS will not boot up"

James K., IL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"See previous comment"

Anonymous, DE (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Screen froze up disabling the GPS, Radio and cd player"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"In dash navigation system keeps malfunctioning and now only works about half the time"

Anonymous, DE (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"DVD reader for Nav system failed"

S M., TX (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Failed, was fold it was a defect. But we were required to purchase a new Alpine unit"

Jon H., AZ (2004 Acura TL)

"navigation system failed"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Did not work and too expensive to fix"

Anonymous, MB (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The hands free phone system has quit working. Acura wants to charge to much to figure out what is wrong. I almost never use the phone so not a high priority to fix it"

Russell K., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Says I need a password to pair phone, same phone, never had a password, was set at dealer 10 years ago. Acura wants 129.00 dollars to fix problem. Don't use phone that often so i will not get it fixed"

Russell K., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"After battery was replaced, somesystems needed to be reset, but Bluetooth failed to work after that system was reset"

Chris R., TX (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Calls occasionally drop off from Bluetooth mid-call"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

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Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Persistent problems with the Hands Free Link module, ever since original purchase. After 10+ years, problem seems resolved (after the 2nd HFL replacement). Dealer did all he could to help resolve the problem, but faced manufacturer intransigence"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth receiver has completely failed and hands free no longer works. Replacement part is extremely expensive"

Thomas J., VA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Radio is controlled though the navigation system. I'm unable to enter the access code for the radio due to the navigation freezing up"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bad amplifier"

Volney G., TN (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Loud hum every time speakers turned on. Needed to replace the amplifier"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The radio has a ticking noise that ticks faster the faster rpms of the engine. Had dealer investigate and pulled the whole radio apart but could not find the problem. We are living with it"

Rick M., OK (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Speakers

"speakers are barely audible"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Buzzing in a rear speaker was mis-diagnosed as a speaker problem, and was billed $800 to replace the speaker. Problem persisted, and had to replace the car's amplifier, which cost even more money, with no adjustment from Acura for the mis-diagnosis and expense"

Peter L., DC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Excessive noise from all speakers when on while the engine is running. Dealer diagnosed issue related to built-in amplifier. Recommended a $600+ replacement; Did not perform recommended service"

Xris G., OH (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rear speakers do not work. Tweeter has slight hiss sound. Dealer assessed it might be the amp. $700 to repair"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A very loud buzz has developed. Has not been checked out yet"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"module failed. too expensive to replace"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 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

"Worn out ball joints as part of routine wear and tear on NYC streets"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bushings wore out. Two in front and one in back"

Charlotte-Jim C., AZ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering leaks, had to have the pump rebuilt. Works great now, no more fluid on garage floor"

Russell K., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"power steering leaks to a point that the whole system has to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace pump"

Steve N., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Add to replace power steering pump"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Engine developed strange whistling sound in freezing weather which dissipates when engine warms. Steering intensifies sound. Efforts to troubleshoot thus far unsuccessful"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace the P/S pump and the rack and pinion which was leaking"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"during cold weather steering pump would squeal. replaced the pump, flushed the fluid from system, replaced the fluid and solved problem"

Ronald G., OK (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering hose was leaking"

Duane B., AL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Getting the power steering fixed took two trips to the service shop. After replacing pump, it took a couple of checks to get the air out of the line and the pump to stop pulsating at extreme ends of travel"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Seals on power steering pump leaking. Seals were replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Very expensive and difficult to replace"

Anonymous, PR (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace both front struts around 90000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I replaced the original front end struts at 215000"

David D., AZ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Steering -rack and pinion replaced due to original equipment failure"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Not an actual vibration. Steering wheel pulls back in the opposite direction one is turning"

Anonymous, PR (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The steering wheel was vibrating notecably at highway speed. It took over a year and several visits to the Acura dealer and the tire dealer before the problem was resolved. When I replaced 2 of the tires and had all 4 tires balanced, the problem wa"

Anonymous, CT (2004 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

"Rocker panel feel off. Door handle trim feel off"

Jan H., PA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Small plastic door handle parts came off in the car wash"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The small plastic bits that are behind the door handles and make them look sleek fell off one by one in the last year or two--clearly not made to last for the life of the car. The little plastic tabs held them in place broke off. Unsightly"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"There is a trim piece on the door handle that has fallen off of two doors. The dealer says it will cost $150 or so to fix each door; to reattach an approximately one inch square piece of plastic"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Piece of door handle fell off; bottom trim under door loose"

Anonymous, VT (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"metal trim coming off from around windows also dash has severe cracks on trhe whole dash which is made of 3 different materials but all are cracked"

David G., NJ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The dashboard cracked in three places and the leather seats developed tears. It looks like a bear attacked them. Appparently others have had the same problem. I love the to but the interior was not built to last"

Hope C., NJ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"almost all of the clear coat on the car has been peeling off. Car looks horrible. After major research on-line many acura owners have this same problem. In discussion with acura at this time"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Around 80000 miles clear coat bubbled and had to have car clear coated again. Dash board is also cracking beginning around the passenger air bad location"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Paint crackled, required a new pair job in 2015"

Jon H., AZ (2004 Acura TL)

"Paint completely gone in patches along doors and roof"

Anonymous, NM (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rust

"Some rust just beginning in rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, VT (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Perhaps after 10 years rusting is to be expected. But, the car has been well maintained and washed, so the event is a bit of a downer"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I am just surprised at the rust issues with the car - and the paint just going away and then rust sets in. Spots and patches of rust continually are showing up on the car"

Peter W., IN (2004 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

Headlights

"RHS headlight failed. Cost more than $1000 to fix"

Kevin C., GA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace entire headlight assembly. Shockingly expensive"

Anonymous, VT (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"During headlight bulb replacement discovered wiring problem that took over a day to track down"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"headlight went out, cost $1,000 to replace"

Steve M., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Igniter for Xeon headlamps burnt out"

Steve M., WI (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The "clicker" stopped working to unlock the doors. The actuator had to be replaced, which was fairly expensive. Then, the trunk clicker stopped working in the same way. It is not the battery in the key fob. Very inconvenient, because there is no key entry into the trunk. You have to open the back seat passthrough and use a ski pole to reach the latch and manually push it"

Edith G., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"drivers door lock not working"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The doors quite locking automatically. I could lock and unlock them manually. The fix cost about $500. I had to replace the power steering pump at 140,000 miles. Other than there have been zero reliability problems. Today the Acura is as tight and wear-freeze as when I bought it in 2004. It has been a remarkable car!"

Tilden S., IL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Key fob only works intermittently. Battery has been replaced. No help"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The driver's door will not lock or unlock using the remote or the electronic rocker switch. We need to manually pull and push the lock post"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Driver Seat belt sensor light needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The air bag warning light comes on often and sometimes goes off and sometimes doesn't. The check engine light goes on, seemingly for no reason"

Anthony F., TN (2004 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

Calipers

"As it has a single piston caliper either the mechanism that allows the caliper to 'float' back and forth or the piston itself had frozen"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Caliper not retracting causing excessive brake pad/rotor wear"

R S., MD (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Master Cylinder failed during routine brake job"

Ben R., CO (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The master cylinder was fine but it had a sensor that went bad. Unfortunately, the sensor is attached to the master cylinder which required the purchase of a new unit. This was a stupid expense"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Very slow leak"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rear brakes only 20K miles before need to replace"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rotors

"rotors wear out, what more is there to say"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"replaced with slotted and dross drilled rotors"

Matthew Z., NJ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Squeaking

"brake pads squeaks on cold mornings. re-lubed with correct lubricant and now is working fine"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"replaced pads with ceramic pads at the same time rotors replaced"

Matthew Z., NJ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I had to have the rotors, calipers ands pads replaced on all fore wheels at just over 70,000 miles. The brake pads lasted approximately 30,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Front pads worn out at 75000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Acura TL Base 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

"Water entering under back seat from driving in the rain ruined back seat. Another leak under dash passenger side caused severe leaking resulting in about 2" of water on floor every time it rained. Took months to dry out, and took several weeks to l"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Creaking suspension only in hot weather"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"There's a nasty rattle inside the dash and a 2nd rattle on the surface of the dash -- resulting, I think, from the disparate materials used"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"There are various squeaks and rattles from the dash and have been for several years"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Interior trim squeaks, not pervasive but have always been a nUSnce"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Something is rattling in the dash. Also the dash is cracking and it was always garaged"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The car makes a lot of rattling noise when in motion. It seems to be coming from the doors"

Terry M., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CONSTANT squeaks from the headliner from the first day of purchase in '2004. The noise is alleviated when I keep BOTH visors DOWN"

Santa A., IL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"since about 20000 miles have had issuses with brake squeel"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"There is constant wind noise when the vehicle is in motion. I have lowered and raised the windows fully but the noise continues"

Terry M., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

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

"window regulator is intermittent"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Mirrors

"Driver's side mirror and sometimes passenger side mirror are not responsive to electric controls despite replacement of faulty electronic equipment"

Marc S., NY (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Driver's rear view mirror ceased automatic operation and mechanism had to be replaced. Both rear view mirrors had to be replaced because reflective surface corroded"

Stanley C., NJ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The driver side mirror turns down when backing up. Sometime it doesn't reposition when going forward"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Right front window - when you place it in the down position - it takes about ten to fifteen tries on the button to make it go back up. Acura store in Louisville has attempted over the years to fix, but it still doesn't work"

Peter W., IN (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"3 power windows have failed (and the 4th the year before). Lift cables for windows have snapped or become stuck on the plastic guide used as a pulley at top of door frame"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Locks and latches

"right rear door lock will not function found electric solenoid open. did not repair due to cost of replacment part"

Ronald G., OK (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The driver door lock stopped responding to the clicker, so that we now have to open the door with the key, and lock it with internal buttons"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Locks seem to automatically relock in wet weather (rare though). Windows won't go up if car is on a tilt"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Passenger door power locks do not work. Have to use the manual button"

James S., TX (2004 Acura TL Base 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

"Compressor blown and required replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"had to replace AC system for $2000"

Paul S., CO (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"My a/c stopped cooling, I added refrigerant, which leaked out and they had to order a new compressor"

John B., CT (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower resistor failed"

Daniel A., WA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Blower motor needed to be replaced. It wasn't blowing hot or cold air from any vents"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Blower transistor blew out, causing blower to only run at highest speed"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Lack of cooling from air conditioner"

Charlotte-Jim C., AZ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Leaking valve was replaced and system recharged"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Cooling system continues to blow even when temperature is adjusted upward"

A M., VA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Replaced clutch and driveshafts due to flywheel failure"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"We replaced the clutch due to difficulty in shifting into first gear. Clutch simply was worn out due to age and use"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission failed, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission had all recommended maintenance done, including a recall for the 2nd gear oil problem. Still failed very early in my opinion"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Original equipment failed at 214000 miles. Replacement required"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Acura TLs have a known weakness with their transmissions. Many go out around 150k miles. Mine lasted until almost 200k"

Derek-Jill M., TX (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"First and second gears of the automatic transmission failed. Given the cost of the transmission and the value of the car, I elected to have the dealer install a used transmission"

David D., AZ (2004 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"OXYGEN SENSOR FAILED. ENGINE MALFUNCTION LIGHT CAME ON. SENSOR REPLACED AND LIGHT WENT OUT"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"failed sensors causing starting problems -- repair cost approximately $1000"

R S., MD (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"O2 sensor bad, replaced"

James S., TX (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"An O2 sensor failed and needed replacing"

Daniel A., WA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Both air/fuel sensors had to be replaced, fuel system cleaned including injectors"

Donald M., CA (2004 Acura TL Base 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

Rough shifting

"Shifting was rough seemed to downshift unexpectedly. Took to independent mechanic who repaired it for $400"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The transmission "shudders" sometimes when shifting. This is a known problem that is discussed on Acura owners websites"

Howard U., NJ (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Under light throttle when climbing a slight grade, it shudders terribly in 3rd gear. It does fine in every other situation"

Steven T., KY (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"After accelerating with high RPMs shifting becomes difficult"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Car intermittently would get stuck in third gear. Driving on freeway, slowed to stop on slight upward grade, felt like I had no power. Once car got rolling, would not shift up or down. Usually rest once engine turned off"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Light vibration and fairly loud interior rattling noise when first started, especially in reverse. Would clear up for the most part after 5 minutes of driving"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"needed replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Oil pump seal and rear engine seal both leaking. Repair cost $3400"

Anonymous, AB (2004 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

"Driveshaft snapped in half on drivers side"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"wheel bearing"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Axle snapped in half due to corrosion"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Acura TL Base 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

"One spark plug failed at about 95000 miles. The sparks plugs need to be replaced 110,000, but I replaced them all since the one had already failed"

David S., MA (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Starter motor failed requiring towing and replacement"

Steve S., TX (2004 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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