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 7 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 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 2005 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 player

"When you start the car, it comes up as "Tape Error" everytime. To rectify, you reselect a channel on the radio, satelite or tape but it has been a problem identifying and repairing the short"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"In dash CD changer stopped playing CD's and would not load or eject disks. Was told by dealer it would cost close to $800 have the stuck CD's removed"

Sam R., CO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"GPS display freezes, which also freezes the radio display"

Al S., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The time and temperature display screen, near the top of the dash goes blank from time to time"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"clock, climate control, radio display dims or goes black. I have to tap the dash to bring it back. Dealer says it a $500+ computer replacement"

Joseph C., AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"blue tooth did not turn off when car turned off.. caused battery to run down"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"does not work expensive to repair."

Armando G., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The GPS hasn't worked like it should since I've owned it. When I purchased it, I noticed the splash screen had a Honda H. It should have been the Acura A. Took it in and they were going to replace the whole unit. Then they realized the computer defaulted to the Honda software. Well the GPS screen also controls a lot of the bells and whistles for the heat and air. They fixed it and it was great until the battery completely died. Once it looses power the computer defaulted back to the Honda software. By this time the warranty had expired. I asked my Acura technician how I could fix it and they couldn't find an official fix in the official Acura trouble shooting data base. At that point I didn't want to throw money at the issue hoping they'd be able to fix it. I had read on several blogs this is a reoccurring issue. The car was serving it's purpose of getting me from point to point. The GPS itself has never really kept up with where the vehicle's physically location. It wold show me driving somewhere in a field or in the water etc. Even when it was 'fixed'. Yes, it would sometimes keep up, but then would eventually loose the location. Overall it's been a fantastic vehicle. The GPS was a BIG selling point at the time of purchase. I will more than likely try their last GPS CD update. Maybe it'll help. I'm positive I will hand the vehicle down to one of my children once they are of driving age."

Jeff C., OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It stopped functioning. I have not tried to have it repaired because I expect it will be expensive. I bought a Garmin GPS. The Acura maps are out of date and a new disc is over $200. Just not worth it. The only problem is the clock is tied to system and satellites and out out by more that one hour"

Michael L., ON (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The GPS system does not work and therefore I cannot use the display screen to change any other options"

Richard J., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CD player failed"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"DVD navigation player in trunk malfunctioning"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Old 2005 maps. Resent the $100 Acura wants for an update"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The voice generator just produces static - otherwise the system itself works fine"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The navigation system quit working and needs to be repaired. One day I started the car and an error came up and said see your dealer about the navigation"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"THE UNIT HAD TO BE REMOVED AND SENT FOR REPAIRS -FOR $500"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The dash board clock won't keep the correct time. I lost some of the bells and whistles of the radio/climate control screen interface and the programed stations revert to old settings. I read the solution is to update the DVD software/firmware. Acura was used under warranty when purchased. They updated firmware and GPS/clock interface worked fine until my battery completely failed and left car unable to start. Everything lost memory etc. when battery was replaced. The firmware relapsed to the version on the original DVD. So I lost all the interface updates and clock is no longer set to local time. So so VERY frustrating!"

Jeff C., OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The navi system stopped working last year and it is very expensive to fix it (reader)"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The phone pairing drained the battery and was turned off. Since that time we have had more battery type problems."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth receiver failed. Not worth the expense to replace. Additional issue: Left rear door window controller failed and replaced. Broken wire in the power window harness was repaired."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Actually the Hands Free system. System drains battery due to system fault (probably cold solder joints that oxidize over time). Solution is to bake the unit at 350 for 10 minutes. I have done this twice in 14 years and it worked both times for a period of several years. Really a stupid fault because it causes owner to replace the drained battery - expensive, stupid and Acura is unethical in its response. Now about the Navigation System- My kids spent $100 to buy an update to the system software. Update doesn't recognize I66 or Mass. Ave in the DC area. Doesn't find the Lincoln tunnel in NYC. Places you 100 south of GW Bridge in NY. Is absolutely useless around MIT/Harvard in Boston. Actually, is useless in Boston anywhere. Acura blew me off. Nav company blew me off-wanted more money. It's OK. I like the Acura very much, but I will not buy another. They saved $100, but lost a $40,000 sale. Good luck with that business model, Acura!"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The bluetooth module failed well after the warranty period. I replaced it. It failed again within 6 months. I discovered a work around by powering a bluetooth speaker off the car."

Alton D., NM (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Could not pair the iPhone with the Bluetooth"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth stopped working - has not been fixed yet"

Larry M., TN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Could not pair iphones"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Battery continues to be drained resulting in car not starting. Unable to determine cause. Recommendation was to turn off AC and all electronics prior to shutting off car"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"All Bluetooth Functionality stopped working. And in fact runs the battery down"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Bluetooth stopped working completely. The system kept trying to "boot up" but never could. It eventually caused a drain on my battery which caused the battery to go dead and the car wouldn't start if it was parked for a couple of days due to the"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The link system was defective and was never able to be paired. Eventually the link box developed a 200 milliamp leak and the unit was removed from vehicle. This was in a service bulletin that Acura refused to replace and wanted $300 just for the pa"

Ronald L., MI (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I had to have the handsfree system replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Phone pairing cannot be completed. I get about 3/4 of the way through and then it will not finish. So I am unable to use the system. It will cost about $350 to $400 to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth would not turn off resulting in a dead battery"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Recently the phone pairing system required updates at the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth shut down. No incar phone access"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I don't use this, but my battery was being drained and the dealership thought this was the problem. They disconnected it which seemed to end the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth antenna shorted out continually draining the battery. Disconnected and removed the antenna and did not replace"

Robert B., MD (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It does not consistently connect"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Faulty bluetooth module was causing main battery to drain within a 48 hour period. This short was also creating heat in the headliner just above the rear view mirror"

Sam R., CO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Phone pairing stopped working completely"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Phone pairing stopped working. Dealer stated cost to repair was over $400 so we decided to not repair"

William B., CO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I can make calls, but phone will disconnect when I answer a call"

Robert S., GA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Bluetooth circuit board developed a short which drained the car battery over several days. $450 for a replacement board was ridiculously too high. Opted to leave it disconnected."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Blutooth receiver/transmitter died. A kniwn problrm with Acuras. Not worth the monetpy tonreplace it."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A defect in the electronic system caused the battery to run down in a few days."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Radio

"Ignition buzz"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Speakers

"I wasn't able to hear music from my speakers until I turned the volume up almost all the way. Discovered that my stock (Panasonic?) amplifier had failed. Purchased a used one from junk yard and installed it myself. Problem solved."

Jeff C., OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Voice control commands

"The hands free link module was shorting out and would completely drain the battery in a couple days of inactivity. The software couldn't link to the newer phones anyway so the solution was to disconnect the module."

Frank T., PA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"HFL module went bad. Became intermittent and was discharging battery when car was off. Unplugged the module until replacement procured"

Anonymous, VA (2005 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

Alignment

"Car pulls to the left even after new tires and alignment. Acura service cannot determine what is causing the issue"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Ball joints

"Needed to be replaced along with wheel bearings"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The ball joints have gone bad on both sides and need to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Bushings

"Replace Front and rear bushings because of cracks Cost ~$900"

Jerome O., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Appeared to be a problem of wear and tear given age"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"pump to steering rack hose"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"streering rack leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering lines rusted through on the rack"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering fluid was leaking from a clamp area and was causing small flare-ups under the hood"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering unit has slow leak. ~$500 to fix. Ouch"

Douglas T., NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Steerubg groaned when turning"

George F., SC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bad o-ring at pump input, that leaked air into power steering fluid. Self repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"See comment for pump"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"There is a small leak in the power steering system that is not significant now but will need to be replaced for about $1300 soon"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering line developed a leak after some recall work was done and had to be replaced"

James T., NY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering assemblage replace due to leaks"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"steering rack leaks"

L P., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The power steering pump started to make a whining sound. I had it checked out and fixed. Then I had timing belt replaced and pump started wining again. Took it back, they replaced it and it still wines. Read in blogs this is a recurring issue with the TL's."

Jeff C., OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering pump is squealing and likely to fail soon"

Adam P., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"leak and failure of power steering pump. Seemed like a well maintained vehicle with 100,000 miles and only about 10 years old shouldn't have this problem and high expense to fix"

Keith P., WA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Hard to turn, groaned"

George F., SC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rack and pinion seals were leaking power steering fluid. Rack and pinion and power steering pump had to be replaced. Repair cost around $2,000"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Problem exposed with cold weather this past winter. Very noisy until the vehicle and oils warmed up"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Pump was leaking and needed to be replaced. Very expensive as timing belt had to be removed to do it"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced power steering pump and hoses"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Pump seals were faulty per Acura...replaced seals due to leakage out of pump. Because of problem overtime probably gonna have to replace pump"

Jason T., CT (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"pump leak and failure"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering pump beginning to groan when car first started, then slowly goes away."

J K., FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Car would pull both left and right. Shop said it needed new struts. That cost $2200. That wasn't the problem. It was tires"

Daniel C., MO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"replaced steering rack"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rack and pinion assembly developed looseness."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"power steering rack replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"While driving the link broke during a turn, and car had to be towed"

Eddy J., CT (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"degradation of tie rod connectors"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2005 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

"replaced left rear caliper in Nov 16 and right rear caliper in April '17 - required new rotor and pads in april. calipers were sticking/dragging"

John H., PA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"frozen rear caliper"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"One rear caliper froze up, perhaps rusted since I live near the ocean and no longer drive the car daily. It caused premature tire wear, poor mileage due to drag"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Calipers sticking"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"rear caliper broke, replaced rear calipers and rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Soon after we bough it used from a new car dealer, extremely load squealing while braking. (this was maybe 2 or 3 months after buying the car). Dealer adjusted calipers and did other minor adjustments to fix the problem. Did not charge us for the work"

Keith P., WA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"One of the calipers froze up after owning the car for only 6 months"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The rear caliper seized and had to be replaced. Also, rotors wore unevenly and rusted and had to be replaced as well"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rear Calipers seized and rotors destroyed"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"rear brakes are inadaquate .. pads wear too quickly ( faster than fronts ) rotors are too thin and under sized and the calipers freeze up at 120 K miles"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake indicator on one wheel; brakes went on the wheel without the indicator"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"First time (during the entire ownership of this vehicle) that we have done routine brake system maintenance, pads replacement, fluid replacement, etc."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake sticking / dragging. Would not release properly"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"This car has been very hard on brakes. Replace pads and sometimes rotors every 10-15,000 miles"

William A., OH (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rear brake seized up with brake pad locked and wearing against rotor"

Sheldon L., BC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Brakes wear more than most cars I've driven"

Michael D., BC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The calipers were rusted (frozen) in place on both front calipers. I was experiencing very poor fuel economy. I had the engine test at my local shop and the found the engine performing perfectly. Then they checked the rotors and found the problem"

William R., IN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rotors

"Worn badly with regular pad replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace rotors at about 60000"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Complete failure of back wheel rotors requiring complete replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"One day prior to leaving on vacation I took my car to Sears for alignment. They informed me my brake system had serious problems and could fail. I had no choice but OK repair. The most expensive items were bushings, rear calipers and control arm for"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The rotors were worn beyond the limit stamped on the rotor. So they needed to be replaced. the brake pads were worn out and were replaced with Acura part which were costly, but I feel very high quality. Total cost of job with an oil change $625.00"

William R., IN (2005 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

"Rear bumper where it attached to the left and right side of the car pulled away from the car's body within two years of owning the car."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"dash is cracking in several places; exterior door handles continue to fall off"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Black vinyl molding on window trim coming off"

Mike F., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The strips of trim which protects against dings come loose . I have had it repaired once and it is coming loose again"

Mike A., TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Trim piece on front and back passenger door handle fell off - lost"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Three pieces of molding are failing and both RH door handle extensions fell off"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"handle trim has fallen off two doors as well as the Acura nameplate"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"door handle trim came off - door still functions it is only aesthetic - 3 doors replacement cost $15 each but are difficult to properly install"

John H., PA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Dash has developed major cracking"

Philip P., FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rear view mirror came off post. Bulletin put out about this to dealers(a known problem)"

Jeff N., WA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Interior door trim has fallen off"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A very common issue with TL: Dashboard has multiple large cracks that spider over a very short period of time. Acura will not acknowledge as a defect"

Joshua D., NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Cracks have appeared all across the dashboard."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on the hood has developed a chalky appearance over the last year"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The front of the car (left/right quarter panel and hood) is experiencing fairly severe spider-webbing of the paint. The clearcoat is in good condition"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The clear coat is starting to peel"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Expanding circles of missing paint. Often parked outside v garage"

Lois H., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The paint on my car is horrible. The clear coat is peeling off and exposing the paint which is now fading. It's the worst paint job I've ever had on a car"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Worried about rust"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rust

"a small amount of rust in forming on the rear wheel well"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rust keeps reappearing in the rear wheel wells despite having body repairs done on it twice"

Anonymous, AB (2005 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

Body control module

"BCM that controls garage door opener, cabin lights, bluetooth drained battery. Finally repaired on third visit to the car shop"

Sharon B., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Clock

"During the 12 years I have owned the car I have had to replace the battery 4 times. Each time the battery went dead I lost the clock, radio, navigation system, and, worst of all, the loss of memory in the computer which prevented me from getting smog checks"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Unable to reset the clock."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"LED exterior marker lights burned out"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Gauges

"had problems with the bluetooth gauge of the car"

Leroy M., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Headlights

"Outrageously expensive to repair. Over $1,000"

Michael L., ON (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Headlight began glowing pink. Replacement cost $1,200"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Left xenon/HID lights went out. My father removed headlights to check problem but couldn't find anything. Now they seem to work but if I turn them off & a short while later turn them on, one of them (right or left) won't turn on"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"needed replacement. Expensive as bumper needs to be removed"

Matthew W., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The headlights are bright and well focused. They do however cost close to $500 to replace when either the lamp or the transformer for the lamp fails"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace headlight and related electronics - $800"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Headlight burned out. Very expensive ($750) to repair."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Interior lights

"Many of the lights in the control panels and steering wheel has gone out and it is very expensive to replace because everything has to be taken apart to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"In Dash light fades and goes blank every now & the. Also major issue with autolock, inability to auto open car doors"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Various small lights in steering wheel, console and other locations burn out, and are difficult to replace"

David D., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The bulb in the shiftier consul has burned out 3 times when the other bulbs have not"

Charles O., NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The interior lights have about a 5 year lifespan and cost hundreds of dollars to replace as a set. Replacement requires disassembly of the dashboard and/or the steering wheel"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The keyless entry worked except two door locks would no longer open and had to have work done to make them operate"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Warning lights

"air bag light and vsa light stay on"

Bill D., NJ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Warning light for seat belts went off. Fixed for about $200."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"I have had the vehicle in for service on 2 occasions and water does not come out for my windshield wipers. They have never worked, and have never been repaired to the point that they work"

Janice W., CA (2005 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

Doors or sliding doors

"middle console door quit sliding"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Locks and latches

"rear part of the door handles keep falling off."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"door handle trim keeps falling off"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"automatic door locks quit working- had to use a key until I could get them repaired. Finally got it repaired because I could not get into my trunk"

Janice W., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Mirrors

"Side mirror had to be replaced. It would not respond"

Mike A., TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"the rear view mirrors did not tilt down when putting in reverse"

Stephen D., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Drivers and passenger mirrors appear to have brown film covering half of them, rendering only half of the surface visible, can't be wiped off or cleaned. Mirrors will have to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Common issue with the side view mirrors on '05 TL. Do not adjust properly to user settings. When cold temps, mirrors will adjust randomly and motor sticks causing the mirror to stick while trying to adjust. will not come back to home position after v"

Joshua D., NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Windows

"Exterior black vinyl covering on window molding coming off"

Mike F., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"the regulator on the front passenger door needed to be replaced"

Stephen D., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"One window sometimes drops down as I'm trying to close it. After several attempts will usually close. A couple of times had to manually assist"

Lois H., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power window motor needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Passenger side window doesn't work anymore. I need to keep the window closed"

Al S., CA (2005 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

"dealer stated there was oil in the A/C system and would cost $4000 to correct"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It was not engaging to cool"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A/C compressor has had to be replaced twice"

Philip P., FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"only warm air was blowing"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Very expensive"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Quit making cool air. Bad compressor.."

Paul F., AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"On long trips, after an hour on the road in summer, the cool air flow reduces and then stops"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The air temp between left and right front vents can vary greatly during the winter when heat is on. The "sync" setting is on, but right side is delivering cold air while left side vent has warm/hot air. If I change temperature, hit sync button on/o"

Douglas T., NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"AC air inlets slowly stopped delivering cold in summer until AC turned off for awhile and then turned back on. Would repeat."

J K., FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Repair shop found leak at service port. Repaired, installed new refrigerant with die in case another leak exist"

Kim R., TN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Refrigerant was leaking from the valve area which had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Schrader valves were leaking and had to be replaced. Around $250"

Anonymous, GA (2005 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Replace drive shaft pulley and belt tensioner,"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A/C pulley failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Engine computer

"For the last 10 years no dealer has been able to resolve the problem of very slow acceleration during hot ambient temperatures. Finally in 2018 an Acura Dealer re-flashed the ECU and all is well now."

James H., AL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Engine mounts

"it was just time to replace them. The car is 14 years old, has over 250000 miles on it & it still runs almost perfect. It still has excellent acceleration and power. It's the best car I ever bought."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Front motor mount failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Two mounts broken when we purchased it from a private party six months ago"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Took two service visits to Accura for them to finally diagnose the problem correctly"

Mark T., MD (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Required two days in the shop to replace seals to stop the leaks"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Oil leak on engine gasket. Required replacement of the timing belt due to oil leaking onto the belt as well as gasket replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Dealer said has main rear seal and oil pump seal leaks requiring over $3000 in repairs. I am ignoring this since losing negligible oil"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"EG53 oil pump was replaced"

Brian N., VA (2005 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

Alternator

"Replaced battery then later that day the alternator went out & required replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Alternator failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The car started shaking on the freeway. Pulled to the side, the car died and had to be towed to a shop"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Had to replace at least 4 batteries since bought. Will not start if left not running for 3-4 days."

Jesse W., FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plug ejected from the aluminum cylinder head due to threads in the cylinder head being stripped."

Jeffrey C., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Starter

"Starter went out @ midnight. Called for tow and numerous tries did not start the car. Car towed to mechanic for service & the car started. Still replaced the starter"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Internal short in starter motor resulting in failure of motor, vehicle towed to shop to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"In march 2015, drove car on an errand. When tried to start car after completing errand, car would not start. 1 yr old battery ok. Car needed to be towed. Starter had to be replaced. $300 repair. car runs well since"

Walter D., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Lights and horn worked but starter would not turn over the engine. Not a sound from the starter, like one might here from a low voltage battery."

Anonymous, TX (2005 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

"Rear wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Front left axle had to be replaced. Not due to accident or impact with pot hole or curb"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Front Wheel bearing was bad, and had to be replaced immediately"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Both front axle shafts had rusted out and were partially broken. Both were replaced during the service visit where the problem was discovered."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor failed and the vehicle wouldn't travel faster than 25 MPH. Replacement part cost ~$200 replacement labor ~1 hour"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Erratic operation. Engages at times under normal driving conditions in town driving. I simply disengage system now when I start driving"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace computer. $1,500"

Paul F., AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Traction control

"Vehicle Stability Assist will occasionally disengage abruptly with a slight tug to the steering. Dealer says it's a $2000+ computer replacement"

Joseph C., AZ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Normal wear as my wife rides the clutch pedal in stop and go traffic"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The clutch went out while driving on an interstate in freezing temperatures. At the time, the car had already had over 180,000 miles on it without any previous problems with the clutch. As usual, Acura service was exceptionally great and they loaned me a late model car to drive while my clutch was being replaced."

Karen D., MO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission failed at the end of a long trip around California with my mom. Thankfully the dealer had it replaced quickly, but they did break something in the process and had to re-do much of the work to fix it"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission developed a whine on accelerating from a stop. Had dealership check on it and the hydraulic pumps on 3 of the 5 gears were subnormal and the transmission was replaced.under extended warranty"

Ray C., CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Unknown noise developed during a routine dealer service, which they could not repair and, instead, had to replace"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission started slipping at 193K miles"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission was replaced just before I bought it due to constant slipping"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"third gear was completely gone rebuilt the entire transmission and replaced main engine mount"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The "rear" catalytic converter failed with no warning. It cost nearly $600 to replace by guys who certainly know how to save money on Acuras"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"was loose and corroded - had to be completely replaced - very expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Airbag light keeps going off. I took to the Acura dealer and they had to order the part. I haven't been back because of time needed to repair the seat belt that is making the light go off"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Airbag warning light came on when someone was sitting in passenger seat. Dealer diagnostic determined bad seat belt. Covered under warranty even though car is 14 years old."

Anonymous, NV (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"During 2014, the AcuraLink system failed, thus, disabling all voice-activation features. The Acura dealer said the option was to replace the entire AcuraLink system, or to disable the system. I had them disable the system"

Jon S., TX (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth stopped working"

Anonymous, MD (2005 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)

"EGR valve was clogged and needed to be cleaned or replaced"

Thomas S., CO (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Catalytic Converter - the difficult one to get to...the one to the rear"

Larry M., TN (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"EGR valve failed while on vacation in Virginia Beach. Had valve replaced, engine tune up, and oil change"

Frank T., PA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced EGR valve; cleaned intake port. Issue involved car not operable during out of state travel, requiring 100+ mile tow to nearest Acura servicing"

Brian N., VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Replaced the gas cap"

Ray K., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"One of the 2 oxygen sensors failed and I was getting the check engine light. It took several tries to see the fail oxygen sensor code. In the meantime, they adjusted 2 of my cylinders were running fuel rich ($800). The actual oxygen sensor job was"

Anonymous, AB (2005 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Leak in trunk seal that caused water damage"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Annoying rattle in the drivers side of the dashboard"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Annoying rattles that I am unable to identify the location, primarily in the dash"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Heat shield rattles during acceleration"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The center console squeaks when driving on uneven road surfaces"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I've had my car in the shop more than 4 time trying to fix a rattle and grinding in my car, which seems to be related to the suspension. After spending over $1,000, it still is not fixed"

Anonymous, KY (2005 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

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Clutch petal had abnormal play in it. At time was difficult to shift into gear. Master cylinder was replaced."

Frank T., PA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Car would suddenly downshift when driving at approx 50 mph - had to have a computer part replaced--it was mis-communicating the speed of the engin to the transmission - SCARY"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"When the engine is cold it doesn't change gears smoothly, it jerks. Once warmed up it is better"

Lynne J., ON (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"SWEATING OR MINOR LEAK FROM CRANKCASE - NOT INVESTIGATED FURTHER, SIMPLY BEING WATCHED"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"the green drive light starts blinking so I have to pull over and turn off the engine then it stops. Last time I saw the light blinking and didn't pull over my transmission broke I and had to have a rebuild one installed."

Anonymous, CA (2005 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.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"On the interstate #5 cylinder launched it's spark plug right out of the front head, taking the threads with it. Could have re-tapped the head, but instead I had it replaced."

James H., AL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Spark plug thread for one location in the aluminum cylinder head stripped resulting in the spark being ejected from the cylinder head port and engine running on 5 out of 6 cylinders."

Jeffrey C., IL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Belt failed. Had been replaced during 100k service. Said it was secondary to engine failure."

Jesse W., FL (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator was replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Water pump

"Bearings"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
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