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

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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 (258 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 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 Heats up and scratches the CD"

Yusuf V., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"System won't operate without a code number which isn't furnished in the operating manual"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CD player failed"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"screen is unreliable - may appear at vehicle start-up; may not. Sometimes looks like an old 50s TV with multi-color static as it tries to 'settle'. DVD-based GPS - bottom line, GPS/Nav v1.0"

Todd J., TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Screen froze and no electronics work"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Display screen gets power (gray) but doesn't display nav system or audio station data"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The system keeps rebooting and will not allow access to the screen. Deal says need to replace. Very expensive!"

Brent H., TN (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Nav screen freezes/goes blank. When I tap, it comes back"

David B., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Screen quit working"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"My navigation screen no longer displays maps or personal address book so navigation is unavailable, nor can I make calls using the Bluetooth connection. When I could see the maps, the directions were no longer a voice but static; exactly like th"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Display unreliable - sometimes dark on startup - may/not settle after a period of multi-colored static - TBH, rarely usable"

Todd J., TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I believe there is a serious electrical problem with the car and plan to sell it in the near future. In the 9 years I have owned the car I have twice replaced the starter, I have replaced the bluetooth unit and the navigation unit was replaced - this affected the stereo and clock because it is all integrated. I fear more gremlins down the road"

Rick O., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"GPS has been failing slowly for several years. Each year, more functionality is lost"

Blane S., GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"resets at random, stops music and navigation"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Screen freezes. Dealer sent sent DVD unit back several times, but it didn't help. Finally, quit. I tapped screen, which seems to reactivate, but it's not a permanent fix. Have to do so periodically"

David B., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Navi runs off a DVD in the trunk. Mechanical failure in DVD drive. Very expensive to replace"

Scott K., NC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Selection buttons work intermittently and mileage/time to arrival disappears at times"

Blane S., GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The gps hard drive failed, this is mounted in trunk"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"stopped working and voice command also"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The nav system is extremely out-of-date and have been informed that there will no longer be updated mapping DVDs for the 06 model year. I now have a car with plenty of life left in it but with a navigation system no longer of any use. But it gets"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The navi system went down so I took it to the dealer for repair. They took the unit out and sent it to Ca. for repair at a initial cost of 150.00 just to send it. That has been over seven ago . Calls to customer service were useless"

George G., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Navigation system died. It was removed and sent out for repair. Has not returned yet"

Stephen W., NC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"hit/miss operation - only repair is full replacement of system in the trunk - very expensive"

Todd J., TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Design defect not covered by Acura involves Bluetooth draining the battery, even when it is turned off. To prevent this, it must be disconnected from the electrical system...at the owners expense. This is a common problem for this series of Acura TL. A great car otherwise"

Daniel B., GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth unit went out"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I had a brand new battery die on me. I had the car towed to the local dealer and after inspection he told me it was the bluetooth component that was draining the battery! I did a quick search online and found many reports of the same problem. Instead of offering to replace what was obviously a defective unit, I was told I could buy a replacement which would cost around $500 installed. I was furious. Especially seeing as I could go to Best Buy and purchase a Bluetooth adapter for a fraction o"

Shawn S., MA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Intermittent bluetooth connectivity"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"bluetooth had to be disconnected due to a short which kept draining the battery"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Loss of Bluetooth, had to replace entire unit"

Howard B., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Bluetooth system for using a phone while driving failed and to compound this they want to charge hundreds of dollars to correct. Another issue with this car is the motor mounts fail and the starter failed. It wouldn't be an issue but my spouse drives this car and she babies it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It doesn't connect to my newer ipnone"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Stopped working some time ago. Determined that it must be replaced after much troubleshooting. Dealer replacement cost too high compared to usefulness of feature for us"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth module failed"

Devin R., TN (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"system failure, expensive to repair so using an aftermarket system instead"

Paul U., PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth went out and drained the battery. Too expensive to replace so I had it disconnected"

M C., SC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Handsfree Link system (bluetooth) completely failed. As I looked more into it, this is apparently a known common problem. It cost me about $200, and I did the repair myself with OEM parts. Spoke with Acura, and they would not help with the cost"

Richard D., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Will not pair with my phone. Very expensive to repair so am driving without Bluetooth connection"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth failed in 2014 after 8 years of use. The issue was found after repeated early car batter replacements due to parasitic draw on the malfunctioning bluetooth unit that pulled milliamps while off. I had to disconnect the overheating unit"

Troy L., AZ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth failed , needed to replace module"

David K., CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Phone quit pairing or showing up on the display screen. Had to have the Module replaced, which was also drawing down the battery"

Ronald P., GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth ate up the battery and was defective. It was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"See previous comments related to the hands-free link module failing"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A shorted bluetooth module cause battery drain. If the car sat for more than 24 hours it wouldn't start. Disconnected bluetooth module and the problem went away. It was too expensive to repair"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Phone unpaired and could not re-pair. Had dealer disconnect Bluetooth"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Blue tooth controller failed which caused frequent search and that damaged the battery requiring replacement of both"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth will not function. A module was determined to be the problem and estimated cost was $800 to replace. Apparently, this is a common problem with this model that Honda/Acura continues to use to gouge owners,"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Printed circuit board failure- caused Bluetooth function failure and car battery slow discharge"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Handsfree system failed rendering handsfree phone system inoperable. This is a common problem in Acura's, but Acura or the manufacturer won't acknowledge there's an electronics issue & only offer expensive fix. No handsfree phone is a safety issue"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"it no longer works"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth has completely died and it is not worth fixing with 270000 miles on the car which we plan on replacing in a year"

Bruce W., NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The bluetooth module ceased to work"

Allan S., NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth module no longer pairs. Replacement component too costly"

Christopher C., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"bluetooth failed due to defective solid state part. dealer/honda would not replace. $600 to replace"

Robert W., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Blue tooth failure caused battery to lose power. Dealer disconnected blue tooth and problem has not reoccurred"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Until two months ago, the bluetooth pairing worked. However, within the last two months, the pairingn stopped working and cannot be paired with any phone. I tried three different phones"

Kurt W., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth stopped working. Very expensive to fix"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Apparently had a "short circuit" that drained the battery, so the car would not start"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"When the Bluetooth system starts to fail, it keeps drawing on the battery. If the car is not restarted within a couple of days, the battery cannot be started and you need to be towed. Only replacing the expensive Bluetooth system repairs this"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Blue will not connect to phone and provides a message that reads" booting up". Have not attempted to repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth module required replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Known history of BT system failure in these models; $200 part but $700 by dealer to replace. A $15 visor-mount BT is an option but it's a drag to have a feature that goes not work"

Todd J., TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth stopped working. $500 to repair"

Daniel J., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I never used the HandsFreeLink, but in 2014 it started to malfunction by constantly draining my battery to the point where if I didn't run the car, the battery would be completely dead. Once I disconnected it, the battery problems vanished"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Static when playing XM radio"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control switch functions intermittently. When car has sat in the sunshine, cruise control will not engage"

Douglas W., MO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Button to engage the cruse control failed. No option except dealer replacement. Cost high"

Christopher C., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Does not Recognize the voice fast"

Yusuf V., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The screen goes blank and the GPS and voice commands do not work. Occaisionally, they will come back for a short time and go dead again"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Hands Free Link receiver was not turning off properly and was drawing down the battery. After many dead batteries and trip to the Acura dealer, I finally diagnosed myself from a google search. I received no compensation from Acura even though this"

Anonymous, ID (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"seems to be tied to navigation issues"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Related to non-functioning bluetooth"

Anonymous, VA (2006 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

"Factory adjustment used up, had to install after market parts to get alignment to succeed"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CHATTER IN WHEELS,"

F P., PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bushings don't seem to last in Acura and labor is expensive to repair. I purchased Lifetime Alignment with Firestone. But if you come to often they complain. If your over the 6 mark you lose out. I have purchased lifetime struts and have learned"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Have been told they need to be replaced. Have not experienced the problem"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bushing on front assembly was gone. Car unstable on braking. Repaired in shop"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CV joint failure. After market replacement axles are reasonably priced, but have horrible reputation. My private mechanic recommended Acura parts even though they cost three to four times as much. He was too busy to do the repair himself, so his r"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Acura dealer recommended replacing the compliance bushings, which also required a wheel alignment"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Car went through 2 sets of rear bushings replaced by local independent. Brought to dealer, problems was actually worn out suspension parts front and real, $2000"

James R., NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"In the past two years, I have replaced (3) engine mounts!"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"power steering motor had to be replaced. leaks also insystem"

David K., CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Pump hose/clamp developed a leak. Fixed by local shop"

Jeffrey T., UT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"leaking power steering pump"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering fluid leaks significantly onto driveway, shop unable to fix on first attempt"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Leakage of power steering fluid, leading to replacement of power steering pump and hoses"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace a leaking inlet O Ring on the power steering pump"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steerinp pump noisy, leaking replaced,"

Leonard N., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The pump stopped working and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced power steering pump and rack twice after a previous replacement due to an automobile accident"

Diane G., TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"PS pump noisey when cold. Had to be replaced..expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Steering be,came very difficult when stationery or at very low speed. Pump was replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"noise when cold"

Gary S., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"power steering pump very noisy when outside temps below freezing. Tried replacing o-ring but problem persisted. Small amounts of leakage as well"

David E., MD (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Was previous recall due to the power steering hoses leaking. Then, the pump failed. Because the car was fairly low mileage, Acura customer relations paid for 1/2 of the $1000 repair bill. Otherwise, the car has been extremely satisfactory"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"difficult steering at low speed"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Front shocks had to be replaced due to wear. They were no longer damping the suspension and the car was starting to wallow and bob over dips and bumps. Replacement fixed the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I replaced the struts at Midas. I had to go to the Acura dealer to fix due to bad struts from Midas"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced all shocks and struts in late 2014; caused a 'clunking' noise that neither the dealer nor a reputable repair shop has been able to fix"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"VERY BUMPY RIDE. VERY HARD RIDE. NO PILLOWINESS AT ALL, VERY ABRUPT RIDE"

F P., PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It ruined a set of tires - I'm quite sure it was caused by San Diego's potholes - some streets have gotten pretty bad"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The struts wore out, needing replacement. A disturbing wobble occurred accelerating until it was repaired"

Cedrice P., GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Mechanic changed out struts-front two and then still was hearing noise and so now needs motor mounts to stop noise"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Needed to replace struts F&R; also lower bar was cracked and needed to be replaced"

Matthew S., NY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Axle broke"

William R., IL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Steering linkage would not work so car did not have power sterring"

SUSn S., GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"no adjustment on rear tie rods"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I continually get uneven wear and prematurely wear out of tires. Perhaps some reason is the construction on the freeways and infastructure. of the roads"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Continuing problem. Uneven tire wear not long after alignments. Severe scalloping where parts of tread show fabric and other areas have plenty of tread left. Even highest quality tires rarely last more than 20,000 miles"

Carl L., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Cupping. Noise from cupping"

Anonymous, WI (2006 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

"Normal wear and tear. Had to replace pads and 2 calipers at about 130,000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"All calipers on the car were replaced once during my ownership. The right rear caliper was most recently replaced last month and this was the 2nd time for that one"

Thomas R., PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Frozen caliper failed rear brakes"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Corrosion had caused the cars original calipers to caused the brakes to drag"

Frank A., OH (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Seized rear calipers required replacing"

Gary P., NL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Caliper froze and locked up. Had to be replaced"

Erik K., OH (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Caliper froze up on back wheel thereby causing complete replacement of rear brakes which were at least 75% new"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"dealer failed to properly lubricate right rear brake caliper and it froze up. caliper and pads needed replacement"

Robert W., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"left rear caliper frozen and non operational. Had to replace both rear calipers and rotors"

Bennett W., MO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Noise and vibration like If i had a flat tire. Had to change one caliper: $3000"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"breaks had to be unfrozen"

David K., CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The rear brakes stick and wear the discs and rotors. Need to repace every 20,000 miles"

Steven B., OH (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rotors

"Just standard wear on front pads and rotors. Replaced both"

Bennett W., MO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Lots of history with brakes sticking, rotors warping, premature wear"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Squeaking

"easily seems to get debris in the brake pads"

Karen B., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Car only has 45000, break pads are in excellent condition, but they squeak when car is first driven in the morning.. Usually goes away in a few miles"

Ken W., WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Brakes squeek for the first few time you step on the brake. Repair shop unable to eliminate squeeking"

J T., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced front brakes"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Loud squealing"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"2d set of front brakes and 1st set of rear brakes"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"just normal front and brake pad and caliper replacement"

Darryl P., PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Returned the car to the repair shop two time to have the brakes stop without vibration and stop squeeking. The could repair vibration but not the squeeking"

J T., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Normal wear and tear"

Stephen A., NY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"At about the expected lifetime 150-200k km. Not unreasonable"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The car was over 130,000 miles, and I didn't know if the clutch had ever been replaced. There was noticeable slipping, so I had the clutch replaced, and that took care of the problem"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The clutch replacement was incidental to another repair, and the result of normal wear and tear (150k miles)"

Douglas W., MO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Bushing failed and small pieces clogged the filter. Lack of fluid circulation caused excessive clutch disc wear. Rebuild required"

Michael G., WI (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"transmission failed at 56000 miles. Had to have it replaced"

Wende K., WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission failed due to poorly designed cooling system. This weakness was corrected the next year"

Gary S., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Vehicle would not accelerate properly"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"We have had the first transmission replaced by Acura a couple of years after we purchased the vehicle and again (rebuilt) in 2014"

Timothy A., NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Very expensive to replace transmission; shifting gears started to slip until it was no longer possible to shift gears; Acura dealer wanted a fortune to replace the transmission, so I found a much better deal with AAMCO"

Dino S., MD (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Complete transmission failure requiring replacement with rebuilt transmission at a cost of $5000"

James V., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The transmission failed at approximately 90,000 miles and had to be replaced. Of several repair/replace options, we chose a rebuild at a cost of about $2500"

Claire G., NY (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission completely failed while driving. Installed a rebuilt transmission at 125000"

Martin S., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Car running with no issues, no rattles or vibrations. Took into dealer and was quoted $6k transmission replacement due to shavings. Took to transmission specialist, found that shaft wore through the casing. Had to total the car"

Gregory G., MO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The transmission had to be rebuilt due to many of the clutches within it failing. Since the engine had to be replaced at 58000 miles, I conclude based on this car alone that Acura reliability is low"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission stopped working and car had to be towed"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Failing 3rd gear syncro required replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2006 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The panic alarm would go off occasionally and would not turn off"

Charles R., MI (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The alarm goes off 90% of the time if I open the driver's door by putting the key in the lock. It never goes off if I push the button on the remote to unlock the door"

Harris F., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Cruise control

"CD player quit working years ago. Cruise control quit working about two years ago. Radio occasionally locks up and only returns to normal after restarting car"

Philip H., IL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Steering wheel control module for cruise failed. The unit had already been replaced under warranty so evidently this is a highly unreliable part"

C W., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Headlights

"HID HEADLIGHT BURNED OUT, REPLACED MYSELFW/ $100.00 BULB"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rt headlight failed at 6 years. Suppose to last 10 years. Cost $968 to replace. Outrageous!"

Wende K., WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Right headlamp needed to be replaced. Owner's manual advised that headlamp was a high voltage type. Auto mechanic replaced it - cost was $322 (parts & labor). Headlamp part cost $122. Mechanic had to remove front bumper to access the headlamp"

April S., PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace right front headlight. $900!!!!!!"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Keyless entry

"HAD TO RELACE DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR LATCH"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Keyless entry, neither fab would intermittently lock or unlock doors"

Charles R., MI (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"ABS, Brake, and other lights remain lit"

Anonymous, MD (2006 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 failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A/C system was not working normally. Took car to my local mechanic who replaced A/C compressor and clutch. Worked well, then problem resurfaced. Mechanic replaced relay. A couple months later, A/C stopped working again. Mechanic determined that the compressor that was replaced a few months earlier was defective and installed another new compressor. No charge for the second compressor installation. No problems with A/C system after last fix"

A S., PA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Stopped working. Mechanic replaced compressor and recommended we replace radiator at same time, so we did"

Daryl L., ON (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Have had 2 problems with a/c when driving in 100 deg weather"

Anonymous, AR (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Aircon not able to cool enough, Aircon specialist could not fined leak, topped up system, system now gradually deteriorating to same state and now needs further attention"

Timothy Y., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"leaking air out of compressor $1000 to repair not worth it. looking at new cars"

SUSn S., GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Leaky shredder valves. Repaired by dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"AC stopped blowing cold. Freon low, with hoses, seals, evaporator all leaking"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Controls do not respond to temperature adjustments of less than 5 degrees"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"had to replace the ac clutch"

Anonymous, TX (2006 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

"All of the trim around windows and doors is delaminating"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"two factory badges came off as the adhesive degraded over time"

David M., FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"front fender is loose; simple repair doesn't seem to work, and it's not worth having a body shop work on it"

J D., VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The dashboard has a crack in it on the passenger side about where the airbag is located and the scoring is for the airbag deployment. The car is in excellent shape. Has spent most of it's life in a garage. Has had all recommended service. Only has 85,000 miles on it and is detailed twice a year. There is no excuse for this. I am concerned that besides being a horrible cosmetic defect that it actually creates a safety issue for the proper deployment of the the passenger-side airbag. A simpl"

Shawn S., MA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Cracked dash not due to accident or misuse"

Curtis K., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"seat back trim loose/falling off... too expensive to repair. Padding in center console worn down and no longer resilient"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Paint is chipping all over the car but mostly on the front. It is rusting and must be repainted"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"peeling clear coat and easily chipped paint"

David G., MI (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"dealer rust proof! they changed only the front hood due to perforation for 1500 , covered by the service!"

Anonymous, QC (2006 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

"Since the date of purchase I've experienced many squeeks/rattle in the head liner area between the A and B pillar. Now I'm hearing rattle from somewhere in the center stack between Driver & Passenger sides"

Troy L., AZ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"in dash rattles"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I expected the Acura to exhibit these noises much later in ownership experience. Began several years ago"

Jim S., IN (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Moon roof rattles when open"

Ken W., WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Rattle around glovebox is annoying and quite noticeable"

Patrick S., IL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Interior rattling in several areas. Back panel seat clips popping out on their own, cup holder cover rattling, front passenger door storage area is rattling and the rear view mirror is rattling"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Car has amazing variety of rattles. Dash is split"

Anonymous, LA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Driver side window seal makes noise when the window is raised up"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

"bearing went out and had to replace"

E J., TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Have had to replace 2"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"At 101k miles, blew out no. 2 cylinder spark plug and coil pack while driving 40 mph. Had to have car towed to Acura dealer and have helicoil repair. Recommended spark plug replacement is at 105k miles per Acura"

David E., MD (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Starter

"Starter failed, vehicle needed to be towed for repair"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The starter died and needed to be replaced"

John G., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Starter failure. Worked well until date it would not even click to turn over engine"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Starter motor failed"

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

"Took in for extended warranty service (before 8 years of ownership) and dealership did full vehicle check. They noted the head gasket was slightly leaking, but recommended it could wait for a few more years. Nothing major at this point"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"This vehicle has been great. I love it, I simply have had to get maintenance over the past 12 months such as: timing belt change, power steering fluid and water pump change. One thing I'd like to complain about is the dashed crack (and I have ceramic tint with an often used windshield blind!). Still, I enjoy the car. The AC is going out, I believe it's lack of coolant and not compressor since the air blows hard but not cool"

Cathy H., NC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced at recommendation of dealer to avoid catastrophic failure later"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It was time to change the timing belt at 90000. And water pump"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"engine developed a knock and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replace timing belt, which was due soon, at same time that starter was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Slipping transmission

"pressure plate replacement for clutch...took several visits to dealer to diagnose....dealer did not diagnose and was fixed successfully at independent shop"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"During the last month, I have noticed that the clutch does not seem to be engaging properly at all times. I had them inspect it and drive it at my last service which was recently, and they couldn't find anything"

Richard D., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission oil leak, because acura technician fill up too much the transmission when changing oil, this create an over pressure that lead to oil leak from bolts that hold casing all together"

Jean-Denis C., QC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Coolers and lines

"Transmission cooling system poorly designed causing overheating of the transmission, which is why it had to be replaced"

Gary S., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Shifting hard. Started out in 2nd gear but now same in 3rd gear. Fluid appears burnt after a few thoUSnd miles. Problem may have started when Jiffy Lube used wrong fluid"

Carl L., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"sensor went out"

Lori D., CA (2006 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

"discoloration limits view rearward"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"side mirror began to darken so you really couldn't use it. We did replace it"

Bruce W., NJ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Glue bleeding from behind the mirror on to it face"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"passanger side, I have replaced them 4x, the driver side mirror got rusted3x"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Had to replace hydraulic struts that held up hood"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Loose driver door/latch causes drain on battery often leading to dead battery when it happens overnight"

Jim S., IN (2006 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

"oil leaks"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"driveshaft snapped in two due to rust under center shaft vibration damper"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Bluetooth, starter failures"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace the primary computer module. Was told by dealer that moisture from AC lines somehow leaked onto the unit causing it to short out and kill module. Very pricey repair for what it appeared to be a design flaw that allowed moisture to rea"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Much more vibration in 4th and 5th than in prior years. Dealer says it is fine"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 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

"Took the car in for extended warranty service (prior to 8 years of ownership) to have some minor things checked. Local dealership did a full check and found engine mounts needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Main seal needed to be replaced"

Scott C., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Continual small oil leaks. Dealer eventually repaired"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Oil pump seals leaking, need to reseal oil pump at least $450.00"

Leonard N., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Result of a timing belt replacement that didn't get sealed up correctly. Not the fault of the car"

Jeffrey T., UT (2006 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

"malfunction light stayed on. Had it checked at a Honda Dealer and had to replace an oxygen sensor"

Renard S., CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"throttle sensor failed, causing the car to go into "limp mode""

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"VALVE, PURGE CONTROL SOLENOID went bad and I had to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The hands-free module has been in the process of failing for about 18 months. It now no longer works and drains the battery. The cost of repair is excessive if repaired by the dealer (over $700). An OEM replacement part costs approximately $200. With"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The hands free link unit broke, and we were told it would cost $700 to fix. So we just disconnected it. It would short and drain the battery"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"Was time to change it"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
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