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 4 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)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (286 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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

"The automatic volume control has never worked. The dolby surround sound cuts out half of the speakers. The AM radio is feeble"

Peter P., MD (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"CDs are unable to play"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Receive error message "Disk Read Error". Occurs approximately once a week. Must turn car completely off to reset. Acura dealership wants $2000 to repair"

Alan M., TN (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The Acura Link system in the aging car never worked well with iPhones. When I upgraded to an iPhone 7 and new IOS I could no longer even pair my phone with this in-car system. Bummer!"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth control unit stopped working, per the Internet a not uncommon problem. Had to pay about $400 to replace, no break from Acura for this obvious design problem."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth stopped connecting, but system would continue to search for device even after car was not operating. Could lead to drained battery. We disabled Bluetooth ourselves. Too expensive to have fixed."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Traffic information was originally displayed, from a Sirius/XM subscription. The in-car receiver for this information failed, and replacement would cost over $1000 dollars. Not worth fixing in such an old car, given that traffic info available through Waze orGoogle Maps on my phone."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL)

"Touch system stopped working"

Selva S., FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"doesnt always do what you want it to do.occasionly just locks up. very slow to respond to commands"

Paul M., NC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Traffic information stopped showing up, even though my subscription to Sirius/XM is kept current. Dealer says that the receiver in the car does not work. Would have to be replaced to resolve the problem, at a cost of over $1,000"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Module that controlled the Bluetooth was searching for a phone pairing./signal once the car was shut off causing a slow drain on the battery. Finally causing the battery to go dead."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth was draining the battery. To expensive to replace so I had it disconnected."

Donna R., IL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Acura Link Bluetooth module had to be replaced. Leather seats had to be replaced, original leather ripped and cracked terrible defect however I had to pay professional to replace all leather seats."

Rod H., AL (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth unit failed so couldn't use phone, and it also drained the battery. I was told this is fairly common on this model."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL)

"Bluetooth module failed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Phone system stopped working 3 years ago -- was told Inwoukd have to replace it -- astronomical cost!!!!!!"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Stopped working"

Glenn G., CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Remained on when car was off and drained battery"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"The hands free module controlling Bluetooth and phone pairing was faulty resulting in continual battery drain when the car was shut off and running down more than one battery and also later became inoperative completely requiring replacement"

Michael S., FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"You have to say every name that you want to enter rather than an automatic pairing from your iPod and subsequent voice recognition by the system versus physically saying every name"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Acura TL Base)

"it stopped working and costs $450 to replace and my extended warranty doesn't cover it"

Edwin H., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Device would remain on after shutting off car. Caused battery drain and killed two batteries. System had to be replaced"

Chris D., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"pairing frequently lost after day or so"

Joseph M., FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth stopped working"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Base)

"The module that control the Bluetooth pairing failed"

James F., KY (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"sometimes cant find phone"

Paul M., NC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"system failed and had to be replaced at my cost. $500"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Phone pairing has always been a hit or miss proposition with the TL, Voice prompt would state it doesn't recognize my phone even though it is listed as a paired device"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL)

"connected to voice control issue - controller draining battery when not in use. Had to disconnect bluetooth"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Bluetooth module failed, which is a common problem on the car. It cost $400 to replace"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Bluetooth capabilities from Honda/Acura are subpar. No music streaming. Very poor phonebook management. I had to replace the factory systems with a 3rd party"

John B., MA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The phone no longer pairs with the car Bluetooth system. I don't know what the problem is"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Completely in-op. Acura dealership wants $1000 to repair. Dealership states problem is with the in-car bluetooth radio having a bad "chip""

Alan M., TN (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"blue tooth mechanism would not turn off and would drain the battery in 3 days when the car was parked"

Gary M., IN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Can't pair because the system is dead"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)

"BLUETOOTH UNIT FOR THE PHONE DOES NOT SHUT OFF AND DRAINS THE BATTERY. YOUTUBE VIDEOS SHOW HOW TO DISCONNECT THE UNIT. REPLACED BATTERY, BUT PHONE BLUETOOTH UNIT IS $220. HAVE NOT REPLACED IT YET. IT HAS BEEN 4 MONTHS"

Donn S., CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle has been paired to phone by Bluetooth but rarely connects"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth just stopped working"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Linkage module failed and too expensive to repair"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Will not pair with my IPhone even with repeated tries. IPhone paired with previous Acuras with no problem"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth module failed causing battery to drain"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace the bluetooth module"

W L., GA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Bluetooth unit failed and required a replacement"

Scott C., UT (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The Bluetooth / handsfree unit stopped working and began to continuously drain the battery. I had it disconnected"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth stopped working and interfered with the use of the radio"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Blue tooth shorted out-could not pair phone. Had blue tooth removed. Did not replace blue tooth"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"It quit working. Then my battery would go dead. Mechanic didn't find battery drain source. Googled it. Many disconnected the Bluetooth wiring because even though it wasn't working, it drained the battery trying to work. So I disconnected it. Problem fixed, but no Bluetooth. Too expensive to repair"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Acura TL Base)

"HandsFree Link failed. Entire unit had to be replaced, nearly $600 part and labor. Internet research reveals this is not an uncommon problem"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Failure of Hands Free Link system. When it failed, it started to drain the battery. Found this was a relatively common problem on the 2008 Acura, and other years as well"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"HFL module failure. Can be easily replaced but not affordable."

Robert S., TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Bluetooth will not pair with phone and can cause battery to fail"

Ray S., NJ (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"IPhone would not pair with the Acura TL, despite repeated attempts. Had a previous similar problem pairing an IPhone with a 2006 Acura TL, but was able to eventually get it paired. With 2008 TL a person at the dealership was eventually able to pair the phone although it took him some time."

Anonymous, DE (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Lost pair and will not pair again"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"dead battery as system was trying to pair with a phone when vehicle turned off"

John H., FL (2008 Acura TL)
Radio

"Satellite radio hits dead spots & loses signal for 5 seconds to a minute frequently for the last couple years"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"After ir rains radio loses presets"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Speakers

"I have had problems with the sound system ever since I bought the car. The biggest problem has been having parts of the car vibrate on bass notes. The car has been in the shop 14 times to try to fix the bass induced rattles"

Peter P., MD (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"The buttons that control the steering wheel controls became inoperable-some still worked while the others did not"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL)
Voice control commands

"It will only recognize the voice of the person that entered the names. I also don't understand why Acura can't have a voice recognition system like my Impala that simply takes my iPod contact file and transfers it to the phone system and then I don'"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Acura TL Base)

"inaccurate interpretation of voice commands"

Joseph M., FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Could not use the voice command to pair my new phone"

James F., KY (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Acura HandsFreeLink (HFL) failed. Electrical short in HFL circuitry drains car battery. Had to purchase new battery and new HFL. Acura knows of this HFL defect because I've read the TSB. Acura would not compensate me for the costs incurred"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL)

"voice control was draining the battery when not in use; had to disconnect voice control & bluetooth to save battery. Did not replace control due to cost ..$700 for the item"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Stopped working 4 years ago. Research indicates that the electronics board is defective and a new board won't last long so I never replaced it"

Kelly T., WA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"The Hands-Free link has been replaced twice, both times under the extended warranty, however the battery failed 6 months later (symptom of the HFL failing. Another dead battery occurred 2 months later. Have not had to replace the HFL due to the last two battery failures."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-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

"Recurring alignments needed. Unsure of cause, but could just be road conditions"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Ball joints

"should not have worn out at 70000 miles"

Thomas C., WI (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"They cracked and needed replacement"

Edward W., MA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Bushings torn after 7 years"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Dealer servicing car recommended replacing bushings a couple of months ago, it was expensive but remedied a problem--suspension noise and steering that felt like it wasn't power-assist--that had bothered me since buying the car in 2012"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Frozen eccentrics; required replacement of control arms"

Tom H., PA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"power steering pump developed a leak and need to be serviced"

Scott C., UT (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Found during maintenance check up"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Leaking seals/gasket had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL)

"leaks on driveway, fluid was basically all gone - cost a few hundred dollars to fix"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"replaced power steering system"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering seals failed and the rack and pinion had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"The steering fluid was leaking right after we purchased the car. It was an expensive repair"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Seal in power steering line needed replacing"

Peter B., TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Steering gear need to be replaced under warranty. Leaking from seals. There was also a recall on the power steering hose that may leak from exposure to heat"

Glenn M., QC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to have power steering pump rebuilt."

Brian G., VA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering is intermittent at low speed."

Charles S., MD (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Morning whining sound especially when turning wheels. Steering a little stiffer. Pump is slowly leaking fluid and needs replacement"

Michael C., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"I think it was the pump. What happened was the power steering stopped working. They didn't see the problem the first time I brought it in, but did the second time"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering hose replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering pump leaking after 7 years"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Safety recall to replace power steering pump"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"replaced power steering system"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"power steering hose began to leak"

Bill F., ON (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Issue with a leaking power steering hose making it difficult to steer at slow speeds. Seems to be a common issue with this model."

Ray S., NJ (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering pump making loud noises. Replaced o rings and added fluid and sound is better but car very hard to steer when not moving. Makes parking a challenge"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"right rear has "clunking" sounds. I haven't replaced yet"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"There was a leak and needed to be replaced and were affecting wear of tires"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had to replace all four struts at 40K miles. I have driven cars for over 100K miles and not had issues with struts ever"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"OEM from factory; simply worn and time to replace"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering rack leaked and failed to the point it was binding because of poor internal gear materials. had to replace"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"power steering pump failed leaking all the fluid which then destroyed the rack"

Robert B., CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"I no longer have power steering so it is very tough to turn when parking. It leaks fluid so I have to keep filling it or it starts to make a wining noise. i was quoted over $1200 to replace the rack and pinion."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Entire steering rack needed rebuild due to leaking, costing $1200"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Power steering rack and piñon is leaking. Rebuild is not a long term solution . Replacement cost quotes are $1600. To $2400."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Seals failed, entire rack and pinion assembly had to be replaced."

Michel M., MN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"cv joint boot is leaking fluid on one side"

Gary M., IN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"I blame it on poor tire quality"

Thomas C., WI (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"In 75K miles I have had to replace all 4 tires 3 times. It doesn't seem to matter how much I pay for the tires, all wear uneven. I have rotations every 6-7K miles"

Anonymous, TX (2008 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

"Caliper seized when doing brake work. The calipers had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Mechanic said it was normal brake wear."

Scott B., GA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Normal wear and tear, squeaking brakes."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Both front and rear brakes were repaired in the last twelve months. Pads and rotors were replaced and calipers were cleaned"

John Q., MA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Normal brake replacement. First time. All wheels at 60,800 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"had to replace all brakes front and rear, rotors and parking brake - cost $2000, then another $250 for recurrence"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)

"squeeking"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Seems as though the brakes wear and near replacing faster than they should, esp. as most of my miles are highway"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Had to replace front brake pads at 27000 miles then again at 55000 miles which also included replacing front rotors. Now at 68000 miles dealer tells me I need new pads again. Seems excessive & definitely expensive @ $500 each time +an extra $250 fo"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Recurring issue with Brembo brake pads. They provide excellent stopping power, but they are expensive to replace and usually require replacement of rotors every 30,000 miles"

Tom H., PA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Rear wheel out side pad wore totally down. Inside pad looked new"

Jack S., VA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Front brake pads don't last more than 30,000 miles. Repair usually requires replacing rotors"

Tom H., PA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"The rotors were warped. They needed to be replaced."

John S., ID (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Extreme vibration. Warped rotors even after replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors wear quickly"

Tom H., PA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors have needed reflgrinding or replacement too many times over the life of the car. I do jot drive aggressively at all and use gears to brake"

Colin T., NJ (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Squeaking

"Warped rotors - replaced pads"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-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

"Timing pulley bearing went bad, indicated by loud noise. Repair cost approximately $900"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Engine idler tensioner and belt had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Engine computer

"air fuel sensors replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Motor mount broke at 90,000 miles. Covered under extended warranty"

Robert C., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"There are 3. 2 failed causing excesdive vibration. Very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Had to re-seal the oil pump."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL)

"Front Engine seal leak, left front suspension leak"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Probably will have to be addresses soon according to last service check -- now it is not an issue"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Oil leak required removal of transmission. Covered under extended warranty"

Robert C., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Oil leak of some sort at front right of engine compartment. May be oil, power steering, or transmission"

Chris D., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pump cover and oil pan began leaking. It dripped onto the exhaust pipe and caused a burning smell"

Jeffrey R., TN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Oilpan seals needed replacemwnt"

Katherine K., TX (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pump seal leaking heavily requiring partial engine tear down to repair, cost $800"

Anonymous, NV (2008 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

"Bearing noise in aA/C compressor, will require replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Air conditioning unit does not cool the car in hot weather."

Mike S., IL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Previously, the dealer replaced damper doors for sticking. This solved one problem but the automatic climate temperature does not control most of the time. I need to take it back to dealer"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Fan is unreliable. Sometimes takes minutes to go on"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"A/C blew warm air. Service tech replaced A/C relay and works fine now. Repair was only $32."

Joseph M., FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The damper door on left and right side has been replaced twice but the climate controller still works intermittantly when you turn the temperature up and down."

Wayne H., TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"A/C was not putting out any air volume. Needed cleaning, plus blower motor needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL)
Electrical failure

"Had a fuse go out that controlled the A/C preventing air from being cooled, replaced and problem solved"

Michael S., FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Heater in the seats and all leather seats had to be replaced in vehicle it cracked and developed holes despite not doing anything to damage the seats. Terrible leather quality in the 2008 Acura. My understanding is this was a common problem."

Rod H., AL (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.2-L V6)
Heater system

"Heating system does not heat the car to sufficient temperatures."

Mike S., IL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"After 10 years of reliable operation without any service, the A/C was slow to cool. An A/C shop found no leaks and recharged the system and it is again working fine. The charge was less than $135."

Anonymous, TX (2008 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)

"Check engine light came on, diagnosis at dealer was to replace EGR valve - cost incl labour $640"

Robert M., ON (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Replaced the purge control valve - tighten fuel cap light came on intermittently - also replaced fuel cap"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"costly smoker test of closed system helped find problem"

Charles E., IN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"very costly EGR replacement didn't solve entire problem. Another replacement was required"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Check engine light came on indicating Emissions issue. Car had come close to stalling when stopped at a traffic light."

Anonymous, DE (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Constantly getting “tighten fuel cap “message on display screen"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"changed the cap, no help until o2 sensors repaired"

Charles E., IN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Intermittent "Tighten Fuel Cap" message"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Three fuel injectors stopped functioning and had to be replaced"

Selva S., FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The evaporation canister purge valve had to be replaced to fix the Tighten Fuel Cap warning."

Charles S., MD (2008 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

"Blue tooth draining battery. Known problem. Acura would not help"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"On button broken twice"

Clifford G., FL (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"It stopped working and needed replacing at a cost of nearly $1,000"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Both rear brake light assemblies had moisture trapped inside the lens"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"MANY of the interior led bulbs have stopped working"

Joe T., CT (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Headlights

"Driver side headlight blew out. Cause was faulty HID electrical ballast. Replaced both ballast and HID bulb."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heated seats would not turn off"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Driver's power seat only moves back a little at a time. Memory function stopped working all together"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Interior lights

"Not a big deal. Lights came on and door locks unlocked indiscriminately. Door latch needed to be adjusted"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Warning lights

"Gas cap warning light kept coming on"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"guess I checked this thinking about the wind noise for air leaks. Would like to let you know we have had problems with the leather seats ripping in the perforation area of the front passenger and rear bench seats"

Corinne S., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"This has been the absolutely best car I have ever owned, and it is now 11 years old and extremely reliable; but in the last year or so, it has gone from very quiet to a rattle trap. 90% of the rattles are inside passenger compartment, and my mechanic cannot find any of them outside it."

Barry D., MI (2008 Acura TL 3.5-L V6)

"Interior clicking noise from dashboards soft to hard interfaces"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger door rattles often"

Al S., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Hear a sound like a loose belt about half the time when starting up. Goes away sometimes, other titmes continues as I drive. Took to dealer but sound would not replicate while there. Dealer said could find nothing"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"brakes and heat shield.. This car gets a flat tire with every major pothole I hit and I have tried several types of tires"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Wind noise

"Seems to have excessive wind noise at speeds over 45mph for a car in this price range"

Corinne S., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Increased over time"

Al S., CA (2008 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

Coolers and lines

"Transmission cooler/radiator joint failed causing loss of transmission fluid. Dealer had to replace entire radiator assembly (combined engine/transmission radiator)"

Michael G., IL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission cooling line detached form radiator while on highway. It was due to incompatible metals at connection point. This was a design failure"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"IT GETS STUCK YOU HAVE TO USE A PENCIL TO PUSH PIN DOWN TO SHIFT."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Failure of master cylinder"

Robert S., NJ (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Since new the car has shifted roughly & abrupt. Complained to dealer & was told "that's the way they are" I have friends with same model & I've driven them. They were smooth shifting. Needless to say, this car has been a disappointment. Trading"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"I have had the transmission serviced 3 times and i still have rough shifting. This is supposed to be a luxury car and it drives like a low end vehicle."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Corrosion on a Trans line caused a leak. Replaced line to resolve. This is a common problem so I found solution on the internet"

Robert S., OH (2008 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

"Intermittent failure to charge at first, and only dash light to advise of problem. Undiagnosed due to intermittent, followed by complete failure and battery quickly went dead"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Alternator died on the highway, it was a safety disaster, all gauges and electronics went dead as I was going 65mph on highway. Acura refused to do anything to diagnose or fix this known problem with this make and model"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"On several occasions the car drained the battery after sitting unused for a couple of days, leaving the car inoperable. The problem is caused by a defect in the handsfree system that has bluetooth connection for a phone and also provides the voice activated command system for the car. Disconnecting the handsfree circuit board fixed the problem and the battery no longer is drained. Unfortunately, a replacement circuit board would cost $200 and there is no assurance from Acura/Honda that this problem will not occur again. This is a defect that should have been handled with a recall by Honda/Acura. The handsfree/bluetooth system was very nice while it worked, but I just can't accept the cost or risk of fixing it."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Hands Free Unit went out and locked in the "on" position. Thereby would frequently discharge the car's battery. This has been a chronic problem with model of ACURA TL"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Third battery replacement necessary."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Starter

"starter hanging up failing to disengage after engine starts. dealer replaced twice"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"starter motor died and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"On a road trip radiator developed major leak causing loss of anti freeze and transmission fluid"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Radiator

"Transmission line to the radiator ruptured at the radiator fitting causing a loss of trans fluid and requiring a tow."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Had a small leak, had to replace radiator"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Radiator hose deteriorated, eventually burst. Car overheated and broke down"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Radiator failed after 93000 miles, spewing radiator antifreeze fluid and nearly causing accident trying to get off the road"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump failed prematurely. It was an aftermarket pump"

Jeffrey R., TN (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The water pump failed on the vehicle, but was covered under a warranty that I purchased with the vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 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

"Bought the car used; don't know if the exterior door moldings were original or not. Both sides were felling off. One fell off and the other is on the way off."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Body side moulding fell off on one side and is partially off on the other side of the front doors."

Denis G., NH (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Front and rear leather sets began to rip and roof lining is beginning to fall"

James J., AL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Cracked dashboard"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Interior fit and finish never acceptable. In last 12 months the console storage compartment cover pops up with any bump in the road. Dealer cannot fix, design defect."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear coat failed paint gone"

Clifford G., FL (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Car had an unexpected failure in one of the cylinder's causing all antifreeze to escape into engine. Traded car in as is after receiving $5,200 estimate from a local Acura Dealer. Attempted to get coverage under a goodwill warranty from Acura, but gave up as they would make no promises. Car had low miles and hadn't previously overheated, so exact reason for failure unknown"

Michael P., CT (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Electronics failed including spark plug and everything behind it. Acura stood partially behind the failure, even though it was beyond the 70,000 mile extended Acura Care Warranty. It required a new engine. I was resonsible for 20%. The exact cause was undetermined"

Timothy H., OH (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Head gasket

"A bad water pump which caused the engine to overheat"

Dan L., TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Based on the mileage of the car I brought in to the dealer to be repaired"

John Q., MA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"timing belt tensioner replacement required"

Anonymous, NV (2008 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

"driver side axle broke and the replacement broke within 2 wks of being installed"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

"Driveshaft failed upon exiting a driveway causing the transmission to no longer power the wheels. Required $450 replacement of driveshaft."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"broken axle. No clear reason why it broke beyond repeated driving and rough roads. The axle broke and the car could not drive and could not be taken out of gear."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Hands free device continually drained the battery until it was replaced. Took multiple visits before problem was diagnosed and corrected"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Acura TL)
Stability control (ESC)

"ESC sensor failed"

Dale J., NC (2008 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

"Door open chime sounded and lock buttons popped uo when the driver leaned against the door or at sharp slow turns."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Glass defects

"Rear windshield with defroster not adhered completely. Has hundreds of spots that look like air bubbles. Tried pressing with small rubber roller but it didn't help."

Robert S., TX (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Mirrors

"Again under warranty the power mirror motors seized. They have also seized out of warranty & I have not replaced them"

Glenn M., QC (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)
Windows

"Driver side power window began to fail. This is the second time this has happened. First time (August 2013) both it and the passenger power window failed, almost simultaneously"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission started slipping and within a couple days failed. had to get the transmission rebuilt from a private transmission owned shop. they did a bad job. I was told by them Acura transmissions are not built strong enough on the 6 cyl cars. they see a lot of failures on my model segment."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"Transmission started to shift "hard" for a couple of days then failed completely without warning. Needed a complete rebuild/replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission case leaked badly at the center seam and needed a $3200 rebuild"

Joe T., CT (2008 Acura TL Base 3.2-L V6)

"The transmission have a problem , it is not running as smooth as it does"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Acura TL Type-S 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Device would remain on when car was shut off causing battery drain. Killed two batteries. Replaced system"

Chris D., CA (2008 Acura TL Base 3.5-L V6)

"AcuraLink/bluetooth stopped working"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TL Base)

"the acuralink system is dead. no response from the system"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Acura TL 3.2-L V6)
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