A well-rounded package providing a good mix of performance, sportiness, and luxurious amenities, the Acura TSX, while not as exciting to drive as the best sports sedans, is agile and adequately roomy. The powertrain is very smooth and the four-cylinder engine provides good fuel economy. Intuitive controls and impressive fit and finish are positives, but the ride is a bit too firm for some.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Acura TSX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I am not comfortable with the system. I will not purchase this again unless they change the brake system to make it safer and better"

Bob D., GA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"VSA vehicle stability assist light on dash came on. Went to dealer to get it turned off. Cost almost $4,000 to turn it off. YAW control and brake modulator replaced"

Gary N., CA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"routine brakewear"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"This car has always worn its brakes out very quickly with very moderate driving (literally a school teacher driving it back and forth to school a mile away). There are no warnings - one day you just realize the brakes are shot"

Mesh F., OH (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes and all mechanical issues are checked routinely and we have car service as advised by the Guide Book. Brakes should last longer. WE do not do any city driving, we do highway only"

Bob D., GA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"pulsation when braking. Dealer said no prob found - still very evident"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes sometimes squeek"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The parking brake has frozen on multiple times in the past few years"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth module failed so phones could be paired. Had to replace module"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Blue tooth kept shorting out the battery. Turned blue tooth off without fixing"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth connection gradually started to fail then went out completely. Would not pair. I took it to the dealer, and they said it would cost $600 to replace the circuit board...advised me to get an earpiece, which I did"

Dominican C., MO (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio is beginning to drop out periodically"

Dominican C., MO (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control failed. I used it a lot. High cost to repair, ~$500"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"The air conditioning did not cool in February 2014 when we went to Florida. I had an extended warranty that covered the entire cost at a great dealer in Naples. It was either the condenser or compressor"

Mark D., CT (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Heat repeatedly failed, but only on long trips after about two hours, making it hard for mechanics to diagnose. We replaced several different sensors before the problem was fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Same as the prior description. Heat failed, but only after about two hours driving, making it hard to diagnose"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Battery replaced 3 times. They finally installed a bigger battery, but I had to pay for it"

Gaston G., NB (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery replacement needed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Computer or yaw sensor failure prevented car from running properly"

Jon S., CA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

"slipping"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"TPP failed causing the engine light to go on and the car to stall/run poorly"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Peeling"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Red car - paint faded on second layer to pink. Car has been repainted at our cost"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"All 4 doors are rusting inside on along the bottom"

William K., NY (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"power steering rack failed"

Terry W., TX (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering rack failed and leaked"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump leaked and failed. Replacement of the pump and assorted hoses required"

Lawrence S., MA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"head gasket failed. Needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil leak in timing chain gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Oxygen sensor replacement"

Lawrence S., MA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Touch controlled dome light will not turn on. Replaced bulb and it still doesn't work"

Gary N., CA (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"rattling noise coming from driver door. Acura was never able to fix it"

Gaston G., NB (2008 Acura TSX None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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Recalls
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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Oct 10 2019
If the accelerator pedal binds, the engine may not quickly return to idle after the pedal is no longer pressed, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Dorman Products, Inc. (Dorman) is recalling certain Accelerator Pedal Assemblies part numbers 699-114 and 825-5029-1, sold as replacement parts for 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2004-2008 Acura TL and TSX, 2003-2007 Honda Accord, 2005-2006 Honda CR-V, 2007-2011 Honda Element, 2005-2008 Honda Pilot and 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline vehicles. The rotating portion of the accelerator pedal assembly may bind. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 124, "Accelerator Control Systems."
What should you do:
Dorman will notify owners, and qualified service facilities will replace the affected accelerator pedal assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by December 2019. Owners may contact Dorman customer service at 1-800-523-2492, using option 5. Dorman's number for this recall is AS1019XXXX.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19E068000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3744
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Mar 15 2013
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 Acura TSX vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In states that use corrosive materials for deicing, driver's footwear may bring in materials that saturate the vehicle's carpeting, which is in contact with the vehicle's engine Electronic Control Unit (ECU). As a result, the ECU case may experience rust or corrosion. This damage may potentially cause the engine to stall.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any damaged ECU, free of charge. All vehicles will have a waterproof cover installed onto the ECU, free of charge. The recall began during April 2013. Owners may contact Acura Client Relations at 1-800-382-2238 and select option 4 or go to www.recalls.acura.com.
For more information:
Honda's recall campaign numbers are S86.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V093000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76253
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Apr 29 2010
OIL LEAKING ONTO A HOT EXHAUST PIPE WILL GENERATE SMOKE AND A BURNING SMELL, AND COULD POTENTIALLY RESULT IN AN UNDER HOOD FIRE.
Summary:
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2008 ACURA TSX PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 25, 2002 AND FEBRUARY 13, 2008. PROLONGED HIGH UNDER HOOD TEMPERATURES MAY CAUSE THE POWER STEERING HOSE TO DETERIORATE PREMATURELY AND MAY CAUSE THE HOSE TO CRACK AND LEAK POWER STEERING OIL.
What should you do:
HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN MAY 28, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ACURA CLIENT SERVICES AT 1-800-382-2238.
For more information:
HONDA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS R35.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V174000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 167255
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