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2004 Acura TL

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 27/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, VTEC, 3.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

2004 Acura TL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 710 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Worth every penny!

By on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 164,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Technology, Handling, Reliability, Comfort"

Cons: "Back seat doesn't fold down."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been fortunate to own not one, but two 2008 TL Type S's with the ASPEC package. The first one was purchased with 52,756 miles from Acura in August 2010 as a CPO for $26,001 including tax and title when they were asking for $29,999, and met it's end when ran off the road at 65 mph by an irate driver impacting the rear passenger side wheel well at 164,000 miles in May 2013. The latter was purchased from a Honda used car lot with 38,889 miles for $23,000 in May 2013 and currently has 78,023 on it. Thankfully I sustained zero injuries (including whiplash) even though I hit 3 trees, snapping one clean in half. There was damage ranging from moderate to severe on every body panel, and the front was moderately crumpled. Walking away from such a crash exemplifies the TL's safety. Although it had 164,000 miles on it, I still received 16,950 from my insurance company in spite of the driver leaving the scene. ...Talk about retaining value. The first vehicle was driven very hard. It was driven in every condition including a blizzard with bald tires on a trip from Indianapolis, IN to Philadelphia, PA, a drive from Pittsburgh, PA to New Orleans, LA for Mardi Gras which included heavy rain and minor flooding with top of the line Summer tires, and dirt roads in rural WV and PA. I was always confident when behind the wheel of the Type S no matter the road or tire conditions. On 4 occasions, I noticed a vehicle running a red light while I was crossing through an intersection. The Type S's ability to accelerate with virtually no hesitation got me to safety, with two of the misses being narrow. Typical highway speeds driven were 80-100mph. When you drive a lot, you tend to minimize your travel time. The gas milage is typically in accordance with what is advertised; sometimes better. As far as factory suspension options are concerned, the ASPEC is by far the way to go if you have the option, but the Type S original suspension does not disappoint. Both still offer responsiveness and a smooth ride. I for one prefer to have feedback from the road surface beneath me. The 18" ASPEC wheels are noticibly heavier than the Type S 17" wheels, and do offer a better grip through turns. Body roll is minimal for a front wheel drive 4 door sport sedan, and the addition of the ASPEC suspension further mitigates body roll. Braking is excellent with the Brembo 4 piston disk brakes. However, brake fade is noticible on long drives and high speed driving due to the standard hoses expanding under high heat. It has never caused a problem though. Steering response is superb, and the wheel has a heavier feel than most vehicles on the market. You actually feel like you're in control. There are plenty of all season tire options, but I opt to run Michelin Pilot Super Sports mid-spring through most of fall, and Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3's winter through early spring. (Pennsylvania temperatures) Interior styling is impressive for a 2008, and in my opinion still holds its own against 2015 vehicles. Some technological features are a bit dated, but adequately serve their purpose. The sound system is great! The mid range could be a little bit more pronounced and that is my only small complaint. Using the Dolby will make your audio system quieter. As far as rattles are concerned, I've only ever gotten them from the rear deck/trunk. It's not unbearable. Additionally, it's a simple in home fix. Climate control get hot or cold fast, but the front defroster does little to nothing to melt ice that may accumulate on the wiper blades during a freezing rain or snow storm. I have never been uncomfortable in this vehicle and I'm 6' 215lbs, and I've never had complaints from passengers... the tallest of which was 6'7". Ground clearance is relatively low for a sedan (lower with the ASPEC suspension and front lip) and the fenders/bumper extend a bit of a distance beyond the wheel well which makes transition to and from some slopes/inclines require an otherwise unnecessary drop in speed. Be ware of driveways with the quarter pipe run off curb at the bottom... Take them at a sharp angle! Turning radius could be better, but it's nothing that isn't manageable. If you know how to pack, you can comfortably fit 5 individuals and their necessities for a 3 day trip into the vehicle. The only drawback is the lack of a fold-down rear seat. You can fit most anything (with in reason) into the car if you put the front passanger seat in full recline, or don't mind a drive with your seat up a little farther than normal. The navigation system works well, I'd recommend getting the most current update though. I'm running the one that came with the vehicle at initial purchase, and have encountered a few destinations which it can't find in recent months. Sometimes it will say there's a gas station that's now out of business, or not have a new on ramp/interchange revision. It's never gotten me lost though. One major advantage of the older system is that you can use it while the car is in motion. Current Acura navigation systems require the car to be at a stop to input an address. I've only had to spend money on routine/schudled maintenance between the two vehicles with two exceptios. The second vehicle had a spark plug eject and fall into the cylinder head at 56,000 miles. Acura ended up eating 86% of the repair cost, even though I was a second owner and the vehicle was out of warranty. I attribute this to the maintenance work done by the previous owner since I was only able to find one service record from an Acura dealership after checking in every state along the east coast. The evap canister was also faulty in the same vehicle, they replaced that as a good will repair even though it's a nonessential part. Considering that the spark plug issues is an anomaly and did not happen in the vehicle which I drove harder, I'd still give it a 9/10 for reliability."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2007 TL Great car

By on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handles great, silent ride, no major issues."

Cons: "100,000 Maintenance is expensive almost $2200"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My second TL and both were great cars. Maintained the service as recommended and had no major issues. Driven in the snow often and no issues. Well rounded car great value and quality."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Outstanding reliability

By on Saturday, January 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Very reliable."

Cons: "Mileage could have been better it averaged 27 mpg"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Had absolutely minimal expense for repairs, other than tires, brakes and oil changes, which are routine. It cost me virtually nothing to maintain. It's still running like new."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Very reliable and fun daily driver

By on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Sporty exterior, very reliable, good mpg"

Cons: "Too easy to speed in this car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought a 2006 Acura TL A-Spec to replace my wife's problematic 2003 Jeep Liberty. After getting used to driving a car, we are both very happy with the TL. It has been rock solid in reliability from buying it with 72k miles up to the current 115k miles. Biggest complaints: - The steering doesn't offer very positive feedback. - Our car does not have navigation, and the dash looks like its from a car built in the '90s. - The clamp style tilt column is cheap compared to the spring loaded GM style tilt mechanism. - Its easy to go well over the speed limit because it drives so smooth and quiet. Overall I am very happy with this car. We were looking for a sporty but practical and reliable daily driver with good mpg (she gets around 26-28 daily driving) and this car met all requirements."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great blend of luxury, sport & comfort

By on Saturday, January 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Powerful, sleek, comfort"

Cons: "Only thing is turning radius; small deal tho"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this car. Have owned for 11 years (now my wife has it). Always proud to drive it (black on black, super sharp) and lots of positive feedback from friends."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very Nice Ride

By on Monday, January 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Interior Power and Cosmetics"

Cons: "Hard to mod and expensive to fix."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the second acura tl I've owned and I love it. The styling and mechanics are flawless. Plenty of power for all types of drivers the only downfall is how expensive and difficult it is to modify. And blue book value does not show truly how nice these are"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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