2005 Acura Tl
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Exciting Car

by from Chicago, IL on December 11, 2009

Recently bought this used. Most impressive feature: very stylish, even after five years. Tons of interior features -- a highly intelligent car. The 270 HP engine accelerates with a snap. Brakes are aw...
Recently bought this used. Most impressive feature: very stylish, even after five years. Tons of interior features -- a highly intelligent car. The 270 HP engine accelerates with a snap. Brakes are awesome. Handling feels tight and "European" (a big compliment). Front wheel drive is not for everyone, I suppose, but I like it. Dealing with Illinois winters, I certainly wouldn't want RWD. (Would prefer AWD, which reportedly is available on more recent models . . . maybe someday.) Like the in-dash, six-CD-stack player. Not sure what else the Acura designers should have done with this vehicle. So far, we're extremely pleased with this vehicle, which gets great reliability marks from the consumer guides. Seemingly, a great value.
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by from Hanover, MD on September 3, 2010

I love this car! I have the 6 speed with the Brembo Brakes on the front. This car is not necessarily a rocket off the line but it is fast and it reaches speed effortlessly. It is also fun to drive in ...
I love this car! I have the 6 speed with the Brembo Brakes on the front. This car is not necessarily a rocket off the line but it is fast and it reaches speed effortlessly. It is also fun to drive in a spirited manner as it sticks to the road like glue around corners. The car came loaded (premium sound system, bluetooth, navigation and voice activation). I did not care for the Michelin MXMV (?) tires that came with it but I replaced them with Bridgestone Potenza RE 960 AS and they made a noticeable difference in performance and handling. I had some minor issues with the manual transmission initially when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. The dealer tried a few different things before switching to GM transmission fluid which did the trick. Mine is Abyss Blue Pearl and I often get complements on the appearance. For you car guys, this is one of those cars that you stop and look back at whenever you park. I purchased mine used in 2007 with 24,000 miles and currently have almost 90,000 on it. I look forward to getting behind the wheel every day and I would recommend this car to anyone who enjoys driving. During spirited driving you may notice some torque steer under heavy acceleration due to the Front Wheel Drive (FWD), however if you live in an area that gets any snow you will truly appreciate the FWD dynamics. Gas mileage is average and premium fuel (91 Octane) is recommended and is all I've ever used, but I've been rewarded with many miles of effortless cruising all while being entertained by the ELS surround sound system. I paid $25K when I bought it used in February of 07 (manual transmissions although a little rare are cheaper in this area) and I have never regretted the purchase. I look forward to many more years of happy motoring in my TL.
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acura TL

by from Richmond, Va on February 13, 2012

I bought this car the day after christmas and have not looked back. The interior is seamless and flows very well. the cd player is very accessible and does not distract you while driving. Bluetooth wo...
I bought this car the day after christmas and have not looked back. The interior is seamless and flows very well. the cd player is very accessible and does not distract you while driving. Bluetooth works well with the Iphone and sounds clear. I would recommend you to go and test drive the car so you can enjoy the same things i have for weeks now.
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Sleek, smooth and stick shift

by from San Diego, CA on May 13, 2011

I had been eying the 2004-2008 TL for quite some time. I think it has one of the best body styles out there. I looked for MONTHS trying to find a stick shift and truth be told they are super rare. Whe...
I had been eying the 2004-2008 TL for quite some time. I think it has one of the best body styles out there. I looked for MONTHS trying to find a stick shift and truth be told they are super rare. When a 2005 6-speed came up online, I went direct to the dealer after work and bought it. Although the performance is incredible and powerful, the gas mileage is awful. You have to use super premium, which is *extra* expensive on top of the crazy high prices they are already. I get maybe 23 miles to the gallon. But, I figure for it not only being a luxury vehicle it is incredibly reliable. A small price to pay for that piece of mind. Upsides: they also hold their retail value fantastically and have a lot of perks: navi, butt warmers, dual climate control, power everything, etc. A couple of downsides which may seem trivial at first, but actually have become quite inconvenient. There is no light in the glove box. Also, my head rest creates a blind spot when I look over my shoulder, and I had to remove it completely. Although I suppose if you're not 5'4", it may not be problem. Overall, great pick.
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most reliable car i have owned and fun to drive

by from fayetteville, nc on October 29, 2010

not as fun as the bmw 3 series but way more fun than th merc c class. incredibly roomy in front and back. so many standard amenities that cost extra in bmw or merc. interior styling excellent. acceler...
not as fun as the bmw 3 series but way more fun than th merc c class. incredibly roomy in front and back. so many standard amenities that cost extra in bmw or merc. interior styling excellent. acceleration in excellent although there is a little lag on take off. good in hot and cold climate and the front wheel drive is good in snow and rain. only problem is that this cars has oversteer and can eat up some tires really fast. and the gas mileage can suck if you are not careful.
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the best!

by from Minneapolis, MN on April 17, 2010

Though I sold BMWs for 17 years, I now own a TL with 95000 miles, and it is the best all around car I've ever had. No car is perfect, and there are things that could be a little better on the TL, but ...
Though I sold BMWs for 17 years, I now own a TL with 95000 miles, and it is the best all around car I've ever had. No car is perfect, and there are things that could be a little better on the TL, but it doesn't get much better than this. Things that would improve it: Timing chain instead of a belt. Longer wheel base. Less front bumper overhang. More direct road feel.
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first car for son

by from mpls, mn on May 24, 2011

After looking at other mid to small sedans the Acura TL stood out. Black ext with tan leather int., plenty of pick-up, small enough to minimize blind spots but can hold 4(or 5) comfortably. Small gas ...
After looking at other mid to small sedans the Acura TL stood out. Black ext with tan leather int., plenty of pick-up, small enough to minimize blind spots but can hold 4(or 5) comfortably. Small gas tank so the range is low. Haven't figured out mpg yet. Killer stereo, GPS, heated seats. My son is looking at rims and window tint to spice it up. Only have owned car for about two months, no big problems other than the stereo buttons have a mind of their own.
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had one b4

by from little rock, ar on January 2, 2012

this is an awesome car. would buy again in a heartbeat.all the features you could ever want, heated seats, nab, bluetooth, leather, and great pick up, omg…awesome
this is an awesome car. would buy again in a heartbeat.all the features you could ever want, heated seats, nab, bluetooth, leather, and great pick up, omg…awesome
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Under estimated vehicle on the road.

by from philadelphia on December 15, 2013

Please read i know my cars. Ill start off by saying im an infiniti guy. I love the g35 coupe..........then i bought the Acura TL dark blue dark leather interior, 155,000 miles. This car was dangerous ...
Please read i know my cars. Ill start off by saying im an infiniti guy. I love the g35 coupe..........then i bought the Acura TL dark blue dark leather interior, 155,000 miles. This car was dangerous for me. It drove like a dream, very comfortable & sporty at the same time! you can sit back and drive normal and instantly snap into a race mode, not that racing is good but the car hustles at the command of your foot loyally. Im the guy who merges on the highway going faster than the people already on the highway, excuse my wreckless actions but i know a good car when i drive one. The handling is the best in its class and closest to BMW ide say. The Torque is nowhere near Nissans 3.5 for all you nissan drivers reading. You have to apply more pressure on this pedal to go unlike the nissan you tap it and your gone. But while your going around 60 and you punch it the thing is a monster, and the handling holds up as if it can withstand the top speed of the car, switching lanes never felt so secure, and was never blinded by high beams or bright lights with the blue dimmed side mirrors and auto dimming rear view. i highly recommend you at least drive it, i sold it only because i had no service records for it & the way i drove it i didnt want to have anything go wrong while driving at high speeds. I constantly look at this car for sale though, tempted to buy it again. Very sleek and quiet....under estimated.
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2005 Acura TL

by from Cedar Rapids on December 26, 2011

I bought a red 2005 Acura TL with 60,000 miles on it. This car handles and drives like a dream. There is some road noise but it's not overly loud. The performance of the car has been phenomenal. It ha...
I bought a red 2005 Acura TL with 60,000 miles on it. This car handles and drives like a dream. There is some road noise but it's not overly loud. The performance of the car has been phenomenal. It handles and accelerates very well. The turning radius is not as tight as some sports cars I have driven but it has not detracted from the experience for me. So far, this is is the best car I have owned.
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