I have always been a Honda fan/driver, but never wanted to put out the $ for the Acura name. After my previous car, a base-model Honda that I had bought brand new 18 years prior, finally died with 270k miles on it, I was finally in a position to afford the Acura name & knew it would be worth it. I decided to splurge on myself & do not have any regrets. I am a lifer with my cars, so I have had it now for 13 years & it does not owe me a dime. The only annoying thing is that I have to run premium gas in it & that can get expensive. I am just now starting to have issues with a few things, but I expected that. There's a problem with the steering rack & the locks go crazy while I am in the car every once in a while which freaked me out at 1st. I have no idea what causes it, but it caused me to lock my keys in the car once.
Besides those things, it is been regular maintenance & replacement of parts due to standard wear & tear. I will absolutely purchase another Acura when this one finally quits on me, I am just not sure what model yet.
Other than HandsFreeLink Trouble, a Good Vehicle
I bought my car pre-owned about 3 years ago and finally paid it off in February of this year. Other than the typical maintenance issues that come with wear and tear (oil changes, tire rotations, etc) the car hasn't really given me any problems until about 2 months ago when I had issues with a dead battery, after having replaced the previous battery a short time previously. After some research, it was determined that there was an issue with a parasitic drain on the battery caused by the HandsFreeLink. After disabling that feature (that was never being used) I haven't had any issues with the car since.
Acura tl 2005: a reliable car.
My car is very reliable, it has 250, 000 miles on it and is running strong, had to repair transmission 2 years ago. Only bad things is that I have to pay for expensive gas and in this economy it is a lot of money to spend. And the oil is full synthetic making it more money to spend. However I love the v6 engine and it still retains a lot of its horsepower today. It is truly the most fun car I've driven. It had a revolutionary nav system which admittedly is outdated and not usable but it also has heated seats and cruise control which comes in handy for long drives and saving on gas mileage.
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, A COIL WIRE INSIDE THE FUEL PUMP RELAY MAY BREAK, CAUSING THE FUEL PUMP TO LOSE POWER. IF THE FUEL PUMP BECOMES INOPERATIVE, THE ENGINE MAY NOT START.
IF THE FUEL PUMP LOSES POWER WHILE DRIVING, THE ENGINE COULD STALL WITHOUT WARNING, AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP RELAY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT APRIL 2, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.
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