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2005 Acura TL (Page 3 of 6)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,020 miles

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2005 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #73

Aug 022013

TL 6-cyl

  • 145,545 miles


There are several cracking on the dashboard. The crack right on the edge of the passenger airbag to all the way to windshield and another crack about 3 inches right of center speaker, above steering wheel another crack about 4 inches. Please is it recall for Acura TL 2005?

- Sterling , VA, USA

problem #72

Nov 142012

TL 6-cyl

  • 58,400 miles
About 9 months ago a small crack appeared in the dashboard of my '05 Acura TL. The dash continued to split to over a foot in length. Within a month of the first crack, a second one appeared and grew to match the same length. These cracks outline the front passenger airbag. What affect does this have on the security of the airbag" I'm concerned that a passenger in the front seat is endangered as the structure is compromised" I've researched this online and there are plenty of TL owners complaining about the same issue. It's found predominately in the 2004 - 2007 models. I've read that Acura has admitted an "issue" with the dash, but wants the owners to pay for repairs. The costs range from $2000 - $3000 per car. I'm the original owner of this vehicle. It was purchased in September 2005 and is out of warranty. My TL currently has 66849 miles on it. I'd like to receive some assistance with this issue. Thank you.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #71

Jul 262013


  • 118,000 miles
Cracked dash board right over the passenger side air bag. Very unacceptable for this type of car and a huge safety concern.

- Folkston, GA, USA

problem #70

Feb 012012

TL 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


I didn't have an incident but my dashboard is cracked everywhere including where the passenger and driver airbags are located. Acura claims wear and tear because I live in South Florida and refuses to fix this even though this is supposedly a luxury car and no other cars in South Florida have this issue, plus my car is garage kept. This is a very dangerous issue and apparently 1000S of Acura TL owners from 2004 have the same problem. These need to be repaired or the cars taken off the roads.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #69

Jun 142013

TL 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My dashboard recently developed a crack about 6 inches in length on the passenger side dashboard where the airbag is located. I have read where multiple incidences like mine have been recorded for this vehicle & Acura apparently is not accepting responsibility for the obvious defect in this model.

- Haslet, TX, USA

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problem #68

Nov 302011

TL 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
There were two hairline cracks on my dashboard when I purchased my car about a year ago. Over the winter months the cracks seemed to spread. I'm afraid that the cracks around the passenger airbag could cause injury if the airbag ever detonated as the airbag would likely malfunction. I've noticed this is a common problem in 2005 Acura Tls and find it annoying that Acura won't claim responsibility. I've never seen anything like this in a car... is this a safety issue" does anyone know for sure that the airbag will work properly in a time of need"

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #67

May 182013

TL 6-cyl

  • 106,570 miles


Crack appeared in dashboard on passenger side of vehicle over the air bag area. There was no collision. Had just had car in for oil change. Noticed this the next day. When we went in to complain, we were told this was a known problem and there was no recourse. Except we could pay for new dashboard for $1800, not really acceptable since we have done all maintenance on this vehicle. Apparently Acura was aware of this problem and didn't care.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #66

Apr 122013


  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the dashboard exhibited hairline fractures that began at the windshield and extended to the air bag and glove compartment area. The dealer advised the contact that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 142,000.

- Candler , FL, USA

problem #65

Nov 012011


  • miles
The dash on my 2005 Acura TL started cracking very severely-I currently have a sizeable crack on the seam of my passenger side airbag. I have never seen this on a car. I fear for my safety as I wonder how these cracks impact my air bags.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #64

Sep 282012


  • 160,000 miles
Cracks appear on dashboard above driver side and passenger side airbag. Acura client relations claims this is a cosmetic issue. I have researched this as an on-going issue since 2009. I believe this is a defective part on the vehicle. Quote to fix this "blemish" is over 2K. Acura will only pay 50% I must pay the other $1000. I believe Acura should have this replaced. Airbag light turns on and off. Hoping this has nothing to do with the crack in the dashboard. Something needs to be done.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #63

Jun 012012


  • 98,000 miles


Cracks have developed in dashboard of 2005 Acura TL. Located along edge of passenger side airbag (outlining right side of airbag) and above steering column. Concerned that passenger airbag will not deploy, or will cause personal injury in the event it does deploy. Garage kept, apx 98K miles when first crack appeared.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #62

Sep 012011


  • 32,000 miles
The dashboard has cracked with cracks all over. Foot long crack on the right of the air bag area and small crack at the center front speaker. The airbag area is covered with long cracks from the dashboard to the windshield. There has been no accident of any kind, but the dashboard has a look of long cracks all throughout. There are many documented Acura TL's with this very same cracking pattern on facebook as well as acurazine community. This seems to be a defect in the build and should be covered by the manufacturer as a recall!

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #61

Jul 112011


  • miles
Why all Acura TL 2005, dashboards are cracking. My 2005 Acura TL dashboard is cracking every day and I've seen plenty of Acura TL with the same problem. So my question is why is there no recall on these car, why should I have to pay to replace this dashboard. Can someone tell me what to do "?"

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #60

Feb 152011

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
I noticed a small crack on the passenger side airbag now it has spread across my whole dashboard there are many cracks.

- Goose Creek , SC, USA

problem #59

Jun 152012

TL 6-cyl

  • 97,984 miles
Dashboard is cracking where the side passenger airbag deploys and other areas on dashboard, I'm concern that if in time the dashboard will continue to crack if the airbag will deploy and hurt my passengers.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 042011


  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2005 Acura TL and purchased it new. I enjoy the car, however, noticed a crack that formed directly over the passenger's side airbag impression on the dashboard in August of 2011. The car had approximately 75,000 miles on it at the time, and has always been garage kept. I now have 83,000 miles on the vehicle, and the original crack that formed has now grown vertically from where the dash connects to the windshield all the way down to the glove box access. Additionally, several other cracks have formed around the passenger's side airbag impression on the dash, and most recently, I have a crack that formed on the driver's side of the dash. I have owned three other Honda/Acura products, and have never experienced this issue before. I have contacted the dealer several times, and right now am in the process of having a regional manager review my case. Even before hearing back from the regional manager, the dealer has already informed me that some "capital participation" will be required from me, and that the dashboard costs $1,850 not including tax. I am waiting to hear back what they will do for me, but based upon other comments from other TL owners I have seen on-line, I am not overly optimistic. Obviously aesthetics are a factor in this case, but more importantly, I am worried about safety of any passenger that may be riding in my car.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #57

Jul 022012

TL 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
There are two very large cracks on the passenger side dashboard that seemingly appeared overnight. Specifically, the cracks that run through the area where the passenger airbag is located.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #56

Jun 232012

TL 6-cyl

  • 185,841 miles
Got in car and noticed cracks in passenger side of the dash board. Cracked around passenger side airbag and cracked from speaker in dash to windshield.

- Chapin, SC, USA

problem #55

Aug 012011


  • 98,000 miles
I have multiple cracks along my dashboard from the windshield down to the airbag, across the airbag, and across the steering column. The dealer refuses to replace since the car is no longer under warranty. This is obviously a mfg defect. I have parked next to the same model car and noticed the same cracks in the same error as well as researched online and discovered most 2004-2005 TL owners have the same issue. The dashboard should be recalled.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #54

Mar 072011

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
Multiple cracks in dashboard. Started small in length on driver side and have now extended to the front of the dash board and length wise between the cracks. Cracks have now appeared on passenger side of dash and run the entire width of the dash over the passenger side air bag. Not only cosmetically ugly but suspect it is possibly a safety issue with air bags.

- Kailua, HI, USA

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