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2005 Acura TL (Page 1 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 1 of 6)

problem #112

Jul 252015


  • 127,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the dashboard had a deep crack over the passenger side air bags. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #111

Feb 012011


  • miles
The dash has increasing crack and cracked and cracked and now it looks like a spider web.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #110

Mar 232015

TL 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
My dash board on my car has several cracks near the passenger side airbag. I notice the airbag light came on when there is no one sitting in the passenger seat. I attempted to turn the car on and off but the light never seems to disappear.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #109

Aug 302013

TL 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


At approximately 55000 miles a crack was noted over the instrument panel. As the weeks passed more and more cracks appeared in the dash, particularly in the area over the glove box where it would appear the passenger side airbag is located. Subsequent to that the passenger airbag indicator light shows as active or inactive. I am concerned that this is a safety issue and that the passenger side airbag will deploy without impact. I rarely drive this car due to this concern, and do not feel that I can sell it or trade it due to this issue. I have spoken with my local Acura dealer but they are unwilling to contribute any monetary assistance to correct the issue. They have contacted me regarding trading this vehicle in on another Acura, but that isn't going to happen based on the quality of the vehicle I own, customer service, and their unwillingness to address what is obviously a widespread problem.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #108

Dec 012014


  • 100,000 miles
The dashboard has cracked on several places, including one large crack over the passanger's airbag. I'm concerned that airbags will deploy unexpectedly as a result or that airbags will not deploy correctly.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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problem #107

Dec 162013

TL 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle presented cracks around instrument cluster and later on also all around passenger airbag. Few months later, vehicle started showing continuously the airbag red warning light once motorist's seat belt is buckled. Unsure if airbags work with warning light on.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #106

Jan 072015

TL 6-cyl

  • 48,671 miles


I'd 2005 TL, yes was just turn 10 yrs. My dashboard was cracking. I hardly heard anything like that. Dealer corporate don't want to deal with me. It's not safe for me to drive with cracking dashboard. Next thing someone told me I might had defects dashboard. Anyhow I don't know what to do now.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #105

Dec 082014

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard has started cracking all over really bad. Some cracks are very big. Seems like the air bag could come out any time. It's manufacturing defect. Need to be fixed asap.

- Oakhill, VA, USA

problem #104

Oct 012014

TL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Like many others on this complaint website, my dashboard suddenly cracked around the airbag on the passenger side. There was no impact or accident related to the spontaneous breakdown of the dashboard. On a car as nice as the Acura, I'm surprised they have not issued a recall, given how many complaints have been filed. I am thinking about a new car, and would think twice about another Acura now.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #103

Oct 012008

TL 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Three years after buying my TL brand new I noticed small cracks along the passenger side air bag. Since then, they have only gotten worse. My entire dash has cracks on it. It would maybe make sense if my car was parked outside all of the time, but it is in the garage where the elements cannot get to it. I have done some research and found out that other people have had the same problem also. When I pay $40,000 for a car I do not expect these things to happen. I would really like to know how I can remedy the situation. So, if you can give me any ideas that would be great. I see this is obviously a common problem and one that Acura does not want to take care of because of the expense. I will definitely not buy another Acura if this is the case. I truly thought I was getting a superior product when I purchased the TL but it turns out I was wrong. If they want you compare themselves to BMW and Lexus, then they better step up their game.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #102

Aug 072014

TL 6-cyl

  • 63,500 miles


The dash board on passenger side has cracked. The car was parked in garage for few days before I used it when I noticed the crack. I got courage to report it here after I seeing others having same issue.

- Montclair, CA, USA

problem #101

Oct 062014


  • 70,000 miles
2005 Acura TL dashboard has practically spilt wide open directly around the passenger airbag. The issue seems to be a defective dashboard that cracks vertically, as well as horizontally, right over the passenger air bag. My concern is the airbag deploying when there is not a crash, or if the airbag does deploy during a crash the force of the airbag may make it come out of the top of the dash instead of the front. This seems to be a major safety hazard, and Acura has refused to fix the problem. There are thousands of complaints out there with the exact same issue, and I believe it should constitute a recall of the dashboard.

- Poquoson, VA, USA

problem #100

Aug 012014


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the dashboard experienced cracking on both the driver and passenger sides near the location of the air bags. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

problem #99

Jul 032013


  • miles
My Acura TL has dashboard defective with cracks around airbag section and spreading consistently all around. It really looks ugly. I'm afraid one day the airbag will malfunction while driving. It happen suddenly and its spreading erratically. I also have the airbag indicator on when driving with a passenger. Half of the dashboard lights now needs replacement. This should be replaced free of charge and should be considered a recall. Honda/Acura shall act immediately without any further delay. I bought this car new and took good care it. Their respond to this dashboard problems will make me and others re-think buying any Acura/Honda future vehicles. This is dashboard condition is unacceptable.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #98

May 012014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the dashboard had deteriorated around the passenger side air bag area. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the failure was due to sun damage. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Anaheim , CA, USA

problem #97

Jan 012014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the dashboard started to deteriorate on the passenger side where the air bag was located. The dealer diagnosed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Parrish , FL, USA

problem #96

Nov 092014


  • miles
Above the dashboard digitizer on plastic cover - huge crack !!!! spits the plastic cover for two separate pieces. No car crash during this incidence, this car has never been in an accident before. November 9th morning went to the car to get in and notice the crack suddenly happen. The crack is noticeable and dangers, starts at the glass until through the odometer.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #95

Jun 032013

TL 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My dashboard had a small crack and it just got worst. More cracks on the front passenger air bag area which iis scary. I dont if it will trigger for the airbag to go off. I will try to call Acura if they can do someting about it.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #94

Jul 012014

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard developed a crack that quickly grew very large directly above the passenger side seat, airbag area on the dash. This is causing the airbag warning light to illuminate at times while driving. In the event of a crash?? big, cause for concern. Acura contends this is not an issue or cause for concern that this equipment in this expensive vehicle is failing. They are still trying to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to this situation, refusing to repair or acknowledge.

- Pace , FL, USA

problem #93

Sep 102014

TL 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
After getting in my vehicle in the morning noticed that the entire dash board on the passenger side had cracks both vertically and horizontally going from 2 to 12 inches in length. Have been using a sun shade for the entire ownership of the vehicle (only owner), and once a month protect the dash with armor oil.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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