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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,009 miles

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2005 Acura TL drivetrain problems

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2005 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #12

Jun 122016

TL

  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and shifted out of gear without warning. The vehicle was not repaired, but it was diagnosed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #11

Jun 122016

TL

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the transmission inadvertently shifted and caused the vehicle to become inoperable without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Alanta, GA, USA

problem #10

Dec 292015

TL

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. While attempting to accelerate from a stop light, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the rpms increased, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the filter system in the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Edgewood, WA, USA

problem #9

Sep 192009

TL 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle was accelerated at approximately 65 miles an hour, then all of sudden the transmission of the vehicle down shifted coming to abruptly speed to 20 miles an hour, and would not accelerate above that.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #8

Apr 222014

TL 6-cyl

  • 114,110 miles
I left my car to get my phone while car was parked on the driveway with the engine running, transmission in parking and door on the driver side open. Less than 2 minutes later when I returned my car was gone. Looking around, I saw my car at least 30 yards downhill from the driveway lodged against an F450 truck. My car - I assume in parking mode - climbed up on the driveway incline, hit a garbage bin on the other side of the road, made a 180 degree right turn, traveling in reverse direction crushed in to the parked truck's left side fender and bumper (the truck was parked on the oncoming side of the road).. the damage to the trucks fender was a small dent and scraped off paint on the bumper. I found my car's trunk lid severely dented, and the rear bumper also dented and slid to the side. The crystal of the passenger side rear light assembly broke. Thr damageto my car was estimated to be between $3-4,000. Photos of damage are available.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

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problem #7

May 012013

TL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate as the vsa warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued to recur intermittently. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012013

TL 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 042013

TL

  • 81,000 miles
> on Thursday 07/04/13 my transmission gave in. I was on the freeway when the car lost power and the transmission would not connect. There was no car behind me otherwise there would have been a major crash. There was no signal or check engine light that came up.the car has 80 K miles on it. This car has been maintained by the local Honda dealer for every thing including oil changes etc. The car per the dealer was deamed un drivable and unsafe to drive. > this car was manufactured in 2005. Purchase date 11/14/05. I understand that there was a recall in 2003 and 2004 for similar issue. The car is currently at the Honda dealership in fremont. Autonation Honda. For me the issue is about me and my family saftey. In the car was my 5 year old son. >

- Fremont , CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 132012

TL

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stopped accelerating. The vehicle was towed to an independent transmission shop and the contact was informed that the torque converter failed and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 162009

TL 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Engine noise: A vibration and low buzzing sound in 5th gear caused by normal engine vibration at around 1,500 RPM, requiring a vibration damper near the rear motor mount. Also causing vibration on steering wheel at normal highways speed limits. And causing tires to cup and get bald. Very dangerous to drive on freeway causing steering to be very erratic due to vibration from front and rear broken engine mounts. Check-engine light: The check engine light may illuminate and a trouble code for the coolant sensor may be stored, but the problem is most likely a software glitch in the engine control module brakes: Brake pedal may feel spongy or have excessive travel due to air in the brake lines requiring replacement of the vsa modulator. (2004-06) total repair cost so far... item name repair cost A/C compressor $1,320 alternator $780 automatic transmission or transaxle $3,460 brakes $1,320 exhaust system $890 radiator $920 shocks and/or struts $3,200 timing chain or belt $1,050.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 262011

TL

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the check engine light was illuminated and that the vehicle would not shift into any gear. In addition, the vehicle was resistant to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who advised the contact to replace the transmission. The manufacturer informed the contact that her warranty did not cover the failure and offered no further assistance. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 76,000.

- Long View, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 212010

TL 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I recently purchased a 2005 Acura TL from the original owner and have noticed a front end vibration when driving on the hwy between 65-80 mph. The original owner put on the vehicle new tires and new brakes at 62,000 miles. I just put on new rotors and I even had a high speed wheel balance on all tires when I started to feel the vibration at 62,500 miles. When the vibration starts I call feel it in the steering wheel, brake and gas pedals and heavy in the front end. Once I start to slow down, the vibration will stop.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

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