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

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2005 Acura TL body / paint problems

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2005 Acura TL Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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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

problem #92

Aug 162014


  • 110,100 miles
I am an owner of a 2005 Acura TL that I purchased with 5,000 miles on it in 2007. This is my second TL and third Honda all purchased through the Acura dealer. My vehicle has been kept in mint condition and has always been serviced by montgomeryville Acura in pa. In August of 2014 I noticed a large crack in my dashboard that ran along the front passenger side airbag area. A week later my airbag light came on and stayed on for 2 days without anything in the passenger side seat. It now randomly comes on at anytime during the day. I live in the North and have always kept a windshield cover on when not driving to protect my leather seats. I never used any type of product on the dashboard just wiped it with a clean towel to keep the dust off. I had no idea that this would happen to a 35,000 dollar Acura TL dashboard. Reading several post it is a very common occurrence among 2004 - 2007 Acura TL owners. I am extremely upset and very concerned about the possibility of airbag failure if the situation arose. I am considering legal action but would first like to see if this can be settled through good faith with Acura.

- Horsham, PA, USA

problem #91

Aug 212014

TL 6-cyl

  • 103,500 miles
I just recently brought my used Acura TL 2005 with 103K miles on it. When I brought the car the dashboard was in perfect condition until a week later, which is today I woke up and found my dashboard to have 3 large cracks on it. One on passanger side airbag, middle and the driver side dashboard. It looks ugly and cheap now and when I searched on google of what have caused this to happen I found hundreds of people with the model of 2004 to 2006 TL having same issue and cracks on same places shocked me and hearing how Acura is not recalling these cars or repairing them for free. The cost of new dashboard is $2,000 and I am a college student and I don't think it is fair for me or anyone else to pay for the damage which we had no fault of it.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #90

Jul 212014


  • 178,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Acura TL. The contact stated that the dashboard was cracked in four different areas. The contact mentioned that one of the ares was close to the air bag, which could cause possible exposure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 178,000.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #89

Jul 032014

TL 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
The right side dash has cracked all around the air bag and now the air bag light goes off and on all the time.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

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problem #88

Jan 012014

TL 6-cyl

  • miles
My leather dashboard on the inside of my car is about 50% covered with cracks. The cracks also run on top of the area where the airbag pops out. This is a major safety concern for me along with many other people that have the same problem. I have never seen this condition on any car, and would expect not to see it on such a high end vehicle like my Acura TL. The dashboard should not be cracking at all. This should be an automatic recall item, especially because of the safety concerns. Please address this promptly. It is a shame that the dealerships say that this is natural wear and tear. If there is a airbag underneath it, the item should be recalled.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #87

Jun 092014


  • 116,000 miles


I have 2005 Acura TL I've owned it for about 7 years. Went out today and found a crack on the passenger's side dashboard. Approximately 6 inches long, along the passenger's front airbag. Now the airbag warning light remains on. I bought the car with 64000 miles on it and it now has 116,000. I've kept the service up on it and she's been babied since I bought her. No armor all on it at all. I'm so disappointed. I just replaced the timing belt, the rack and pinion, rear breaks/rotors, and now this. I really thought this car would last me. Now, I've suffered trade in value damage because of a manufacturing defect. How can Acura not consider this a safety issue? my airbag warning light is on!

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #86

Jun 062012


  • 72,000 miles
My 2005 Acura has developed 2 very severe cracks in the dashboard surrounding the airbag on the passenger side of the vehicle. I am not sure how this will affect the performance in the event of an accident.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #85

Mar 012014

TL 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Almost overnight cracks in the dashboard developed running from windshield to passenger compartment in direction. There are six cracks the longest being about a foot in length. In the heat of the day all of the cracks seem to seal back up but immediately reappear when the passenger compartment cools down. To be specific the longest crack runs windshield to compartment on the passenger side of dash. Two smaller cracks run from windshield to center speaker and speaker to compartment. Two more run from windshield to instrument panel. Again all seal in extreme daytime heat.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #84

Jan 022005

TL 6-cyl

  • 132,723 miles
My vehicle when it's at my personal address is always garaged and when it's at my work I have a windshield shade in the vehicle. Now on May 3, 2014 which in my garage there was a crack on my dash board. I read on line that this seems to be a defect in Acura model TL's from 2004- 2007. This is too much of a coincidence that Honda would agree to pay for some TL owners and not others. I believe this is a defect that Honda needs to honor.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #83

Apr 092014

TL 6-cyl

  • 195,326 miles


The dashboard is cracked and has the potential for air bag issues.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #82

Apr 182014

TL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Dashboard on passenger side has cracks forming around airbag location.

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #81

Oct 102011


  • 75,000 miles
The dashboard on my Acura TL 2005 cracked & they did replace my dashboard with "good will". my paint started fading all over my car & they would not do anything about the paint. The paint started fading at 95,000 miles. I have contacted Acura's headquarters, sent letters & pictures & they said they will not do anything about it! the only reason they replaced my dashboard they said was to try to get my business! then they proceeded to say that because I only have owned 3 Acura I was not a loyal customer so they would not do anything about my paint! I had my car painted at a local business in town! I will file another complaint about my 2004 Acura TL. That dashboard has so many cracks that I stopped counting. I sent pictures to headquarters but they said it was too old!!!

- Summerfield, NC, USA

problem #80

Aug 012013

TL 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Noticed cracks on dashboard. Car always garaged-parked. Original owner. Recently found online posts by many other Acura TL owners of same problem.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #79

Dec 012012


  • miles
Cracked dashboard over airbag on passenger side in which there are post and complaints of the same exact crack in the same location on the Acura TL 2005 and a few other years! I have another that just came up today 2-20-14 of a crack down the center into the speaker on the dash. This is a hazard as it is over the airbag and can cause severe damage and this should be recalled and fixed by Acura!

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #78

Jan 242014

TL 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
My dashboard are cracking over night. It was first one small crack and now I have 3 area that have crack. This all happen within a week! the crack are getting bigger as day go by. One of the crack is over the airbag and I feel unsafe. There are some plastic on the dash and if there was an accident, fear those particle may fly at me. I did my research and may Acura TL model from 2004-2008 have this same problem. Some had this issue at early as 20,000 miles.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #77

Jun 032012


  • 124,907 miles
A crack in the dash on the passenger side at the airbag was noticed the summer of 2012. It started out small and eventually ran the entire length of the dash. Since that day several more cracks on both sides have appeared during different times of the year. Heat causes the cracks to close making it difficult to see them and open up when the weather or interior is cooler. Yesterday the 6th crack appeared, this on the other side of the passenger side airbag. The entire airbag compartment on the passenger side is visible with both sides outlined by cracks. Heat alone is not causing this as the last crack was noticed in 40 degree weather. With the airbag on the passenger side having cracks I am worried that the dash is unstable and could break off during a crash and become a dangerous piece of debris when (if) the airbag is activated in a crash. I am also worried that the passenger side airbag will not activate due to the damage to the dash.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #76

Oct 172013


  • 142,900 miles
The dash on my 2005 Acura TL has started to crack and I am afraid it getting too close to where the passenger side airbag deploys. There are numerous complaint about the dash cracking online. This to me see like a major concern god forbid if I am in a wreck with a passenger. I went to my local dealership and they rejected the claim to fix this problem which is very upsetting since is either garaged or parked in the shade and this still happened.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #75

Jun 102012

TL 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle dash cover has large cracks running from defrost outlets aft to rear edge of dash cover, paticularly in the vicinity of the passenger air bag. Passenger air bag is potentially exposed to uv damage and other contamination effecting deployment reliability.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #74

Sep 172013

TL 6-cyl

  • 108,727 miles
It has come to my attention that a large number of 2004-2008 Acura TL owners have found themselves having to take their cars in to their local dealerships because of a split dashboard problem in their cars, including myself. Although some dashes have been replaced under warranty, in most cases, the dash cracks just as the warranty ends. In some cases, dealers will do a good will repair, recognizing it is a defective part, however, some dealerships, are not willing to replace the part and want to charge for replacing the defective dash.this is a safety concern due to the SRS airbag is located underneath the dashboard itself, and could possibly deploy at anytime.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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