pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
47,000 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2009 Acura TL engine problems

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2009 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 152015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


I check oil pretty regularly in all of my cars. If I didn't, I wouldn't have noticed how MUCH oil the car uses in VERY LITTLE TIME. I have to add a quart or MORE every 2 to 3 weeks of normal commuting. I would otherwise love the car. I bought it so that I could have a performance sedan as a regular commuter... relegating my 2004 VW32 Turbo to "toy" status in the garage (not a practical commuter).

The 2009 TL SH-AWD with the 3.7L 305HP V6 was a great solution... I THOUGHT. 5 years on from buying the car from Norris Acura in Ellicott City, MD in October 2015, it still is a blast to drive... BUT it is starting to fall apart. Headlights are completely fogged over and needs to be replaced. The exhaust heat-shield is rattling. The driver's door, and BOTH rear door lock actuators don't work and need to be replaced (after paying nearly $300 to have the actuator replaced on the front passenger door).

The windshield seal has almost completely come out from around the windshield. The leather has torn in a weird spot on the interior side of the driver's seat. BOTH door speakers are SHOT in an "ultra-premium" sound system (shortly after I bought it)... I could live with ALL of THAT...but the CONSTANT engine oil consumption SINCE I BOUGHT IT is REALLY starting to PISS ME OFF. As much fun as the car is to drive, I do NOT recommend Acura products to family, friends, and anyone else that will listen. BTW, we're a TWO Acura family. I bought my wife a MDX for a mother's day gift shortly after I bought my TL. I will be buying her a Suburban or other type of SUV in the future and I will buy the Tesla Model Y when it is in mass production (a colleague at work has the "performance" version of the Model 3 and LOVES IT). No more Acuras after the ones we have... a shame...

- Edgar R., Glen Burnie, US

problem #9

Feb 032020

TL SH-AWD Tech 3.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,429 miles

I bought this car used from older gentleman. In the record of this car I can see Acura checked the engine once and they said there is no problem related to recall for engine, but I am filling up the engine with oil every 4000Km I drive it (+3 liter oil each time)

When I went to Acura dealership, they told me this car is out of warranty! but really this is a manufacture defect! doesn't matter how many years is passing, this problem was there since the first day and it only started showing.

I am driving with my car everyday to work, I do not have 6K CAD to spend on a car that I bought 10K CAD! this is absolutely unacceptable and people like me really need help from Acura to get this problem sorted

- Ali M., Prince Albert, SK, Canada

problem #8

Oct 102011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

Purchased as an Acrua-certified used vehicle. Had them do several oil consumption tests but the dealership always said the amount of oil consumed was "normal". I can't make it to an oil change without the low oil lite lighting up on the dash. I have to carry a couple of quarts of oil in the trunk just in case.

- Baddog 7., seattle, WA, US

problem #7

Oct 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Did use any oil till I hit about 65k. Now I have to put in 1qt every couple thousand miles.

- lhoge, Lenexa, KS, US

problem #6

Oct 192011

TL TL 3.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

i own a 2009 Acura TL Engine 3.7, a bought the car pre-own and since I got it, it just keeps burning oil, I am getting so frustrated because I have to check the oil every 7 to 14 days just to make sure the motor has oil. Currently we are doing a consumption test at the dealer in ST James (SMITHTOWN) AND LETS SEE HOW THAT GOES, my friend also has the same issue. Acura needs to step it up and do something about it.

- Alex A., Central ISlip, NY, US

problem #5

Feb 012014

TL Shawd 3.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

My car is burning oil at alarming rates. I have to constantly check and add oil to my vehicle shortly after an oil change.

- George F., Algonquin, IL, US

problem #4

Oct 142014


  • Manual transmission
  • 62,137 miles


First noticed this problem when I had to have the Oil Pressure Sensor replaced between oil changes. Since then I have been monitoring the oil every time I fill-up with gas and oil consumption is about 1 qt every 2000 miles. Dealer says 1Q every 1000 is normal per Acura, which maybe what they are saying in writing, but this is not normal for today's vehicles.

I haven't had a vehicle burn oil at this rate since the late 80's and the last one I had that burned this much oil was directly attributed to valve guide seals.

This is a common problem that is well documented on the web for the owners of the 3.7L. I have clear carbon deposits on my tail pipes which strongly suggests that this is going to lead to secondary premature component failures like the catalytic converter. Acura need to own this and step up and admit that 1Q per 1K is not normal.

Unfortunately if Acura doesn't do the right thing I will most likely be returning to Toyota/Lexus products.

- Byron B., Allen, TX, US

problem #3

Oct 012013

TL Shawd

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

Bought the car used as Acura certified and car was under warranty. Did the oil consumption test and after the results the dealer would do nothing except to say the consumption is acceptable and to change my oil every 3,000 miles.

- Mark S., Lynnwood, WA, US

problem #2

Jun 122012

TL Shawd 3.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

There is a known oil consumption issue with the Acura TL from 2009 onwards. I have the exact same model as my sister who has has a 2010 TL and has to add 2 qtrs every 1k or less miles. We have been to the dealership several times and they have not paid any attention to this issue. Honda has settled class action on the Honda accords but not the Acura TL which is based off the Honda Accord. Huh? Some lawyers need to jump on this.

- Yasar M., Coatesville, PA, US

problem #1

Oct 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

I noticed excessive oil consumption before the first oil change of my new car. It continued to be consistently excessive, about 1 quart every 1000 miles. When I informed the dealer, they recommended that they fill the engine to the top level, I drive for 1000 miles, and go back for a dipstick check. To my amazement, the dipstick was at the full level after 1000 miles. The only problem is that they never showed me the dipstick level when I initially started the test...I thought they filled it to the top, I took their word for it, but it seems that they overfilled it, or maybe they used a thicker oil just for the test. My engine continued to burn about 1 quart per 1000 miles, when it did the oil checks myself.

- aphmd, Lynnfield, MA, US

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