1999 Acura TL Review

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Midsize near-luxury market — prior to a dozen years ago, this category did not really exist. With the exception of a few European models, all luxury sedans were big old land barges. Then, in 1986, Honda launched its Acura luxury division, along with its new flagship model, the Legend. In the decade since, almost every upscale manufacturer has seen the need for an entry-level midsize luxury model as the demand for upscale products continues to expand.

Aided by the solid stock market and inexpensive leases, Americans are looking for greater variety and want midsize models with more power, more comfort, more accessories, and more frills. Completely forgotten are the lean and thrifty compacts and bare-bones midsize models that prevailed after the gas shortages of the 1970s.

The key outgrowth of concerns over better fuel economy is the excellent crop of thrifty six-cylinder engines that power all the vehicles in this category; two decades ago, buyers would have demanded V-8s. At the same time, manual transmissions have almost disappeared. Automatics have become smoother, with extra gears to ease the shift points and keep the engines economical yet powerful.

Made in America

Designed in Honda R&D studios in Torrance, Calif., and manufactured at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio, the 1999 TL debuts as the second Acura model (after the CL) to be completely designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States. The only people that are likely to be dissatisfied with the ’99 TL are those who paid full price for the ’98 version, since Acura has adjusted the price downward by almost $3,000.

"The TL has undergone such a significant transformation, it completely redefines the near-luxury category," said Rich Thomas, Acura's executive vice president and general manager. By incorporating some of the excellent Accord components into the TL, Acura gets the benefit of all the ride and interior comfort features of Honda’s best-selling car. Longer overall, with a wider track and more interior room, the TL’s front-drive platform features significant advances in torsional and bending rigidity.

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April 13, 2015
For 1999 Acura TL

This was a lovely car, but it died before its time.

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This was a wonderful car, for a few years. Lots of power, pretty good MPH. But, like the RDX I still have, all the door gaskets deteriorated rapidly, and icy air blew in. Strangely, the motor mounts and other... + More »
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April 18, 2015
For 1996 Acura TL

What a really cool car this is ......

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I bought this car third hand with eighty thousand miles on it. It had been well cared for by the previous owners and I too, look after it well. I use synthetic oil and change it regularly [3ooo mi.] I burn... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2014 Acura TL

Best Balance for Performance and Practicality

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Hands down the best automobile I have ever owned. I've had it one year now and haven't had a single issue. The acceleration, braking and cornering are better than I could have asked for. I sit higher from the... + More »
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November 28, 2015
2008 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S

Best and most reliable car I have ever owned!!

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I have owned 3 Acura TL type cars and although the first 2 were ok with various rattles and defects, my 2008TL TL type has been near perfect and still feels like a brand new car. Unless they offer a manual... + More »
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June 1, 2015
2008 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav

A wonderful car that has been almost fawless since purchase.

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It's been a great car with very little problems although once in a while the shifting of the automatic transmission seems to hunt for gear changes, but that is very rarely. While my mileage is low I know that... + More »
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October 2, 2015
2007 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan AT Type-S

The car is bullet proof

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Beautiful car, handles well with good acceleration. No problems at all, only routine maintenance required. Gets very good gas mileage. I use 8 L/KM at about 130km/hr cruise. Does require at least 91 octane... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2007 Acura TL

Best car I've owned (TLS with manual transmission) in terms of handling, reliability and ownership.

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I have owned this 2007 TLS for eight years and have only had to do routine maintenance and tire changes. I have averaged 27 MPG and appreciate the ability to free wheel to increase gas milage with the manual... + More »
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January 16, 2016
2006 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan AT

Have not seen a mechanic in 9 years besides breaks and oil change!

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Can the German brands match this! In 9 years I have not seen a car mechanics besides the routine break jobs and oil change! You can't go wrong if you are planing to purchase a used TL! The car came in fully... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2004 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan 3.2L Automatic w/Navigation

Great used ride

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It is a good used car and was probably awesome as a new one. There was a recall on the windshield wiper motor, but it quit soon after the repair and Acura did not repair it.
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May 10, 2015
2003 Acura TL 4-Door Sedan 3.2L

I'd rather drive an Acura =-)

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I'm 6'5" and I've squirmed in everything I ever drove after about 25 minutes of driving until I bought my 3.2TL. I've driven this 153,000+ miles including a coast-to-coast trip of 4200 miles and there's never... + More »
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