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Old 02-20-2019, 04:23 AM
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Originally Posted by samplemonster View Post
2005 Acura TL
- 212,000
- things are starting to need replacement and break down
- still love her and can't let her go


Repaired/Replaced
- Transmission (ouch) = green transmissions near Covina, CA are freaking the best - amazing.
- timing belt service 1x at 120,000
- power steering pump (190,000)
- valve cover gasket (210,000)
- pedal position sensor (APP) (180,000)
- real main seal has a leak (not completed)
- clunking over uneven pavement (not completed)
- HID driver's side dimmer (not completed)
I strongly recommend folks spend the extra $100 and have the rear main seal done when the tranny is replaced (or during a clutch job for us 6MT folks).
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:11 PM
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I strongly recommend folks spend the extra $100 and have the rear main seal done when the tranny is replaced (or during a clutch job for us 6MT folks).
noted!
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:53 PM
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first post here. 2004 acura tl non-navi automatic. 240k miles, original engine and trans. i did a timing belt/water pump when i bought it (previous owner had no record of having it done) and since ive owned it ive had to replace the alternator, starter, valve cover gaskets, and front motor mount. otherwise just everyday maintenance (oil changes, tires, brake pads).
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:02 PM
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Update at 186K

Folks,

My Acura TL is still going strong and I am coming up on 14 years of joyful ownership. Now at 186K
I learned about replacing tranny filter and the tube screens under the two solenoids from this group. Just had my mechanic take care of that last week and very happy that I did. The tranny filter looked ugly (I'm shocked that Acura does not have a service interval for it, It's easy to replace). Two of the the "tube screens" under the solenoids had partial or complete blockage.

Separately I bought two tone seat covers (again thanks to this group) so the interior looks spiffy. Highly recommended.



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Folks,

Updated with $$ spent to date against each item. I got my 2005 TL new and have been *very* happy with it overall. Currently at 161K

PROBLEMS FIXED ALONG THE WAY
1) $2000. Tranny rebuilt at 116K Apr 2014. This despite the fact that I religiously change tranny oil every 30K and it comes out clean without any clues that tranny was going south. I do see minimal fuzz on the magnetic drain plug but no chunks or nothing noteworthy. I had the pressure switches changed @ ~100K but that did not keep the tranny from going south. I've concluded that there is simply a design flaw and the tranny oil changes & pressure switch changes were a waste of $$. Every 60K for tranny oil change was probably fine.
2) $350. Bluetooth module died. Acura wanted $800. I lived without it for a while. Then bought the part online for ~$250 & had my body shop put it in for ~$50.
3) $???. Power steering pump died. Replaced at ~116K mi.
4) $700 Aftermarket install of a back-up camera worked out flawlessly. Great upgrade. Image is crystal clear on NAV screen.
5) $500. DVD Navi drive repaired at local electronics shop.
6) $2000. Steering rack replaced (was losing power steering fluid) + engine mounts replaced

QUIBBLES
1) Dash cracked. It looks bad. I might get a dash cover to hide it.
2) Steering wheel leather is worn. It looks bad. Not worth the $$ to replace
3) Small coolant fluid leak. I keep topping it off every 6 months. Diagnosed and fixed for $0 (small hose had a leak).
4) Seats looks their age. I wish there was an inexpensive replacement seat cover. OEM prices are not worth it. Looked at aftermarket seats for TL. Still too expensive.
5) A couple of lights in the NAV module dont work (example passenger side temp control) but this I can live with.

CONCERN
1) Tranny sometimes does not engage immediately when switching from reverse to drive (particularly on an incline). I'm not going to worry about it for now but am keeping an eye on it. Comments on this issue appreciated.

WHAT I'M IMPRESSED BY
1) Drives like NEW !!! I did put in new brake rotors & tires. Most reliable car I've had yet. Plan is to keep it for another 4 yrs / thru 250 K mi.
2) Touch screen Navi is really nice. I think Acura hit the sweet spot with this model and its gone downhill of late. We test drove 2016 and 2017 MDX (for wifey) and while I love the new car interior I like my 2005 Navi MUCH better. We just bought a 2017 Audi Q7 with a customizable 13.2" in-dash OLED display. That's the only thing I've come across that beats the TL's display.
3) Engine is still QUIET. I switched to changing engine oil every 15K miles (using Mobil 1 extended synthetic oil which is rated for 15K miles). I've used MI110 filters since the very first oil change.

BOTTOM LINE
Very happy with this car. What I've spent is fairly typical for a car this age and I have no regrets. Anyone who tells you that they've run their car to 150K+ and not had any expenses is not credible in my opinion.

Cheers,

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Old 03-19-2019, 07:56 AM
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Just clocked over 200k on my commute this morning! 06 Navi, auto transmission - on my original transmission here still going strong. 100k of those miles were genuinely highway miles, so I think that's helped prolong the life of the trans....among my regular fluid, switches, and filter changes. Probably jinxed it now that I'm praising the thing for lasting this long lol.....oh well. Here's to 200k more.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Sonu View Post
Folks,

My Acura TL is still going strong and I am coming up on 14 years of joyful ownership. Now at 186K
I learned about replacing tranny filter and the tube screens under the two solenoids from this group. Just had my mechanic take care of that last week and very happy that I did. The tranny filter looked ugly (I'm shocked that Acura does not have a service interval for it, It's easy to replace). Two of the the "tube screens" under the solenoids had partial or complete blockage.

Separately I bought two tone seat covers (again thanks to this group) so the interior looks spiffy. Highly recommended.
That looks nice, who makes it?
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:31 PM
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That looks nice, who makes it?
Ditto - I think lots of 3G owners would be interested in finding out more.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:53 PM
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+1

They look fantastic.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:38 PM
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Seat covers are made by Endless RPM. I learned about them from Acurazine.
Here's the link --> https://www.endlessrpm.com/acura-tl-...-custom-color/

These are real leather (not leatherette). An added bonus (just for my body) is that since these slip on existing covers, they provide just a bit extra cushion for my back. The one quibble I had about my TL was that the seat was uncomfortable on really long drives. With this seat cover upgrade that problem is gone.

Enjoy!

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Old 03-19-2019, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Sonu View Post
Seat covers are made by Endless RPM. I learned about them from Acurazine.
Here's the link --> https://www.endlessrpm.com/acura-tl-...-custom-color/

These are real leather (not leatherette). An added bonus (just for my body) is that since these slip on existing covers, they provide just a bit extra cushion for my back. The one quibble I had about my TL was that the seat was uncomfortable on really long drives. With this seat cover upgrade that problem is gone.

Enjoy!

Sanjiv
Many thanks, Sonu (Sanjiv)! Nice to hear that the seat-covers have added a bit of comfort to your long-distance drives.

Could I trouble you with a couple of additional questions?

First, how did you find the installation? Was it a difficult DIY job, or pretty straight-forward?

Second, have the new leather seatcovers had any effect on how well your heated seats work?

Thanks in advance for any further insight you might be able to offer.
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:13 PM
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Nanxun,

I just hired a local upholstery shop to do the install for me. They did a really great job.
Heated seats work just fine.

I am too old to do DIY projects anymore on the Acura. I save my DIY energy to keep my old motorcycle running (BMW 1997 K1100LT with 76K mi on the clock)

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Old 03-19-2019, 06:22 PM
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Thx, Sanjiv!

The old bike sounds very fun and very cool ....
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:12 AM
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305K as of yestaday and still doing 0-60 in under 6 seconds!

Here's the "I've Done List" over the last few years to keep it going:

Timing Belt/Water pump
Clutch and Flywheel
Clutch Master Cylinder
Clutch Slave Cylinder
Clutch Lines & Hoses
Brake and clutch pedal covers
Motor mounts
Valves adjusted
Rear stabilizer bar end links, bushings, and brackets
Lower Control Arm Bushings including compliance
Rear lower control arms - adjustable ones
Ball joints - upper & lower
CV Drive shafts
Spark plugs
Battery cables
ALL Hoses
Horns
Headlights and ignitor
Navigation DVD unit rebuilt
CD Player rebuilt
Bluetooth/HFL module
PCV Valve
Brake light switch
Rear brakes & calipers
Bulbs in Steering wheel and around Nav screen
Shift knob
Glovebox trunk switch
Front seat leather
Accelerator Sensor
Hood struts
Driver's door seal
Exhaust System Flex Pipe
Center console Lid
Trunk seal
Power steering pump
Steering Rack (& Pinion)
Front stabilizer bushings
Front Stabilizer Links
Subframe mounts
Front right and Left rear door actuators
Front Struts (shocks & springs)
Front Brakes & calipers
Driver's door pin switch
Driver's door seal
Radiator
Added backup camera
Added DRL module

A/C Compressor-7 yrs ago

Most of the above work done by Paul, our star master mechanic here in Nawth Jerzy

And soon (On Deck):
Rear seat leather
Rear struts
Power amplifier
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:23 PM
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just touched over 175,000 km on my commute to work this morning.
hoping to move locations at work so I can cut down on the mileage lol
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:05 AM
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Passed 333,000 miles the other day. Not driving as much for work this year so it doesn't look like I'll hit 350k until early next year.
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