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Acura TL vs. Volvo S60 Reliability Comparisons

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2000 Acura TL   10 TLs, 7.5 months of data per TL, average 146300 miles

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2001 Acura TL / CL   10 TL / CLs, 10.3 months of data per TL / CL, average 124900 miles

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2001 Volvo S60 47 S60s, 8.4 months of data per S60, average 146100 miles

Redesigned.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Acura TL / CL   12 TL / CLs, 7.3 months of data per TL / CL, average 152400 miles

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2002 Volvo S60 41 S60s, 7.4 months of data per S60, average 139700 miles115
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Acura TL / CL   24 TL / CLs, 8.7 months of data per TL / CL, average 149100 miles

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2003 Volvo S60   22 S60s, 8.3 months of data per S60, average 144200 miles

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2004 Acura TL 38 TLs, 9.6 months of data per TL, average 115600 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volvo S60 60 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 124800 miles98
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volvo S60 R   10 S60 Rs, 10.3 months of data per S60 R, average 107800 miles

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2005 Acura TL 50 TLs, 8.6 months of data per TL, average 99200 miles53
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volvo S60 44 S60s, 9.1 months of data per S60, average 113400 miles87
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Acura TL 43 TLs, 8.8 months of data per TL, average 94800 miles60
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volvo S60 48 S60s, 10.2 months of data per S60, average 96100 miles96
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Acura TL 42 TLs, 9.5 months of data per TL, average 80300 miles42
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo S60 30 S60s, 8.9 months of data per S60, average 82400 miles54
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Acura TL 46 TLs, 10.2 months of data per TL, average 74400 miles49
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Acura TL   11 TLs, 8.0 months of data per TL, average 65400 miles

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2010 Acura TL 25 TLs, 9.0 months of data per TL, average 37700 miles27
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Acura TL 33 TLs, 9.2 months of data per TL, average 29100 miles24
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Volvo S60 39 S60s, 9.6 months of data per S60, average 28200 miles48
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Acura TL   16 TLs, 10.4 months of data per TL, average 8100 miles

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2013 Volvo S60 36 S60s, 9.2 months of data per S60, average 11600 miles18
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Acura TL

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Acura TL

Acura TL Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Its a great quality car, from a company that stands behind it.
2010 4dr Sedan 305-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Having previously driven a 2003 CL-Type S I have over 7 years of previous ownership experience and over 16 years total driving Honda/Acura products. With regular maintenance these cars are bulletproof and require very little maintenance.
2009 4dr Sedan 305-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Rock Solid, 19K miles and not a single issue.
2009 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
These cars are bullet proof.
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Acura name - no major issues with over 26k miles on it now.
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Everything just works. After 2 years, everything is still as solid as the day I bought it.
2008 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The car is awesome. It is so reliable and the only thing I have done is get new brake pads and a new battery all these years.
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Acura (Honda) reputation for reliability and my personal experience with the brands.
2007 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This is my second TL and both have proven to be reliable cars.
2007 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
In a word, bulletproof. Almost 3-1/2 years of trouble free urban driving and with annual 2800 mile round trips from Seattle to Chula Vista, CA. Aside from free 1st dealer service, zero trips back to the dealer as I do my own maintenance/lubrication
Acura TL Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The engine was blowing blue within the first 6 months of ownership. The transmission was jerky from day one.
2005 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
At 45k miles already have three broken engine mounts, steering rack is leaking and worn excessively, torn control arm bushings, torque converter is starting to fail. Trans will fail around 75k miles.
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Premature transmission failure #1 @73,900.
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The transmission failed at about 70,000 miles.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S60

Volvo S60 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
reported to be superior, back with an excellent warranty
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
still practical
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Have owned for 4.5 years. Wife and I purchased based on experiences of 2 family members who had good experiences. We have been stranded once (in driveway) due to faulty shift lock mechanism, otherwise have put 151,000 essentially pain-free KM on this.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 247hp 2.3L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far no unscheduled mantianance required.
2002 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed automatic FWD
The non-turbocharged engine in this car will last forever, with the right maintenance and upkeep. The car only needs to see the dealership once every 7,500 miles, which is nice, and services are not overly expensive.
Volvo S60 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
RELIABILITY, car has intermittent electrical problem that cripples the vehicle with no notice. Dealer has had the car for a combined total of over 6 weeks and still has not fixed the problem. For this reason I will never buy a Volvo again. Google "Volvo electrical problems" and you will see it quite common
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
6-speed manual AWD
Volvo is not willing to take responsibility for the AWD system braking on the R. Many reported issues costing the customer over $2000 to repair.
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 197hp 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of little problems such as the front tires rubbing the inner fender wall when having the steering wheel cranked all the way left or right. Also, began to hear a noticeable valve ticking at 60k miles.