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2008 Acura TL repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (17%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 182 repairs.
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2008 Acura TL repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (48%)

Chart based on 141 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Acura TL

Engine not specified

Acura TL in
Mar 2001 - Jan 2017
Sep 2012

56391.0 mi
Fuel pump replacement 

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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan

286-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Acura TL in Georgia, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2016
Oct 2012

72500 mi

US $525
Car would not start or even turn over. Jumped the battery and still no start. Towed to shop and they replaced the starter. Miles on the car was 73,000 
Jun 2014

95000 mi

US $430
Hands free link failed, tried to reboot but it would not work. System check said it failed--the part cost was $365 and $65 to replace the part. 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2011

66620 mi

C $160
Memory seat switch failure, was told it needed replacement. Despite purchasing the extended 160k warranty, this item apparently was not covered. 
Acura TL in Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2017
Mar 2012

26000 mi
Water leak in headlight assembly.  Rearview actuator motors grinding. 
Oct 2012

36000 mi

US $150
Trim around sunroof and map lights broke at its mountings. 
Aug 2013

39700 mi

US $1150
a seal around drive shaft was causing an oil leak 
Acura TL in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2017
Mar 2012

68000 mi

US $20
excessive mirror vibration. new spring installed. 
Jan 2016

88300 mi
new axle new clutch 
Acura TL in California, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2015
Sep 2009

40000 mi

US $89
car shuddering during turning 
Oct 2009

41000 mi
Had the right front strut replaced. It was damaged and we don't know how.  The passenger side windows also had problems and would not automatically go up when you hit the button. Everything is now good to go. 
Sep 2013

151000 mi
computer for Bluetooth, would cost $365 
Dec 2013

155000 mi
On board computer burned out and hands free drained the battery as it was continuously trying to reboot. 
Dec 2014

179000 mi

US $350
Passenger window motor 
Apr 2015

187300 mi
cracking in rear bumper paint. 
Jun 2015

194000 mi

US $400
voice command for Blue Tooth Steering fluid leak 
Oct 2015

201000 mi
Cruise control 
Acura TL in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2011

43000 mi
right rear strut replaced under warranty for being... noisy. 
Dec 2011

52000 mi
Replaced rims at my cost. Dealer also replaced driver seat assembly to fix squeak. Ordered broken HomeLink clips under Warranty. Installed clips at no charge (was originally supposed to cost ~$60. 

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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan

286-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Acura TL in New York, United States
Feb 2010 - Aug 2011
Mar 2010

16000 mi
Engine rough idle 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016

122140 mi

C $300
Replace serpentine Belt 
Acura TL in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2012 - Aug 2014
May 2012

49880 mi
catalyser defect, dealer installed a new one under warranty 
Sep 2012

54560 mi

C $634
The control module of the driver seat motor was draining the battery. It take 4 days and the battery was drained 
Mar 2013

58900 mi

C $204
passenger side ball joint replaced 
Apr 2013

58900 mi

C $214
left ball joint replaced 
May 2013

59800 mi

C $87
replacement of rear sway bar links 
Dec 2013

65720 mi
I have to repair the driver seat leather surface. The seating area was very worn and looked bad 
May 2014

69440 mi

C $184
Replacement of a sway bar bushing 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jun 2017
May 2013

97080 mi

C $35
Car was running too cool. Removed the old thermostat to find the rubber degraded and perforating through the small holes within the component (causing it to stick open?). New thermostat remedied the issue (and new radiator cap) 
Jul 2013

100100 mi

C $150
Battery began to fail. Replaced with Motomaster battery from Canadian Tire. 
Apr 2014

116020 mi

C $200
Engine oil pan leaking; mechanic removed old silicone and replaced it with new 
Jun 2014

119660 mi
Passenger side engine mount required replacing 
Sep 2014

125240 mi

C $500
We've had a continuous oil leak from this vehicle - Passenger side. Oil pan was first diagnosed as the issue, then the passenger side crank seal - neither were the culprit. It turned out to be the oil pump cover/housing - a seal was bad 
Oct 2014

125240 mi

C $3400
After the repair in September (less than a week later), one of the lower connecting rod bearings went due to lack of oil pressure. The mechanic attempted to repair but another bearing went after he replaced the failed unit. Replaced motor 
Apr 2017

182900 mi

C $130
Ball joint separating on original unit - replaced with one purchased at Acura Dealership 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
Mar 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

72000 mi

US $300
Power rearview mirror gears stripped 
Acura TL in California, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2017
Jul 2012

21300 mi

US $120
Replace battery. 
Acura TL in Georgia, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

30000 mi
Both Door Panel Speaker Trim coming loose. Both side mirrors actuators went bad. 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Oct 2014
Nov 2011

63240 mi

C $90
Rear upper control arm replaced under extended warranty due to rear right tire toe in causing excessive wear. I paid for initial wheel alignment and dealer covered second alignment post install  Rear upper control arm replaced under extended warranty due to rear right tire toe in causing excessive wear. I paid for initial wheel allignment and dealer covered second alignment post install  
Nov 2012

80820 mi

C $700
timing belt tensioner was failing and was replaced under extended warranty. As the car was already at 130k the dealership asked if I would like to replace the timing belt early as half the labour was already being covered 
Feb 2013

86360 mi

C $350
A cooling line/hose was leaking from the cooling system. I have the comprehensive extended warranty and was surprised that the hose was not covered and that it was $350 to replace 
Oct 2014

111600 mi

C $400
have to replace brand new oem Acura ball joints as both new joints previously installed a month ago are defective 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2017
Jul 2010

9200 mi
Hands free Bluetooth not linking with phone. Had to order a new module. 
Jul 2011

12000 mi
Replace rear subwoofer 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
May 2008 - Feb 2010
May 2008

4000.0 mi
Rear suspension rattle. Struts replaced Noisy sunroof upon opening + rattle Tires/wheels lose air over a weekly time basis 
Dec 2008

16000 mi
Vibration in sub woofer 
Acura TL in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2017
Nov 2015

85000 mi

US $300
power steering O ring replacement 
Jun 2017

100000.0 mi

US $375
solenoid 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2017
Nov 2009

5000 mi
Rear light assembly leaked and filled with water. Replaced whole assembly 

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2008 Acura TL 4dr Sedan

258-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Acura TL in Kentucky, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2017
May 2014

70200 mi

US $380
Window regulator cable and gear snapped. Window would not go up. 
Aug 2016

125000 mi

US $600
Radiator was leaking and was replaced during 115,000 mile service (to replace timing belt/water pump). 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Mar 2017
Mar 2015

102920 mi

C $1800
Clamp on power steering was loose - very small leak. Clamp tightened and fluids topped up at no charge by Acura. 
Apr 2015

103420 mi

C $1300
Radiator seemed to have rusted out. Coolant and engine oil were mixed. Car would not run properly. Fix was new radiator and flush coolant and engine oil. 
Feb 2016

115980 mi

C $600
Oil gasket seal leak. Car was slowly dripping oil, that ended up being a gasket break near the engine. Research shows this is common in the 3G TL's. 
Mar 2016

117180 mi

C $200
Mirrors would not reset properly on memory seating. Mirror actuators on both sides were replaced (mirrors were not damaged during the repair). 
Aug 2016

121520 mi

C $400
Squeak from engine component. Replaced serpentine idler pulley and belt. 
Acura TL in Indiana, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2017
Feb 2015

117000 mi

US $15
Interior leather seat. Tear that kept worsening. Used a leather repair kit from Walmart to fix. Looks decent, not great. 
Feb 2016

130000 mi

US $235
Alternator sporadically charging for a few days. Tested good one day, but failed a few days later. Went on for 2 weeks, finally limped to a mechanic for repair. 
Acura TL in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2012 - Jun 2017
Sep 2012

60760 mi
buzzing noise caused by PCM cover. Took long time to diagnose by myself... 
Jul 2013

74580 mi
Upper ball joint boot leaked grease. Caught problem early and replaced boot. 
Oct 2013

79640 mi

C $150
Emissions: tighten fuel cap warning came on frequently. Gas vapor recovery purge valve replaced. 
Feb 2014

86220 mi

C $300
Hands free link not working. Replaced Bluetooth module 
Jun 2014

91140 mi

C $300
Ac dryer leak at orings. The dealer wants to replace the entire evaporator to fix the ac. I have decided to not proceed with this repair as the ac was fully functional for the previous 2 years with the small leak present. 
Jul 2016

108800 mi

C $200
tie rod end 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
May 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

69440 mi
Power steering hose leak 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
May 2008 - Feb 2012
Dec 2008

24000 mi

US $270
Noise coming from rear speaker.  
Jan 2009

29000 mi
Noise speakers in rear Acura replaced speakers.  
Acura TL in Florida, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2017
Dec 2014

83000 mi
replaced bad sensor 
Jan 2017

99000 mi

US $1200
gasket leak window was not working, regulator replaced 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

66960 mi

C $700
Timing belt (making noises), water pump and tensioner replaced preventatively 
Oct 2014

82460 mi

C $400
battery replaced 
Dec 2015

89280 mi

C $400
heater core bypass valve malfunction, no hot air would blow when at a stop, apparently common Honda/Acura issue per mechanic 
Feb 2016

89780 mi

C $50
heater core valve not fucntioning resulting in cold air despite hot engine 
Jun 2016

91140 mi
Heater core valve never fixed again. 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
May 2008 - Jul 2016
Jan 2010

84500 mi
HandsFree Link (bluetooth) stopped connecting and staying connected reliably to any phone. 
Sep 2012

55000 mi
Recalled power steering hose 
May 2014

72300 mi

US $1200
Transmission fluid reservoir leak 
Dec 2014

80000 mi
As yet in identified squeal from accessory belt or drive belt area. 
Feb 2015

87300 mi

US $900
Transmission fluid line connection to radiator failed resulting in fluid loss, also in radiator fluid loss. Connection is a hard connection, not designed to be replaced resulting in complete replacement of radiator. Accessory belt squeal in cold temps. Belt replaced (belt relatively new, still under warranty). Issue remains. 
Apr 2015

87300 mi

US $350
Electrical draw at accessory fuse draining battery. Culprit was faulty hands free module. Replaced. The strain on the alternator was what was causing the belt squeal. 
Acura TL in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Nov 2016
Aug 2016

90000 mi

US $160
The accelerator sensor caused the car to lurch forward. This is a common problem with this model. I bought a replacement part on ebay and installed it in less than 30 minutes. The new part completely changed how the car drives - much bett. 
Oct 2016

90000 mi

US $65
The check engine light came on throwing a evap carbon canister code. I purchased a used item on ebay and replaced it myself. 
Acura TL in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2011
Oct 2010

20500.0 mi
Replaced rear seat cover--stitching had torn through cover. 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

79000.0 mi

US $250
Front brake job 
Acura TL in Maryland, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

30000 mi
Dealer replaced loose keyfob with new one,also repaired rattle from rear subwoofer deck by placing foam rubber tape there.I complained about rattles and vibrations at Drive position at stopping they runned check and found no problems.  
Apr 2009

34000 mi
I still have a vibration and rattles in drive position when stopped and brake depressed. Dealer said that is normal and it is due to wear and miles on the car(35000?!)I disagreed than they set an appoint. with regional Acura mng. 
Acura TL in Florida, United States
Aug 2009 - Oct 2012
Feb 2009

5000.0 mi
Paint between back window and edge was discolored. Acura took care of it. 
Dec 2009

15000.0 mi
Right fog light went out. Acura repaired.  
Acura TL in Washington, United States
Jan 2017 - Mar 2017
Jan 2017

84000 mi

US $900
Engine mounts were broken 
Mar 2017

88000.0 mi

US $500
Radiator 
Acura TL in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2014 - Aug 2016
Oct 2015

160000 mi
EGR malfunction and check engine light caused erratic idle. I had to remove and clean egr. No cost. Reset light myself. 
Aug 2016

170000 mi

US $4700
Radiator's atf nipple fell off, emptying atf while wife driving, ruining transmission. Myself replaced radiator for $150.00, shop installed rebuilt acura tranny 4500 
Acura TL in Maryland, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2017
Apr 2017

105000.0 mi

US $500
Replace a/c compressor due to failed clutch 
Acura TL in New York, United States
Apr 2016 - Oct 2016
Jun 2016

62000 mi

US $900
Very Stiff Steering, difficult to turn corners ar low speeds. Dealer was useless! 3 trips & no correction. Goodyear Tire fixed. It was the alignment and Tires that were the issue. Now drives very well plus better Gas Mileage. 
Acura TL in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2015 - Jul 2017
Oct 2015

76560 mi

C $3000
Trans seals leaking. Needed to get trans off the car and replace all seals 
Jul 2017

93000 mi

C $2500
Rear brakes, parking brake cables, brake oil 
Acura TL in Wisconsin, United States
May 2008 - Apr 2011
Aug 2008

1000 mi
Rattle in both front door windows. Rattle in front dash (loose speaker). Rattle in lower driver side dash. Still to be repaired . 
Sep 2008

2000 mi
Rattles in interior. 
Oct 2008

3000 mi
Squeak in hinge of glove box. New hinge ordered and replaced. 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

32000 mi
Side view mirror motor not working Rear deck rattles, door rattles 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2011
Jun 2011

36000 mi
sunroof wouldn't track correctly side view mirror jittery 
Acura TL in Utah, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2017
Jul 2015

94300 mi

US $1500
During initial inspection, they found the front and side motor mounts were broken. All-in... $1500. 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Jun 2017
Mar 2010

36580 mi
Instrument cluster replaced. Fuel gauge would remain 2 bars from full, even after being filled. Fuel sending unit initially replaced, did not resolve. Faulty fuel gauge within instrument cluster. Squeak fixed in passengers side seat (cushion area).  
Mar 2011

47740 mi
Power mirror motors replaced in both mirrors. Mirrors would 'chatter' when angling down in reverse.  Possible intermediate shaft heat shield rattling in sub-zero weather. Dealer could not reproduce. 
May 2011

49817 mi
A/T shift interlock mechanism replaced. During acceleration from stop a noise could be heard from within the centre console. Repair resolved issue.  A/T shift interlock mechanism replaced. During acceleration from stop a noise could be heard from within the centre console. Repair resolved issue.  
Acura TL in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

22000 mi
Classic TL 1800 - 2500 RPM Vibration / Harmonic as with the 03/04 TSB.  
Acura TL in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Oct 2016
Dec 2014

68000 mi
left mirror problem - wouldn't track to correct position. eventually short or something developed that drains the battery @ ~1 Amp. disconnected & may replace 
Sep 2016

78000 mi
Bluetooth module was draining battery when car was off - even though module was never used. an independent mechanic couldn't pinpoint the problem; dealership found problem quickly & disconnected the module. only charged for diagnostic. 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2009 - Jul 2015
Sep 2009

19000 mi

US $14
Driver airbag was rattling. It was fixed under warranty. Bought and replaced wiperblades. 
Sep 2010

37000 mi
Passenger front airbag outline can be seen on the dashboard. Dealer says its normal. Other cars do not have this issue. 
May 2011

50000 mi
Passenger heated seat switch not lighting up when headlights are on, dealer replaced switch Driver seat leather is wearing fast. Dealer refused to replace. 
Jan 2012

100000 mi

US $1
Power steering was noisy. Needed new revised o-ring. 
Mar 2013

83000 mi

US $28
Replaced driver side tie-rod 
Nov 2013

92100 mi

US $130
Slight shimmying of the torque converter. Replaced 3rd and 4th gear pressure sensors 
Apr 2014

100000 mi

US $600
Power steering rack was leaking. Replaced Power steering rack and passenger tie rod plus alignment. Base suspension was wearing out. Replaced with A-Spec suspension 
Jun 2014

103000 mi

US $130
Replaced bottom seat leather cover 
Aug 2014

106000 mi

US $200
Passenger side axle clicking while making a left turn. Replaced with OEM unit. 
Jan 2015

94000 mi

US $115
Master cylinder replaced 
Mar 2015

109000 mi

US $20
Replaced PVC valve 
Jul 2015

111000 mi

US $750
Radiator failed, lost all coolant and transmission fluid. 3rd gear slips now so I got rid of it 
Acura TL in Delaware, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2014
Jan 2009

14000 mi

US $29
Window creaking, weatherstrip. New weatherstrips ordered.  Subwoofer rattle. Subwoofer fixed with rattle tape. 
Sep 2010

47000 mi
Window seal rattle driver door. Fixed twice, still there. Update: later went away on its own. 
Apr 2012

72700 mi
Rack and pinion rack replaced under Acura Care warranty. Quote initially was $1200.00, Acura charged $850.00. 
Feb 2013

87300 mi
Alternator tensioner 
Sep 2013

97000 mi
Power Steering pump 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2010 - May 2015
Aug 2011

46000 mi
Transmission was kicking when engaging in third gear at low revs. Torque converter was replaced, curing the problem. 
May 2013

78000 mi

US $400
Suspension bushings brittle and needed to be replaced. 
Oct 2014

91300 mi
An electronic gremlin fries the Bluetooth module (common in the TL). Can be fixed for $1.55 with parts from RadioShack and a soldering iron or by the dealer for $400 or bypassed by disconnecting the module, ending a slow battery drain. Did the last. 
Acura TL in Georgia, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2017
Aug 2013

52000 mi
Nav unit replaced under warranty. It rebooted once while driving. Outside mirror tilt actuator replaced under warranty. 
Acura TL in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

12000 mi
Dashboard squeaks. 
Apr 2010

22000 mi
Engine fans ran continuously because a cooling system relay was stuck "on". 
Acura TL in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2008 - Aug 2016
Aug 2015

62000 mi
torrential rain caused the computer module to get wet it shorted out also caused coils to burn up 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2017
Sep 2009

10000 mi

US $45
White packing/backing paper sticking up by wimdow and door upholstry coming out from behind passenger door handle. 
Apr 2010

13500.0 mi
Noise from driver side rear when rear wheel goes over irregularity in road, even at slow speed. I suggested strut/suspension problem. Dealer said they re-torqued and lubed the suspension and fixed loose rear deck. Noise was still there. Next appt. I took technician for a slow ride and he heard the problem. He said it was torsion bar, link or strut. Dealer kept car overnight to replace strut. Driver side rear strut replaced 
Mar 2012

26000 mi

US $120
In for oil change and brake fluid replacement and they replaced the battery under warranty. 
Nov 2014

45900 mi

US $516
rear shock leaking. Had vibration which tech said was bent wheel. I think there is something else going on as I still have it after moving wheel. 
Acura TL in Ohio, United States
Apr 2011 - Feb 2016
Jun 2015

88000 mi

US $10
Recharge and replaced AC relay 
Dec 2015

98000 mi

US $100
A/C blower works intermittently 
Acura TL in California, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2017
Jul 2010

30000 mi
Driver side mirror shuddered when tilting down when car is put in reverse. Dealer replaced the actuator under warranty. 
Feb 2014

76000 mi

US $2000
Stalled on the fwy -Number 4 spark plug blew out, melted coil and cracked front cylinder head. Cyl head, all spark plugs, coils replaced. Slightly out of the powertrain warranty (1 mo, 5K mi past 6/70) but Acura goodwilled 60% of cost. 
Jun 2015

91000 mi

US $450
Electronic throttle sensor failed and was replaced. 
Apr 2016

98300 mi

US $650
Front and side motor mounts failed and were replaced. 
Jun 2017

109000.0 mi

US $800
Power steering pump leaking. Pump was rebuilt. Compliance bushings were wearing. Replaced front lower control arms. Right rear strut leaking. Replaced all four struts. 
Acura TL in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2008 - Oct 2010
Sep 2008

1860 mi
Drivers side dash vent replaced (because of rattle) Drivers side mirror ordered ( would not tilt down properly when put in reverse) New driver side mirror installed. 
Acura TL in New York, United States
May 2011 - May 2014
Oct 2011

33000 mi
replaced computer 
Sep 2013

54000 mi
Passenger side mirror motor replaced. 
Dec 2013

56000 mi
Replaced driver side mirror actuator. 

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2008 Acura TL 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Acura TL in Illinois, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2017
Jul 2013

53000 mi

US $150
Trunk release 
Jun 2014

58000 mi

US $80
Air conditioning not wiorking 
Aug 2015

73000 mi

US $500
Leather seats worn and torn 
Aug 2016

82000 mi
Door jam. Lights go on when making a turn Bluetooth will not connect with Apple phone 
Nov 2016

86800 mi

US $400
Cracked radiator 

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2008 Acura TL 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Acura TL in Texas, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2015
Jan 2015

44000 mi

US $300
power steering pressure hose leaking 

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2008 Acura TL 4-door

3-cylinder manual 2WD

Acura TL in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2012

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