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2012 Acura TL repairs by problem area

Engine (12%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (33%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (33%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 78 repairs.
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2012 Acura TL repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (5%)

$100 - $499 (21%)

< $100 (74%)

Chart based on 61 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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2012 Acura TL

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Acura TL in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2013
Feb 2012

6700 mi
Battery keeps going dead, had a new battery put in but problem still persists 
Jul 2012

10500 mi
still have issues with hard to crank or no start. noise in the rear suspension. sun roof would not respond to close all the way. sun visors coming loose from the interior roof. 
Mar 2013

18000 mi
DRIVERS SIDE PRESETS FOR SEAT--NOT WORKING 
Acura TL in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2015 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015 The propeller bearing on this car needed to be replaced. I actually took it back to the seller because I discovered it had previous water damage 

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2012 Acura TL 4dr Sedan

305-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

33480 mi

C $100
Car started shifting erratically, then was switching between gears 5 and 6 (I think) While pondering the consequences of taking it to the Acura dealer, I changed the transmission fluid. Seems ok now. 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2017
Aug 2016

48000 mi

US $290
TPMS sensor leak. Air leaking from one of the tires. 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2014
Mar 2013

40000 mi
Whining noise. Could not replicate. Seemed to be propeller shaft 
Jun 2013

46000 mi
Still had whining noise but dealer could not replicate 
Jan 2014

60000 mi
Replicated sound. It was failing propeller shaft. 
Acura TL in Virginia, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2013
Mar 2012

14000 mi
No refrigerant. Hence, no A/C. Dealer found nothing amiss with A/C and charged me, even though the Acura was under warranty. Service Manager a few days apologized and refunded the money. Rattle from sunroof. Had to take the Acura twice to the dealer. 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Sep 2015
Aug 2015

32860 mi

C $400
Rpm were fluctuating. Software update and transmission oil change with differential fluid. 
Acura TL in New York, United States
Sep 2013 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

39000 mi

US $350
Intake air temperature sensors. Replaced. Fixed problem. 
Acura TL in New Hampshire, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

39000 mi
There was a noise coming from the sunroof. They had to drop the roof to replace clips in the ceiling to stop the noise. 
Sep 2014

41000 mi
Noises coming from front end. Turned out to be a worn bearing in the passenger wheel. 
Oct 2014

41500 mi
High-pitched noise at 50 - 65 mph. Diagnosed as coming from transmission. Entire transmission replaced. 
Acura TL in Missouri, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2017
Jun 2014

23000 mi
battery replaced 
Acura TL in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Apr 2017
Apr 2016

52300 mi
Chirping sound coming from engine on startup and for a few mins after startup. Goes away and comes back on next startup. Dealer replaced timing belt, chirping still present. After doing my own research, realized transmission filter (Honda Part No. 25430-PLR-003) was the problem. Had dealer replace it and problem has gone away. 
Acura TL in Alabama, United States
Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

35000 mi
Replaced radio do too buttons freezing. 
Acura TL in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2014 - Jan 2017
Aug 2015

58000 mi
Propellor shaft replaced 
Oct 2016

82000 mi
Small Block replaced do to oil consumption 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
Apr 2017 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

79000.0 mi

US $400
Rear door sensor plug loose. Door alarm would go off while driving. New plug replaced by dealer and issue resolved. 
Acura TL in Connecticut, United States
Apr 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2013

34000 mi
Battery warning light. Battery replaced. 
Mar 2016

69000 mi
Clogged external transmission fluid filter. 
May 2016

71600 mi

US $269
Engine short block replacement Propeller,shaft 
Acura TL in New York, United States
Oct 2015 - May 2017
Oct 2016

36300 mi
Torque converter software updated. 
May 2017

40000.0 mi
CV Axle boot was leaking and was replaced under warranty. 
Acura TL in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2017
Sep 2016

49000 mi
Transmission shuddering-torque converter service & software update & transmission fluid change. Acura extended transmission warranty to 105,000 miles or till 4/26/2019 
Acura TL in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Apr 2017
Jun 2013

10000 mi
Rear sill trim was loose 
Nov 2014

17400 mi
Error messages said battery was bad on numerous occasions throughout the year. Finally took it in. Dealer tested battery and found no problems. Dealer did a computer reset and message has not returned. 
Oct 2015

24200 mi
Reoccurring bad battery message. Previous visits dealer could not find problem. Third trip they replaced battery under warranty 
Jan 2017

26700 mi

US $30
Hood support struts failed to hold the hood open 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

6200 mi
car was burning oil, and twice lost power for no apparent reason 
Acura TL in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2017
Sep 2012

14000 mi
Rear speakers not working. Head unit replaced. 
Nov 2014

44000 mi

US $89
Occasional rough shifts (esp. 1->2) and slight surging under light throttle on moderate grade. Dealer reflashed computers and changed ATF, seems OK now, shifts more smoothly. Same thing happened to friend who owns same car (w/ only 30K). 
Oct 2016

70000 mi
Slight engine surging / transmission slipping on mild upgrades w/ steady throttle. ATF changed, reflash attempted but shop called back to say they had a computer glitch and did not install the latest patch, so bring it in again if needed. 
Acura TL in Nevada, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2017
Mar 2013

30000 mi
Propeller shaft had to be replaced 
Jul 2013

35000 mi
Battery Replaced 
Apr 2016

90700 mi

US $800
Alternator replaced 
Acura TL in New Hampshire, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2017
May 2014

16000 mi

US $100
Factory battery measured low CCA's and would cause car to occasionally report low voltage to nav system. Replaced with aftermarket battery with higher CCA's and longer warranty. 
Mar 2016

31000 mi
Known issue (TSB) - transmission gurgling/rumbling sound while stopped but in gear. Solution to replace ATF external filter and drain/fill fluid. Problem resolved. Occurs in TL's right after initial drain/fill of ATF done. 
Dec 2016

38000 mi
TSB for computer SW for 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD and fluid change (addressing torque converter lockup issue). Dealer performed TSB actions. Was mostly a preventative visit. 

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2012 Acura TL 4dr Sedan

305-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed manual AWD

Acura TL in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2011 - Mar 2017
Dec 2013

19000 mi
Driver side minor door rattle diagnosed as door panel separation when door panel was removed. 
Feb 2014

19800 mi
Low battery indicator, dealer replaced battery under warranty 
Aug 2015

39300 mi
Rear window trim was loose. Fasteners replaced. Rattle behind steering wheel cover was also fixed. All under warranty. 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2014 - Mar 2017
Apr 2016

39880 mi
Replaced prematurely worn seat leather under warranty 
Acura TL in New York, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013
Dec 2012

8000 mi
the propellar shaft was replaced after making a whiny noise. 

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2012 Acura TL 4dr Sedan

280-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Acura TL in Indiana, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2017
Oct 2016

35200 mi
Judder in torque converter lock up between 20-45 MPH 
Acura TL in Florida, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2014
Nov 2012

16700 mi
Seat adjustment for driver 1/2 not working 
Acura TL in Arizona, United States
Oct 2016 - Mar 2017
Feb 2017

44000 mi
Chirping noise was heard from under the hood on cold start up.rnFound a TSB that addresses that issue. Fix is to replace the transmission fluid filter. Solved the issue. 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Jul 2014
Jan 2013

22000 mi
Traction control system fault reported. Dealer checked system - no problem found. reset fault 
Acura TL in Texas, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

44000.0 mi
air bag 
Acura TL in New York, United States
Feb 2014 - Jul 2014
Mar 2014

23000 mi
Car was surging when engine cold and put into D or R. Also noticeable vibration at idle. Dealer updated PCM with new software. Surging and vibration idle have diminished significantly but still there. 
Acura TL in Florida, United States
Jul 2014 - Mar 2017
Dec 2014

28000 mi
Bad torque converter 
Jan 2015 Hood struts needed replacing 
May 2015

34900 mi
Transmission filter needed replacing. Rattling noise noticed immediately after start-up during idle. Would only last for a few minutes then disappear. 
Jan 2016

31300 mi
Chrome trim around driver's side door came loose. Transmission doesn't shift smooth when cold. 
Acura TL in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2011 - Apr 2017
Oct 2014

54120 mi

C $160
Car was in for regular service. Transmission shuddered occasionally at low RPM in 2nd, 3rd gear. They suggested to change transmission fluid which solved the problem. 
Nov 2015

71300 mi
One of the headlight was starting to shine in pink instead of blue. They said it was failing. I was out of warranty, but Acura paid for the part and I paid the labour. Battery was testing weak. 
Acura TL in Arizona, United States
May 2012 - Apr 2017
Mar 2014

50000 mi

US $138
Battery died in under 2 years of usage 
Apr 2015

79000 mi
Battery failed under warranty. Replaced at no cost. 
Acura TL in Nevada, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2017
Dec 2014

19000 mi
Replaced Battery under warrenty 
Acura TL in Oklahoma, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2015
Nov 2012

11300 mi
Battery voltage sensor had to be replaced under warranty 
Acura TL in New Mexico, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2016
Jun 2015

44000 mi
interior rattles in sunroof and dash 
Acura TL in Alabama, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2017
Sep 2015

68000 mi

US $350
Malfunctioned ball joint. 
Nov 2015

74900 mi

US $395
Wheel bearings very loud 
Apr 2017

118000.0 mi

US $90
Intake solenoid replaced 
Acura TL in New York, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2017
May 2014

14500 mi
Needed to reflash the a/t. Abrupt shifts. 
Dec 2015

28000 mi

US $157
Dash indicated replace battery twice. Car always started but with cold weather did not want to take a chance. 
Feb 2016

29000 mi
Determined new service bulletin required that the system needed to be updated. Was not mentioned when they changed the battery. 
May 2016

34000 mi

US $55
Gasket for TPMS sensor cracked. 

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