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Acura TL vs. Lexus ES Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2017. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  
2012 - 2014 Acura TL Reliability by Generation2012 - 2014 Acura TL
22.5714285714% Best 77% Worst
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2007 - 2012 Lexus ES Reliability by Generation2007 - 2012 Lexus ES
17.4285714286% Best 68% Worst
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2009 - 2011 Acura TL Reliability by Generation2009 - 2011 Acura TL
0% Best 17% Worst
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2004 - 2008 Acura TL Reliability by Generation2004 - 2008 Acura TL
35.1428571429% Best 99% Worst
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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. full 2010 Acura TL review
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. full 2010 Acura TL review
2009 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
These cars are bullet proof. full 2009 Acura TL review
2009 4dr Sedan 305-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Rock Solid, 19K miles and not a single issue. full 2009 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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 full 2007 Acura TL review
2007 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Nothing breaks ever full 2007 Acura TL review
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. full 2007 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2005 Acura TL review
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The transmission failed at about 70,000 miles. full 2003 Acura TL review
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Premature transmission failure #1 @73,900. full 2003 Acura TL review
 

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. full 2010 Acura TL review
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. full 2010 Acura TL review
2009 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
These cars are bullet proof. full 2009 Acura TL review
2009 4dr Sedan 305-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Rock Solid, 19K miles and not a single issue. full 2009 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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 full 2007 Acura TL review
2007 4dr Sedan 286-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Nothing breaks ever full 2007 Acura TL review
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. full 2007 Acura TL review
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. full 2008 Acura TL review
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. full 2005 Acura TL review
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The transmission failed at about 70,000 miles. full 2003 Acura TL review
2003 4dr Sedan 260-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Premature transmission failure #1 @73,900. full 2003 Acura TL review