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2008 Acura TL Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by dick6050



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Reviewed: 2008 Acura TL

4dr Sedan 258-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2008 Acura TL?

Past personal experience

I bought this car in 2012 with 26,500 miles on it. I now (June 2016) have about 92K miles. I bought it because I liked the looks and I was looking for a reliable car. I think this car could do 200K miles with no problem, given recommended maintenance, llike a new timing belt at 100K. I just put my second set of tires on it. It has needed only routine maintenance - oil changes, brakes, tires. Things I'm not crazy about: the a/c-heater controls are poorly laid out; I frequently have to take my eyes off the road to make sure I'm pressing the right button. The nav system is a bit fussy, but then it's a ten-year old design. The right front seat has a split in the leather and will have to be replaced. The car takes me from point A to Point B dependably, but it has no sex appeal and isn't a fun-to-drive car. It's not exciting. It won't turn heads! It's great basic transportation. It does everything it's supposed to do very well - goes, stops, turns. As I said, it could easily do 200K miles. I've had it up to 100 for short bursts witih no complaints and no concerns. I've driven it 400-500 miles and 6-8 hours over a weekend.

Fuel economy

I routinely do 29.5 mpg on the highway, 20-24.5 around town, depending on the route and the traffic.

Powertrain performance

The engine/transmission performance is very adequate for a workaday sedan.


I run Michelin 235/45 ZR17 94Y. I like them on this car.

Ride smoothness

Ride is smooth and quiet.

Why Not the 2008 Acura TL?

Controls and instruments

As said at the top, a/c and heat controls are poorly designed and laid out. Instruments are excellent.

Other Features of the 2008 Acura TL


The TL with the Michelin tires has very low road noise.


Great transportation but not exciting.

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