1st Generation (1996—1998) TL Problems

This generations ranks 9th out of 31 Acura generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), hvac (16%), and the lights (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Slips 1 complaints at an average of 200,000 miles in the 1996 Acura TL.
  2. Turns Over but Won\'t Start in Cold Weather 1 complaints at an average of 166,250 miles in the 1997 Acura TL.
  3. AC / Heater Fan Does Not Work All the Time 1 complaints at an average of 167,772 miles in the 1998 Acura TL.

What TL Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Acura model years.

Watch out for the 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1998 3 2 22 0.48
1997 1 2 22 0.2
1996 2 2 21 0.31

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