Acura TL - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura TL owners have reported a total of 3,311 problems for their cars built in the 19 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Acura TL. The 2004 Acura TL cars have the most problems reported (628 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Acura TL

Model Year Number of Problems
  2014 TL
13
  2013 TL
35
  2012 TL
129
  2011 TL
13
  2010 TL
61
  2009 TL
42
  2008 TL
128
  2007 TL
134
  2006 TL
273
  2005 TL
426
  2004 TL
628
  2003 TL
406
  2002 TL
347
  2001 TL
167
  2000 TL
246
  1999 TL
161
  1998 TL
30
  1997 TL
34
  1996 TL
35

  Common problems of Acura TL

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Acura TL cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (845 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (704 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura TL

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
845
  Air Bag
704
  Structure
308
  Equipment
260
  Electrical System
228
  Steering
143
  Engine And Engine Cooling
143
  Visibility
90
  Tire
85
  Service Brakes
85
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
82
  Suspension
77
  Unknown Or Other
70
  Exterior Lighting
42
  Wheel
32
  Electronic Stability Control
26
  Seat Belt
25
  Seats
22
  Other Fuel System
20
  Gasoline Fuel System
8
  Latches/locks/linkage
5
  Air Brake
5
  Interior Lighting
3
  Child Seat
2
  Back Over Prevention
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Acura TL of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across TL model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Acura TL model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across TL Model Years

TL
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2014 1312,3545    
0.21
  2013 3524,4356    
0.24
  2012 12953,4427    
0.34
  2011 1312,8088    
0.13
  2010 6137,4679    
0.18
  2009 4233,69810    
0.12
  2008 12856,72311    
0.21
  2007 13449,47312    
0.23
  2006 27378,12313    
0.27
  2005 42682,50914    
0.37
  2004 62876,03215    
0.55
  2003 40693,90916    
0.27
  2002 34761,67517    
0.33
  2001 16734,86418    
0.27
  2000 24667,62519    
0.19

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Acura TL is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2014 TL
2
  2013 TL
3
  2012 TL
20
  2010 TL
4
  2009 TL
3
  2008 TL
5
  2007 TL
7
  2006 TL
8
  2005 TL
18
  2004 TL
42
  2003 TL
39
  2002 TL
56
  2001 TL
14
  2000 TL
15
  1999 TL
2
  1997 TL
1
  1996 TL
5


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