Acura TL - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura TL owners have reported a total of 3,413 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 (639 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2014 TL
13
  2013 TL
42
  2012 TL
139
  2011 TL
14
  2010 TL
65
  2009 TL
45
  2008 TL
140
  2007 TL
136
  2006 TL
281
  2005 TL
451
  2004 TL
639
  2003 TL
412
  2002 TL
355
  2001 TL
167
  2000 TL
251
  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 (858 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (737 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura TL

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
858
  Air Bag
737
  Structure
313
  Equipment
274
  Electrical System
234
  Steering
152
  Engine And Engine Cooling
151
  Visibility
92
  Service Brakes
86
  Tire
85
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
83
  Suspension
78
  Unknown Or Other
70
  Exterior Lighting
44
  Wheel
32
  Electronic Stability Control
29
  Seat Belt
27
  Seats
23
  Other Fuel System
21
  Gasoline Fuel System
8
  Air Brake
5
  Latches/locks/linkage
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 4224,4356    
0.29
  2012 13953,4427    
0.37
  2011 1412,8088    
0.14
  2010 6537,4679    
0.19
  2009 4533,69810    
0.13
  2008 14056,72311    
0.22
  2007 13649,47312    
0.23
  2006 28178,12313    
0.28
  2005 45182,50914    
0.39
  2004 63976,03215    
0.56
  2003 41293,90916    
0.27
  2002 35561,67517    
0.34
  2001 16734,86418    
0.27
  2000 25167,62519    
0.20

📊 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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