How many miles is considered "high" for an Acura TL

Asked by Jan 23, 2017 at 12:05 AM about the 2003 Acura TL

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I'm looking at a 2003 Acura TL that has 160,000 miles on it. It's had one
owner, no accidents and regular maintenance. I need a car that will last a long
time, through my college years, without breaking the bank to keep it running
good. Is this the right car for me?

7 Answers


it depends,this car has traveled 11,5K/year, about average there is more to a car than the motor and the transmission have it checked out by a trusted knowledgeable mechanic. go through the maint records, then there is the price....

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

160K can be used up or just fine- it all depends on if it was maintained. Does it need all new bearings, timing belt, hoses, brakes or did they do everything it needed along the way? Personally, I don't trust cars at that high of miles unless I know the car very well- like if I owned it long before then. Walking sucks.


Unfortunately you have picked one of the higher cost to maintain Asian vehicles, both Asian and European makes and models have higher maintance costs than American vehicles, with the European imports the highest, if you set on an Asian vehicle stick with a Toyota or Honda, both of those have a slightly lower cost of ownership.


160,000 miles is high overall miles. If it hasn't been replaced or rebuilt the transmission would be a big concern for me. The Acura TL is a great car, but I would avoid any that have over 75,000 miles on them.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks for all the advise everyone. I'm going to steer clear of this car!


I have an acura tl with 160k....never had any major problems...mostly just tires, wipers, and oil changes, and it still runs like the day I bought it. I'm a true believer in the Acura name.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Acura is just a Fancy Honda.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used TL in your area?

CarGurus has 265 nationwide TL listings starting at $2,900.

Postal Code:

Acura TL Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
59 Great Deals out of 1,262 listings starting at $1,215
Used Acura TSX
91 listings starting at $4,149
Used Honda Civic
256 Great Deals out of 4,559 listings starting at $1,408
Used Nissan Maxima
23 Great Deals out of 408 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Camry
35 Great Deals out of 1,951 listings starting at $1,995
Used Acura MDX
28 Great Deals out of 436 listings starting at $3,495
Used BMW 3 Series
133 Great Deals out of 2,112 listings starting at $2,495
Used Acura RL
11 listings starting at $2,499
Used Honda Accord Coupe
7 Great Deals out of 294 listings starting at $2,888
7 Great Deals out of 94 listings starting at $2,999
Used Nissan Altima
74 Great Deals out of 1,229 listings starting at $1,900

Used Cars For Sale

2014 Acura TL For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 57 listings starting at $15,995
2013 Acura TL For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 34 listings starting at $14,975
2012 Acura TL For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 38 listings starting at $12,888
2011 Acura TL For Sale
4 listings starting at $12,988
2010 Acura TL For Sale
26 listings starting at $8,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.