2021 Acura TLX A-Spec Long-term wrap-up

Wondering what happened to our long-term 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec test car? And don’t be surprised, we have the answer to share with you in our long-term wrap-up.

The last time we updated you on our bright Apex Blue Sport sedan, it was a lot of experience with the Electric Gremlin. We’ve had strange problems – stopping at random in the park, infotainment glitching – the car has just decided not to start one day. It was flat-beds near the Acura dealer where it had been for an unusually long time. It only took more than two months to get it right. The problems were ultimately determined by the intrusion of water into the fuse box, and the waiting for some parts that had been eroded by the water where it should not be at all.

Of course, our first question was, how did the water in the fuse box go? Acura wasn’t an obvious answer for us at first, but don’t worry, we finally got one.

So, once the parts were installed, Acura gave the car a clean bill of health and we got it back with only one month left on our year long loan term. Unfortunately, our TLX can’t make it that long. Editor-in-Chief Greg Miglio has hired TLX for this final work. Two weeks of regular driving went by without a hitch, but then the electric gremlin came back. One afternoon he approached the car and the dash glowed like a Christmas tree, feeling like a limp mode to send the car to what Miglio said. The car ran technically, but it was not fit to run.

This means another trip to the Acura dealer’s flatbed for another diagnosis. The days have come and gone, and finally our original year-long loan with TLX has expired. About a month later, Akura finally got the answer to what happened to our poor TLX.

Why so many days, you ask? Akura actually called the engineers to try to find out what happened to this particular car. The answer? Water in the fuse box, again. Clearly, the problem of water intrusion beforehand has not been completely solved because the original source of the leak was not found in the first go-round and the water is still entering the fuse box. Acura tells us that trying to find the source of the intrusion is quite challenging, and that’s why it took so long for dealers and engineers to diagnose and pick.

In the end, the car was destined to leak through the A-column due to “production inconsistencies”. Engineers find condensation inside the A-column where it should not be, and they see that water enters the fuse box area through a wire, where it enters the fuse box. For those wondering, the TLX’s fuse box is located in a common spot below the dash north of the dead paddle. Of course, water and sensitive electronics do not mix well together and this explains all the random electrical problems with the time our car stays with us.

Unfortunately, while Acura has solved the root of the problem, our initial schedule with TLX has run out. And, no wonder here, but Acura did not increase our debt and did not return the car to us. After last flattening it at the dealer, we never saw it again. Honestly, we are not completely surprised by this. Even after Akura believes it has been fixed once, the problem is certainly not fixed.

It stands now, we can simply tell you what happened and what Acura reported to us. This includes the company’s engineers assuring us that the water leak we felt was “not a common problem.” Also, they believe that there is no other TLX like ours with the same problem. Although we don’t have the ears of all new TLX owners, we’ve searched high and far on the Internet to report similar things in forums, Facebook groups, and elsewhere, and we haven’t found anyone with the same problem. Obviously, our brand-new car experience is not good even for an owner. And assuming our car is an inconsistency, what a fortune for Acura that a car with this problem could be one that is lent to the media, instinctively exacerbating the problem.

Overcoming the problem

Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. It has gained universal love from employees on management and driving dynamics. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has grown on us during this time with it. After driving about 9,000 miles, the final overall fuel economy average was 23 mpg, which is only 1 mpg from the 24-mpg combined EPA figure. And while the 10-speed automatic wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it did, too, take over very well.

For more than a year since the car’s debut, Acura’s new design has been attractive and appealing, and the interior has far outweighed its price in both luxury and technology. While some of us have been able to enjoy Acura’s TrueTouch infotainment system, others continue to dislike it. You must try before you buy it, because it is one of the most divided things about this car.

It’s a shame our time with the TLX A-Spec had to end this way, and we truly hope that no one else will have to deal with similar issues. Please let us know if you have. At the very least, be aware that top-level Acura engineers are now at least aware of the possibilities and have taken steps to ensure that this never happens again.

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