It’s not hard to fall into a state of despair if you’re in need of a fun, reliable, daily driver but don’t have that much money to spend. The distress might make you want to crawl under the covers, eat ice cream all day while watching the second season of Fuller House. But, don’t worry, cheer up and turn off Fuller House!
What if I told you that you’re not destined to a life of putting up with a dreadful driving experience in a Corolla or a Civic? A daily driver doesn’t have be a car that you loathe so much that you’d rather Uber it every day. It’s got power, excitement, won’t cost you an arm and a leg to maintain and can haul around all the assemble-yourself furniture and babies you need until the end of time.
It’s a Toyota Camry with a V8 swap, of course! No, I’m joking, although I would want one of those.
What I’m talking about is a much more reasonable 2007-08 Acura TL Type S. At this point, I’m sure you have many questions on what is so great about the Type S and how it will solve all of your problems, so let me try to explain.
How cheap is the Type S exactly?
Let me put it this way. You could buy four used Acura Type S-es for the price of one brand new Lexus ES350. For about $10,000, you can get your hands on a Type S that is much more interesting than your garden variety monotonous commuter car. If you’re thinking that you have better options for $10,000, like a 2007 BMW 328i, let me stop you right there. Within an hour of making that purchase, your BMW is sure to be in the shop and you’ll instantly start shedding tears as you watch your credit card balance skyrocket to pay for all those exorbitantly expensive, unreliable German parts.
Ok, fine, so it’s cheap, but will it last a long time?
Absolutely. Normally, I wouldn’t want to buy a used car with so many miles on it, but it’s different with the Acura TL Type S. You will have to take a sledgehammer to the engine to kill it, but even then, it might find a way to keep going. If you read this, then you know that 200,000 miles for an Acura TL is no big deal.
Acuras, and Hondas, are known for their legendary reliability and so you can rest assured knowing that an Acura with 100,000 miles under its hood is just getting warmed up. My good friend Scott has a 2007 Type S that has just crossed the 100,000 mile marker but feels like it has barely been driven.
Does everyone have one?
No, and that’s the beauty of the Type S. You see way more Lexus IS350s and Infiniti G35s around which are comparable cars obtainable for a similar price range. You could argue that the G35 is a better handling car, but it’s not nearly as reliable or cheap to maintain as an Acura and every other person has one. And the Lexus, well, it’s just boring and every other person has one.
Also, I think the Acura TL looks the best out of the three. In fact, the 2008 model is the last good looking TL Acura has built since starting the year after, the TL appears to have been designed by someone who has been obsessed with our feathered friends. That person was either a parrot in their previous life or loves parrots so much that they felt compelled to incorporate its beak into the Acura’s front end. The latest generations of Acura are so blindingly hideous that it makes the 2004-2008 Acura TL look like an exquisitely designed Maserati Gran Turismo in comparison.