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#628 of 1965 My New CL-S
Aug 18, 2001 (11:05 pm)
I used to post in the Accord Coupe message board until I realized my dream and bought a 2001 CL-S with navigation today! It is so awesome. My friends and family think I'm nuts, cause I only had the Accord for 4 (yes...count them...4 months), but I'd been dissatisfied with the Accord from day 1. Nothing wrong mechanically, and I certainly don't blame Honda, it was just so darn bland. Even the spoiler I added didn't help.
I had always thought Acuras were way out of my league, of course after I bought my Honda I found out there really wasn't that much difference between the top-of-the-line Honda Coupe and the Accura CL-S. (Should have been a little more thorough in my research...oh well..live and learn).
But, whatever, I don't need to explain to you-all, you know what an experience it is to own this car. I got the Agean Blue, it is just so beautiful. I think I'm going to sleep in it tonight!
Gotta thank the Acura Dealer for their efforts. They gave me more for my Honda than I could have sold it to a private party, plus sold me the CL at 200 over invoice (including wheel locks and mud flaps thrown in). They were great.
I am just amazed at the power of the CL. Cruising down the freeway is dangerous!!! cause I find myself going almost 90 without even realizing it (good thing I didn't get red)!
This car is just plain awesome, and I'm thrilled to join the ranks of CL owners.
Aug 18, 2001 (11:14 pm)
I'm so sorry to hear about your accident.
I was reading my owners manual today, and it said that if you are in a collision, make sure the body shop uses genuine Acura parts. Tell them you will take your car back to your Accura dealer to verify that genuine parts were used, this might scare them into actually doing what they promise. If they don't, you might have a good chance at a lawsuit.
Maybe your Acura dealer can recommend a good body shop. Good luck...my sympathies are with you.
#630 of 1965 Jettson
Aug 19, 2001 (7:46 am)
Yes, I heard a rumour about someone trading their Naples Gold 2001 Accord EX V6 coupe and trading it for a blue CL-S yesterday.
That particular dealer was overloaded with Type-S models for some reason this month. I don't think they had a single non type-S CL or TL.
I was interested in the CL and TL, but I don't like the hard ride and noise of the type-S.
#631 of 1965 s852...Wow!
Aug 19, 2001 (8:08 am)
That is unbelievable. What a small world! Were you at the Sacramento Acura dealer yesterday? How did you hear about my trade...and it is mine, cause you are right on about the trim and color.
You're also on target about their inventory. I think they may have had one non type-S CL, but I did see quite a few CL-S's on the lot (only one blue, though...now I have it!).
I really like the power of the Type S, and after driving the Accord Coupe for 4 months, I actually like the ride of the Acura better.
What else are you looking at besides the CL and TL?
#632 of 1965 Jettson
Aug 19, 2001 (8:42 am)
One of my neighbors went to look at a CL yesterday in northern California and told me he overheard a girl trading in her near-new gold Accord EXV6 coupe.
I'm looking at many new cars in a wide price range. I was considering 2002 models of the VW Passat GLX, BMW 325i, Toyota Camry XLE V6, Acura CL/TL, Nissan Altima 3.5 SE and even the Accord EXV6 coupe. I generally prefer sedans, but for the Accord, I prefer the looks of the coupe.
If I get a TL, I will get get a base model with navigation. I do not like the Bose systems in the Acuras though and I am deciding whether navigation or a great sounding stereo is more important.
I can take an Accord EXV6 to GoodGuys and have them replace the front speakers with some high-quality Boston or Polk Audios, and add a subwoofer and an amp and I would have great sound, but the Bose system in the Acuras are more difficult to upgrade. Some stereo shops won't touch it at all.
I can order a 2002 325i and get a great Harmon Kardon stereo system AND navigation, but for around $35K plus tax.
I looked at a 2002 Camry SE V6, but it was outrageously priced at over $30K with leather, JBL stereo, moonroof and navigation and that is with no auto temp climate control! I am not going to spend more on a Camry than I could get a TL for.
#633 of 1965 fun with lexus and acura
Aug 19, 2001 (10:16 am)
When I test-drove the RSX-S, a salesguy asked what else I was looking at and I just said, "eh, IS300" and he said, "well, you know, we've had two IS300s traded in for the CL-S lately... and they were brand new..."
Yesterday at the Lexus dealer I got, "well, the Acura is a nice car but you know what, I've had two people trade in CL-Ss, brand new, and you gotta wonder."
I love comparison shopping.
Aug 19, 2001 (2:17 pm)
My friend and her husband just bought the TL-S with navigation, and they love it. I splurged on the nav system as well, and it is truly incredible.
I am a little disappointed in the sound system, I always thought Bose was one of the best, but to me it doesn't sound any better (maybe not even quite as good) as the sound system in the Accord Coupe.
It sounds like you have a lot to choose from, but if you like a little fun while driving, stay away from the Accord Coupe...it just isn't an exciting car to drive.
#635 of 1965 Sound - s852 & jettson
Aug 19, 2001 (4:56 pm)
The sound system in the CL and TL are both substandard for cars of this class, despite the Bose nametag. On acura-cl.com, the forum posters usually refer to it as "Bloze".
It's not that difficult to upgrade, despite what you may have heard. My wife is happy with her CL sound, but I am getting a TL-s shortly, and I will definitely have to upgrade. The head unit is fine. It is the Bose amp and speakers, which work in tandem, that need replacement. I expect to pay around $500 for everything, which I will install myself.
BTW, I think CL's are priced to move in Northern Cal. We got ours for a few dollars BELOW invoice, plus free wheel locks, splash guards and logo mats. They're practically giving them away.
Aug 19, 2001 (7:20 pm)
I have no doubt I could have gotten a CL-S for at or about invoice if I wasn't trading in my Accord Coupe, but they had to increase the price a couple hundred over invoice in order to pay me what they did for the Accord. That was ok by me!
Plus, I got wheel locks, splash gaurds and logo mats too. (I think everyone gets that...my friends with the TL got the same add-ons).
Congrats on your new purchase! Did you get the CL Type-S with navigation? What color?
Aug 19, 2001 (10:22 pm)
Just a plain ole Silver CL. She should've gotten NAV. She needs it! (Don't tell her I said that.) She didn't need the extra power or firmer suspension of the S. We both prefer the leather on the non-S types, as well.
However, the perforated seats won't keep me from getting a TL-S. I want the extra 35HP, even though I don't feel any difference, quite frankly. I just want to know it's there. I'll slap in a K&N air filter, which'll give it another 10 or so HP. And, I'm getting the NAV. I don't really need it that much, but it looks cool.
I just hope I can get as good a deal on the TL. They're much more popular than the CL, so I may have to pull teeth.