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Acura TL, Sedan
#6499 of 9045 Re: TL vs. G35 [tomp]
Nov 21, 2004 (4:43 am)
I considered both the G35 and TL. My conclusions were:
The ONLY advantage the G35 has over the TL is the handling of RWD vs. FWD. And it is not a big difference. The G35 is NOT a BMW 330i, no matter what Infiniti marketing promotes. I actually thought the steering in the TL was crisper, although it can be affected by torque steer.
The Acura TL navigation system - 8" screen, voice activated - is the best available in any car, IMO. Add the voice recognition for other controls - audio, HVAC - that comea with the Nav system and the advantage is even greater.
Acura offers a few other features - Bluetooth phone, XM radio / DVD audio system, lighted steering wheel controls for everything, etc. that the G35 didn't offer. The G35 interior just looked downscale to me.
The Acura TL engine is smoother. The G35 has a torque advantage, but it is at the expense of a rougher engine. I have a 1995 Maxima with the 3.0 liter version of the 3.5 liter V6 used in the G35 and felt that my 10 year old Maxima engine with 153k miles wasn't as rough as the G35.
#6500 of 9045 Re: TL vs. G35 [habitat1]
Nov 21, 2004 (9:12 am)
Couple other points: I believe the G35 now comes with AWD, which is not available in the TL. However, the TL has a better interior, but rumors have it that the 05 G35 has made substantial improvements. I have not seen the 05 G35, and do not have a basis to form a reasoned judgment.
I believe most car mags tout the G35 as more of a driver's car than the TL, mostly because of its RWD and better steering and handling. However, if you want a nice blend of luxury, sportiness and new cutting-edge gadgets at a reaonable price, the TL is a VERY GOOD choice, particularly if reliability is also your top concern.
#6501 of 9045 Re: TL vs. G35 [kennyg5]
Nov 21, 2004 (11:56 am)
I also heard the 2005 G35 received an interior upgrade, but haven't seen it in person.
As for the G35's "better steering and handling", I honestly didn't find that to be the case. I do prefer RWD in principle and the TL does exhibit occasional torque steer under hard acceleration, but in my test drives, I found the handling and steering of the G35 to be at best on par with the TL. Clearly, all RWD's are not created equal. The 330i, 530i and 545i I drove after the G35 were several rungs up, especially in terms of steering feel and feedback.
I have not driven the G35 AWD. I don't believe it came with a 6-speed in the past, perhaps that's changed.
#6502 of 9045 Re: 01 TL ride [tomsr1]
Nov 21, 2004 (1:09 pm)
"I think my TL is a soft riding car, but is there any way to make it take corners like a beemer."
In a word, no.
#6503 of 9045 Re: 01 TL ride [tomsr1]
Nov 21, 2004 (2:29 pm)
You want to drive a Volvo S60R. The suspension is adjustable so set it for what you want.
#6504 of 9045 Nextel Bluetooth
Nov 21, 2004 (4:47 pm)
I heard that the first week of January Nextel is finally coming out with a phone that has bluetooth. The only problem is that I need to by a bluetooth SD chip because it is compatable and not already installed. Does anyone know if this method will be able to be paired with my TL? Or should I just come to grips with the fact that all Nextel really is is a fancy over priced walkie-talkie?
#6505 of 9045 Re: TL vs. G35 [tomp]
Nov 21, 2004 (7:22 pm)
You say "NAV is important" so I must tell you that there in no better, easier to use, more sophisticated NAV than on the Acura TL. If you do some test drives in other cars you'll agree.
#6506 of 9045 Re: 01 TL ride [rikk]
Nov 22, 2004 (7:25 pm)
>You want to drive a Volvo S60R
And it is extremely comfortable at the same time. And it has a great nav, although it's not voice activated, but it comes with a remote for the passenger to use or the driver has handy controls on the steering wheel. Amazing handling.
#6507 of 9045 Re: TL vs. G35 [tomp]
Nov 23, 2004 (11:19 am)
Get to know the lemon law with your (TL) between the transmission problems and vibration at 50 mph your gonna need it!!! easy choice G35
#6508 of 9045 Re: TL vs. G35 [pisciotta]
Nov 23, 2004 (12:12 pm)
Sorry but no transmission problem on new TL (only previous model). Some earlier build (5/6 months since the model introduced) got a recall also but only for prevention/no tranny replacement. Check NHTSA websites, but you will find some on G35 but zilch on TL.
INFINITI G35 Year: 2004
NHTSA Complaint Number: 10093125
2004 with approx. 7,200 miles. Rattling noise heard in 1st and 2nd gear. Dealer said it needed new tranny. REPLACED TRANNY.
Picked up car and while driving home, could not get it into 5th or 6th gear. Back to dealer.
Was told that tranny was bad and HAD TO BE REPLACED again. Picked up car and within a week heard a knocking noise in 5th gear,
Vibration in stick shift and a clanking noise when applying the brakes for the first time after car sitting for a bit.
Later found out that dealer lied about installing the 2nd transmission. Dealer refuses to tell me or give me paper work
Stating what was done on car the 2nd time they had. Infiniti consumer affairs and regional manager have not proven to be out
For consumers interest. In fact, they call lying about the 2ND TRANNY A "MISTAKE". Sounds like fraud to me, especially when
I was told several times that they don't repair trannys ...they only replace them. They also gave me a work order/paperwork
Stating that new tranny was installed twice.
Infiniti g35 year: 2004
NHTSA complaint number: 10098647
Transmission makes chattering noise as the engine shuts down (only able to hear when the transmission is warmed up and only able to hear it from outside or with the door open.). TRANSMISSION WAS REPLACED but the chattering noise still exists. I was told that THE PROBLEM EXISTS INTERNALLY IN ALL 6 SPEED TRANNYs' and the problem can not be attended to unless more people complain.
The new TL has 0 record for transmission failure 1 year since it was introduced. (at least no complaint on NHTSA record)
So which drink that needs some lemons? G35 anyone?