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Acura TL, Sedan
Jan 23, 2005 (12:21 pm)
We got 3+/- inches of snow in the DC area and I have a couple of issues to report on:
(1) The ABS braking system does not engage at low speeds and when it does engage, cuts off once the speed drops below about 5 mph. This is a bad design. My 1995 Maxima SE's ABS engages - and continues to function - at any speed until the car comes to a complete stop. Bringing you down to 5 mph and then having the brakes lock up, causing the car to drift sideways on icy roads, is poor engineering by Acura, IMO.
(2) My windshield washers froze up while I was returning from the Acura dealer. First the drivers side and then the passenger side as well. And the outside temperature was only 23 degrees and I had just had the washer fluid topped off at the dealership. I'll have this looked into, but was curious if anyone else has experienced this problem in cold conditions.
(3) I can attest (as point #1 might suggest) that the HPT tire package on the 6-speed is indeed a "summer" tire. The Potenza's do not handle packed snow and ice very well. I have plenty of snow experience, so I survived, but I did need to take a different way home than usual to avoid even slightly hilly streets.
P.S. fdcapt2: I am quite certain you won't see a 2006 TL until October+/- of 2005, since the 2004 & 2005 models conformed to the Acura's "standard" model year calander. I also doubt you will see any significant changes for the 2006. So unless you are getting a good deal to extend your lease, you might want to consider getting a 2005 when it's up.
#6852 of 9045 Re: Winter Issues [habitat1]
Jan 23, 2005 (8:39 pm)
I have not noticed the ABS not engaging as you mentioned by will keep an eye out for it. I have not had any issues with the windshield washers freezing or the windshield freezing over for that matter. Are you using winter antifreeze? I would imagine that the Potenza's would be pretty interesting in snow!
#6853 of 9045 Re: Winter Issues [habitat1]
Jan 23, 2005 (11:56 pm)
I also have not noticed the ABS not engaging < 5 mph. But then I wasn't looking for it. Recently temperatures here got down to as low as -10 Celsius, which would be about 14 F, and my washers did not freeze up.
#6854 of 9045 washers freezing
Jan 24, 2005 (7:18 pm)
My washers DID freeze when temp was about 14 F. I assumed that the fluid that came with the car was not rated at a low temp, and plan to keep an eye on it. I also have 6 MT w nav, and haven't noticed any problems with ABS and have driven on snow seveal times. I came back from an 800 mile trip to upstate NY and drove about 300 miles with snow on the all season Michelins that came with the car, and didn't have any problems. I have over 9000 miles in just 3 months.
By the way this question was asked a while back, but traction control does work in reverse.
#6855 of 9045 Re: washers freezing [sb55]
Jan 24, 2005 (7:25 pm)
"By the way this question was asked a while back, but traction control does work in reverse."
Thanks. I was the one who asked. You read somewhere that it works, or you experienced first-hand?
Jan 24, 2005 (8:47 pm)
1- I think the air conditioning display is too small and hard to read, when one is also looking out at the roads...
the car is quick and gets a lot of looks , even from the teen and 20 something crowds...which I am not a part of ....guess it is a cool car...
#6857 of 9045 to bodble2
Jan 25, 2005 (3:58 pm)
I have to back out of my uphill driveway (in NY) and the traction control comes on when snowy.
#6858 of 9045 Re: to bodble2 [sb55]
Jan 25, 2005 (5:49 pm)
Thanks for the reply. That's good to know 'cause I didn't think the VSA works when in reverse.
#6859 of 9045 Just curious for anyone's opinion....
Jan 25, 2005 (5:56 pm)
There is a chance a friend will be unloading a pristine, 2002 X5, auto, with sport package. I know the family and I know they really really baby their cars. Not sure about the mileage but it would be low, since they hardly ever drive it to work and they don't take it on any long trips. I would have to ditch my TL plus probably ante up a few more dollars. I've always had a yearning for the X5 so I'm tempted. But so far I love my TL, so the practical side of me (is it right or left brain?) says don't do it. Why give up almost 3 model years.
Just curious as to what would you guys think about that?
#6860 of 9045 Re: Just curious for anyone's opinion.... [bodble2]
Jan 25, 2005 (7:14 pm)
I think you'll regret it every time you go for service or repairs (which may be often), every time you fill up at the pump and of course every time you see a TL drive by......