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You are in the Acura TL
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Acura TL, Sedan
#7261 of 9045 Re: FWD [frisconick]
May 16, 2005 (8:43 am)
Consumer Reports is not exactly a test driving authority. I can assure you that torque steer in my TL 6-speed is considerably more noticable than on my old 1995 Maxima SE 5-speed (due primarily to the increased horsepower, I suspect).
CU is a decent source of reliability information, but even there they appear to have missed the transmission problems Acura and Honda have had with automatic transmission failures. I would rely on my own test drives for how the car performs and handles for my preferences, and let CU be the judge of how it might feel in the hands of my 70 year old mother in law.
#7262 of 9045 Re: Black plastic plate/bar under front bumper [igiban]
May 16, 2005 (9:46 am)
Its called an Air dam. Its purpose is to funnel air up to the radiator. Most cars get the air required to cool the radiator from the bottom of the car rather than thru the grill.
#7263 of 9045 Re: FWD [habitat1]
May 16, 2005 (9:55 am)
As, I believe, that CU bases its reliability ratings on actual consumer (owner) feedback, maybe the tranny issue wasn't as widespread as believed here? Or the CU audience was very lucky with their trannys!
Great car (so far...), the TL.
#7264 of 9045 Re: FWD [habitat1]
May 16, 2005 (12:24 pm)
First CU tested the automatic which will tend to have less torque steer than the manual. They also test for the average driver not someone who pushes the car for max acceleration. They are interested in how the car will perform for a famuly type. My '04 TL (auto) has some occasional and very modest torque steer. I would never tell anyone who was going to drive the car is a "reasonable" fashion that torque steer is a problem
May 16, 2005 (5:24 pm)
let CU be the judge of how it might feel in the hands of my 70 year old mother in law.
Now wait a minute. All of us, with some luck, genes and healthy lifestyles, will get to the 70s. I know of one person, Paul Newman, who raced in SCCA very competently, until early 70s. When I drive around the rich suburbs in my area, I see many persons who appear to be over 70 driving Mercs, BMWs and Porsches. I would like to think that their selections were based on performance more so than on prestige.
#7266 of 9045 Re: 70 year olds [xrunner2]
May 17, 2005 (3:22 am)
I am a 71 year old driver of a "04 TL. I have always liked cars with some class. I also own a '05 BMW XiT. But in all honesty I don't drive them like I did 40 years a go.
#7267 of 9045 Re: 70 year olds [xrunner2]
May 17, 2005 (5:54 am)
Note that I said MY 70 year old mother in law. She is not going to give Paul Newman a run for his money at the track. Although she does like his salad dressing.
Being that I'm pushing 50 and only reluctantly accepted our 2005 MDX as the first automatic transmission equiped car that either my wife or I have ever owned, I certainly don't think that age and driving enthusiasm are incompatible. Accept my apologies if my post suggested otherwise.
#7268 of 9045 Re: 70 year olds [habitat1]
May 17, 2005 (7:39 am)
"MY 70 year old mother in law. She is not going to give Paul Newman a run for his money at the track. Although she does like his salad dressing"
Without weighing in on the substance of this sub-discussion, I just want to say this made me laugh.
May 17, 2005 (11:15 pm)
the second service done...and rotated the tires...
the car only has 12,000 miles...and the dealer said the car needs new tires and brakes...but we just drive it regular....use it to bring the kids to school and run errands...
is this normal ? I would think they would last at least 3 years...and its only been 10 months...
#7270 of 9045 Re: just got [highender]
May 17, 2005 (11:20 pm)
Don't have a Tl but sounds like the dealer is trying to pull a quick on on you. 12K miles is not that much. Do you have a performance tires or the all seasons? If you have the performance tires and drive like a madman/madwoman..possibly you do. But if you have all seasons, I can't see how.