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Acura TL, Sedan
#7344 of 9045 Re: Question about maintenance costs [mvc_jones]
Jun 18, 2005 (3:48 pm)
I suggest you phone around to Acura dealerships in your area for maintenance costs. Most TLs are too new for owners to have much data.
I have a 2004 TL 6-speed that just had a 16,000 mile "B" service. The high performance tires are still showing 50% treadlife and the front (Brembo) and rear brakes are at 75%+ remaining life. I don't drive like a maniac, but I don't baby it eaither. I was told that my tire life is better than average, with most of the HPT package tires needing to be replaced at 20,000 +/- miles. The good news with the TL is that the tires can be rotated, adding to tire life. My former S2000 and all BMW 3 & 5 series with the sport package have different front and rear tire sizes that can't be rotated.
Also, my service manager thought the TL should be as good as my former 1995 Maxima SE on brake pas / rotor wear. I only needed two sets of fronts and one set of rear pads in 153,000 miles and NEVER needed the rotors ground or replaced. Unfortunately, the TL does have a drive belt instead of the Maxima's drive chain, so that will be an extra expense down the road.
#7345 of 9045 Is the Acura TL a 'chick car'?
Jun 19, 2005 (7:05 pm)
Having read many boards in the last few weeks, a lot of TL's seem to have been purchasing for 'the wife'. Is the TL a 'chick car'?
Don't mean this in an derisive manner, just there seem to be cars more aimed or purchased by females (VW bug, Mazda Miata) vs. males (Mustang, Lexus IS), etc...
#7346 of 9045 Re: Is the Acura TL a 'chick car'? [mvc_jones]
Jun 19, 2005 (8:43 pm)
Not a 'chick car'.
I saw demographic info during my purchase:
** 60% male
** 75% married (hence maybe why so many purchases for the wife...as us guys still want so fun with the wife's car)
** 75% college grad with median household income of $100,000.
Step foot in a demo and see for yourself.
#7347 of 9045 Re: Is the Acura TL a 'chick car'? [delmar1]
Jun 20, 2005 (6:14 am)
Where did you get that data? Very interesting, however, my wife's car is a TL, but I never considered the TL as a "chick" car.
#7349 of 9045 Re: Is the Acura TL a 'chick car'? [mvc_jones]
Jun 20, 2005 (12:47 pm)
If my "chicks" (daughters) are any indication, they preferred my former Honda S2000 to our TL. Perhaps it was the Spa Yellow (cool) vs. Anthracite (boring) color. More likely it was the wind in their hair and sun in their eyes.
I find your examples of the Mustang and Lexus IS as "male" cars rather amusing. The latter especially has been dubbed a "boy racer" in other Edmunds forums. Not exactly the image a professional male wants to project, if one is concerned about such things.
#7350 of 9045 Re: Is the Acura TL a 'chick car'? [habitat1]
Jun 20, 2005 (3:30 pm)
The Mustang is a bucket of bolts, terrible reliability and no fit and finish. BTW, your daugters have great taste, the S2000 is a great car, but not in TLs class. Just a very different car.
#7351 of 9045 Looked at a TL
Jun 20, 2005 (5:22 pm)
Can anyone tell me the mileage tire interval changes on the bridgestone and michelin OEM tires,and are the michelins adequate in new york winters without buying separate snows and by the way in this market the TL is not a chick car but the MDX, now thats a different story
#7352 of 9045 Re: Looked at a TL [al57]
Jun 20, 2005 (5:27 pm)
What I have gleaned from this forum is that the Michelins are superior to the Bridgestones, however, with respect to snow I have know idea, I live is San Fransisco and we have not had snow since 1972,
#7353 of 9045 Re: Looked at a TL [al57]
Jun 20, 2005 (5:32 pm)
MDX is for old chicks, who have a bunch of little chickens.