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#4141 of 5069 Re: Parchment vs Black Interior in the South ?? [lainey]
Jun 21, 2005 (8:44 pm)
I own a 2005 TSX with Quartz interior and 2005 TL with Parchment while living in Southern California.
The parchment will be more difficult to maintain...but it really is cooler in temp and more unique in appearance. A good test of the black interior is to sit in one at the dealership. Try sitting in one that is even in the shade...and you will still feel some retained/reflected heat.
For parchment....get some all weather floor mats and you won't have to worry about the rugs. To clean the seats...wipe them periodically and use leather cleaner and conditioner. Stays well.
One thing you will find with the parchment is that it has faux wood trim versus the titianium interior trims. Looks great in the TL...so so win the TSX.
As for Carmel interior...in the TL...rather orangy. An acquired taste I did not get.
Black dash with the parchment....It is the distinct Acura look. That is also with the TL...and believe with the RL.
#4142 of 5069 Decided on navigation
Jun 26, 2005 (3:22 am)
Hello, all. I want to thank you for your input regarding my earlier post about Acura's in-dash navigation vs. a portable unit such as one made by Garmin. We have definitely decided to purchase the TSX with nav. One of my concerns was that we will sometimes be on road trips in different vehicles... say, taking hubby's truck if we go camping, or possibly travelling with my parents in their minivan, or when I have to travel for work and use a rental car... and it would just kill me to think we would be saying bye-bye to the beautiful navigation system left behind in front of our house. As my husband pointed out, though, the occasions on which we would need to use the nav system in another vehicle are probably fewer than I think. If we find out they're not, we'll just go ahead and buy a portable unit later. The great functionality of the in-dash unit was something that we couldn't pass up.
When I think about the added cost of the in-dash unit and think that we'll be driving this car 8-10 years, I can definitely justify the added expense.
#4143 of 5069 Nighthawk Black
Jun 26, 2005 (6:56 am)
I have decided on nighthawk black however have had a lot of people telling me not to get a black car....is it really difficult to maintain? I feel that if I get a black car knowing ahead of time that it requires more washing, then it shouldn't be a shock to own. Advice anyone?
#4144 of 5069 Re: Nighthawk Black [meg9713]
Jun 26, 2005 (7:33 am)
Depends on your definition of 'washing'. It will include not only more frequent washing...but waxing...and periodic 'refinishing'. Best bet is to go visit a reputable car wash / detailer and you can see that they typically have a specific process (with an additional fee) to get that black gloss back up and to get any paint swirls out.
Black does look great and classic. Just be aware of what it takes to keep that great look going (as with any other color there are specific maintenance requirements).
#4145 of 5069 Re: Nighthawk Black [meg9713]
Jun 26, 2005 (9:24 am)
It is possible to keep a black car looking good and when they are clean and waxed, nothing looks better. I just traded in a 7 year old black Passat that still had very glossy paint. However, I waxed the car at least twice per year and frequently more often. Black also shows every little speck of dirt, scratch and scuff.
As far as if it is worth it, my new car is silver.
#4146 of 5069 Tinted Windows
Jun 27, 2005 (4:32 am)
Is it possible to have the dealership tint the windows prior to picking up the car or is it better to take it somewhere else? Can tinting be negotiated?
#4147 of 5069 Anyone have pics of a TSX hitch receiver?
Jun 27, 2005 (8:05 am)
I think I want to put a hitch receiver on my TSX for a bike rack. Unfortunately, I have no idea what it looks like, and I'm wondering if anyone here has one and can post a photo of it from the rear.
#4148 of 5069 Re: Tinted Windows [meg9713]
Jun 27, 2005 (8:12 am)
The windows are tinted from the factory. What are you wanting to add?
#4149 of 5069 Re: Tinted Windows [mreed]
Jun 27, 2005 (6:16 pm)
The TSX does not come from the factory with window tint...that is an after market add on item...most dealerships have someone come in and do the tinting for them.
In fact there is not a car in the Acura line up that comes with tint from the factory with the exception of the MDX and only the back windows behind the driver and passenger are tinted at the factory.
#4150 of 5069 Re: Tinted Windows [mldj98]
Jun 27, 2005 (7:20 pm)
Interesting. I picked my '05 up a week ago, and the dealer was trying to sell me 3M window tinting. I can clearly see the TSX's window tint spray distortions with my polarized sunglasses (just like I can in most other tinted window cars). I didn't see any charges that would cover tinting. Seems strange that they would add tint, not charge for it, then ask me to buy more.
I guess they also asked me to buy wheel locks, but had thrown them in (installed) free of charge prior to delivery. I wonder if there was a miscommunication between the finance mgr and my salesman, regarding tint and wheel locks.