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Acura TL, Sedan
#1767 of 12077 Re: comp [comp] [habitat1 #1762] [comp] [habitat1] [comp]
Jul 12, 2004 (1:38 pm)
Overall, at 3,000 miles, my experience with the TL has been very good. I generally like the performance and handling. The "amenities": bluetooth phone, navigation system, XM radio etc. all serve to make my drives more pleasant. The clutch engagement on the 6-speed took awhile to get used to (as opposed to my S2000, which felt comfortable from day one). No rattles or squeeks at his point.
What would I change? Not much. The seats could be a little better with more thigh and side support, but they are still noticably better than my 1995 Maxima. Coming out of a Volvo - known for very good seats - you may find the Acura seats only "acceptable" but not great. The audio system, for all it's claims as groundbreaking new technology, doesn't match the crispness of sound from the old Nakamichi / Fosgate system I had installed in my first new car - a 1978 Datsun B210GX. But again, it's quite good and I'm not exactly a high decible rock and roller. Probably the biggest issue I have with the car is that, for pure driving pleasure, no FWD car will match the feel and handling of, say a BMW 5-series. But the $530i is another $18k in price, or $25k if you go to the 545i, which is necessary to match the quickness of the TL. The TL is at least as good or better than any of the other FWD cars I tested and, IMO, is a better overall package than the RWD Infiniti G35.
If I might ask, why do you want to trade your XC90. We will be replacing our SUV next and the XC90, along with the MDX/Pilot, Lexus GX470 and a couple of others are on our list. I'm impressed with the looks and drive of the XC90, just not sure about Volvo reliability compared to the others.
#1769 of 12077 Good dealer in DFW area
Jul 13, 2004 (8:19 pm)
I bought my Desert Mist/Parchment non-navi auto TL a little over a week ago from Mac Churchill in Ft. Worth. Worked out the deal in advance with the internet sales manager. It was easiest and most pleasant car buying experience I've ever had. Paid $600 over invoice without haggling at all. Everyone was very laid back at the dealership and came up to welcome you to the family. We were in and out with the car in no time. I highly recommend them. Stay away from Goodson Acura in Irving. They try all the deceptive practices in the book. They even wanted me to put down a $1,000 non-refundable deposit, which is illegal. And Vandergriff just wants to play the sales song and dance game. Go to Mac Churchill.
#1770 of 12077 Just ordered one
Jul 14, 2004 (3:40 pm)
I just ordered a car in blue/quartz. In the Minneapolis area, I couldn't find much of a deal. The best I could find locally was $1000 off on a nav. I wasn't impressed with White Bear Acura or Berkle and neither would budge on their price. The sales people and internet guy at Bloomington Acura were great, but they couldn't quite do enough on the pricing.
So, I am going to go to a Chicago suburb to pick one up. They are going to pick me up from the airport on a Sat morning in a few weeks. I got it for $1000 over invoice with a little pushing plus splash guards and all weather floor mats at a discount. Overall I saved about $1000 after the plane ticket for the effort. Total price is $33300. It isn't the best I have seen posted but underneath TMV and the best I could find in the entire midwest.
I hope to enjoy my trip back home in the new car.
#1771 of 12077 Did I get a good deal in Metro area New Jersey?
Jul 14, 2004 (7:28 pm)
Hi all, I just put a deposit on a Black TL w/ auto. and navigation. I paid 2000 under MSRP, got a few accessories tacked on for free, wheel locks, engine block heater, and got the guy to give me a free service contract that covered maintenance on the car for 3 years. I also bumped up the standard warranty and add window etching out of my own pocket. Total was 33,200 and after taxes etc. it came to 35 and change. Good deal?
PS. : It seems to be the best deal around as I went to a few other dealerships and they want 2-3 grand more. Just wanted to see if you guys knew of something I didn't.
Also these guys seem good, because I originally wanted to get the A-spec not realizing it wouldn't bode well in the area I live in and these guys were gonna charge me cost for the package whereas the competitors wanted to sell it to me for 9 grand... What a rip.
#1773 of 12077 Buying new TL/ G35 in Portland, OR / Northwest
Jul 18, 2004 (4:51 am)
I will be moving to Portland, OR and purchasing a new car in about 1.5-2 months. I had a few questions and would appreciate any pointers or suggestions. Currently I am a resident of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).
My choice is between the TL & G35 leather w/ premium pkg.(An '04 I35 w/ Nav. and cold weather pkg. for < $28k would be a third choice).
(i) What are typical "additional" fees dealers charge in Oregon, or to Oregon residents (buying in WA, or CA, for instance)?
(ii) There is no sales tax on cars, right, for OR residents?
(iii) What is a good time to buy a new car- August, September, October (due to '05 models and inventory reduction etc.)?
(iv) Would it be unreasonable to expect to get an '04 non- navi. TL or '04 G35 w/ prem. pkg. for $32k, all inclusive?
(v) How well does the argument of an '04 car being "a year old" (and so it should be offered for lesser) usually work in Aug/ Sept/ Oct, if the dealer has some '04 models on-site?
#1774 of 12077 Anyone heard anything about 05 price increases?
Jul 18, 2004 (2:29 pm)
Although the heat of the summer is bearing down on Arizona dealerships, 6spd MT TLs remain in short supply. I am now considering waiting until September and ordering a 2005 TL so that I can get the color, tires, and transmission I want. Has anyone heard any rumors, inside information, industry hints or anything else concerning any price increases for the 2005 TL? While I expect some sort of price increase, given the popularity of the TL, I am wondering if it will balance out against the depreciation of a 2004 vs a 2005 model. Also, has anyone heard of any additional features or changes that might justify a price increase? I wouldn't expect any major changes in major systems for at least three years, but small items might be added or revised. Comments?
#1775 of 12077 Re: Did I get a good deal in Metro area New Jersey? [xkegsx]
Jul 18, 2004 (2:41 pm)
Who was your dealer???
#1776 of 12077 Re: Did I get a good deal in Metro area New Jersey? [steve5]
Jul 18, 2004 (8:20 pm)
DCH Acura in Verona New Jersey. Just to clear things up I had to pay extra for the extended warranty.