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#147 of 231 Need help with a decision
Sep 29, 2004 (2:26 pm)
I'm currently the proud owner of a 1997 CL 3.0. I say "proud" as I truly believe in the performance and reliability of Honda/Acura, regardless of the negative comments that they get due to their automatic transmission issues - but it's this that has created my concerns. My CL has 143,000 miles on it and I'm now at the point that I'm looking into a TL w/ navi. My issue is whether to get the 6 sp manual or stay to the automatic. The plus with the stick is that my wife can't drive it. I'm also the guy on the block that loves driving stick but has never owned one. My wife has a 2003 Honda Pilot that seems to acquire a new scratch everytime she goes somewhere. My CL does have its issues w/ the auto trans, i.e. the jerking back and forth, seemingly getting "confused" with which gear to be in. I've managed to figure out the best way to drive the car depending on the type of traffic I'm in, but I'd like to not have to drive an automatic like a stick if I don't have to. I'm also curious to see if Acura will bring out an all wheel version of the TL such as they're putting on the redesigned RL.
Any comments or suggestions?
#148 of 231 Re: Hey, gords [gords]
Sep 29, 2004 (4:30 pm)
Congrats! Black/Camel looks great, even though you'll have to wash it every other day!
And talking about cheap parts, I forgot to mention that I think the sun visors and the moonroof interior shade is rather flimsy to be found in a car in this price range.
#149 of 231 Longevity of TL ?
Oct 09, 2004 (8:06 am)
I have an 01 TL with 53k miles.I change the oil every 7500 miles and don't get stuck in stop and go traffic much.How long can I expect before problems develop, assuming I follow the owners manual closely.So far I have had brakes redone and tranny replaced (warranty).Also the drivers seat was wearing on the left side bolster but was fixed before the warranty expired.So far dealer experience has been great.I also have a new v6 Highlander with similar size engine but it feels so much weaker,Is VTEC that much better than Toyota VVti?
#150 of 231 Re: Hey, gords [bodble2]
Oct 11, 2004 (12:06 pm)
Are you guys both happy with the Nav option now that you have had the car for a while?
When I priced mine out last year, it came to about a $4400 Cdn difference in price given the difference in discounts and then applicable taxes on top. I am tempted however to pop in to the dealer and see what it would cost me to swap out my 04 for an 05 with Navi and in Anthracite (which is now available in AT).....just for fun.....don't tell my wife.....
#151 of 231 Re: Hey, gords [brew99]
Oct 12, 2004 (3:38 pm)
brew, to be honest, since I have been driving almost exclusively within the city of Vancouver, I have not really needed to use the Nav, except for fun! When I ventured out occasionally, into some of the suburbs like Surrey, New Westminster, etc. then I have used it. And so far it has performed as promised, albeit under limited circumstances.
#152 of 231 Re: Acura TL Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS]
Oct 17, 2004 (5:22 pm)
hi. I bought an '05 non navg auto after a many months search considering 1. a immaculate 02 tls w/ 32k miles, 2. a loaded nice 03 tls w/ 37k miles, 3 a new 04 tl auto at invoice,and then finally my white tl auto. Each car was terrific in its way, but I decided to buy for a keeper to have for 8 yr or more. And the pricing at Lindsay Acura of Columbus and Cleveland Acura was very accomodating.
My major focus this 3rd day of ownership is learning the audio system. Later I'll work on the drive by wire! Today at least I got the garage door to operate!
#153 of 231 Re: Acura TL Owners: Meet the Members [ronaries10]
Oct 19, 2004 (3:27 pm)
This audio system is still a challenge! ONe of the Cd's is not being recognized (played) and I also haven't figured out how to take them out! Where do you put the quarters to play them?
#154 of 231 New member & owner
Oct 20, 2004 (10:50 am)
I picked up my '05 abyss blue pearl auto with navi Saturday from Jones Acura in Lancaster, PA. They gave me a great deal & were exremely easy to deal with. I still have to master the finer points of the navi system, but it got me back to the DC metro area through a sudden storm around Baltimore Saturday afternoon. My current issue is finding a blue tooth phone that works with Verizon, or consider switching services.
Nov 05, 2004 (10:12 pm)
I have not purchased a TL yet but I have negotiated a price on a silver/black interior 2001 model at our local Accura dealer. My concern after doing a bit of reading on the internet is the transmission. Is this likely to be a problem with this model year? It is a great car and I have taken it on a couple of test drives. I really like it but of course it is out of warranty and a transmission failure would be a disaster.
#156 of 231 Re: John [john50]
Nov 08, 2004 (1:35 pm)
Check to see whether they've extended the warranty on the transmission. They did on my '01 CL-S