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#1147 of 5656 Need help with a TL decision
Sep 24, 2004 (7:49 am)
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, especially with all of the negative comments that they get due to their automatic transmission issues. 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 stick to the automatic. The plus with the stick is that my wife can't drive it. She 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?
#1148 of 5656 Re: Severe tire problems ... [gled0501]
Sep 24, 2004 (9:19 am)
>>I do however, hate that the mirrors tilt downward when you are in reverse. I have difficulty seeing out the back as it is, but now I look at the ground instead of further behind me. I would like to have this disabled, has anyone looked into doing this?? I found this feature to be totally unnecessary.>>
Put the mirror adjustment select switch in the middle (between left and right) and neither will tilt.\
Actually, I do find it usefull when parallel parking and backing into a parking space (looking to make sure I'm between the lines). The rest of the time I leave it off.
#1149 of 5656 Re: Severe tire problems ... [gled0501]
Sep 24, 2004 (9:42 am)
This is where reading the manual can be important. Just simply set the mirror selector switch to the middle and neither will tilt downward. It's all in the manual, crack her open and take a look see, who knows what else you are missing.
#1150 of 5656 Reverse tilt mirror
Sep 24, 2004 (11:06 am)
I actually find the feature very useful. First and foremost for parallel parking. And even if everyday reverse situations, such as backing out of the garage and use it to avoid running over the neighbor's garbage can on the other side of the lane, or checking for small kids when backing out of a parking spot at the mall, etc. Personally I would prefer if BOTH mirrors tilt down at the same time.
#1151 of 5656 Miles to Empty Gauge
Sep 29, 2004 (10:42 pm)
I searched on this forum and it seems many owners have had problems with inaccuracy of the "Miles to Empty Gauge" on their 04 TL. Mine is utterly inaccurate. After fill-up, it would say it has more than 389 miles to go before empty. But it never reaches that kind of mileage. And the other day, I was monitoring the gauge while driving a 2-mile freeway stretch. I was surprised to find that the # of miles until empty had actually decreased by NINE miles at the end of the 2-mile stretch.
It bugs me. Has anyone else have had their problematic miles to empty gauge fixed by the dealer? Is it something the dealer can calibrate?
#1152 of 5656 Re: Miles to Empty Gauge [calwhiz]
Sep 30, 2004 (4:59 am)
It's not broken. It is constantly recalculating the miles to empty using average data since the last fill-up. SO, you will see big jumps when the tank is full and smaller jumps as it empties. I once filled up and immediately got on a freeway. The miles to empty was 999! It of course came back down when I got off the freeway.
The initial number is always suspect. I'm not sure how it derives that, but I'm guessing it's based on past driving experience.
#1153 of 5656 Re: Severe tire problems ... [gled0501]
Sep 30, 2004 (1:34 pm)
yes, put the mirror selector switch to the middle, instead of left or right...and it will not tilt down...
this is an expensive feature that is safe and protects your wheels. It was first found on expensive 525i and 745i BMWs...
My suggestion is : ..You should be looking over your right shoulder when backing up ....ALWAYS !!
that is a rule that our lawyer friends pounds into us...they have cases where someone who was backing out did not look over their shoulder (turn around facing back) , and ran over people at the parking lots, and got sued for it....
just my 2 cents...
#1154 of 5656 Re: Miles to Empty Gauge [aaargh]
Sep 30, 2004 (1:36 pm)
yes,....I have the same misuderstandings with my cayenne....it reads the same number....because it takes averages...so it does not tell you the present up to the minute MPG....
I think they should have a continuous readout, once every 1 min or so, like the Toyota Prius...
#1155 of 5656 Re: Pull to left [bigbadboss101] & Rust build up at lower rear window
Oct 06, 2004 (1:40 pm)
I have the TL and it pulls to the right. Also below the rear window rust is building up betweent the weather strip and the window itself. Anyone else have this problem
#1156 of 5656 Re: Miles to Empty Gauge [aaargh]
Oct 06, 2004 (1:53 pm)
I don't think it uses the "average" data for the calculation (miles to empty), I think it uses the current consumption rate, for example, if you are driving on a highway at a constant speed, your miles-to-empty will increase from the reading before you get onto the highway, because at a constant highway speed, you can go further because of better MPG. I tested this out a few weeks back.