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#1712 of 5648 Tires 1999 Acura TL
Feb 02, 2005 (9:51 am)
Help! I do not know much about cars, tires, etc and need your help before I take it in.
I bought my 1999 Acura TL in Oct 02 with 22,000 miles on it. It now has 45,000 miles. Every time I fill up my right front tire it is low in a couple days. So it appears I have a leak and I need to replace, at the very least, that tire.
My question is should I be replacing all four tires at this time? I did a "penny test" and the treads on all four tires are low but not in the danger zone. When does one generally replace all the tires anyway? I'm assuming I did not get new tires when I bought the car.
The tires on my car are Michelin Energy XSE MXV4 if that helps.
So....three questions. Should I be replacing all four times at this time? And...would you take it into an Acura dealership or would any place (Discount Auto Parts, etc) do? Finally, can you recommend any particular brand of tire or does the Michelin work just fine? I'm in hot Phoenix, AZ.
Thanks for any input you can provide!!
#1713 of 5648 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [ricko]
Feb 02, 2005 (10:05 am)
So, in your State, the lemon law is administered thru the BBB? You don't need to engage a lawyer to invoke lemon law?
I had always thought that an arbitration process would be outside of the legislation, since an arbitration, by its nature, implies some sort of subjective ruling, whereas, if the law is invoked, it would simply be a question of whether the situation fits within the parameters governed by the legislation.
#1714 of 5648 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [bodble2]
Feb 02, 2005 (10:11 am)
The BBB arbitration process is one venue. Please note that BBB is financed by the auto manufactures...so good luck!
The lemon law process uses lawyers and is a separate and longer process. But you recover more of your money!
#1715 of 5648 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [tedescm1]
Feb 02, 2005 (12:41 pm)
Thanks for the clarification.
Actually I also went thru an arbitration process here against Honda about 4 years ago. It too was funded by the automobile assocation. I guess where our system differs is that I was awarded full buyback, with no deduction for use, or anything else. And no fees involved. But we don't have lemon laws in our jurisdiction.
#1716 of 5648 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [bodble2]
Feb 02, 2005 (1:32 pm)
Thanks for the information. I'm in the process of getting a BBB hearing but i'm not too optimistic about the results...
I've already got a lawyer in the wings...
I'm glad everything worked out for you!
#1717 of 5648 Re: Tires 1999 Acura TL [mdiver65]
Feb 02, 2005 (1:56 pm)
Hi Mark! It's a simple problem: I guess you either have a tiny nail stuck in the right front tire, the air valve is not completely tight, or the tire is not totally "flush" with the rim, which causes it to lose some air. Take the car to any tire store and have them check that tire. If the problem what I think it is, they'd fix it for you for $20 or so. Now to your questions:
1) I guess you can use your current tires for another 5K miles or so, but keep an eye on the tread. Being in AZ, you don't have to worry about driving in rain/snow! It's recommended to change the four tires together.
2) Forget about Acura dealers, they'll rip you off. Check discount tire stores, COSTCO, or you can buy them on the Internet and have your local store install them. www.tirerack.com is a good place to know everything about tires.
3) It depends on your driving style and whether you lean towards ride comfort or performance/handling. You can go to www.tirerack.com and check out prices and read specs/reviews of all tires for 99TL and choose what suits you best. Good luck!
#1718 of 5648 Re: Will the phone work? [newguy4]
Feb 02, 2005 (2:19 pm)
I have an 04 TL that I love - had it for about 4 months and just switched over to a Bluetooth compatible phone via Sprint. To answer your last question first, the audio while on the phone is good. You probably already know the radio shuts down when a call comes in which is nice. People I'm talking to say it sounds like I'm talking directly into my cell phone, and messages I've left for myself at the office come through clearly. The only negative - and it's a minor one - is the front speakers rattle a bit when the sound of the other caller comes through them if they're turned up too much, but that can be adjusted. On second thought, maybe it's my wife's voice...anyway, you'll enjoy the car.
#1719 of 5648 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [tedescm1]
Feb 02, 2005 (8:14 pm)
Well I have read i think almost every blurb in this file and I think I am victim to everything and more...
First of all, I have submitted my defect notification months ago and have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Feb 16th. I own a 2004 blk/blk TL with navi and currently has 21k miles.
This is by far one of the nicest looking acura's ever produced however the quality control, service and handling leave much to be desired.
I traded in my 2003 audi a4 1.8T for this car and thought I would be in heaven... my whole family drives acuras/hondas...i was the odd duck with an audi.
*I have the harmonic resonance vibration that will not go away at low and high speeds.
*I have tires that vibrate and wear improperly have done all regular service yet they r worn unevenly.
*I have a rattling sunroof that the dealer insists is normal on TL's
*I have a blue tooth phone that has been replaced 4 times and I have changed phones twice and it still drops calls and locks up like a computer... how do you fix this...u pull off to the side of the road shut the car off and restart quite simply like the dell computer you just bought that freezes...if its not locking up it drops the call the minute u try and connect the call on the wheel yet the phone doesnt drop...T mobile has tested phones and will stand behind the phone but not acura. The funny thing is the salesperson has the same phone and car and doesnt have the problem yet we paired his phone on my car and his does the same yet the same dealership service advisor at dealership stated it was my phone?????
*I had a driver window that rattled and went down by itself...replaced window regulator...
* dont u you dare tint windows on TL's...if you do they scratch due to the lack of felt on the guides NON warranty.
*Leather seats? Can we say the worst quality for a car in this class period. ever. I have had the seatbottoms replaced twice and tehy even subl;et the seats to the lthr shop they came back worse...then the manuf. rep. stated it was normal wear and tear...I replied how can it be normal wear and tear when they were replaced and u sublet the replacements????? LOL
*I have had my rotors resurfaced more vibrations then they replaced the pads and rotors...
*My windshield cracked and had to get replaced.
*I too had the temparture gauage go blank and reappear but I live in FL it doesnt get to 5 degrees here.
*I had the stalling issue and all injectors were replaced....seemed ok but still stalls at times....dealers reply now =normal
*The companys qulaity and devotion to service is downright horrid. I would think I am in Chevy land witht he way they look at me.
*Traction control warning light comes on and STAYS on service advsior trys to tell me its normal yet thje manual says pull to the side shut car off and restart andf take car to nearest acura dealer..hmmmm
*subwoofer rattled but was cured with noise barrier tape
*console broke and had to be replaced
*on a long road trip the a/c stopped blowing it blew cold just didnt blow air.
*Check engine light has come on and flickers but usually when car hard to start...am told they dont know whats wrongn here
* My paint started bubbling on the front bumper and chipping like it was a dodge neon from the 90's and u pay 35k for what now?
Oh ya the stereo is by far the best and I'll admit i always use it but for 35k i can put a down payment on a nice house with a killer stereo setup in every room. I pondered a replacement but yet the selling dealer vanadlized my car, the nearest dealer was involved ina class action lawsuit for warrnaty fraud and the best dealer which is mediocore at best is 40 minutes away and although the service manager is extremely nice the service advsior is a doodoo bird and i know more about the car than he does.overall this is a slamming hot car in the styling, offers some interesting technolgy but is a quality nightmare for the premium price...and cannot compete in that arena with its rivals but it is a lil cheaper but nontheless I firmly believe the above impairs the use value and saftey of the vehicle would you??
#1720 of 5648 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [tpacar79]
Feb 03, 2005 (1:12 am)
Holy cow, what hasn't gone wrong?! Fortunately I have not experienced any of those problems except for saggy leather seats, and various & misc intermittent creaks and rattles. But none from the sunroof. Oh, and I guess one other annoying problem is sometimes I can't disconnect my phone from the HFL unless I switch the phone off and then back on. I think I have to be a certain distance away from the car or else I can't switch off bluetooth on the phone.
#1721 of 5648 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [tpacar79]
Feb 03, 2005 (8:23 am)
Wow, I can relate to some of your issues but it sounds like you've really got a lemon. I especially agree with you regarding the great looks of the car and manufacturer's and dealer's apparent apathy regarding its customers.