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Acura TL, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
#1717 of 5656 Re: Tires 1999 Acura TL [mdiver65]
Feb 02, 2005 (12:56 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 5656 Re: Will the phone work? [newguy4]
Feb 02, 2005 (1:19 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 5656 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [tedescm1]
Feb 02, 2005 (7:14 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 5656 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [tpacar79]
Feb 03, 2005 (12:12 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 5656 Re: Lemon Law - Questions [tpacar79]
Feb 03, 2005 (7:23 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.
Feb 03, 2005 (8:53 am)
My dealer's been great, but I've never cared much for Honda's corporate attitude.
#1723 of 5656 Arbitration
Feb 03, 2005 (6:34 pm)
First of all the usage fees were figured by using the following formula, miles-at the time of the hearing, divided by 100,000 miles, multiplied by total vehicle purchase price. In my case this came to $5200 which I am not going to pay.
If I would have taken the car back 4 times for attempted repair before 12000 miles I would have received a ruling under lemon law requirements in Ky and arbitrator would have ordered replacement at no cost to me, but since I didn't meet the lemon requirements she ordered replacement with the fees, her hands were tied.
According to the Acura rep the problem HAS NOT been corrected in the 05, they have adjusted the suspension, in order to try and cover it up a little more, but the real problem, a defective torque converter has not been resolved, too expensive my guess, so they want to cram it down our throat. The Arbitrator went on to say that it constitutes a substantial impairment of the SAFETY,USE AND VALUE of the vehicle to the consumer, and MAY POSE A SAFETY DANGER IN THE FUTURE AS THE VIBRATION CONTINUES by over-stressing other parts and systems.
At the hearing you need to produce evidence you have taken the car back to the dealer for repair attempts and have copies from dealer service showing date, mileage, and what they did. On my service invoices were my complaint and they clearly stated no fix at this time. I also had copies from this forum about vibration complaints,but the rep at my hearing admitted very freely that the problem existed in the 04 and 05 TL and that they had no fix for it at this time. Let me say this, every state that has a lemon law, they are all different so check requirements for yours. At the hearing you can also ask each other questions and you will probably be asked questions by the arbitrator and the rep, we also took a test drive and rep brought 04 TL with him. It is an informal hearing, you will be fine with it.
I will not keep this car because it worries me about being safe, whats going to happen if I am going down the interstate at 75 and this torque convertor flies apart who knows what might happen.
You also need to notify Acura in writing.
Good luck, I plan on fighting them for awhile.
#1724 of 5656 Re: Arbitration [ricko]
Feb 04, 2005 (6:13 am)
Ricko: They talk about a defective torque converter.
Stupid question, but is this on the Manual or Automatic?
#1725 of 5656 Re: Tires 1999 Acura TL [1violinist]
Feb 04, 2005 (9:48 am)
Thank your for the reply. I have checked out tireack.com and decided to go with the KUHMO ECSTA 716. From the reviews, it gets the best bang for your buck. Also, I'm only planning on driving this for another 15,000 miles. So...I'm just going to go ahead and get them done soon.
If you know of any reason why NOT to go with this brand I would appreciate it.
Thanks again for all your help...
#1726 of 5656 45,000 Mile Service
Feb 04, 2005 (9:59 am)
On another note...
I'm due for my 45,000 mile service. Can anyone recommend (or point me in the right direction where I can find this) an independent Acura repair shop in PHOENIX for this type of service. OR...would you just take into Acura and get it done with?
PS Any idea what I should expect to pay?