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#5445 of 5656 Driver side airbag deployed for no reason
Feb 19, 2010 (10:56 am)
While pulling up to a traffic light in my 2008 Acura TL, as I was pressing the brakes the driver side airbag deployed. My car wasn't hit, there was no debris on the road and despite of what Acura is claiming, there was no "huge" pot hole. Anyone experience same thing in their Acura TL's? Acura techs looked at the car and came up with a bunch bs excuses about "pot hole" damage, so they would not have to pay for the damage under car defect warranty. No recourse from Acura corporate either - like parrots, they are just repeating what the dealership is saying. Anyone have a suggestion on how to fight this?
#5446 of 5656 Re: TSA button? [new2cars]
Feb 19, 2010 (11:04 am)
It's for traction control...not sure of the Acura name for it but I am sure someone does.
#5447 of 5656 2010 TL
Feb 19, 2010 (10:44 pm)
I purchased a 2010 TL Tech package and after using the car for a few weeks I started hearing noises from the back seat, after taking it to the dealer they told me the noise is coming from the gas tank. It was the fuel moving around apparently they used a bigger tank in the newer TL's which makes this type of noise and they class it as a characteristic of the vehicle, I called Acura and they told me the something there is on fix for this problem. Which blows my mind I paid over 40k for this car and not only do I hear road noise but also the gas moving in the tank what can a person do about this the dealer and Acura is stating all of the new TL's have this same noise can they actually get away with something like this. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?
#5448 of 5656 Re: Average repair costs for an Acura TL? [carchick07]
Mar 04, 2010 (8:33 am)
I just purchased a 2005 TL to replace a disastrous Nissan Murano SE and I have to say I am driving a fabulous machine.
I usually don't buy new cars because of the miles I have to drive. I looked at a lot of cars before I bought a 6 spd. manual TL in great shape. This car drives like it just came off the lot. It had 100k miles so I had to replace the timing belt ($850) but I bought the car for only $11K. It always ran on synthetic so the engine is solid.
The market is flush with a lot of good TL's coming off of leases from '05 - '08. There are some great deals here.
The TL is a luxury sports sedan so expect to pay up for service and parts. E.g. - I know brakes are expensive (~$200). I would always recommend synthetic oil; this engine revs high and it will last 300k miles if you keep synthetic in it.
Tune ups are very high at Acura dealers; however, I took mine to a Honda dealer who will do the work for about 25% less. The Accord V6 uses a similar engine.
Tires will run around $650 for a set.
You can save on some things by going to Autozone and doing the work yourself (there is no magic to replacing spark plugs) or go to a reputable smaller shop (like: Midas; etc.). I've only had the car a month so I am still learning about it.
I think you will be happy with this car. I drove a Murano for five years and now feel like I've been reborn.
Never another Nissan for me!
#5449 of 5656 Windshield Concerns
Mar 09, 2010 (8:57 am)
Has anyone had issues with windshield chips from flying pebbles, etc.?
I never noticed this much with my last Acura but my 2007 TL seems to have suffered from several chips on the windshield in the past three years. I'm starting to wonder if this is a more fragile windshield or simply more freeway driving.
Also, are windshild chips dangerous? Will they become worse with time?
Thanks in advance for your input!
#5450 of 5656 Re: Windshield Concerns [new2cars]
Mar 09, 2010 (9:11 am)
I just bought a TL and got hit by a pebble on the freeway last week which left a pit.
I was p.o.'d to say the least. I have had similar problems with my 4Runner. I had a Murano that seemed to be more resistant to such encounters. I am guessing that it is mostly due to the strength of the temper in the glass and the shape of the windshield.
Rounded windshields will be stronger and more resistant to pits and chips. The inertia force (vector) of the stone will be glanced off (rounded w.s.) rather than absorb the impact. A flat windshield will absorb more if not full impact.
The TL has a flatter windshield.
#5451 of 5656 Re: Windshield Concerns [new2cars]
Mar 09, 2010 (2:16 pm)
In my 2000 TL, I had the windshield replaced twice. Called the insurance company and it was no charge. I drive pretty fast when we travel and the low sloping hood directs it right up to the windshield. As long as it was near the driver viewing area, they will replace it (at least mine does). If you have any questions about replacing it, contact a local body shop and meet their glass guy when he arrives to do a job for the shop. They are VERY helpful if you know what I mean.
I also ended up with a chip on the hood each time. I have the 3M clear coating on the hood of my 08 and I am hoping that helps absorb the energy of the stone.
#5452 of 5656 Re: Windshield Concerns [mikesmurano]
Mar 09, 2010 (2:18 pm)
You just HAVE to be an engineer. Few others would describe it that way.
#5453 of 5656 Crickets chirping at starting
Mar 16, 2010 (5:56 pm)
My 08 TL with 11,500 miles in LA. It happened from yesterday.
When I start up car after work (1500 pm) there is a sound like crickets chirping.
Lasts only a couple of seconds and gone.
I cannot duplicate it after the first start.
This does not happen in the morning (0600am)
Any ideas or anyone ever have this noise?
#5454 of 5656 Re: Crickets chirping at starting [vincentlo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 16, 2010 (6:04 pm)
Could be a slipping belt or....or....a chattering AC compressor clutch if the AC was engaged at the time. The AC is often engaged not only with the AC controls but in "defrost" mode.
If this is a manual transmission car, a worn pilot bushing makes this noise but please Lord, not that.