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#5499 of 5656 Acura TL horn
Jul 12, 2010 (12:29 pm)
I recently purchased a 2007 Acura TL which has an intermittent problem of the horn honking while turning. On one occasion it honked approximately 6 times in a 4 block area. I shut the car off and restarted it. This time it took several trys and considerable effort to get it to honk once. In addition, it lost it's memory the other day with regard to pre-set radio stations indicating to me that there was a battery disconnect at one point. Due to the fact that I live in a rural area and not close to an Acura dealer and the problems being intermittent, I would like to solve this problem myself.
#5500 of 5656 Re: 2003 2.3TL [moet131]
Jul 12, 2010 (6:37 pm)
I don't keep up with values because I'm not in the market. You can easily check values via Ebay, Craigslist or KelleyBlueBook.com. Personally I'd be very leery of a salvage title. Not because they can't be repaired properly; I used to work at a car dealership many moons ago and I think a quality body shop can work wonders. But the problem will come when you go to sell it. I would think a car with a salvage title would take a minimum 20% to 25% hit in resale value. Of course, if you decide to drive it till it drops maybe you won't have to worry about that drop in value. If I were you I'd be sure to drive it in all sorts of conditions: high speeds in addition to low speeds; highways in addition to city streets. I'd also have someone drive behind you to make sure it's not "dog-tracking"...where the frame is bent. All of this in addition to taking it to your local Acura dealer for inspection. As someone else has pointed out, sounds like there may be better deals out there. Frankly I figured my 2005 TL with 62,000 miles was only worth about $10k or $12k.
#5504 of 5656 Re: 2003 2.3TL [strokeoluck2]
Aug 04, 2010 (6:36 am)
Have U figured out your horn problem yet?
I just now read your thread.
This is curious to me. We have an '05.
#5505 of 5656 Premium Gas vs Regular Gas "Don't Do It!"
Aug 05, 2010 (3:54 am)
I see this in many of the forums and think it needs to be clarified. A fuel's octane rating represents its detonation threshold, not a promise of better performance or mileage. Higher-octane fuels create a slower burning flame. This deters pre-ignition, which manifests itself as engine "knock" or "pinging." Higher-compression engines, turbocharged or supercharged engines and higher-revving engines make good use of 91-octane premium. If the manufacturer does not recommend high octane, don't use it. The ABC news magazine show "20/20" put this advice to the test, and the results showed there is no benefit to be had in using high-octane (unless recommended) and, in some cases, fuel efficiency will be lost to incomplete combustion. You are just cheating yourself out of $$ in the long run by using lower grade octane!
#5506 of 5656 Re: Premium Gas vs Regular Gas "Don't Do It!" [gbosil]
Aug 05, 2010 (6:04 am)
Good post. If you don't mind, I would like to add the following.
In a 2000 TL, I did a full year using fuel with 10% ethanol followed by a full year with non-ethanol fuel. I kept track and averaged the gas mileage.....Guess what? It was EXACTLY the same MPG.
#5507 of 5656 Re: 2003 2.3TL [mikesmurano]
Aug 05, 2010 (7:26 am)
I just got it repaired by the dealer yesterday. They found an exposed wire connector in the steering wheel. Alas, I can now participate in a funeral procession without making an ass out of myself.
#5508 of 5656 Replacing transmission mount
Sep 04, 2010 (9:56 pm)
Upon visual inspection, the dealer said my 1997 3.2TL Acura has a slight crack of the transmission mount. It would cost approx. $800 for a replacement. The car itself drives fine and I don't feel any difference. How serious is this problem and when should it be replaced? Thanks.