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Infiniti G35, Acura TL, Sedan
#821 of 1334 Nissan vs Honda vs Mazda vs Toyota:
Feb 28, 2004 (1:35 pm)
Toyota: Maybe the Celica, and RAV 4 are cool looking. Thats about it from them.
Honda/Acura: last generation Integra was cool looking. The last generation Accord Coupe was cool looking. The new TL and TSX are pretty good looking vehicles. I thought maybe the 1992-1996 Prelude was Honda's best styling work. I liked the 01-03 MDX. I don't like the refresh for 04 though. Can't wait for the new NSX. I saw a picture. I think its going to come out nice.
Mazda: the new 6, RX-8, and Protege 5 are good styling works. Can't wait to see next generation Miata. I'll reserve judgement for the 3.
Nissan: I like the Altima, Q45, Murano, and 350Z. I just don't know how good the Altima and Murano are going to look in the long term. I respect Nissan for being bold though.
Honda, Nissan, and Mazda have all made understated cars that look better than American Cars from like 1993. The 93 Altima and 93 626 look better than most domestic's from 93 do. The 94 Accord has aged well.
Nissan, Mazda, and Honda all have to offer something different. This can't be the late 90's where they offer the same exact thing. Toyota I don't know about them.
#823 of 1334 TL Transmission Problem, No Worries
Apr 01, 2004 (7:54 pm)
I have a '02 TL Type S, and did have that transmission problem that have put a big ding in Acura's reliability survey. The dealer and Honda handled the problem very well when my trans. went out. I think Honda is misleading with the percentage of problem, but I wouldn't be concerned unless you are looking at purchasing a used car from '02 with a auto 5 sp trans..
I personally do not like the smaller trunk of the '04 TL but that seems to be the only drawback I can see. The engine pulls from lower rpm and feels smoother, and the car does handle better than my TL, but the G35 will probably out handle the newer '04. However, the TL has more luxury items and yes, I agree the interior is of better quality. The G35 seems to have stronger brakes, but the TL has better electronics and probably the best NAV system in the business right now.
Apr 02, 2004 (4:32 am)
"The G35 seems to have stronger brakes"
Don't underestimate the braking performance of TLs equipped with Brembos.
Apr 02, 2004 (11:21 am)
Well first of all I have a '02 Type S, and can tell you that the G35 for the same year has better brakes and I haven't driven a TL w/ Brembo because 6sp TL are extremely scarce and I have never seen one at the dealers. I can say this tho, Brembo like most companies have different levels of quality, and because they are nearly a household name in the racing circles, they are known to be quite good, however, if you go by magazine reports from other Brembo brakes to OEM cars, they are over rated and over priced. The Subaru, or the Mitsubishi EVO, just check on the replacement rotor costs? Major ouch. My comment was more general in that Honda could slightly improve the regular non name brand brakes to somewhere similar to the stopping distance of the G35, instead of going to flashy name brand brake companies that a lot of auto mfgs are doing.
Apr 02, 2004 (12:05 pm)
The g coupe gets brembos in some packages but the raves about stopping power are from non brembo packages such as the sedans 5AT. Calipers alone do not make a brake package better than stock. To really improve braking you need cross drilled/slotted rotors of a bigger size and a 4 piston caliper. Gold paint does sqwuat!
Apr 02, 2004 (12:14 pm)
"To really improve braking you need cross drilled/slotted rotors of a bigger size and a 4 piston caliper."
I agree with you, Chris. Only problem is you can't remachine cross drilled/slotted rotors. Even though it's less likely, if they do get even slightly warped under heavy usage, they're garbage.
I'm very pleased with the performance of the 4 piston caliper Brembos on my TL. Very short stopping distances and there's no fading in their performance under heavy braking conditions. The rotors are not cross drilled/slotted but they're large and remachinable if there's a problem -- a very acceptable compromise.
Apr 02, 2004 (12:37 pm)
I agree with on the Type S brakes- should have been better, my previous car (Mazda Millennia) did much better job than the S.
No other complaints- the car is blast to drive.
Apr 02, 2004 (2:03 pm)
ditto, have you driven the new TL? It's a blast, love almost everything about it except the smaller trunk size. I guess you can't have everything. Love the torque range better on the newer engine, but I can hardly complain, I get 29 mpg on the open highway drive from 85 to 95 mph.
I'm at 48k miles and still on original tires, don't really care for them, and can't wait to get something else. Been thinking about the Yoko H4V4 or something like that. Anyone recommend better tires than the original OEM Michelins?
another small issue I have w/ the TL. it's no biggie actually, but when your car comes to a stop, does it seem like the car lurches a little? as if the torque converter is unloading or similar to that? I never felt a car that had this same feeling.