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Acura TL, Sedan
#910 of 912 Re: 18 inch wheels [tlhope]
Oct 25, 2005 (1:32 am)
Can't help you on the looks - but a word of caution on the functionality
I had my 2004 TL 6-speed in for an oil change last week and the service manager noticed I had new tires - Avon's in 245/45/17's. My orignial "HPT" Bridgestone Potenza's still had some tread on them, but were well worn at 19,000 miles. We got talking about wheels and tires for the TL.
My service manager strongly recommends against getting 18" wheels on a TL automatic, unless it has the A-spec suspension upgrade. The 35/40 series tires that go with 18" wheels are highly prone to wear unevenly with the softer suspension of the automatic. He has seen front tires that needed to be replaced in as little as 7,500 miles. In addition, the car is much more prone to get out of alignment. The 6-speed and A-spec cars fare better, due to the stiffer suspension, but even they have had some customer complaints regarding uneven tire wear, short tire life, tire noise, harsh ride and even blowouts.
In my service managers opinion, the standard TL automatic suspension is just barely adequate to handle 17" wheels and 45 series tires, but not 18" wheels and 35/40 series tires. And, unlike RWD cars, the FWD TL puts all of the stress - acceleration, turning, torque steer on the front wheels. He jokes - but with a serious tone - that the tire manufacturers could give away 18" rims and make the money back through tire replacements.
P.S. My service manager did approve of my decision to go with the wider 245's vs. OEM 235's. Too late to have avoided a couple of curb scuffs on the passenger side wheels, but the 245's are a better fit.
#911 of 912 Re: Hurray for ipod users! [dampfnudel]
Oct 25, 2005 (4:33 am)
My question is, can I buy a 2006 TL now and get it retrofitted with the kit in December? Acura's Corporate Customer Service said "no" but I can't see why not. My wife is looking at a CR-V and I have the same question for Honda's upcoming iPod Music Link. Bottom line: If anybody sees more information than the press release - which to date, is as much as the dealers have - let us know! My wife and I are ready for our new cars...
Oct 25, 2005 (5:40 am)
OK, we (meaning *I*) goofed and moved this discussion from the Future Vehicles board. It turns out that the 2006 TL is not a major redesign, and thus we can't support a separate discussion for this model year.
Unfortunately, having done so has caused some confusion, and thus we're going to go ahead and close this discussion and ask owners & enthusiasts to continue in our active Acura TL discussion.
Pricing and purchasing questions can be answered in our Acura TL: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion, and you can ask about leasing in our Acura TL: Lease Questions discussion.
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