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#408 of 620 Re: 2004 Acura TL upgrade to TL S Type
Mar 24, 2007 (1:41 pm)
tgr3 (or anyone else looking on):
I have an 04 TL and am thinking of trading up to the new TL-S. How much different is the ride? I have had some intermittent interior clicks and noises on my 04 TL that the dealer has not been able to fix - minor annoyances but expected more from a $30K+ car. Any problems with build quality / interior rattling or noise on your TL-S? I was also very disappointed in the stock Bridgestone tires on my 04 TL - only lasted 20-21K miles - replaced them with Pirelli P Zero Nero which are so much better. What kind of tires come on the TL-S? You like them? Thanks for any input or info you can provide.
#409 of 620 Re: 2004 Acura TL upgrade to TL S Type [slzweibel]
Mar 24, 2007 (3:39 pm)
The '07 Type S is much MUCH more fun to drive. It rides stiffer and tighter, steering is also tighter, but it is a hoot to drive. I drive it sometimes just for the hell of it. The instrument panel is amazing, and the navigation/voice commands is much more advanced than the older models. It comes with Michelin tires, which I am guessing won't last more than 25K miles.
Rattles ?? Had some rattling in the subwoofer deck. But I guess this is a well documented problem and easily fixed by the dealer. I have had no other rattles - and I am anal about rattles in a car, they drive me crazy. The quality of fit is very impressive, the interior is extremely well put together. I really enjoy the car, and to me, it is well worth the money. For comparaison's sake, my friend bought IS350, and he has had a handfull of rattles and squeeks he had to deal with. And the voice commands are nothing compared with what I have. In all fairness, I think it is unrealistic to expect absolute perfection in a car, I do not care which one (in our price range).
You would love the Type S.
#410 of 620 Re: 2004 Acura TL upgrade to TL S Type [slzweibel]
Mar 24, 2007 (7:40 pm)
i too have really enjoyed this car, as i am sure anyone would too. i have a couple of small rattles, and those too drive me buggy since its the most expensive car i have owned.
two issues popped up today (at 1995 miles):1) the back up cam went into a static filled split screen pulling out of the garage, with a vertical line right in the middle. did it once, and only once.
2) the nav lost its mind a bit, putting the car several hundred feet behind where it really is. this you would not think would be a factor, but it tells you to turn in qtr mile, 200 feet, now, etc. there is a screen to reposition the car on the map, easy to correct but it will then jump back to the incorrect postion (and it used to be right on the money $$$$).
guess that will give the dealer a little sumpthin to do at oil change time.
#411 of 620 Re: 2004 Acura TL upgrade to TL S Type [tgr3]
Mar 24, 2007 (8:14 pm)
Glad to hear it. I find my TL a hoot to drive - even after 3 years so I can imagine the TL-S will be even more fun. I am not looking for perfection in a car but the ability to locate and fix rattles is mandatory. I have had them take my driver's side door apart many times looking for a squeaking noise and they seem to fix it for a few days but it always returns. I hope the Michelin's are superior to the Bridgestones that came on the original TLs - they were pretty bad - especially in comparison to the Pirellis I have on now. Had you given the G35 a test drive prior to the TL? When I test drove the G35 and TL back to back in 2004 I felt the G35 had slightly better handling characteristics than the TL but that the TL was superior in almost every other aspect (comfort, ergonomics, etc..). Since I spend a long time commuting in my car, comfort is very important to me. I hear the new G35 is improved over the older one - am thinking of giving it another test drive prior to updating to the TL-S.
#412 of 620 Re: 2004 Acura TL upgrade to TL S Type [slzweibel]
Mar 25, 2007 (2:03 pm)
The G35 has one of the sweetest engines I have ever driven. Right from the start, you can feel the car move you without any noise. A real polished engine here. Unfortunately, my head hits the top of the vehicle so it's not going to happen for me but the TL-Type S is no slouch so I'll take one.
#413 of 620 TL - TypeS Wheels
Mar 25, 2007 (2:04 pm)
Okay - I really like this car but hate the wheels. Does anyone else think they look like they're covered with brake dust?
Besides Acura, can anyone recommend a nice chrome wheel to replace the standard ones?
Thanks in advance.
#414 of 620 Re: TL - TypeS Wheels [njvike]
Mar 25, 2007 (2:24 pm)
The wheels are easy to get used to; I didn't think I cared for them but after a week it wasn't worth spending serious $$$ to replace them. Actually in the color I got, Carbon Bronze Pearl, the wheels are a decent match. Also, when they do get brake dust on them it's not that noticeable.
#415 of 620 Re: TL - TypeS Wheels [njvike]
Mar 25, 2007 (5:33 pm)
Take a peek at the product line by RonJon e.g. Inspire.
#416 of 620 Re: TL - TypeS Wheels [njvike]
Mar 25, 2007 (9:08 pm)
I felt the same way too about the type S wheels. I was dead set against them. From the first time I saw them I thought that if I end up buying the type S, I will be getting another set of wheels. Looked into a replacement set and I like to stick with OEM stuff. Acura offers another set in 17" but I don't like the way they look either. So the only other option for me was to get the 18" chrome look alloy by Acura. Their price from any Acura dealer lists $550 a wheel. I was able to negotiate the set from my dealer to $1700 for the set. This cost of course doesn't include tires. You still need to add their cost. A cheap set of Yokos ES100 (compared to Michelins) can be had for about $700. Add mount and balance another $100. Looking at total cost of about $2500. Eventhough the cost was a bit too steep, but I was seriously considering it. I bought my car a week ago. The dealer believe it or not talked me out of it. He said he felt the same way about the type S wheels when he first saw them but they grew on him. He said drive it around for a bit and see if you like them. If not come back and he will get me a set for the price agreed upon. I have had my car for a week now and everyone I know who saw it thus far really likes the look of the wheels. I hate to admit it but I think the wheels are growing on me as well.
#417 of 620 Thanks everyone for
Mar 26, 2007 (5:28 am)
the replies regarding the wheels. I will try the wheels for a month or so. If it doesn't bother me than that's great. If so, I'll search around for just the wheels.
I hope people are telling Honda about this. I also think the parchment interior would've been a great choice for the S as well.
Looking forward to purchasing the TL - S