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#1632 of 2001 Re: old days [proe]
Mar 30, 2010 (8:03 am)
Looks like another San Diego person on this site with a SH-AWD TL, Hello from East County and the fun roads of the Back Country to drive.. Your comment about the press and how they report cars is valid! Yesterday Consumer Report came out with its top 4 family sedans, and I was surprised to see that MPG, safety was not even a consideration, but rather VSA was,,, The had VW, Chevy, Haundi and I don't recall the other one... I just scratched my head since a vehicle to be a top 4 pick must take into account a LOT of different aspects of the car...
Back in 2004 I was almost going to pull the string on a Nissan Murano, went to the blog and it was hundreds of pages of ISSUES with the SUV in particular the CVS transmission, plus over 13 TSA.. I like the styling of the Murano..
I then went over to check out the Honda Pilot on its blog... No less then 3 pages of comments and most were related to the tires and stiff ride! But no TSA and no real complaints. In the end I purchased the Pilot and not only was the ride fine, I just went to Costco for a new set of tires at 79K, comments were that I would only get 40K... I loves the Pilot, Zero Problems, and never looked back at Nissan.. I almost went after the Maxima but after a test drive and annoying Torque Steer, got turned off fast..
My wife is happy with her 2009 TSX, I love my 2010 TL, the Pilot is going to become my 3rd car for weekend use-- Going to the movies where the car will sit for hours, home depot and bringing home treasures from Kolbys Swap Meet and when family visits from out of town... My 1995, 148K Nissan Quest is being sold this week...
Cars become a piece of you after sharing time for thousands of miles.. I am confident that both Acura will serve my wife and I well and into retirement in 4 or 5 years...
Have a great day.... Rain on the way for San Diego, darn, just cleaned the cars!
#1633 of 2001 Re: old days [rlonn1]
Mar 30, 2010 (8:09 am)
I notice that too- maybe its the reception.I listen mostly to the HDD, too much commercial and chit chatter on the radio stations (including satellite radio).
#1634 of 2001 Re: old days [rlonn1]
Mar 30, 2010 (8:26 am)
rlonn...there's a setting in "audio" that allows for it compensate for different noise levels in the car. I have mine set to "off" as it bugs me. If I want it louder (or softer), I'll turn the vol up or down.
There is a discrepancy in volume levels though. I find DVD-Audio disks to play louder than regular CDs. Just like the volume levels on XM/AM/FM to be different.
For example, there are some DVD Audio disks (5.1 surround sound) that I can't play at anything above "16". There are some XM stations that I'll crank it up to "20". HDD is pretty consistent. I'm still loading my hard drive. It holds a whole lot.
BTW, if you haven't done so already, also go into the "audio settings" and choose "Dolby PL II" to get simulated surround from your stereo sources (like CDs, XM, terrestrial radio, HDD).
#1635 of 2001 Re: old days [Chasboy]
Mar 30, 2010 (8:32 am)
Chas....I don't have any problems with someone who says "hey, I don't like the TL's styling". Different stroke/different folks, and all of that.
But, at least have some cred when it comes down to trying to compare cars. If someone has no idea or experience with any given car, or how a car performs....well, as the saying goes, "better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."
#1636 of 2001 Re: old days [graphicguy]
Mar 30, 2010 (9:44 am)
I have not had a chance to buy DVD-A, there is one that came with the car that sounds pretty awesome- the music criteria is not my style though.I will try to find some time over this holiday weekend to pick up a Bob Marley DVD-A that Best Buy has to offer. Other than the one that came with the car, is the DVD-A quality really worlds apart from the regular CD?
I have so many CD'S to load up I am not even a third through my selection and I have owned the car approaching eight months now. I bought a ton of CD'S when I was in college and living the bachelor life after college.
#1637 of 2001 Re: old days [rlonn1]
Mar 30, 2010 (12:18 pm)
I wish I am driving TL SH WAD now, but I can still imagine my 2002 Honda Accord with 160,000 miles can run with it
I dont like Nissan as I blew the transmission after, I think, 100,000 miles.
Across the family, we have 4 Honda Accord. Sold 1996 Accord couple years ago, 2002, 2007 and 2009 Accord.
None of them ever gives us any problem including my poor Accord that has been abused by me from time to time.
Never understand how could anyone attach to his car(s) until past 2 years after driving it for 6 years. That is one reason why I will try to drive it for another 2 years or just keep driving it until either the transmission or engine starts to give me problems. At the current rate, I think I get a very good shot to put 300,000 miles on it. Keep my fingers cross
#1638 of 2001 Re: old days [graphicguy]
Mar 30, 2010 (4:51 pm)
The original reason I started reading the TL blog was to see what owners thought of the car- but in doing my own research about the car and comparing it to its peers I was taken back by how new TL owners could love such a rig. In standard form its a large accord-- a good car but no better then a V6 accord plus extra lbs and thousands of extra dollars for a front drive- 5 speed auto-. AWD version huge upgrade-- but again I ask how many are they selling?? whos buying them? -- how many are 6speeds? Acura was last to the market with this new TL and it still comes with a 5 speed auto.
That being said I wish all owners of the TL a safe trip on the local turnpikes.
your questions, funny and entertaining but a bit of a stretch - one answer YES Lime rock CT - did a advanced driving school with track time -- you should try it -- while your there watch some of the club racing events - good time
#1639 of 2001 Re: old days [billyperks2]
Mar 30, 2010 (5:57 pm)
DVD-A is essentially a "hi-rez" format that never caught on....just like SACD. The TL tech package can read and play those disks, in addition to DTS surround sound disks. They are usually found on "audiophile" sites (my favorite is acousticsounds.com).
I am a big fan of the format. I actually have some DVD-A and DTS disks that are out of print. The best one I've heard is "Yes"-Roundabout. It's out of print (and sells for big $ on the used market). But, there are others still in print. If you get a chance, pick a few up to hear the difference. They're pretty amazing.
proe...quick question. Assuming from your "name", you're an engineer who's a Pro/Engineer expert?
#1640 of 2001 What is improved from 2003 TL?
Mar 30, 2010 (6:46 pm)
My 2003 just passed 133,000 miles. I have loved it since the day I bought it. I dd not like the 2004 redesign or the 2009 redesign. When I see the back of one, the only thng I think of is "have a nice day" de to the labels on each side, the logo in the middle and the big smiling trunk. [front smiles too] However, I may look past the exterior. I had not wanted to even go for a test drive due to the outside. I test drive ES and that stunk, test drove the Genesis (I like it, wife did not), looked at used A6 and E350 and have not found anything as nice as my old TL. Did anybodyown th 2003 and how does 2010 compare to that? Thanx
#1641 of 2001 Re: old days [graphicguy]
Mar 30, 2010 (11:13 pm)
I used to use Pro Engineer to design fairing for HPV, Human Power Vehicle, as my senior project and create 2D cable drawings using Proe when I worked part time at Palomar Technologies, and worked part time at PTC for couple months testing software back in my college days about 10 years back.
Ah, creating 2D drawings using surfacing was so much "fun" to say the least.........
Well, I would not called myself an export back then
Good old days...........