Last post on Mar 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM
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Acura TL, Scheduled Maintenance, Steering, Sedan
#9 of 18 Re: Acura 2008 TL Type S [jaguar0027]
Dec 04, 2008 (1:14 pm)
I have an 08 Type S with 5000 kms. Mine has a noticeable vibration over 70mph as well. I live in Vancouver BC where everyone thinks 25mph is fast so I guess I'll be living with the vibration. Does anyone else notice the slow gear selecting response when manual shifting? Also, anyone else notice the "fly by wire" throttle has a slight delay? These things don't really matter but it's supposed to be a performance model.
#10 of 18 Interior Care
Jan 12, 2009 (5:01 pm)
I recently purchased a 2008 Acura TL Type S. My first new car in 18 years. Prior to that I drove a 1990 Toyota Tercel that I never bothered washing or cleaning.
Consequently, I have some silly questions about cleaning the interior of my TL.
1) What should I use to clean the seats? Some kind of leather cleaner? The seats are leather, correct?
2) What should I use to clean and care for the dashboard? Is the dahboard vinyl or does it have a leather covering?
I have no experience with anything other than vinyl (seats, dash, etc.).
Thanks for any suggestions and help!
#11 of 18 Fuel fill problem
Jan 14, 2009 (1:34 pm)
The filler hose shuts down when the fuel level reaches 14 gallons. With a lot of time and effort, I can squeeze in 3 more gallons, 3-4 ounces at a time.
Does anyone have a similar problem, and if so, how have you cured it?
#12 of 18 Re: Interior Care [mikenaka]
Jan 28, 2009 (5:30 am)
Having owned 5 different 3G TL cars from 04-08 I can tell you the only thing to use on your dash is the Honda Cleaner, it is $4 can that you spray on. The TL has a nasty probelm of leeching chemicals from the dash that make the dash look faded and blatchy. If you use other stuff you'll not be happy over time. Use the Honda cleaner, there is also a Honda vinyl protectant that is decent. I only use those 2 treatments. There was a Acura TSB about the dash that lists both products and the proper way to clean the dash.
As fo rthe seats I use LeatherCPR, totally awesome. No film or residue, cleaner and condition in one and leaves leather feeling soft and supple.
Feb 02, 2009 (8:04 pm)
Got a quote from a dealer in chicago area for used 2008 w/15,877 miles, pretty loaded. That seems pretty high.
#14 of 18 Addressing shotty dealer maintenance
Dec 08, 2009 (9:08 pm)
I purchased a 2008 certified pre-owned Acura TL in March '09 which was a dealer loaner. After owning the car for 8 mos, the car broke down out of town - the steering rack busted and I could not steer the car while in motion! It was towed to the nearest Acura dealership. That dealer's service department inspected the car and pulled the service records from the selling dealer and determined the damage was caused by shotty workmanship from the selling dealer when the car was serviced while operating as their loaner. It needs a new steering rack and subframe to the tune of $2800. Acura Client Services said the repairs had to be done by the servicing dealer since they did the original work and it was not a warranty item since there wasn't a "defect" and the car was towed back to that dealer yesterday. That dealership is the LAST place I want the car repaired. I have no confidence in their work and no longer want the car. I want to trade the car in and demand a good price on the trade-in and get a good deal on a brand new car (under invoice), or threaten to file a Lemon Law claim. Is this reasonable? Any suggestions? Do I have to have that sloppy service department fix the car? I don't want to get behind the wheel of that TL ever again!
#15 of 18 Noisy 2008 Acura TL Type-S
Dec 11, 2009 (9:31 pm)
Just bought a 2008 TL-S few days ago. Was too excited and have not noticed this noise during the test drive. It's not really loud, but it's similar to the sound my 16 year old Ford was making. Hard to describe, but what comes to mind is worn out ball bearings.
I kept reading about road noise here, but mine seems to be different.
#16 of 18 Water leaks through roof - should I return the car?
Dec 12, 2009 (12:46 pm)
Took the noisy car to an Acura dealer for the standard check and came out OK and they said noise is normal.
However something really bad showed up when they washed the car. Water leaks badly (pours) around the ceiling lamps. They also said the windshield is not the original Acura one and thought maybe it was not properly sealed, etc. They advised me to take the car back to the non Acura dealer I bought it from and if they can't fix it, then they should contact Acura dealer and they will fix it and charge the other dealer.
All the controls underneath (navigation, heating, stereo, etc.) and the transmission stick were soaked.
Took the car to the first dealer and asked money back. They said the only option is to trade it for another Acura. I left the car there because they need to fix this anyway and told them I will weigh my options until the leak is fixed. What's your experience about returning a used car within a week of purchase date?
#18 of 18 Re: Addressing shotty dealer maintenance [upsettlowner]
Mar 12, 2012 (7:48 am)
To upset tl owner please advise the name of the dealer where you had an experience with shotty workmanship. Thank you