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Older Acura TLs

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  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    No it was not the first green I have seen, it was the second :P However, it was the first that I saw since I saw posts here describing how unique it was, so I saw it with a different perspective.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    What would be the most common colors you have seen?
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Here in San Francisco I would say anthracite, not doubt, second would be silver or white. Green is the least common. Others claim the silver is the most common. I have talked to dealers and they say the anthracite of the silver are the most common.
  • ljwalters1ljwalters1 Posts: 294
    for me, silver is more common, followed by anthracite and then red and black (tied). I'm astonished that I don't see more tan b/c I think the car looks great in that tan metallic.
  • 4thaccord4thaccord Posts: 7
    This is a weird question, but I'm a new TL owner (04 Satin Silver) and was wondering if there's supposed to be something on the gas filler door that holds the gas cap. Mine only has the string holding the cap, but nothing on the door itself like my Accord had to hold the cap.

    Otherwise I'm enjoying the car very much, despite its faults (yes, my doors rattle, and the previous owner totally abused it - scrathes all over the wheels, dents they had to repaint, marks all over the interior, etc.) I feel like I've rescued an abused animal from the pound :)
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I agree, I see the tan as a light gold and it is great looking. This color was very popuar for Toyota. I have only seen one on the road. I have seen more blues than reds or blacks. I didn't like the anthracite at first, but do now.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    The string on the gas cap should have a little knob that slips into a notch in the filler door. Not as neat and clean as your Accord and our MDX, but it works.

    Out of curiosity, what did you pay for your "rescued" TL? If it has been abused and had dents that needed to be repainted, I sure hope you got a hefty discount (i.e. at least than 20-25%) over what you could have bought a new one for (and that's closer to invoice, nowhere near MSRP).
  • 4thaccord4thaccord Posts: 7
    Thanks for the info, habitat1...I had seen that know but didn't put the 2 together.

    No one is going to give you 25% off a year-old car unless it's half demolished. Mine isn't that bad; as a matter of fact I'm very particular but I did a walk around before I bought it and didn't really notice anything major (silver is more forgiving). Once I had it a while I noticed the stuff they tried to fix, and it was all listed on the Certified Preowned checklist, so it's not like they were trying to hide anything. It looks like the door may have just had nicks in it, and it might have looked better if they had just left it alone LOL. I just can't believe people who would buy a car like this and not even care.
    Anyway, thanks again for the gas cap info...I would have felt stupid going in there and asking for a replacement for a part that doesn't exist.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Silver is very forgiving for everything, dirty and all. :P
  • proffyproffy Posts: 46
    One of the things I've found lacking in the TL is an mp3 player. I've noticed many cars have them nowdays, including the G35 I drove this weekend. Has anyone bought an aftermarket mp3 player stereo (or hooked up an iPod) to their TL? How did it go and how did you do it?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Glad I could help with the gas cap.

    As far as the deal you got, sounds like your car wasn't quite as abused as Eddie Murphy's car in Beverly Hills Cop. Nonetheless, I don't think 20%+ off is an unreasonable target price for a one year old car with a few blemishes. After all, the car drops 10% in value the moment you drive it off the lot. Another 10%+ for a year of use (and minor abuse) is not unreasonable, IMO. On the other hand, I have never bought a used car, so perhaps my depreciation expectations are not shared by the used car buying market. I could just as easily be questioned for considering a 2005 Boxster S for $60k instead of a nearly new 2004 for $48k.
  • the colors look great together. i've seen several cars with that color combo and it looks great. if you have any questions about the TL please feel free to reply or email.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I saw a green TL parked on the street that had a grey interior, I have never seen a new TL with a grey interior. :surprise:
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    You might have to check your eyes as I believe the dark green only comes in camel or parchment. No grey. :surprise:
  • tsx4metsx4me Posts: 10
    Good day Acura owners of the world,
    I was inquiring as to plus sizes for 2004 and newer TL's. What is the maximun width recomended for rims, without adversly affecting ride ie. back panel rubbing on tire walls. Does anyone have experience with 19" and 20" rims on new TL's? Please inform.

    Thanks
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    How would you describe parchment? I am not trying to be funny, just curious.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    Oh...geez...how would I describe the Acura TL parchment.

    Well...first...when I think of parchment...I think of the old world papers you would find in Italy. Perhaps tan. That is what I was envisioning when I was looking into buying a TL.

    Well...how I would describe parchment in a TL is a creme color. Not tan. But a very light and neutral hue. A color which you might very well find in a fine french vanilla ice creme?

    Camel...a very very bold color compared to parchment. Overpowered me when I saw it for the first time.

    I think when you looked and saw the interior color you saw...it was probably from the outside...and as you know...the glass is colored green. So since the parchment interior is so light...it was distorted to the color you saw.

    What you say? Hope I described it.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Thanks, that is what I probably saw. Also, I only saw it for a few seconds.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Light tan. You know how with tan casual pants, you have the light tan that almost looks white, and then the medium tan? The medium tan is more like camel. Parchment is sorta between the light and medium. I guess if you looked through a tinte window, the parchment could look gray. Is that where you're going with this?

    I think the shade is rpetty common, so if you've seen another car's light tan, the TLs is probably similar.

    I don't think Acura makes a light gray, only a charcoal, right? Wonder why that is?
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    The 'light gray' is called 'Quartz' for the Acura interior. That is a nice color....in between a gray and charcoal. I had it in my Acura CL that I owned.

    Your description of parchment is good. See...better than my description! However...I believe the tone is still lighter than most other makers and not as common. Or maybe that is because of the contrast to the other components of the interior.

    Either way...all the interior (and exterior) colors are great.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Agreed. But I think that rather than "quartz." they should have a gray that is as light as the parchment. That would round things out with Black, Parchment and Camel. There should be a light interior on the gray side, and it doesn't sound like Quartz is light. Is it the same Quartz I had in my old-model CL (2.2 or something similar)? If so, it's definitely dark, and seems kind of redundant with black.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    So it must have been Quartz that I saw. Just curious. BTW, I thought it looked great on second thought. :shades:
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    As I am sure you aware, the standard tires for the TL are 235/45 series 17". I have the W-rated HPT tire package (optional on the 6-speed only). It was suggested to me that I repalce the 235 width tires with 245's to provide a bit more rim protection. The rims are wide for the tire size and are easily scraped on curbs.

    As far as 19" or 20" aftermarket tires, I assume you also know this is a FWD sedan, not a high performance RWD sports car. You certainly aren't going get any noticable performance improvement out of putting on oversize wheels and tires. And, as far as looks, the standard 17" fill the wheel wells nicely.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    Frisconick...I don't believe you saw a Quartz interior in the Dark Green exterior car. Because the only interior colors that go with the dark green are camel or parchment.

    I still think the reason you saw that color is because of the tinted windows.

    :shades:
  • sb55sb55 On an Island in VermontPosts: 179
    Habitat,
    When 245 wide tires were mentioned to you did the section change to 245/40, or will you stick with 245/45?
    I have 27K miles on my '05 TL an d will need tires before winter. I have also noticed that there is a are more choices for 245's rather than 235's.
    Thanks

    2007 Miata, 2010 BMW 535xiT, 2014 Chevy Silverado LT Ext. cab, 2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,391
    You wouldn't want to go to 245/40, because they would be much shorter in diameter than the 235/45... Going to 245/45 would be a minimal change in comparison... just a little taller...

    I don't think I'd do that, just for rim protection, though....

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    You are right no doubt, you are always right :cry: :P . I just discovered my windows are slightly tinted and it does change the look of the interior.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    Hey...you better check the color of your interior....maybe you didn't get the black interior you wer expecting :surprise: . I am not always right...no way...atleast that is what all the G35 drivers are telling me.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I was told to stick with 45 series when going up to the 245's. I haven't checked, but I have to believe that 40 series is an odd size with few choices.

    Interesting that my Honda S2000 managed 18,000 miles on it's original staggered size tires, but my TL is in need of new tires at that same mileage. Considering they have been rotated and the car has not been driven like a sports car, that's got me looking at higher wear ratings on the replacments.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,391
    Keep in mind.. wear ratings aren't absolutes.. they aren't comparable between brands.. just between models of the same brand...

    Does that sound wrong? I know it does, but believe it or not, entirely accurate.

    245/45 is just a little bit taller than 235/45.. But, 245/40 is a whole lot shorter than 235/45...

    You'd need something like 265/40-17 to get the same diameter in a 40-series tire.. and those would be way to wide..

    I hear the most favorable reviews on Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 for summer tires.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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