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Older Acura TLs

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  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Hey tax lawyer, how you doing :)

    I understand, white is not for everyone. I was a big critic of the Anthracite, but color is a very personal choice, so I have softened my attitude and think the TL looks great in any color. In fact I see more Anthricites in San Francisco than any color.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    Hey Mr Engineer....what were the comments regarding Anthracite?

    Agree...TL looks great in all colors. Well...almost....I am not a fan of the gold/tan on the TL...just me.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I just didn't get why people would buy a charcol gray car. Then someone pointed out to me that it was a classey color, and I had to agree. It's not as flashy as a the Silver or Red, but classey like Black. I had to agree. I am not an engineer, I am a true Scientist :P Just kidding you engineers out there ;)
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    Actually, Frisco TX has some great TexMex!

    All this talk about colors has me wondering why the TL didn't get all the fancy names that the RL did...they get some extra adjectives that WE lowly TL's don't... but that don't really add much to the color.

    REDONDO red
    PREMIUM white
    OPULENT blue
    NIGHTHAWK black
    METEOR silver
    LAKESHORE silver
    CELESTIAL silver
    DESERT MIST metallic
    CARBON grey

    I guess you get what you pay for...
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I lived in Tempe AZ for a couple of years and they had fantatistic Mexican food. But come on, Frisco TX and compete with Frisico CA for dinning :P

    I thought we did get those cool color names? :cry:
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    Arizona? Mexican food? PULEEZE! Anyone who's anyone knows that TexMex is ONLY available in TX. AZ has good rattlesnake, but leave the Mex for the Texans...

    I think I'll call my wife's anthracite, Aquaphoric Anthracite (with better wax, it may be aquaphobic). What do y'all think?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    ...we are not. As much as I enjoy conversations about food :-P :blush: we really need to keep to the TL.
  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    But Pat, we can drive our TLs to Texas or Arizona to determine who has the best Mexican food. Doesn't that count? :P
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Uhhhhhh, no.

    But thanks for playing. :)

    TL anyone?
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    LOL Pat :P

    uhhhh, the TL, it's the most attractive car on the road, what else can I say ;)
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Just want to voice a minor annoyance with my TL that I think is too nitpicky to go in the "problems and solutions" forum (they seem to be on this anti-TL tire thing that's really gotten repetitive). It's great to have all the audio options it gives you, but since I don't have XM radio, it's really annoying that as I scroll through my audio modes via my steering wheel controls, I need to scroll through both sets of XM stations. It'd be nice for it only to go there if you subscribe. Then again, I bet it's part of the deal Honda struck with XM.

    If there's anyone out there who sees this and says "Oh, man - I better not buy a TL" - let me just say that I've had the car since February and that's my only complaint! :D
  • billyperksbillyperks Posts: 449
    Then you have nothing to complain about.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,601
    Yeah, I hate it that I have to walk around the indoor pool in my home to get to the hot tub. What a pain! :shades:

    Just kiddin', Taxman. I've thought exactly the same thing about the scrolling feature of the remote. A minor annoyance.

    And I have no pool or hot tub inside or outside my modest abode. :cry:

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Come on, you're a tax attorney. You can afford to subscribe to XM. ;) I don't know if they are still doing multi-year deals, but I got 4 years for $369 back in July 2004. I added our 2005 MDX at 6.95 per month (family plan) and get XM.com on my computer thrown in for free.

    I am pretty pleased with XM, both for our frequent highway trips and locally to avoid the annoying DJ chatter. Although listening to Kramer's Mad Money on CNBC on my drive home can get a little annoying with all the hooting and hollering.

    Disclosure: I am an XM shareholder (I liked the service so much, I bought the company - or, rather about 0.006% of it). That's XMSR for you home gamers.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    I am still in my 3 mo trial period with XM....and still thinking about whether to renew or not. For my wife's TSX...maybe. For the TL...I am going to take advantage of the 6 cd changer...and tired of going under over-passes and getting no signals (today was under an overpass waiting for a green light for 3 minutes...with no signal...bummer).

    Now...here is the deal. I understand after the 3 mo free trial...if you call and ask for promotional pricing...you could get 12 mos of XM for $77....or $6.42 a month ! And if you pass your 3 mo promo period...they keep calling and calling with offers. I figure my wife is worthy of XM...why not.

    ??? What are people's thought on XM??? :confuse: Anybody else with a lower priced plan??
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    I really enjoyed XM radio. Fact is, though, I only travel locally, and after buying my TL, I needed to buy a house so I could garage it. :) So now with my 2nd child on the way, something's gotta give - and in my world, it's the XM radio that I enoyed so much for my 30 minute commute.

    PS - for those using XM, I found it easier to scroll while in the "category" setting. Then, if I wanted news, I'd hit my MSNBC preset, and could use the scan button to just scan other stations in that category. That might be an obvious "technique," but if I can help one lost sould out there... :P
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I love XM, especially the comedy channel. Really, if can afford a TL, you can't afford XM :P
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    I guess I'm in the minority. I really don't find XM very good. I at times find stations that have good songs, but living in the metroplex, I have many great FM stations at my fingertips with even better playlists. The only use of XM for me is long trips, when I don't want to have to scan the local stations...

    I went ahead and purchases a year on the XM, but will likely not renew, especially with the new increased prices.

    But I understand for those in regions of the country with poor radio station options, it is a good feature...
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,601
    I let my 3 month trial expire. XM was nice, but why pay for what is free? I mean with 18 presets, 6 cd changer and casette (I've got a lot of casettes, child of the '70s and '80s) I just didn't see the need.

    They do aggressively telemarket and email with offers, so don't automatically renew. As suggested above ask for some kind of "promotional price" if you do want to continue the service. Besides, Howard is on Sirius!

    It doesn't matter what you can afford. It matters what you find of value for your hard earned $$$. At this point, for me, it ain't satellite radio. You don't get rich (or at least comfortable) without making your money work for you.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    Thanks everyone for your thoughts on XM. Here are mine if anyone is interested.
    My wife and daughter prefer a 'fresh' playlist so that includes all the top 20 junk. Daughter really likes the feature how the XM faceplate shows who the artist is and song title...which means she can go ahead and hunt as ask me to get more CDs...go figure. Wife likes the concept that there is no commercials...so that her 8 mile commute to work isn't where she catches one song. So for my wife's car...going to renew at $6.41 a month....why not. Another toy for now where I can always cancel and get a refund.

    Me....I have an extensive library of CDs and content. I also have a MP3 player...so I can play a host of songs. Only complaint as you have heard over and over like a broken record...is that there is no direct mp3 hookup....so it gets channeled through FM reception...which defeats the digital quality. So my primary source of music will be CDs! Yes....we have the ability to have six discs loaded in the dash...and that will be just fine for me. I also find the quality of sound is better from CDs vs XM. I also am getting annoyed by how XM drops out when under a bridge...that sucks (in many way...I cannot wait for the day that my XM subscription expires so I don't feel guilty for not using the free service).

    So...XM for wife and kid. Me...CDs!

    ??? Does anybody know if they will continue to offer special discounts when my current one year $77 deal expires or do they only throw the bone once?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Daddy, what are "cassettes"? :P :P
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,889
    LOL...

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  • dumontdumont Posts: 15
    For about 50 bucks you can buy a program called Ulead Burn Now (there are others that are more expensive or you could find some freeware on the net but far more complicated) and have upto 99 full CD quality songs in each of the 6 slots so almost 600 songs. To me that beats an MP3 player. Of course if you have an Ipod or something I can understand you'd rather just plug that in. But I don't :P
    Dumont
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    That does beat the MP3 player that isn't a direct hook-up as I have now...and being in a digital format. One thing is that the songs are not indexed and in play lists.

    However...tell me and others more about Ulead burn. How is it different from other burners and what option to get the 99 songs? And how does it lay it in a DVD-A layout when the source is not in the format?
  • dumontdumont Posts: 15
    It is a drawback that all 99 tracks are in one directory and our TL's don't show the files names like MP3 players. There are other programs that allow you to have different folders so you can have separate "albums" but again you can't see the names... Ulead will rip CD files direct to DVDA or even MP3 files to DVDA.
    Have a look at their website http://www.ulead.com/bn/runme.htm and also this
    thread on Acurazine website (great place for TL lovers and haters) http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111785
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    ok..another dumb question. To rip the files to maximize capacity...do I need a DVD burner drive or a CD-RW?

    Any noticiable degregation in sonic quality?

    Thanks for this wonderful tip.
  • dumontdumont Posts: 15
    Hi Delmar1

    Yes you definitely need a DVD burner. I would imagine as long as it is not an older model it should be compatible with DVDA burning software. You may want to check the software companies website or even Acurazine where some people have commented about workable burners. I have a year old Sony computer and it worked fine. There is absolutely no difference in sound quality burning CD to DVDA, as for MP3 to DVDA it will of course depend on the quality of the MP3 file. I have done it with a few different size MP3 files and the quality on the DVDA came out just as good as the original MP3.

    Dumont
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Howard is one of the reasons I subscribed to XM and bought the stock. Sirius paying $500 million for a foul mouthed shock jock isn't exactly my idea of a good business decision. And I confess as a "dada" myself, I have a low tollerance for even accidentally scrolling though his vulgarities with one of my kids in the car. Mind you, years ago thought the "The Greaseman" was pretty funny, but it seems that Howard's appeal is limited to ....... nevermind, I won't go there at the risk of offending someone, and possibly the Host.

    Oh, and the answer to someone's question about what are cassettes - they are that new improved format I'm going to try out as soon as I get rid of of my 8-Tracks.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,601
    Casettes are what I used to record Paul McCartney songs from the band he was in before Wings. Can't recall the name...

    I will admit that 8 Tracks were (just) before my time...!

    "Son, you sound like a broken record!"

    "Daddy, what's a record?"

    "Pass the Geritol."

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

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