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Older Acura TLs



  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    IMO, LSD (not the drug) is superior to brake-activated traction control in the snow, since it doesn't counteract the forward progress.
  • Any idea how to get the residue off? A car wash didn't do it and wiping it did nothing but move it around. I don't suppose I can put Zaino on the car with it in this condition.
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  • danny1878danny1878 Posts: 339


    My brother lives in colorado, Denver to be exact. His prev car was Mazda6. I have never seen the car yet nor driven it. He just bought it 3 weeks ago and been out in the snow since. Colorado has been hit by snow more often than where I live.


    He said good things about the snow mode the vehicle has. His mazda6 had 1 major accident that cost his insurance $14k and 2 minor accidents due to tires or its allignment. I cant actually say its better or at least the same thou but he keeps driving the car more safely.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,889
    Actually, the brake-activation doesn't impede progress nearly as much as the stability control systems that cut power.... Sometimes, braking a wheel slightly, will help it "hook up" a little, but cutting power.. yeowww...


    In heavy snow, you have to turn stability control off, or you'll never get anywhere..


    Once you are moving on slick roads, however, stability control works wonders...

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  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    But if you turn VSA off, you also turn traction control off, which leaves you with essentially the effect of an open differential and you may end up sitting there with one wheel spinning.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,889
    Not in my car, it doesn't... When you turn off DSC in a BMW, you still have traction control..

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  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Is that new? In my wife's 2000 323i, I used to turn off the traction control and smoke the tires pretty well, as I felt the car needed some excitement on the weekends after a week of daycare duty.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,889
    There might be a way to turn off traction control totally... But, the first stage, just turns off DSC and leaves traction control on.. I don't drive the car enough to have looked into it farther than that..


    I did read up on how to achieve the fastest take-off from a dead start, though.... hmmm.. wonder why?




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  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    All I did was pressed the DSC button once. Ours was a stick shift - don't know if that matters.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,889
    DSC might have changed... ours is an '03.. and an automatic..


    1) Push DSC button once..

    2) Slide auto selector to manual, then click forward to get M1.

    3) Take hand off shifter, put two hands on wheel.

    4) Mash the pedal and say, "WWWHHHEEEEEEEEE"


    But, traction control is still on...

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  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    Perhaps this is a weird question...


    I have the all-season floor mats. Each time I get into the car with snow, slush, etc... the floor mats get wet. So far so good.


    My pant legs are constantly hanging in the salty, dirty water that accumulates. Anybody have the same problem? What do you do about it?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    "My pant legs are constantly hanging in the salty, dirty water that accumulates. Anybody have the same problem? What do you do about it?"


    I pull my pant legs up a little after I get in.
  • on which exact models do you get the Michelins?, is it any with the Navs, or does it have to be Navs with 6-speed...?

    And, are these the Pilot A/S? becuz on tirerack, the OE's they talk about are the Pilot HX MXM4, are not rated as well. ? thx.
  • The good news is that you get Michelins with any model equipped with Navi regardless of the tranny; the bad news is it's HX MXM4, which is a poor tire in comparison to the Pilot Sport A/S, but at least much better than the notorious EL42!
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Wear flood pants. They're not called flood pants for nothing! :)
  • brew99brew99 Posts: 86
    I wasn't crazy about the floor mats that acura was offering with the TL - seemed a little cheap and a little slippery if I remember correctly. Bought some good winter/all season mats that collect the water down below and never have any problem with salt or water.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    The winter mats that we have in our Accord are actually called "Pant Saver", I believe. The mat consists of deep rubber grooves so your pant legs won't come into contact with the water collected there.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,487
    As I complete my third week of TL ownership, my only ? at this point are the tires. So far in limited snow/slippery conditions duty, I don't think I'm impressed with the winter grip. Tire Rack reviews give the ELs terrible snow performance rating and so far my TC & ABS have already engaged more often than they did all last winter in my 300M with the often maligned Goodyear Eagle LS tires. The Goodyears did ok by me.


    I'll see how the tires continue to handle this winter. Other than that, I'm really enjoying the quite ride and smooth, strong power delivery! Of course, I can't keep the car clean with our crazy N.E. weather, which always drives me nuts! And I still have no intention of paying for XM. Nice, but far from necessary.

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

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    After our major snowfalls and deep freeze, our roads here are full of cracks and pot holes. And I have to admit, for the first time, I am experiencing the jarring ride that others have complained about. Worse is that not only is it tough on your kidneys, it also brings out the noise gremlins!
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