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Older Acura TLs



  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701

    I bought the lip spoiler off of ebay for a grand total of $66.00. It was a genuine Honda spoiler with a Honda part #. It was painted already from the factory to match my car (Abyss). I got it installed for $50.00 making the grand total for parts and labor- $116.00. I believe I got a pretty good deal considering the dealer wanting about $350.00 part/labor when I purchased the car. Hope this info helps.
    Do you have a spoiler on yours? If so, which one?
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    What tires you get with the TL is not a random thing. The TL with NAV comes with the Michelins; the TLs without NAV have the Bridgestones. Am I right?
  • goodegggoodegg Posts: 905
    I was looking at the wing spoiler, but I think I like the lip spoiler better. Less obvious.

    Does the lip spoiler applied with adhesive only? It seems like you could install it yourself.
  • glenn386glenn386 Posts: 47
    My TL is non navi with michelins

    if I got a rare bird, or if the dealer switched them out with a navi unit ...then I was just lucky.

    You could be totally right about the mich/nav and bridgestone/non navi, It wouldn't be the first time a salesman told me something that wasn't right. I am just happy I have the michelins, what ever the reason.

  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    Yes, it is applied with adhesive but you also have to drill two holes and there is a trunk support lever that also has to be placed on the inside of the trunk. If you were so inclined, I would imagine that you could install it yourself without much hassle. ;)
  • jrourkejrourke Posts: 72
    I asked about the tires when I was looking at the dealer too. Salesman told me all TLs came with the Bridegstone EL42s, however they did offer a dealership upgrade that put Michelins on. I spot checked a couple of cars and they all had Bridgestones, but I neglected to note if they were nav or not since my interest is without nav.
  • jrourkejrourke Posts: 72
    Thoughts on if a good or bad idea to consider a remote start option since it's not a factory install? Local dealer contracts out to a company offering packages from $400 to $800 from a basic remote start to a combo alarm. Low end disables the car remote unlock and does something with embedding the valet key and using a new fob. Higher end packages are more sophisticated, but replace the factory fobs with the remote start ones which will unlock the doors.

    I would like a remote start, but it seems pricey to get a decent system and I don't know how I feel about whatever electrical things they do to use the replacement fobs. Never had this in a car before so I suppose I wouldn't miss it.

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I would stay away from anything aftermarket, especially low-end stuff. My guess is Honda should have their own remote-start accessory for the TL before too long, since they have one for the Civic already.
  • jrourkejrourke Posts: 72
    Fog lights on the TL are kind of strange being integrated up with the regular headlights. Doesn't look like they do this on the TSX & RL. I don't drive with my fogs on as a general rule, but use them a few times a year in real fog or heavy snow where they actually do make a difference which surprised me the first time I used them. I always assumed they were effective because they were low to the ground. SInce that's not the case in the TL, I was wondering if they were really functional as fog lights or just gave a cosmetic effect?

  • crmanncrmann Posts: 2
    I have 700 miles and have been getting 15-16 mpg in suburban driving. Short highway trips, but no traffic jams. Has anyone else experienced anything close to this?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    That sounds like typical mpg. Try pure urban driving...then you'd see the mpg drop even more. :cry:
  • dap2006dap2006 Posts: 68
    I have 3900 miles on my '06. It's almost all urban driving and I like to punch it from time to time - I get 19 mpg. On the highway I get 28 - 29 mpg. Excellent as far as I'm concerned... :)
  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    I find the fog lights useful in rural driving, especially when there are tree lines near the road. I can see the furry woodland creatures musch sooner with the fog lights on.

    But I wish they would put the fog lights where they belong, low and near the sides. :mad: It is such a kick-a$$ look.
  • murkymurky Posts: 9
    Does anyone have any idea when they will redesign the current body style of the TL? I am looking to purchase a TL soon, but was wondering how much longer they will keep the current body style. Could it possibly be with the 2008 model?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    The 2004 was a redesign. Prior redesign was 1999.
  • murkymurky Posts: 9
    So I'm assuming they will redesign the 2009 model.

    If I were to sell a 2006 model in 2009 (after the new body style were released), will it affect my resale value?
  • jrourkejrourke Posts: 72
    But I wish they would put the fog lights where they belong, low and near the sides. It is such a kick-a$$ look.

    I agree it's a more attractive sporty look. Oh well...I was afraid they may not work as well because they weren't in the traditional low to ground location. THanks
  • billyperks1billyperks1 Posts: 151
    I am going to bet that Acura is going to move them back down when they refresh the car either this year or next.
  • emlawemlaw Posts: 3
    Is there any way to program out that chime that sounds when you exit the TL with the headlights in the "on" setting? Gosh, that's irritating.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    The only way is to turn the switch to "off", or close the door really quickly. :P

    Actually I think Honda got confused. They should have used the lights-on chime for the keyless remote lock confirmation beep, which is barely audible, unless you got your ear against the front fender! :sick:
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