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Acura CL

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  • what is it about brand loyalty? i owned a 97 CL 3.0 and just traded it in for 01 CL Type S with Navi in silver. i absolutely love the car except for the rattling in the sunroof. i took it in and they put thin tape around the edge and it's been quiet ever since. what really pissed me off about my 97 CL is that the 99 Accord came out with the exact same V6 so i really hope that Honda does not suddenly decide to make an Accord Type S 260HP!
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    I'll just think of my CL as a well-equipped version of the Accord if they do introduce the 260hp version of the Accord.
  • Hi, I was wondering if you guys could offer me your opinions on these two cars. I am looking into buying a near-luxury coupe and can't decide on which one to get. Also, why is it that I don't see too many base model CL owners on this forum? Will I be chastised if I don't get the Type S? :) Personally I place more emphasis on ride quality than anything else. CL has been my dream car for a while, but a loaded SLE seems to be more reliable and easier to take care of....as I will have to park my car on the streets. Thanx a lot.
  • ineto6ineto6 Posts: 161
    Maybe the SLE is in your future. I've not driven it, but the Camry's ride is probably smoother than the CL. The speakers on the Solara is better than the Bose for the CL. Of course, the CL is sportier than the SLE. The best thing to do is take some test drives. You'll notice that the CL will have more standard equipment, not necessarily higher priced than similarly equipped Solara.

    Good Luck
  • berkesndberkesnd Posts: 9
    I am a base (premium) model owner and have had my CL for over a year now. I've have had no problems with the car and have enjoyed every minute of driving it. If you are looking for a smoother ride then look at the Premium version rather than a S. Personally I found the ride of the Solara to be rather numb and boring but, as Ineto6 has pointed out, extensively test drive all the cars you are considering. I also park my car on the street and I can't see why you feel that the SEE will be easier to take care of or would be more reliable. Good luck
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    ok.. so here's one thing that I like about the CL. I'd drive up to an incline slowly - like you have stop - and let of the gas pedal. I don't even have to put my foot on the gas or brake pedal and the car would sit perfectly still. Try doing it that in a Civic or Integra :)
  • mdanielmdaniel Posts: 47
    All that means is that the torque of the engine at idle is enough to hold off gravity. But in the mean time, your tranny fluid is churning and heating up. No good. If you're on an incline, use the brakes to hold the car, not the engine.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Hmmm.. well, I could do the same thing in a manual without using brake... clutch and some gas. Yeah, just an experiment to show that your car won't slip back down the incline.
  • mb710327mb710327 Posts: 9
    Rumor has it that a 6 speed MANUAL will be available on the 2002 Acura CLs.
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    Even if they had the 6-speed manual for 2001, I would still have gotten the auto. The CL-S's size and bulk would diminish the fun of driving a stick. Also in my opinion, the beefy clutch and tranny needed for the CL-S's power output would make it hard to drive smoothly.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Hmmm.. I wonder where the e-brake will be once they put in the manual... on the driver's side or passenger side or the middle? Will they change it for the auto as well? Interesting - looks like some storage room might be compromised with an emergency hand brake.
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    Now that's one change that I wish they had made. God do I hate that foot ebrake!
  • mdanielmdaniel Posts: 47
    Someone posted a picture of the NSX's cockpit. The parking brake and gearshift occupy the space where our shifter is now. Brake on the right, gearshift of the left. Just imagine a short throw 6 speed gearshift right where our sportshift gate is. That's like the perfect placement for my arm length.
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    The funny thing about the foot brake is that I am so used to it so whenever I would drive another car in the house I would lift my left foot to find the foot brake :) Yes, I did use foot brakes in older cars such as the Oldsmobile.

    Yea, that placement for the hand brake would be good ergonomically and without wasting much space.
  • compuladycompulady Posts: 9
    I'm in the process of buying a new L. Since I do a lot of turnpike driving, I'm considering the purchase of the nose mask in an attempt to avoid stone marks. Will this help? Any opinions?

    Does anyone know what invoice on the nose mask is? I thought perhaps I could work out a deal with the dealer when I pick up the car.
  • mb710327mb710327 Posts: 9
    For the sake of convenience, the manumatic is good enough for me. The CL Type-S manumatic plenty fast enough. I don't drive to street race.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    compulady-


    The best place for the bra and mudguards and most other Acura stuff is here:

    http://www.ahmotor.com/product/ahmcat7.htm

    I bought the mudguards and bra from them.

    fastdriver

  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    another alternative for a nose mask would be 3M clear bra. I installed it recently. I had a nose mask in my previous car and that was fairly high maintenance for me. The cons are that the cost is a little high and you'll have to remove it probably 7 years down the road. Also, it can be tricky to install without any bubbles.
  • This question is about the dealer hold back on a new 2001 Acura CL 3.2 2dr Coupe w/Navigation (3.2L 6cyl 5A) in Northern Virginia.

    Invoice is $27,330
    MSRP is $29,980
    Destination is $480
    Hold Back is 2% of MSRP (about $600)

    When I tried to lower my purchase price by telling the dealer I knew about their 2% hold back, he said that he does not get the hold back. He said that the franchise owner gets that money, not him.

    That seems like a lie to me. What's the secret? What's the truth?
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    is there such a thing as a "franchise" for a Honda/Acura dealer, or any car dealer for that matter? Or it's just double-talk. By "franchise owner", doesn't he just mean the owner of the dealer?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    canadiancl-

    Right. The franchise owner, dealer owner, gets the money, not the salesman. That's probably what he meant. Makes sense to me.

    fastdriver
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    Your Profile puts the rest of ours to shame (in terms of the amount of info)!
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    canadiancl-

    Is that good or bad? I like cars, especially clean, shiny ones. That's why I use Zaino. What can I say?

    fastdriver
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    cyranno99-

    "I think that fastdriver belongs here :)WarpDrive "Fanatical car care behavior. Fess up!" Mar 21, 2001 12:48pm"

    I don't get it??

    fastdriver
  • cyranno99cyranno99 Posts: 419
    Oh.... I think that you should show them that you are just as fanatical about car cares as the next guy. Just for fun, of course.
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    Not really good or bad. Lets face it, most of us that post here, especially CL-S owners, are fanatical about our cars in one way or another. In other words, our slogan is "Yes we are anal and damn proud of it!"
  • bjrichbjrich Posts: 125
    We just took it to the dealer for a detail job. It came back looking very fine and well worth the money.' They always call to see if the service they performed was satisfactory and I was pleased to compliment them. They said they would tell the man who did the work. What kind of life can we expect from the original front brake pads? We replaced the original battery about 6 months ago, and the tires at 43000 miles.. sound average? Bought Continental touring tires from Tire Rack and had them mounted at the local NTB dealer for $65.00. This is my wifes car. I would love to see her have an RL. Any time I go into the Acura dealer, I drool over the RL.
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    If you're the one drooling over the RL, why would you love to see your wife have one, unless you want to let her buy it and you seduce her for the keys? Very tricky. I love it!
  • compuladycompulady Posts: 9
    I just purchased the CL-P. This car is a DREAM especially since I had been driving an 11 year old Mazda MX6.

    I'd like some tips on maintaining it. Is there any tips for keeping the finish new (satin silver metallic color) such as type of soap, polish? Any particular cleaner recommended for the dash and leather seats?

    What ever experience anyone wishes to share is most appreciated.
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