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Acura CL

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  • mapman1138mapman1138 Posts: 68
    ...but I'm going to go ahead and NOT complain about my car anyway. I took delivery of a 2003 CL-S 6-speed in late March, and I've put 5400 miles on it since then (add that to the 250 miles that were already on the clock, and total mileage is just shy of 5700).

    The car so far has been nearly flawless. I typically use it for a 25 mile round-trip commute, all on surface streets, and in that role, it has returned a steady 21 mpg. I drove from Chicago to Dallas and back in late May, and the CL really hit its stride on the Interstate. Peak mileage just brushed 30 mpg with the cruise control set at 75 mph. The car is a wonderful highway cruiser, making the return trip (just under 1000 miles) non-stop, without any driver fatigue. Great seats.

    Complaints: The fuel lid release can be balky, even after adjustment by the dealer service department. The engine idle seems a *bit* lumpy at times. Styling is a bit bland. The car rides too high on its suspension.

    That's it!
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    Wow, those would have been my complaints too! The ride height is the most perplexing. It doesn't affect the way the car drives (for me anyway), but it is weird that the Accord sedan actually seems to ride lower. A sedan of all things! One would have thought the reverse would be more logical. Wonder if the ride height is necessitated by wheelwell clearance issues caused by the wider wheels/tires on the CL-S?
  • mapman1138mapman1138 Posts: 68
    I wonder if Honda doesn't *expect* at least some of the Type-S buyers to do their own suspension tuning. Maybe they're in cahoots with Mugen, Comptech and Eibach. Food for thought, anyway!

    Also, just a little nitpick - technically, the CL *is* a sedan. A 2-door sedan, but a sedan none the less.
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    I never thought of that. Might be something to it, although I wouldn't think the CL-S would be that prevalent amongst the "rice" market. I think there are more tricked out Accord coupes.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    My younger brother actually likes the CL more than the RSX, but he thinks Benzes are tops, so you can just ignore him. >;p

    Several of my friends have expressed desire for Accord coupes. The "old man and his wife" marketing for the CL is working, apparently, because young people don't want em as much as Accords. That's a pity, because the CL needs more customers.

    mapman, personal luxury coupes have always been "2-door sedans." Big and rooooomy.
  • mapman1138mapman1138 Posts: 68
    I'm satisfied with my CL-S, but I would have gladly taken an Accord Coupe - except for the inability to combine the V-6 with a manual transmission. I'm actually a bit anxious to see what the new Accord will have to offer in this regard. I've heard rumors, but nothing concrete yet.
  • From what I've seen, the new Accord is a total bomb (like Pontiac Aztek bomb), not "The Bomb".

    Ugh ... what a waste.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    All the Japanese automakers are using far too much ugly in their new models.They've always followed trends. Ugly shapes and plastic interiors are the current trend.

    Even the new Mazda 6, which is easily the best looking of the new sedans on the outside, has that same "silver/gray plastic everywhere" interior that is in the RSX, Altima, 350Z, IS300, Celica, Rav4, etc.

    I think they think it looks "sporty". I think it looks cold, harsh, and cheap. Give me wood, leather, and smooth lines anyday.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    Keep forgetting to check in here because this CL-S is so reliable compared to my former ride! ;-)) 16 months old, 16,700 miles, 4 dealer visits for oil/filter changes and tire rotations! That's it!

    BEST car I EVER owned! 18 coats of Zaino so far- I think. Last coat applied last MARCH? and the car looks great! Been too busy doing other things. No time for Zaino! I'm losing my addicition here! LOL... If the car didn't look so good, I would have had about 10 coats of Z on by now! ;-))

    fastdriver
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    18 coats? Do you have trouble fitting into parking spaces at the mall?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    garypen-

    LOL.. how'd I know that you would be the first to respond! Hate mall parking lots! Don't go there often. Nothing I have to buy!

    As for the Z, I'm losing count. It's either 15 or 18 coats.

    fastdriver
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    PS Is this site SLOW today or is it my DSL? Just got a new eMac, so it can't be that! Seems to be taking forever to navigate. Could it be their NEW servers here?

    fastdriver
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    They didn't have any men's computer's in stock? ;-)
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    LOL.... I wouldn't own a PC if THEY paid me! My Macs have done everything that I want them to. STILL don't know WHAT a PC can do that my Mac can't. No viruses or security problems here! ;-))

    Sometimes I think Chrysler is involved in the PC world with the way they work sometimes! ;-))

    Anyone hear anything about any changes coming with the CL's or TL's?

    fastdriver
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    2004 TL based on new Accord, 2004 CL may or may not exist, depending on how Honda-Acura feels on Judgment Day. >:(
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    verozahl-

    Thanks. Too bad because I like 2 doors! Oh well. When my lease is up, there are plenty of other choices. The new G-35 Infiniti coupe coming out in Novemeber looks interesting.

    fastdriver
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    Unfortunately, like so many other new Japanese cars, the G35 interior is hideous, like a low budget movie spaceship. The "edgy" exterior doesn't appeal to me either.
    The mechanicals sound great, though!
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    garypen-

    Take a look at some of the American cars with their new Star Wars looking interiors. Like they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If it comes to that, I'll take "UGLY" and RELIABLE anyday over good looking and unreliable!

    My previous "looker car" was enough for me! I'll take my "boring" looking CL-S, reliable car anyday!

    fastdriver
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    I have a CL too, bro. It's interior looks great.

    I agree. A lot of ugly in many US cars, too. But, the new Japanese cars have more of that "Star Wars" stuff, easily. I've never seen so much silver/gray plastic in widespread use.

    It's the current trend. And they have a very trendy culture.

    As for ugly and reliable vs. good-looking and unreliable? It depends on how unreliable, because I refuse to drive an ugly car. Of course, beautiful and reliable would be my choice! :-)
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    Cars, or women? :)
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    Wouldn't it be too early to pass judgement on the G35 coupe's interior? After all, no one has seen one in the flesh yet.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    "What are we talking about here, guys? Cars or women?"

    Must be women, because I don't think of Honda-Acura products as unreliable! >:)
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    I've seen pitchurs of it. To quote the horse from Ren & Stimpy, "No sir. I don't like it".
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    You're lucky not many women cruise these forums :)
  • Town Hall is now faster! If you were having troubles with your DSL, it wasn't your system, it was Edmunds. It was super slow for me, and I have a T1 connection, so what does that tell you?

    Good to see it is working properly again!

    Obi
  • lednameledname Posts: 23
    I'm eager to purchase a CL Type-S 6 Speed (no NAV). I'm trying to determine what a fair price is. Anyone have any purchase experiences?
  • vonlinzvonlinz Posts: 12
    Has anyone noticed a passenger seat rattle in their 2001 (or later) CL? I took it to the dealer who couldn't identify it after he fixed the moonroof squeal but it's definitely still there.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,904
    I apologize if this has been brought up before. Does anybody know the advantage of using an SOHC VTEC setup on the CL/TL Type S as opposed to the more traditional DOHC VTEC setup used in the high powered Honda 4s (& NSX)?

    How does the LSD in the current CL Type s 6 speed compare to the ATTS in the Prelude Type SH? I can only think that the ATTS system is active and does not aid in launching the car from a stop, but is phenomenal in the corners while the LSD waits for wheel spin to occur and helps eliminate torque steer and makes the car easier to launch.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    But I think a SOHC design is less peaky. You can tune it for a flatter torque curve.

    I think LSD basically activates when there is a difference in wheel speed whereas the ATTS will reallocate power based on a combination of wheel speed, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, and steering angle.
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,482
    I thought LSD activated when you put the Grateful Dead on the truntable.
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