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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I also have to agree.... but I'm a guy who understands both sides of this coin.

    I have plans on buying a new car in approx 6 months.
    I have my eye on the Lexus IS350.
    My wife and I just bought an 06 MDX with NAV and RES, and I am very happy with it. It's my daily driver until I get my new car and then it becomes the wife's. While buying this MDX, the TL started to grow on me.
    I like what it has to offer, but pales in comparison to the Lexus' comfort and service after the sale.... but the TL's price tag is $10,000 less.

    With that being said, I am still slightly leaning toward the IS, but I'll wait and see how much the new 07 TL Type-S appeals to me.

    I like the look of the iterior on the TL, can live with the exterior (Does nothing for me, just my opinion)
    But I would hate to drop that much coin on a car and then find that it is showing the same symptoms as seen here.

    I would like for the posters in the forum to be fair and accurate with their findings so us "soon to be" owners have facts to go on, and not just opinions on over-inflated issues.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "...I'll wait and see how much the new 07 TL Type-S appeals to me."

    Is a Type-S confirmed?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I just noticed a weird phenomenon with my TL. After starting the car, if my first voice command is to turn the air conditioner on, the system will reply (both verbal and action) with a play CD response. I have tried speaking very slowly, and deliberately "Air Conditioner On", but without fail the response would be "CD play disc 1 (or 2, 3, etc)".

    This appears to only happen with the "Air Conditioner On" command.

    Also, if I utter another voice command first, for example, increase fan speed, and then command air conditioner on, it will respond correctly.

    Very weird! :confuse:
  • seanh2oseanh2o Posts: 27
    I just noticed today that I have couple of paint chips on the hood. Now I agree that Cincinnati high is full of junk and we constantly get bombarded by rock chips, but I didn't expect the TL's paint to chip so easily. My friend has a civic for about year now with simiarly commute patern, and his car has none as significant as mine.

    Now my TL06 has about 4000 miles and is about 2 months old. Anyone think that TL06 has weaker paint?
  • boikoboiko Posts: 82
    Why is the TL such a target for trolls? Cause you get a lot of car for $31K?...

    I suspect your do get alot of car for the money, and something that we might overlook here.... Just the pure number of 3rd generation Acura TL's sold vs BMW, Lexus, and Infiniti. Your talking about a car that sells 2 or 3X more units per month then it's competition.

    If say 5-10% (just picking a number here..) are not happy with their TLs...that is not an insignificant number of people, due to the sheer number of units being pumping out of Ohio. As compared to the number of Lexus-IS,BMW-3,Infinti-G35 units sold in the US.

    So any single design problem will tend to be seen/talked about alot more with the TL, then with it's competitors.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    "Is a Type-S confirmed?"

  • billyperks1billyperks1 Posts: 151
    Where are the details of this confirmation?

    I hope they are incorporating the SH-AWD on this new Tyoe S.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    SH-AWD is most likely not going to be available in 2007. Acura attempted to make this happen for the 07 model but are unable to successfully squeeze the system into the existing size. They didn't want to rush the necessary changes, so this is slated for the '09's redesigned model.

    As for documentation, I have nothing except for the gossip online.

    I talked to my dealer. They nag me every time I bring my '06 MDX in for oil changes... since they know I'm currently looking at the Lexus IS... and the TL grew on me a little, due to it's price.

    2 of the guys at my dealer went to the Acura conference this year and they were told that the '07 WILL have a Type-S option... and the A-Spec is going away.

    I have no idea how a 300+ HP FWD car will do.
    The existing TL already has torque steer issues.

    We'll have to wait and see.
    Now, the '09 with the Type-S package and SH-AWD... :surprise:
    That'll be fun to drive!
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "Now, the '09 with the Type-S package and SH-AWD..."

    So...I guess all the RL fans better get theirs by 2008 at the latest. :P
  • meateatermeateater Posts: 123
    The existing TL already has torque steer issues.

    Really? Like what? Do you own a TL? I've had mine for 7 months an RARELY feel torque steer. Yea I know with FWD and power it can be there, but the torque steer issue is so overblown, unless you're racing your car. And if you're racing, then why did you buy a FWD vehicle?

    95% of TL owners probably never push their car to where torque steer is an issue. So who cares about it?

    I don't.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    The torque steer with the automatic is not excessive, but it's there nonetheless. Yes, it shows up mostly went you stomp on the gas hard, especially in corners or when the road surface is uneven. But even in moderate driving, I think it manifests itself in the form of a slightly squirrelly steering feel, a little loosey goosey feeling in the steering, for lack of a better description.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,487
    I agree, there is torque steer. As there is for any powerful FWD. But, being aware of it helps. If you're going to stomp on the go pedal, have a good grip, let 'er rip and enjoy! In a completely benign, safe environment, of course...

    It doesn't bother me, I appreciate the advantages of FWD more than the torque steer bothers me.

    And (I don't remember who was the poster) for those that claim the Impala SS has no torque steer, you might want to check out one of the recent AutoWeek mags. Both testers would strongly beg to differ... I believe (I'll have to read again) they both liked the SS, but torque steer? Oh, yes. Very much they write.

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

  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    That's exactly what I used to do with my '02
    Maxima. Whenever I felt like letting her rip,
    I would put two hands on the steering wheel and
    hold on tight and let her go. Ahh, it was so
    cool having my head get pushed back into the
    seat from the wonderful power!
    Rest in peace, my pretty Max!
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Most people don't drop $35,000 on a car and then drive it like they stole it.... but those who shop around for a sports sedan have a certain expectation on how that car should perform.

    300hp and FWD.... anyone with common sense knows that the torque steer on that will be horrendous.
    All I am saying is that the SH-AWD is on it's way for a reason.... to address this issue.
    Too bad it's 3 years away.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,487
    "...but those who shop around for a sports sedan have a certain expectation on how that car should perform."

    Agreed. And that is why the shopper should buy the car that most meets those expectations. If you do not want a powerful, torque-steering FWD sedan, do not buy it! And if you do buy it, don't complain about torque steer! :P

    Oh, yeah. We gotta stop replying to this thread. I'm sorry, but the TL is very, very far from beign a "piece of junk!!!" :)

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

  • I'll tell you a very sweet looking combination....NightHawk Black Pearl Exterior w/Quartz (gray) interior and the Gold Emlems! This exterior-interior combination is very difficult to find. the Acura dealership here in Lancaster, PA had to do like a 4 or 5 state search for a 2005 TL that had this color combination....well, after approx. 1 week last April 2005 they found me my 2005 TL. Very Sweet.
    The only thing is that Black is a [non-permissible content removed] to keep clean!!!
  • goodegggoodegg Posts: 905
    The only thing is that Black is a [non-permissible content removed] to keep clean!!!

    You're supposed to keep the car clean?

    I have Anthracite - looks OK dirty. Drives the same clean or dirty.

    The gold emblems on black do look sweet. The spoilers have been growing on me too. I might get one off EBay. The dealer wants your right one for them.
  • What symptoms have anyone noticed before they repaired their HID headlights. My drivers side light seems to go in and out while driving. Any other issues? Sounds familiar?
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    I like the look of the TL with the spoiler also. I've also seen some with the front under
    body spoiler and the rear under body spoiler.
    The car looks sweet!!
    I've also seen some with the decklid spoiler
    which is more blended in with the rest of the
    car. Any thoughts on which looks better, regular spoiler or decklid spoiler?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I like the decklid spoiler myself. More subtle, less boy-racerish. If it is good enough for BMW, it's good enough for the TL! ;)
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