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Acura TL Accessories and Modifications

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
edited March 15 in Acura
What accessories did you get with your TL? Are you planning any future modifications?

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager



  • Hi Karen!
    I haven't bought my TL yet. I like the Anthracite with Quartz interior. Thinking about the A-SPEC package but it doesn't seem to be worth the price, especially that the "sport steering wheel" looks almost like the standard, and the "body kit" is mediocre at best and doesn't have a snug fit on the car. I gess I'll get the wing spoiler alone. I'm thinking about the 18" rims, but Acura's price is too expensive, besides I'm not sure I want low-profile performance tires. Do you know if they come w/all season tires?
  • I've read on of the TL newsgroups that the wheels are available at tire and wheels stores. The only difference being that they do not have the Acura logo at the centre. I'm sure they're much less expensive if you don't get them from Acura.
  • jebinc1jebinc1 Posts: 198
    Does anyone know if the stock radio in the 2003 TL --

    - has an AUX port in the head unit?
    - Is XM ready?
    - What XM units willintegrate will with the stock unit and are not the crappy RF modulator (uses radio ant. as input to the head unit)

    Has anyone installed XM? If so, what radio did you use and where did you install it?

  • Cold weather will soon be here. Does anyone know if a remote start can be installed and/or does it screw up the remote door opener that came with the car? How much do you figure it would cost to install?
  • colinzcolinz Posts: 22
    i checked with circuit city and best buy and they said if you get just the remote start without the keyless entry and alarm, it won't affect anything. but if you get keyless entry and alarm they have to deactivate the factory alarm which means you can't use your acura remote. but the problem if you get the remote start by itself is that you can't use the factory keyless entry once the engine is started. also you need a bypass. the bypass cost about $50. the remote start cost $150 or $200 depending on range, installation included.
  • Has anyone tried to connect a bluetooth phone with the new TL?

    Any suggestions on a good cell phone with PDA and bluetooth enabled?
  • Yesterday I bought a Sony Ericsson T616 from Cingular. Very small, bluetooth, tons of features.
    Not hooked up yet. I will report later
  • achadhaachadha Posts: 106
    Has anyone added the rear deck spoiler on their TL yet? If so how much did it end up costing you with installation..thanx
  • mmm17mmm17 Posts: 31
    I have the Sony Ericson T616. It took about 6 minutes to hook up the Acura Bluetooth system and I am not a tech gadget type of guy. Very Easy.
  • kfhmailkfhmail Posts: 199
    Karen - Host; I attempted to add this as a separate thread on Acura TL but pat suggested I contact you. (Did not know how to get your e-mail address).

    I would like to see a thread for just the Navigation System on the Acura TL.

    Acura TL Owners: Navigation System - Hints & Experiences

    This is basically the only option so it should be treated separately from the main TL discussion.

    This would be a GREAT place for people having trouble learning how to use all the capabilities of the NAV system to get help.

    On other boards I have seen alot of helpful information and hints on Nav only threads.

    With a separate thread for the Nav, people that did not get the Nav would not have to read thru these discussions unless they wanted to.

    So...may we have a thread for the NAV system only?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Saw the manager's TL at my dealer today -- black with front chin spoiler and rear lip spoiler. I must say it looked pretty sharp. The front chin spoiler looked very cohesive with the standard side skirt (not the full body kit).
  • Has anyone installed back up sensors in new TL? I would like to see some feedback to their usefulness, cost/benefit etc. Thanks
  • dulnevdulnev Posts: 652
    The TL OEM backup sensor is ugly and not very usefull. There are great talking sensors that cost half as much as TL's ($200 vs $400). That is, if you feel you need a backup sensor on a mid-size sedan. I don't even need those on our Mazda MPV minivan.
  • 2003tls2003tls Posts: 100
    No way would I put ugly back up sensors on a sports sedan! Minivan maybe, but not my TL.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    if you need a back-up sensor for a sedan, then you should be riding a bicyle!
  • I picked up my TL yesterday. I could have sworn that the unit I test drove had a cargo net along the side of the trunk.

    My unit did not seem to come with one. Should it have? Or is this an accessory.

    I'm thinking someone swiped mine out of the car and it was missed during prep.
  • dulnevdulnev Posts: 652
    I suggest you spend a quality 30 minutes with your manual. If you did, you'd know that your cargo net is stored under the floor of your trunk next to the tool kit.
  • Dulnev,

    You are correct. I should spend some more time with the owners manual. I got the car last night and have not had time to read it thoroughly before posting my questions.

    Rest assured, this board will not hear from me again, until the book is read cover to cover.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Acura lists a sport steering wheel as a dealer-installed option. From the photo it doesn't look a whole lot different from the standard wheel. Anyone bought one, or knows how exactly is it different and worth the rather hefty price that's being charged for it? On the demo I drove, the standard one looked and felt pretty darn nice already.
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