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Acura TL - Buy Now or Wait for 4th Generation?



  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701

    Have you made a decision?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Pulling the trigger in 2-3 weeks.
    Until then, nothing is definite, but if I was dropping cash on something this morning, it would be the 07 G35x w/ Prem/Nav/Tech/Wood packages.
    Slate Blue on Black.

    I've had too many little complaints with my 06 MDX.
    The dealer is friendly, but 6 visits for the same problem is a little much. Nav losing power, Subwoofer and dash rattles, driver's seat movement, whistling windshield... $45,000 for what?!?!:sick:
    Other than little quirks, it's very nice.
    Owning a Honda for 7 years and 180,000 miles, I have to say they are amazing vehicles... they just dont stop.
    I know the TL is rock solid in reliability.
    With that being said, I've had TL loaners 5 times now. I have to say, I got bored with them.
    I hope TL owners dont take offense by that, it's just my opinion.

    I drove the G35 and was stunned... I loved it.
    The TL, unfortunately, didn't give me that same feeling.

    I hope Nissan/Infiniti reliability treats me as well as Honda/Acura has.

    Countdown continues.
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    IMHO, both cars offer tremendous amount of value for the price. You really can't go wrong with either. Have fun w/ the G and see you when the 4G TL comes out ;)
  • cyrus2cyrus2 Posts: 3
    ggesq, What is a 4 generation TL? I purchased a 1st Gen. G35 in 03 and must say it is the best car I've ever owned. Now have 50000 miles and have not had any issues at all. In the last two months I've been looking into a new G or TL. I'm really leaning TL(different car,price 31500) Hope I'm making the right move...
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    It's just a fancy way of saying the next TL. ;)
    It should be out sometime in late 08 but Honda/Acura is keeping the lid on it tight.
    The current TL (3G) body style started in 2004 and was introduced in late 03. If you can wait, you can pick up a 3G TL with a smoking deal when the new one arrives.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    ".....or the car is an early production that has been sitting in the dealer's lot for a while. .."

    Sorry if my question relates to an older post. I was just doig some reading on the TL. What do you mean by an early production? Why would it be sitting in the lot for long? Longer than any other ones, anythinfg wrong with them or else? Thanks.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    I have nothing really to say about the next gen TL. Going to be interested. The people are being sworn to secrecy. Only info I have is a 304 hp v6 and a 6 speed auto transmission. SH-AWD and a Hard drive is likely.

    Now for the TSX. Rumor has it that the RDX engine won't make it. Probably a small v6. No info on the Type-S. Should have a european/bmw look.

    RL is going to be the biggest and most extensive MMC for acura/honda. 3.7L v6 and 6AT is likely. Expect a HDD to store music, enhanced SH-AWD, some more room and more.

    Acura is looking into making Type-S into an AMG, M, or S brand etc. This means more than just the usual improvements. The people in Japan are very interested.

    Acura wants to be better than the germans. They are now being run by Acura and not Honda. They are now do their own thing. New R&D and design labs should help them. A v8 and v10 are going to come. They are doing everything they can to make Acura destroy the europeans, japanese and even Caddy :D!

    Hope this helps.
  • eroc69eroc69 Posts: 56
    I was at an Aucra dealer yesterday in Pittsburgh and they said to me and others I overheard that in April or so the new TSX is out and in the fall the new TL is out.
  • rajnirajni Posts: 4
    Hello Friends,

    I'm planning on getting a new Acura TL, but I recently heard that Acura is introducing a re-design in Fall 2008 or so.. Therefore, is it advisable to wait or get the current model in the market.. Acura 2008, is the most matured and complete model of the 3rd generation, probably with very few bugs in it, whereas the Acura TL 2009 might have high number of new bugs due to new technologies and features built into it.. but again, it will be a new design.. in my opinion, it will be best to get the 2010 or 2011 model, but I can't wait that long and have to decide between 2008 or 2009.. any suggestions/comments will be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,
    Rajni Kamoze
  • maxmanmaxman Posts: 11
    Yes there will be a new TL for 2009. The TL development program is on a five-year cycle. Basic rule of thumb when a new Accord debuts a new TL will be introduced the following year. To further hammer this point in everything in the Acura line up is fresh RL 05, MDX 07, RDX 07, and TSX 04. The TL was also new on 04 it has been traditionally the rice in Acura’s meal so it will get priority over the TSX to help rejuvenate sagging sales. As for purchasing now this is the best time to get on board. Normally I would not have anything thing to do with Honda/Acura they are good cars but I am extremely brand loyal which is why I have owned 3 Nissan Maximas SE 5 & 6MTs and 2 Nissan Altima SE-R 6mts. However, I have turned the corner and only because I got the deal of a lifetime from a local dealer. After just wanting to take a peek at a 2007 TL Type- S 6mt in November of 07 I was sold and ordered a 2008 to keep deprecation in line as having a year old car with no equity is a bad thing. This car reminded me so much of my old 2002 Nissan Maxima SE 6mt, a luxurious car at a fair price that can haul [non-permissible content removed] and make the owner of a V8 powered Mustang GT blush. The only other car that could come close for the price was the 2007 G35S 6mt and being redone for 2007 dealers were not even negotiating at least in my area, I am sure it would have been a different story in a place like LA or NYC. So I ordered the Acura on the spot. The deal was amazing the dealer sold it to me for $100 above invoice incl the dealer fee plus he gave me the whole manufactures dealer incentive on the car, which came to $2000. So I got a $39000 for about the price of a non- navigation base 08 TL $34000. There are rumors of Awd for the next generation, I don’t think that will happen as that will eat into the already poor sales of the RL and plus Acura always base there TL's on the front wheel drive only Honda Accord frames (except for the 96-98 versions). If all wheel drive is going to be avail on a non Acura SUV besides the RL, I think it will be the next TSX (2010). Since TSX will never get a V6 it will mostly share its drive train layout with the RDX, as 205hp nowadays is nothing, and Acura is not going to repeat the same mistake that Infiniti made with the old G20. So buy now get that order in as it takes about three months for your car to arrive and who knows by summer they may slap another 500 on top of the 2000 as that was the year end incentive on the 2007 TL models. For what I can see I think the next TL is going to pull what Nissan did to the 2004 Maxima it is going to grow in size and weight and lose some of the agility of the current generation. Hope this helps!
  • willis3willis3 Posts: 76
    Corrrect, 2009 Acura TL will debut in Fall 2008.

    If you are concerned about having the newer body style, then wait until Fall of this year. However, I know lots of people who are reluctant to purchase the very first year of the Full Model Change. They say the end of the cycle is the best time to purchase because all of the bugs have been worked out. If you are a believer of this, then the 2008 TL is the car for you.

    I have an 2007 TL Type S and the car is a joy to drive. :)
  • rajnirajni Posts: 4
    Thanks for your comments. I'm 95% sure that I will buy the 2008 TL model (as of now) but things might change, you never know!
  • Not to throw another monkey wrench into the works here but I had an '03 TLS and an '05 TL and the difference was night and day. Better looks, better engine, better technology. If you buy an '08, you might just find yourself jones'n for an '09 in the fall. ;)
  • jes95jes95 Posts: 1
    At a recent auto show, a sales person at the Acura booth said to me "if you're really interested in a new TL wait until April or May for the new model announce".

    He wouldn't elaborate any further.

    Anyone know what he meant?

  • rajnirajni Posts: 4
    o okay i dont know what to say o okay okay ooo okay
    the tl or the TL is the the car that MITE be the TL of the futures baba black cat have you any fool yes sir yes sir three jars fulllll
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  • Does anyone know if any 2 door coupe's are in Acura's future?
  • rajnirajni Posts: 4
    yes yes i think there is one yes yes 2 wheel car u mean 2 wheel with 2 doors u mean
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Well, no, not exactly.

    Look, we're glad to have you as a new member, but please understand that we're having focused conversations here; we're not too into silliness for its own sake. If you'd like to contribute, we'd very much appreciate it if you join us in that same spirit. Your first two posts were spot on. These last two... well, you get the point.

  • The thing to do is to read up on the car - I've heard shared AWD, but that's about it - some people say hard drive, but it's hard to know what's reliable. Nevetheless, if you can figure out what changes are in the works, you can figure out whether it's worth the wait.

    1 other option to toss out there. If you're concerned about new model year cars, you could probably buy, lease, or take over the lease of a 2005 or 2006 TL where the lease would run out in 2009 or 2010.

    PS- If you want a manual transmission, I'd go with an '05 or '06. The '07 requires you to get a Type s and I'm not sure it's worth the extra money.
  • tim69tim69 Posts: 4
    I'm not sure if this is a right place to ask. I'm waiting for the better deals on 08' TL right before 09' comes out. The question is extra money spent on Type S, or $2500 nav system worth it? How's F-1 inspired paddle auto shifts compares with manual?
    I'd really appreciate a feedback who has experience in both.
    Tim :)
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