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Acura TL Tires and Wheels

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  • jjg4519jjg4519 Posts: 3
    As requested, my initial thoughts on the Versados.

    After approx. 1,000 miles, I am fairly pleased with the tires. I did have to get one replaced. The tire shop said I hit a pothole and "broke a band". A bubble showed up on the tire.

    With the low profile tires, I highly recommend the Road Hazard warranty. The Versado came with a 40,000 mile warranty.

    After 5,000 or so miles, I will post again.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,101
    Today I swapped my 16" Dunlop WinterSports for my 17" Toyo Versados. Instant improvement in nvh! Although it probably means snows a comin'...!

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    When I did that with my '05 it felt like I was driving a new car.

    BTW, did you see my post on the chalky dashboard?
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,101
    Hi, Doc. Yes, thanks. I've got the Black Magic wax for the Evil Wife's RX. Good stuff. I'll look for the cleaner, too. Temps supposed to get into the 60s here, maybe I'll do my first hand wash (Z7, then Z6) since October this weekend!

    Would have been nice to actually drive in some real snow with the Dunlops... Maybe next year.

    Yeah, the TL was made for the low profile 17s...

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Can I get Zaino in a local store or do i have to buy it on-line? And, since I'm a rookie, what should I get for my first application? :confuse:
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,101
    Not sure, I know Zaino is sold in a few shops, maybe only in NJ? My advise:

    Visit Zainostore.com for a lot of info and check out the Zaino thread here for even more info (just keyword, "Zaino").

    My starter kit was Z-2, Z-5, ZFX and Z-6. Last summer, I bought the maintenance pack of Z-7 and Z-6. Z-7 is the car wash, four bottles may have been a bit much as a little goes a long way! Lifetime supply of Z-7!

    After swapping my Toyos back yesterday, picked up a nail in one during the 5 mile drive home. Of course, we're driving to DC next week, so perfect timing. Luckily, I noticed the slow leak, had it fixed today...

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    What a coincidence, the TPMS went off on my GTI yesterday, had a 2-3 mm hole on the border between the tread and sidewall (no-man's land). Local garage plugged it and said it probably won't cause me any problems. Cost to replace: $217 + tax! That's more than a TL tire IIRC. :sick:

    Drove by my neighbor today with the '08 TLS, he was scrubbing his tailpipes with a toothbrush and I thought of you Zaino guys! :P
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,101
    Unfortunately, my first Zaino-"light" routine (z-7, z-6) has revealed a lot of fine, light scratches in my lovely Abyss Blue paint. Maybe when I z-5 a couple of times next month they will be filled in.

    Again, I just should not own a darker color car... :cry:

    But, when it is in full Zaino z-2 shine... :D :shades:

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Drove by my neighbor today with the '08 TLS, he was scrubbing his tailpipes with a toothbrush and I thought of you Zaino guys!

    Sounds like his wife or girl-friend have not tasked him sufficiently. Was he using an old-fashioned tooth brush or a mechanized such as "Sonicare"?

    Thanks to all who have given opinions on replacement tires for TL. Decided on Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S and have on order for 04 TL. Will give feedback after putting on some miles. This tire ranked high in its class in Tirerack's tests and customer feedback and has attributes I desire.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    You'd never see me hitting my pipes with a toothbrush... not even the soft bristles.
    Those are made of plastic/nylon and will scratch the chrome.

    Stop by your neighbors house, hand him some chrome polish and a couple of micro-fibers.... he'll thank you for it. :P
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    We probably should be talking about this over in "paint and exterior care", but I don't know how to move the posts. I think he was scrubbing the inside of the pipes. I always wondered what the best method was to get that soot out of the inside of the pipe. Any suggestions?
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    I'd post this question over on the GTI forum but there's cob webs growing over there, plus I have owned a TL in the past.

    I ran all-seasons and winter tires on my TL with the differences being obvious.

    Now however I have summer performance tires on my GTI since it won't see any snow. My question is: what are the main differences between summer performance tires and all-season performance tires (better snow traction being obvious)?

    Which ones are generally quieter? I would be willing to give up a little "grip" for quietness
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    My question is: what are the main differences between summer performance tires and all-season performance tires (better snow traction being obvious)?

    Check out Tirerack.com tire tests, tire buyer surveys, and tire buyer comments. I had to replace OEM Bridgestone EL42 tires on 04 TL recently. After research on Tirerack, bought Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S. Considered Michelin summer tires since I have 4 mounted snows, but settled on Exalto A/S. My take was that while the summer Michelin Perf would have had better cornering, turn-in, crispness, etc., they probably would be a harder/noisier ride per info on Tirerack.com. I value the minimization of noise and hard ride over the gain in performance of the summer tire.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    An update to my Michelin Pilot Sport A/S....

    Gas mileage has dramatically improved back up to my prior MPG. My guess is that the tires had to be broken-in...as it took about a month for the MPG to improve to prior levels.

    Overall...I would recommend the Pilot A/S. They drive well....perform well...and seem to be wearing evenly.
  • Hi- I accidentally ran into the curb while pulling into a parking spot and to my dismay, I scratched my front tire's rim. This is anything I can do to have the damage fixed? Buffed? Besides aesthetics, will this be a problem to my car?

    Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.
  • I have done the same to 2 of my rims when I first got my TL-S. The car seems a lot lower than what I have been driving and you need to park very carefully. I do not park near any curbs or make tight turns around curbs anymore.

    I ask my dealer about this on my 1st oil change and they had someone come in from PA to just repair the rims. It was $ 100.00 each rim. Still cheaper than buying new rims. And they looked like new again. The rims do seem very soft.

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  • Thanks for your advice. I definitely learned my lesson and I'm staying far away from curbs when parking. That was a painful mistake.

    How did they repair the rims? Buff it out?

    Thanks!
  • Just took my '05 TL Auto for an A1 service and was advised that it's time to replace the tires on my car. I still have these OEM Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 tires, and have had my car for 3 years. The car has about 43k miles on it. I'm rather surprised to see these tires lasted this long, after reading the posts from the others on here.

    After reading the reviews on Tirerack.com, it seems like the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position are the ones to go.

    Do other TL owners have any previous experience with these tires?
  • 43k miles! Wow!

    My '05 had 23k on the Michelins when I traded up for the '07 MDX and they were on their way out. I rotated religiously too because of the 19k I got on the first set of Michelins on my "03 TLS. If you got 43k why not stick w/ the Mich's?
  • I have mine rotated whenever the service minder tells me to, which is roughly about 4500-5000 miles. It's ridiculous how the dealer charges $45 to rotate all 4 tires ea time.

    I'd stick with the same brand tires; however, they're a bit expensive ($100/ea over the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position). Plus the reviews on the Michelins were lower.
  • lax29lax29 Posts: 42
    I have a 04 TL and my Michelins were toast around the 22K mark. Thought it was me until the next set of tires lasted me 48k. Didn't do the Michelins again.
  • mikey38mikey38 Posts: 141
    I have 43k on my 06 TL and the original Michelins are still going strong.
  • pashipashi Posts: 16
    Can't comment on the Potenza's, but did have the Yokahama S.drives installed a few months ago and love them! Got them for $125/piece from TireRack.com and had them shipped and installed by a Goodyear dealership. Very smooth, great in the corners, excellent wet weather traction. I don't know how long they will last, but if I can get the same 38,000 out of them that I got with the Michelins, they are well worth it at half the price!
  • Jiffy Lube- $19.99 to rotate all 4. :)
  • My firm belief concerning the wide range of "miles per tire" is that it is solely related to driving style. The more aggresive you drive the less use you will get out of any tire.
  • mikey38mikey38 Posts: 141
    I'd agree with that and I'd wager the folks who wear out tires so soon are also replacing brakes much more often...probably get lower gas mileage....and don't brush their teeth at least twice a day ;)
  • gbosilgbosil Posts: 88
    Just replaced my Michelins on 2007 TLS 29K miles with Michelin Exalto A/S 50K Warranty "BEST ON THE MARKET!" BEST VALUE!! Only tire in its class with a warranty! :shades:
  • gvbgvb Posts: 45
    Looking at the new '09 TL, looks like the only option on rims is in a 19". Does this mean Acura has now discontinued the 18" rims which has always been an option for the '04 - '08 models? I've been thinking about changing out the rims on my car to in 18" but was going to wait until I got the full mileage out of my existing 17" tires first. Do I have time to wait? Or do I need to make the decision to buy now and get rid of my existing set which still has quite a bit of life left on them.
  • Anybody know anything about these tires on an 06 TL?
  • How do you like the way the Exalto rides and handles?
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