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  • mattdmattd Posts: 5
    I don't know if that is a good price for the 2003, but there was a MAJOR redesign for 2004. You'd better take a look at the 2003, then go to a showroom to decide, they are different cars.
  • tlgreattlgreat Posts: 2
    Spend a little more and be happy with '04. The ELS sound system is worth the price! Performance and gas mileage much better then my '99. I didn't think the Nav was necessary but now, I wouldn't buy another car without it. From the reviews, there's not much change to TL for '05. There's a big change in the RL.
  • tlgreattlgreat Posts: 2
    My controls on my steering column are warm. Its above the mode and cruse control buttons. Anyone else having this problem?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    You must've bought the heated steering wheel option. :)
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Actually I noticed on my way home last night that the metal trims on my steering wheel control were also warm. So it must be normal.
  • I love everything about it!!!! I ordered Anthracite with quartz + navi, boy is it sharp. The technology in this vehicle is amazing. Every time I get in it it's like christmas morning.

    Chicago, IL
  • gordsgords Posts: 13
    Well, the deed is done. Ordered ours on Saturday. Nighthawk Black with Camel Interior.
    Navi package.

    And who gave us the best deal in town. Acura?
    Nope, the Honda dealer where we purchased our
    2002 Honda Odyssey EX-L new. It just shows that an off chance question can oftem times lead to a very amenable conclusion. I cannot wait to get behind the wheel. Next hurdle is trying to convince the local dealers where we did not purchase the vehicle to service it. I guess I will have to remind them that I was buying their product and they will still be able to collect on servicing and/or installation of any add ons that may make their way onto the car in the probably near future. I am happier than an oinker in do-dah.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "Next hurdle is trying to convince the local dealers where we did not purchase the vehicle to service it."

    They shouldn't need convincing. They should welcome the business.

    And congrats on your purchase. Happy motoring.
  • gordsgords Posts: 13
    Having owned your TL now for a while now, are there any areas of concern that you have found required addressing. I wish I knew how to apply my Canadian Flag to my profile here so you would also know I am a fellow Canadian. I was really impressed that during our test drive with the nav system up and running how accurate it was mapping out our location in my area of Oakville - Burlington, Ontario. I was impressed. Many thanks in advance for your wisdom. GordS
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Overall I would say I've been quite happy with my TL. There are just a few relatively minor negative issues. In no particular order, they are: Interior squeaks and rattles; the door springs are a bit too strong (you'd have to careful that the doors don't spring open and smash into the car next to you, or snap back and smack you in the head when you're exiting!); the seat leather tends to stretch easily; the audible "beep" for the keyless entry is very feeble; there's a fair amount of brake dust from the front pads; rearward vision is somewhat limited, especially if you're not a tall person; the drive-by-wire throttle is not always as smooth as it can be (in terms of around-town driveability, our '02 Accord V6 is better); brakes are strong, but could be a bit grabby in low-speed situations.

    I think that's it. I'll post again if I can think of something else.
  • gordsgords Posts: 13

    Thank you for the "look out for" list.

    I have a copy in hand and will keep these obsevations of yours in the Acura file. As you say, these would appear to be minor niggles with the car. Looking forward to picking it up soon. My dealer appears to be still trying to locate one in the area. Suspense is killing me.

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    One more niggle -- the glove box cover is misaligned. I think this is a fairly common problem and may be contributing to the aforementioned squeaks and rattles. On mine, if I open the front passenger door and look at the right side of the glove box cover, I can see that the gap between the cover and the glove box is not even (it widens out at the bottom). (Since it nothing major, I'm waiting until the first oil change to have the dealer take a look at it).
  • gordsgords Posts: 13
    Once again thank you for the insight. I will look for this on delivery. Monday the 20th. looks like D (delivery) day. I am like a kid on Christmas eve.

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Got your TL yet?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Boy, does the TL have one spiffy-looking oil dipstick or what! It's sturdy and hefty enough to use for self-defence. I always hated the old, thin "blade" type that always seem to get snagged when you push it back into the tube.
  • mdhaukemdhauke Posts: 202
    lol, I'll keep that dipstick in mind next time somebody tries to carjack me.
  • gordsgords Posts: 13

    I sure do.... have had THE CAR since Monday last.

    What a beauty. Nighthawk Black with the Camel interior, Navi package. I have had it out a couple of times, but waiting till the break in period is completed before taking it out to stretch its legs. Filled it up yesterday and was almost floored by how *CHEAP* and *TINNY* the fuel filler door is. I find myself going out to the garage for all kinds of reasons just to look at her. (and it is a her.. we get the english/french voice in female in Canada I guess, while our American cousins get to opt between male/female voice recognition. Moot to be sure. This car is extremely satisfying.. and a real head turner to be sure.

    Safe Driving,

  • I'm currently the proud owner of a 1997 CL 3.0. I say "proud" as I truly believe in the performance and reliability of Honda/Acura, regardless of the negative comments that they get due to their automatic transmission issues - but it's this that has created my concerns. My CL has 143,000 miles on it and I'm now at the point that I'm looking into a TL w/ navi. My issue is whether to get the 6 sp manual or stay to the automatic. The plus with the stick is that my wife can't drive it. I'm also the guy on the block that loves driving stick but has never owned one. My wife has a 2003 Honda Pilot that seems to acquire a new scratch everytime she goes somewhere. My CL does have its issues w/ the auto trans, i.e. the jerking back and forth, seemingly getting "confused" with which gear to be in. I've managed to figure out the best way to drive the car depending on the type of traffic I'm in, but I'd like to not have to drive an automatic like a stick if I don't have to. I'm also curious to see if Acura will bring out an all wheel version of the TL such as they're putting on the redesigned RL.

    Any comments or suggestions?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Congrats! Black/Camel looks great, even though you'll have to wash it every other day!

    And talking about cheap parts, I forgot to mention that I think the sun visors and the moonroof interior shade is rather flimsy to be found in a car in this price range.
  • tomsr1tomsr1 Posts: 130
    I have an 01 TL with 53k miles.I change the oil every 7500 miles and don't get stuck in stop and go traffic much.How long can I expect before problems develop, assuming I follow the owners manual closely.So far I have had brakes redone and tranny replaced (warranty).Also the drivers seat was wearing on the left side bolster but was fixed before the warranty expired.So far dealer experience has been great.I also have a new v6 Highlander with similar size engine but it feels so much weaker,Is VTEC that much better than Toyota VVti?
  • brew99brew99 Posts: 86

    Are you guys both happy with the Nav option now that you have had the car for a while?

    When I priced mine out last year, it came to about a $4400 Cdn difference in price given the difference in discounts and then applicable taxes on top. I am tempted however to pop in to the dealer and see what it would cost me to swap out my 04 for an 05 with Navi and in Anthracite (which is now available in AT).....just for fun.....don't tell my wife.....
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    brew, to be honest, since I have been driving almost exclusively within the city of Vancouver, I have not really needed to use the Nav, except for fun! When I ventured out occasionally, into some of the suburbs like Surrey, New Westminster, etc. then I have used it. And so far it has performed as promised, albeit under limited circumstances.
  • hi. I bought an '05 non navg auto after a many months search considering 1. a immaculate 02 tls w/ 32k miles, 2. a loaded nice 03 tls w/ 37k miles, 3 a new 04 tl auto at invoice,and then finally my white tl auto. Each car was terrific in its way, but I decided to buy for a keeper to have for 8 yr or more. And the pricing at Lindsay Acura of Columbus and Cleveland Acura was very accomodating.
    My major focus this 3rd day of ownership is learning the audio system. Later I'll work on the drive by wire! Today at least I got the garage door to operate!
  • This audio system is still a challenge! ONe of the Cd's is not being recognized (played) and I also haven't figured out how to take them out! Where do you put the quarters to play them?
  • I picked up my '05 abyss blue pearl auto with navi Saturday from Jones Acura in Lancaster, PA. They gave me a great deal & were exremely easy to deal with. I still have to master the finer points of the navi system, but it got me back to the DC metro area through a sudden storm around Baltimore Saturday afternoon. My current issue is finding a blue tooth phone that works with Verizon, or consider switching services.
  • I have not purchased a TL yet but I have negotiated a price on a silver/black interior 2001 model at our local Accura dealer. My concern after doing a bit of reading on the internet is the transmission. Is this likely to be a problem with this model year? It is a great car and I have taken it on a couple of test drives. I really like it but of course it is out of warranty and a transmission failure would be a disaster.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Check to see whether they've extended the warranty on the transmission. They did on my '01 CL-S
  • I have a 99 tl and an 04 tl. The radio in the 04 is FABULOUS. First check out XM Radio. Then go invest in some dvd audio cds. I load the cd changer or settle in to xm74 and I'm good for 3 or 4 hundred miles. I don't know how they could have improved on the '04, but let me tell you that this car ROCKS. It just about drives itself, takes off like a bullet and gets damn near 30 mpg on the road, use high test gas there is a difference. I bought the 04 for my wife the first week they came out. I gave the '99.

    PS my other car is a 50th anniversary vette convertible with a six speed. I have trouble deciding which car to drive.

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Where did you go to find DVD-audio disks?
  • monzimonzi Posts: 4
    Bought my 2004 TL in March 04 and I love it... Have 7200 miles on it with only a few comments. 1) Slight vibration at 1500RPM, can feel it in the steering wheel and the gas pedal 2) the driver side door bumps inward when I roll down my window and 3) I've had a few of the plastic covers pop off the interior of the car, easy to pop back on but at this price I wouldn't expect it.
    Now, what I like: 1) acceleration above 3500rpm, yehaaa 2) DVD audio and even regular CD's sound awesome in this system 3) comfort for everyone, front and back 4) Fit and finish on the inside and outside is great, thought it would have been nice to have a 60/40 split fold down rear seat 5) acceleration above 3500rpm, yehaa 6) XM radio - variety, station 150 comedy 24/7... 7) I've averaged 24.5 mpg in most driving conditions, that's great for this kind of performance car 8) standard road side assistance, I've used it once when I got a flat, I was back on the road in less than 40 minutes.
    Over all I really like the car and I enjoy getting in it each and every time.
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