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Acura TL Care and Maintenance



  • sprtstersprtster Posts: 3
    Just traded in my '03 G35 on a black/camel TL auto with Navi. I have always used vinyl nosemasks (bras) on my cars, but I want to get a clear bra installed on my TL. The dealer subs out to a company that uses 3M material, the most often advertised clear bra. I have called other companies that use eith Llumar products and/or Avery Dennison. Any recommendations on which brand? I've heard 3M may yellow over time. Any recommendations on an installer in the Atlanta region?
    Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,094
    While I can't offer any advice on the clear bra issue, I can compliment you on your "move up" in cars! ;)

    Welcome to the TL fold, hope you enjoy yours as much I do mine!

    '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.

  • hkyhky Posts: 71
    I used ventureshield, I compared to 3M, it is much more transparent than 3M, unless you walk close to it and look at the edge, you won't discover anything on it. The installer told me it is easy to stretch/install too and Llumar should be similar and 3M tends to yellow faster. I'm in dallas so don't know anyone in atlanta for installation - got hood, bumper, headlights, side mirror done for 650.
  • sprtstersprtster Posts: 3
    Thanks for the recommendation. So far I love the TL. Less oversteer than the G35 and much more refined engine, though similar power. I am having a clear bra installed next week. I am having the XPEL clear bra installed. After speaking with a few installers and looking at websites of Llumar, 3M and XPEL, the XPEL seems to be higher quality. I hope to keep my paint chip-free between now and when it gets installed-staying off highways.
  • animalsrushanimalsrush Posts: 62
    I found a custom fit sun shade for TL from It is about $45.00. Expensive but fits like a glove. That will keep interior cool when parking in sun.. The build quality is very good, better than what i have found in auto stores. Thought i might share this
  • amolvbamolvb Posts: 4
    On the 6-year anniversary, I happened to have my Acura at the dealership for the SRS light warranty work and they advised me of low cold cranks left on my battery (down to 60%). I ignored their warning and two months later (y'day) the car won't start. It is driven every weekday for over 20 miles.

    If this is a potential battery replacement, are there any recommendations from the market (the dealership is nearly twice that of Sears Auto which is twice that of Walmart Auto). The Sears have Diehard Gold (640 cold cranks) and Diehard Weatherhandler (575 cold cranks). I couldn't get the cold cranks on the Acura battery. Any suggestions/recommendations are welcome.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Check Consumer Reports, they do battery tests from time to time. I think lately the Wal-Mart batteries have actually scored high.
  • bob289bob289 Posts: 14
    I bought an 60 TL just last month. and i noticed the brake in was at 600 miles. i drove it at h 75+ miles an hour commin up from LA into santa maria. what would happaned being that i didnt break in the car properly? did i hurt somehting or get something checked out? all i did for the break in time no harsh stoping or accerlation. help....
  • mikey38mikey38 Posts: 141
    Bob, the engine is going to seize at 4,000 miles and the transmission will start disintegrating at 3,500 miles.....JUST KIDDING!!!! ;) From what I have been told what you did should NOT present any problems.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Break or brake?

    I should know this number - but don't - look at the RPM level when you are going 80 MPH - I think it is under 2,500 (maybe 2,200?). No way this does any damage to your engine. It would be much harder on a new engine if you mashed the gas pedal from a stop and let off when you got to 60 MPH - in this case I would guess the RPM level before shifting from 1-2 ; 2-3 gears (automatic tranny) would be close to 5,000.
  • semezsemez Posts: 36
    This may be a stupid question but I am curious to know answer. I just had an Oil change and didn't notice until it was completed that the oil used was synthetic.. In the past regular oil was used. My question, does it make a difference? and if so is it worth the premium I paid?
  • dave124dave124 Posts: 12
    That is funny you ask. I just logged on to see what others are using for synthetic oil. I just talked with my friendly mechanic. He hasn't touched my Acura yet. While under warranty, I take it to the dealer. He told me that I should use synthetic in my '05 TL.

    That sucks they didn't tell you that they'd be using synthetic oil. From what I understand, you can't go back once you use synthetic. If I were you, I'd continue using synthetic but not that mechanic.

    If you are like me, time is money. You don't have to get oil changes as often with synthetic. It lasts longer than regular oil. Less time at the shop.

    Good Luck.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    I don't think your comment that "once you go synthetic, you can't go back" is correct. :blush: Synthetic and regular oil do mix. In fact, they make blended oils.

    I go with synthetic. I've read from many different sources that it just does a better job of lubricating the parts, and is worth the extra amount.

    My wife used regular oil once in her minivan after I forgot to remind her to use synth - there were no problems with the vehicle.

    You know your comment about not needing oil changes as frequently with synth? I've heard that, too. Unfortunately, I don't think the Acura reminder system differentiates between the two. :cry:
  • I took my '05 Acura TL in to the local dealer for the 7,500 mile service. Frankly I can't really tell what they did beyond changing the oil, checking the remaining tire tread (!?) and remaining brake life. The bill was $130. This is my first semi-luxury car and yes, I'm cheap (yes, I can afford it, but I'm cheap). So my question is, do I REALLY need to take it to the dealership to get this stuff done? And if I don't, how do I turn that service message light off? And will I do anything to my warranty if I don't pay $130 for my oil changes at the dealer?

    Thanks, Rob
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,094
    Hi, Rob:

    "I'm cheap (yes, I can afford it, but I'm cheap)."

    Ditto here! No, you do not HAVE to take it to the dealer. As I had a couple of warranty things I wanted the dealer to look at, I did take my '05 TL to the dealer for first (A1) service. Which is basically oil change/tire rotation/inspections if memory serves. They charged $95 total and gave me a TL loaner.

    For the next service, no issues for the dealer to review so I went to a local, reputable tire/auto care shop and had basically the same service done for $40. No loaner, but they did this during my lunch hour (ok, it was closer to a lunch two hour...) while I had lunch at the mall next door.

    Keep the receipts, follow the recommended service intervals using proper fluids (e.g. 5w30 oil, I believe) and all should be well. No voided warranty here.

    Or you could try to negotiate the dealer fees... Good luck with that...

    '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.

  • qwallsqwalls Posts: 406
    "You know your comment about not needing oil changes as frequently with synth? I've heard that, too. Unfortunately, I don't think the Acura reminder system differentiates between the two."

    I kind of look at it a different way. I use synthetic in my '05, and the ONLY way I would go as long as the maintenance minder says between oil changes is with synthetic. I generally change the oil every 3-5k when using regular oil.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I have a Honda dealer 10 minutes from home - the Acura dealer I bought from is a 45 minute drive.

    I plan on going to Honda to get the oil changed in the TL.

    It uses the exact same filter and oil as the Accord - because it is basically the Accord engine.

    Not sure if this will have much $ - but it will save time.


    When was the last time you heard about an oil related engine failure - when the car was given normal maintenance?
  • how do I turn that service message light off

    I always forget which, but it's one fo the following: When it shows the maintenance minder,

    either push and hold it in until it disappears,
    or you push and release multiple times until it disappears.

    I think it takes about 10 seconds to disappear. Once in awhile, you may need to do this twice (i.e., it'll disappear, but then as you scroll through the menu, it reappears).
  • Im just wondering if anyone dealed with Gold Coast's service department? Im planing to head down there this weekend to have warranty work done (my passenger seat creeks like crazy when i accelerate or stop) and, being its the closest Acura (which is about 70 miles away from me). also how there service department is. Ive looked on the dealer rater page on the net. it only came up with 1 posting and an over all rating of a 1.5 i belive which ending up being a sales experience not a service experience. ive also read a few other dealer ratings and for the most part its like 1,2,3. not a whole lot of good posting concerning a good service experience. if anyone delt with Gold Coast and had an either an good/bad experience can please post. if the service was bad i might have to grit my teeth and travel a little further down to the LA area with is 3+ hours away from my house. thanks in advance
  • Hello. I posted this on another thread but thought I would try here too.

    Can anyone offer any remedies for removing interior scratches? I have 06 TL with ebony interior and I have scratches where the seat belt hits the side. Also, using a swifter duster I scratched my dashboard. I can't believe this happened with a swifter duster. Anyway, I have a six inch scratch. I have seen some people suggest Black Magic Protectant and 303 Aerospace Protectant.

    Does anyone know if one of these products will fix the scratches or can someone recommend something else. I've only had the car three weeks and it makes me sick to see these scratches.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,343
    You'd best consult a professional detailer on that, because the type of surfaces vary in the interior. Rubbing on things might make it worse. But these guys know all the tricks for eye appeal. I have the same problem as you regarding the seat belt. I'll talk to my guy and let you know if anything interesting comes out of it.

    As for the Swifter, the problem is that a piece of sand or tiny pebble can get embedded in the pad. Still that was a freaky accident. If you gently go 90 degrees against the scratch, can your fingernail catch it? Is it that deep?

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  • sas099sas099 Posts: 13
    Thanks for the reply. I'm really curious to hear what your guy says. The plastic piece that the swifter slips on is what scratched my dash. I'm not sure if my fingernail will catch or not. I'll have to check. My dash is starting to look chalky so I'm thinking of taking it to the dealer.

    Keep me posted and thanks again.
  • twmarktwmark Posts: 41
    Does anyone know whether or not you can conserved your brake pads by downshifting the auto-manual transmission when slowing down? Does this do any damage to the car?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,343
    Not necessarily "damage" but depending upon the speeds you shift down and the frequency, you will only be placing wear on your transmission's internal parts rather than your brake pads.

    And since brake pads are so much cheaper, it's better to use them for braking.

    The general rule (and there are a few exceptions) is this:

    Don't downshift yourself unless you really need that lower gear for something.

    Coasting to a stop light isn't one of those 'somethings"

    ...but engine braking while going down a long steep hill, that makes sense to downshift an automatic, so as to not overheat the brakes.

    So, no, don't downshift manually in everyday driving....just when you really need it, like long downhills or towing something uphill.

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  • My 2003 Acura TL has just reached 30000 miles limit and I got a quote from local acura dealerships to do the maint for around $480. I want to take care of my Acura well but I don't want to get ripped off. Any idea, if this is normal? From what I heard, they are replacing some filters, (air filter, pollen filter, oil filter etc) and doing brake fluid flush. That's all.

    I guess I could do this at any other shop $150. I don't know about the mechanics of the car, so I can't do it by myself. Any suggestions for this in DFW area?

    Thank you for your time and for keeping this forum great.
  • twmarktwmark Posts: 41
    Thank you for the response. The car has a 48 month/48k warranty. I am leasing the car for 48 months, so (without sounding selfish) I don't really care what happens after my lease ends. My questions are the following: Do I conserve brakes by downshifting using the automanual? Does downshifting the automanual automatically apply the brakes?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,343
    Yes, the brakes might be conserved somewhat by downshifting the might make sense to do that on a long long downhill, but not in ordinary stop and go driving.

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  • I just got 2002 Acura TL back from the shop for its safety inspection. 107,000 miles, had them check all the brakes figuring it was probably time. Guess what, brake pads still had 50% left. So if brake pads last for 200K miles, why would you bother downshifting to conserve brakes? Seems like a waste of energy. Better to not ride your :D brakees...just my opinion and experience.
  • twmarktwmark Posts: 41
    That sounds great! You have over 100K and still no brake change. Do you ride mostly highways? What is you average miles per gallon.

    I know it doen't make sense to ride the brakes but I am leasing the car. After 48 months I will return the car to the dealer. If I wear down my brake pad before the 48 months is up then I will have to pay for the brakes to be replaced.

    It seems like sometimes when I downsift using the automanual I feel the brake pedal go down very slightly. Thus I was curious if anyone knew that when the car is downshifted with the automanual if the brakes are automatically applied.
  • I just bought a new 06 TL. I have long been accustomed to changing the oil in my cars every 3m miles.

    The salesman at Acura told me that they use a new high grade synthetic in the Acura and it only needs to be changed every 12m miles.

    Does anyone have any experience with this?

    I would like to hear some opinions.
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