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Acura TL Accessories and Modifications
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** You doubt the seats are leather? Wow...that is a bold statement. The seating surfaces are leather....the head rest and back are not...as with most cars. I haven't seen many that are leather wrapped throughout.
** Cassette player. Ah...see....the reason is for many that listen to books on tape and other spoken language tapes. I listen to books on tape on some commutes at the ripe old age of 40...and have been listening even when I was a young 30...even 20. Many do as we fight to find literary time.
**Interior ceiling and moonroof cover...there really isn't much wrong I see in material or fit.
Don't get me wrong...as I really wish we had 60/40 folding rear seats. But as I mentioned in a previous post...it is because of a more rigid rear frame (as demonstrated by the sizable torsion bar near the front firewall)...which has been reiterated by various sources.
Since H- is "lower" than V-, is it safe to make the switch?
most people don't drive @ these speeds so I would say that is save to go to an H from A V-rated tire.
Sorry for not making it clear. When I said "lower", I meant the speed rating from V (up to 149 MPH) to H (up to 130 MPH). Almost all V-rated tires do not have a treadwear warranty and wear out too quickly. My current set of 4 Dunlap 5000 lasted only about 20k miles - and I am an easy driver (won't even come close to those limits)!
I have talked to several tire shops. About half of them said it is okay to do so, but the other half said I should not for safety reason (typical reason is that the TL's suspension is designed for V-rated tires). That's why I was confused.
I put H rated Michelins on My 04 TL and It handles and rides better then it ever did with the V rated Bridgestones. My daily commute its 92 miles each way on 65mph highways (which actually means 80-85 mph). I only got 28k out of the v rated Bridgestones and I anticipate get 50 to 60k out of the Michelins.
tire pressure, tire pressure, ROTATE, etc.
and then toss in an alignment every 20K depending on the density of potholes
I placed Yokohamas on my CL in the past and they did great in performance and wear. However been very partial to Michelin.
I have owned several other cars where this no ding. If I set it to zero seconds will it still ding?
Thanks for any advice on "the ding, your lights are on".
You have to press the key fob twice to make sure its locked, the fisrt press is to lock the doors, the second pess gives you a confirmation beep to tell you that the doors are securely locked.
If you dont get the beep on the second press that tells you the doors are not locked.
(I know, I can be overly analytical at times )
But well, I took a test drive the other day and it seems to have lots of bells and whistles and seemed to work fine. The nav system works based on a DVD that's mounted on the trunk, and you can get an updated DVD for $180 bucks (according to salesman), but then its supposed to contain the same info as the yellow pages, so depending where you go, you wouldn't probably need to have the DVD updated for a long time.
Really...don't worry too much....
Another reason is for soundproofing...to give you a more isolation from external noises (just look at the amount of soundproofing in the trunk and hood)...and to optimize the acoustics for the awesome sound system.
Also...speaking of soundproofing...have all the TL owners noticed the thickness of the glass? Roll down the side windows and look at the thickness.
BTW...I do wish that the rear car seats would fold 60/40. Gosh that would be great.
Of course, YMMV.
Either way...would like a folding rear seat....but I have other means of getting the goods moved.
Primary purpose is to avoid fading out the rear deck (I have a parchment interior). At the same time don't want it so dark that drivers behind me cannot see ahead and have advance notice of slowing traffic by seeing cars ahead of me.
What are the recommendations and experiences of others here? Also...how long does the tint last before it gets discolored, faded, or bubble? Are there multiple cuts where you will see seams or one piece? Prices paid?
The folding rear seats and opening size I had in mind are not at all like what you will see in the G35 coupe. The seats fold and there is an opening...but basically useless. I am talking about a sizeable and usable opening.
At the same time...once again...believe it is a structural issue where the Acura engineers decided that the opening would have reduced the torsion flex of the frame (btw...have you all noticed under the hood near the firewall the thick metal bar? According to Acura, that is to add additional torsion strength and reduce flex for the TL. Excellent engineering. Have to believe the same engineering went into the non-folding-rear seats).