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Would you say that "MBA" = Must Be American.
The car is nice, and I'm the fist one to admit there's a lot of technobabble stuff in it.... some useful, and some totally useless. But there are some parts of the car such as the interior ceiling, or the moon roof cover, that are totally standard and lack any kind of "wow" factor. Now... are the seats really leather?? most likely not..... but who cares! what's important is that they are comfortable and looks nice. Also instead of cassette player, they should have added an MP3 player... I mean, who the hell listens at tapes nowadays!!! I remember reading a newspaper article some years ago which said that most car manufacturers would be fading out the cassette player.... but well, Acura still has it.. I guess for some people is good, and for others its just a waste of space. For me its a waste of space, but then I don't know if the age factor of the driver has anything to do with it.... but I'm 30 and prefer to listen cd's and mp3's than magnetic tape... but oh well. Anyway, the car its nice, but could be better....I'm still getting one anyway, but I already wrote down my feature wish list on another board.
Please let me know if you found anything out re. iPod hookup, I know if can be done, my favourite product so far is Ice Link Plus by Dension yet I don't know how to get at the back of my TL 05 stereo yet.
I use the Cassette player to hook my mp3 player to TL stereo unit to play my audio books. Without the Cassette player I would not be able to hook up my MP3 player
What I would like to see is an auxiliary stereo input rather than this fancy bluetooth stuff.
I am a technical person who's boss has an MBA (master of business administration :P ) who doesn't know squat and he makes deciscions that I should be making. This is a very common practice in the US, except in the some industries like high-tech. Howver, I do make more money than him. :P
I was wondering if American car companies operate the same way. :surprise:
It just seems that the TL is so great, it makes me wonder who is running American car companies. I meant no offense to you personally, you may know squat, however my boss knows he doesn't know squat, and he's a great guy. But I bet engineers have more say in Japan and Germany than they have in American car companies.
Also...I had the opportunity to support my thought that there is no folding seat because of the concept of a more rigid structure. Everyone....open the trunk and look at the back of the trunk. You will all see two bars coming near the center bottom of the back...going upwards and outwards towards the top. That appears to be a support bracket...which would mean more stiffness and torsion strength.
With that added support bar...the actual available opening if the seat did fold down...would be hardly bigger than the current pass-through opening.
So overall...the TL does not have folding seats because of the frame structure...to stiffen the torsion strength further.
Any other thoughts?
I was inquiring as to plus sizes for 2004 and newer TL's. What is the maximun width recomended for rims, without adversly affecting ride ie. back panel rubbing on tire walls. Does anyone have experience with 19" and 20" rims on new TL's? Please inform.
Also 04 Acura doesn't display track info when playing the CD. The Cd player also doesn't read MP3 data. I also hate the radio antenna built into the rear window. The reception isn't good.
I have been successful in copying an Audio DVD to a blank -R DVD disc. +R would not work. Other than that one copy, I tried it agan but there was copy protection on the next audio dvd and I couldn't copy it.
Why isn't there a switch that allows the headlights to automatically come on during the night time or dark situations? There is already a daylight sensor on top of the dashboard to adjust the automatic climate control. Couldn't this sensor turn on and off the headlights in the dark? Seems stupid to me that when I park the car during the day, I have to phyiscally TURN ON THE HEADLIGHTS, knowing I will return to my car in the dark. Just so when I press the remote control unlock, the headlights will come on.
How about using a "thermostat" to measure adjust the inside temperature to really keep it consistent.
Why is it, that I can press unlock twice to open all windows, but I can't press lock twice to close all windows. Once again i have to walk over to the car, insert the key and turn the key to lock twice to close all windows. The technology is there in the lock but not implemented with the remote control.
Why on the navigation computer, I can say,"map" and it goes to the map screen, but if I say,"audio" it doesn't go to the audio screen? They added voice control to everything including the clock, which you can just look at the time (unless you were a blind driver), EXCEPT NO VOICE CONTROL FOR THE AUDIO BUTTON.
Why do I always have to push the button for trip computer? Can't it just stay on?
I think there is low visibiltiy when going around turns or around corners because the body of the car on the edge of the windshield blocks the view. Doesn't seem that way to me on other cars. If the Tl got steerable headlights like the RL, what's the point. You can't see the road anyway.
Change easily drops from the upper armrest compartment to the lower armrest compartment. The fog lights are regular headlights (seem dim) and only come on when low beam HID lights are on. You can't get a full size spare tire. (Salesman pitch,"we don't offer full size spare because it would disrupt the weight ballance.") Doesn't the engine weigh more than a full size tire in the rear? Personally I wish there was a rear windshield wiper. There is no light in the engine compartment. There is no battery voltage meter on the instrument cluster. The automatic rearview mirror dimmer seems to be too dark. There is no leeway in between from light to dark. Also the wiper delay adjustment seems to have not enough leeway too. It's either to fast or too slow.
I wish the car came with a KEY RING! I have the key and I have the remote control, BUT IT NEVER CAME WITH ANY REAL METAL RING TO ATTACH THE TWO TOGETHER!!!!!!! A 35,000 dollar car and Honda can't afford to give a simple key ring. Dealer said,"We sell an acura key ring" NO THANKS! The leather manual holder doesn't come with a pen in the 04 model. I believe the 03 did. So I put a tire pressure gauge in the pen holder. The manual holder barely fits in the glove compartment. Both mirrors should go down for the automatic down feature for the outside mirrors. Sometimes I park on the opposite side of the street and forget my mirror is set on right instead of left. The wrong mirror goes down. Then you switch the mirror to left. You have to wait for the right mirror to go up before the left mirror goes down. Just have both mirrors go down at the same time.
I also think the TL should have gotten all wheel drive already. Would be nice to open the sunroof by voice so you don't have to take your eyes off the road to look at the ceiling for the button while driving. I wish there were independent climate temperatures for both rear passengers.
I'm done. I'll let you know about more complaints if I remember. Other than that the car is great. Out of all the complaints, my number one would be having no metal key ring to attach the key to the remote control, with a new car. That is just stupid. That would be like giving no tire valve covers, with a new car.
Strange thing. On my passenger side, fold out door pocket. Even when empty, the door pocket gets stuck and doesn't want to fold out. Has anyone else noticed this same problem? You have to pull so hard to almost break it to get it to open. Then if you open and close the car door, the pocket is stuck again.
You should never have a cup of coffee when getting out of a TL
For some odd reason...XMOnline is working out pretty well for me. You have the ability to establish 8 'preset' stations and the 'web player' shows what is playing on the 8 presets as well as what is playing on ALL the stations.
So the $6.42 a month I am paying for my wonderful wife is turning out to be beneficial to me also. Signed up yesterday online and was cranking the tunes in my office all day long (sorry MIS guys like laurasdada...was sucking up bandwidth).
If you are interested....go to www.xmradio.com. Click the 'listen now' icon in the upper right...then launch!
I was hoping I could put all my groceries in the trunk and they wouldn't get all messed up.
$100 is money in the pocket...but I view it as 'insurance' if something bad should happen.
I think you should be able to locate a dealer that will get a spoiler put on for about the price range you are speaking of.
What is the going rate to install a wing? Anyone get it done for less than $150 after they bought their car?
Does anyone know how I can determine whether I have an add-on coating on my car? My car is weird in that it has a window etching as though it with a security etching and with the possibility that it may even have a paint coat.
They fit very nicely and the driver one has the TL logo. Is it worth the $$$, I think you need to decide. But if I had to do it over again, I would look for something that fit OK but handled the melt water better.
Hope this helps.
Jeff in Cleveland.
As for snow melt...I have no idea how well it handles that. As for coming in from puddles or rain...does a fine job.
I noticed that these floor mats have anchors. Can you get aftermarket floormats with the appropriate anchors? Never had anchors on floormats before...
Thanks for all the advice!
Try this experiment.... go ahead and unhook the floormat from the anchor and see how the floormat floats around on the floor.
You definitely don't want the floor mats to get in the way of your pedals....
I also have the ebony interior, so they really aren't that noticeable. If I had parchment or camel, I probably wouldn't like the rubber mats as much. I probably would have bought those aftermarket ones that I see in AutoWeek magazine, as they come in different colors and have more liquid capacity.