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Acura TL 2006+



  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I think Honda try to use the smallest AC possible to minimize power drain. Civics and CR-Vs, in our experience, were notoriously the worst. I do find the AC in the TL adequate, although I've not driven it in the dessert yet!
  • billyperksbillyperks Posts: 449
    The AC in the 2003 TLS is more than adequate and it gets cold in a hurry.
    I went to lunch in my co workers 2004 Toyota 4Runner and it took forever to get cold in that cabin.
  • zeakzeak Posts: 24
    My TL is 3 weeks old and the AC will run one out of the car "COLD". In fact the only complain is from my wife, I am always looking for a reason take it for a spin.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    LOL delmar :P

    I have been in the in the CA Central Valley (HOT) and the TL AC is not very strong. My 96 Camry had a much more powerful AC, I would turn it off in about 10 minutes, the TL AC is on constantly. Oh well, nuff said. :cry:
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    :cry: <------ Nick...are those tears or are you sweating?
  • My 2003 Acura TL has the same problem. It gives cold air but when you put it on high, it is not as strong. frisconick, did you put the a/c setting on? You should press mode so the a/c would be on.

    One time the A/C setting was turned off accidentally on my 1996 Toyota Avalon XL and it blew out hot air until i realized i turned it off. But it works fine now. So it may be the same issue on your TL. If it blows out hot air, you should turn on the A/C mode.

    My TL's glove box wont stay closed. When driving, it would fly open and it doesnt seem as good as my Avalon. Does anyone else have the same problem and any solutions?
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    Solution is duct tape.

    Actually...I believe what you need to do is to adjust slightly either the 'catch' bracket or whatever you have that locks the glove compartment. All you need is a screwdriver.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    Yes I put the AC on me, so I guess I will just have to get rid of my TL, and buy back my old 96 Camry :P
  • zompzomp Posts: 1
    Here it is and it does not look like there are any exterior changes.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    The car looks the same to me. Plus it will likely cost 2k more, so I don't see the benefit of an 06. But if you are new in the market, I would go for and 05 fast. :P
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    Hope my car never looks like the bottom two pictures.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    I think it highly unlikely that the '06 will cost as much as $2,000 more.

    The benefit of the '06 is that the rattles, vibrations, etc. will be further refined out of the car, not to mention the fact that torque steer of which some have complained will be significantly lessened.
  • ssoper1ssoper1 Posts: 4
    i cant imagine anyone would say anything bad about the TL i have a 05 TL aspec and the ac in it is colder than ever imagined ... your icee must be a hot cup of coffee pal.. if your ac is bad or not working there is a such thing called a warranty and yes dealer will diagnose and fix your ac problem free of charge...
  • ssoper1ssoper1 Posts: 4
    yea all wheel drive so the car can weigh another 500 pounds that would be great thinking there... the car has limited slip as it is and the car handles and delivers great power to the front wheels... all wheel drive= more money you already got 35 grand into the car oh what the heck is another 3 grand then the car would be in the 40 price range - the car would never keep up on the market.. the TL kicks ***
  • ssoper1ssoper1 Posts: 4
    anybody who knows anything will not settle for an infinity no comparison between the infinity and an Acura.. its honda and its only the best...
  • ssoper1ssoper1 Posts: 4
    Just a message to all Acura buyers.. For starters i have owned honda/Acura vehicles for the past 10 years. not once has anything ever gone wrong.. If you use high quality motor oil such as redline 5w-20 or 5w-30 and change it every 3k miles the car will run so smooth.. then drain the coolant and run 40/40 water coolant and run redlines water wetter and watch and feel the smoothnessw of how much better flow your car will be.. you can run your car hard all day and it will never know it.. then running manuel tranny's put redlines mtk or a 10w-30 or 40 oil in the tranny and feel it shift sop much smoother.. I got an 03 rsx -s turbo i run it hard all day had 40k on it runs all day ..smooth.. and my 05 TL runs beutiful with 8k on it and yea my grandmas 1987 honda accord. with 376k on it still starts and runs like a champ everyday... HONDA ALL the way nothing else even comes close....!!
  • sriggs1sriggs1 Posts: 17
    Wish my Acura did not require premium gas. I have an 03 and will be buying a new one. My 03 has less horsepower than the V6 Honda Accord which burns regular fuel. Any thoughts with all the concern about gas prices why they insist on premium.
  • goodegggoodegg Posts: 905
    You don't need premium gas. Ask any mechanic. The computer controls on the car will make the very minor adjustment to burn the lower octane fuel. The Accord is getting a redesign for 2006 and will look like an Acura. They're fixing that aweful rear - probably end up looking like a TL or TSX.

    I hope Acura does another CL type. The TL is a bit boxy. And the Accord coupe is a bit too small. The Infiniti G35 coupe sits real low too. Tough for a 6'1" 225 lb guy to get in and out of 6 times a day.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    TL boxy? Generally the TL is viewed as one of the more shapely cars on the road. Any other taller TL owners who can give their experiences with ease of entry into the TL?

    BTW....on the TSX board...there is an insistance that premium fuel is needed.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    I believe Acura increased the price of the '05 TL. When you consider that the '06s might not be discounted as much as the '05s, $2,000 sounds reasonable.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    The computer controls on the car will make the very minor adjustment to burn the lower octane fuel.

    That "adjustment" will result in a lower level of performance and worse mpg. You either pay the higher octane amount or pay with more frequent refills and a less enjoyale ride. Your decision.

    What any mechanic will tell you is that putting premium gas in a car made for regular will not improve performance.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I have heard several people here complain of the TL weak AC. Maybe the aspec has a super AC.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    I think Frisco's just fussy!!! :D
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    He's just prone to hot flashes at his age! :P
  • Folks, I sell Acura's and my customer feedback is that running the 89 octane does not really affect HP or gas mileage, running down to 87 does.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    hmmm...funny - I've never thought about 89 - only 87. GUess I'm an "all or nothing" kinda guy.

    Technically, premium has min oct rating of 92. The TL technically requires 91 (that's what I recall seeing on my gas tank). Maybe the deal is that gas with a MINIMUM octane rating of 89 is likely to be close enough to 91, whereas 87 would never get high enough.

    Any thoughts?
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    LOL :P

    We are having a hot wave in the west, and the AC is just plain weak. I just turned in a 96 Camry that blasted me with cold air for a whole less money than the TL's AC, yeah, damned straight I am fussy. :cry:
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    frisconick.... Just was thinking. I recall you have a silver with black interior. What was the color of your Camry...along with seating material (cloth or leather)? Could it be that the color combo of the Camry improved the interior temp? That is....if the cabin was cooler to begin with...then the initial blast would be cooler. Just curious.
  • frisconickfrisconick Posts: 1,275
    I had a maroon Camry with a light clothe interior, but the difference in AC power can't be acounted for by color of the car. The Camry AC was far more powerful than the TL, at least by a factor of 2 or 3 times. I am just shocked about how weak the TL AC is, just stunned. I bought my TL is May when the weather was very mild, but now that it's really hot, I am very disappointed in the TL AC. :cry:
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