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Acura TL Bluetooth/HandsFree Link Problems



  • don't think so
  • have an 04tl and will finally activate phone. do i need to have navi...i'm assuming no. i've heard the clarity isn't the best...any info will be helpful. thanks
  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    I have an '04 TL without navi. No you do NOT need navi to use the Bluetooth feature.

    My experience has been mixed. The voice recognition part does not work well, especially when the car is cold for some reason. Even when stopped (no road noise), when I say call and then "Mom and Dad", it thinks I'm saying "880".

    Sometimes it's fine, but sometimes not.

    Also, people say they have trouble understanding me (my voice that it :P ). It's not a big issue, but if the signal is not strong, it can be.

    Lastly, there seems to be a 2 or 3 second pause after you answer a call (or they answer your call) before they can actually hear you. I have adjusted to this by simply waiting the extra time before talking. Again, not a big deal.

    Overall, I like the feature, but beware of the idiosyncrasy. I give it a 6 out of 10.
  • thanks for the heads up. i stored about 20 numbers today and will start experimenting with it. i'm curious to see how efficient/convenient it is as oppossed to putting the ear piece in my cell and dialing. thanks again!
  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    The "6" out of 10 is mostly because I don't have to touch the cell phone. I can leave it buried in some pocket and not have to fumble around for it.

    It's also nice when I have multiple people in the car who want to talk to the person on the other end. On a long road trip with four family members in the car, we spent 1 1/2 hours talking to my sister. We could all hear here and talk to her, so we didn't have to take turns. That was very cool.

    One thing I do need to remember though... When I have the phone on for an extended period away from the car, I have to remember to turn Bluetooth off on the phone or it will suck the battery dry. I'm exagerating a bit, but it does use significantly more battery power when Bluetooth is active.

    Hope this helps.
  • thank you for your help! my wife says it's not as clear as the phone, but it is easier. at least me son thinks it's cool! thanks again!
  • Aside from the idiosyncrocies (and I generally agree with what was posted), another benefit is that the radio mutes when a call comes in. No more missed calls due to the radio being too loud!!!

    Of course, I guess that can be a bad thing :)

    PS - if you have Nextel, the direcTalk will not work; if you have a voice recorder integrated into the phone, that will not work either.
  • nringnring Yardley, PAPosts: 97
    i purchased the new tl 08 w/navi...i use a treo palm 700w...the phone and blue tooth pair great. however i have yet to figure out how i switch between calls. when i am on a call and another call comes in how do i swap between calls? thanks.


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  • I have an 04 Acura TL but have never used the bluetooth feature. My owners manual disappeared from my car and I hate to purchase another manual just to figure out the bluetooth. Is there an easy way to get instructions? I have an ATT LG400 phone that I hope is compatible.
  • It really is easy - I don't know where you can find instructions, but try hitting your Acura talk button and say "phone setup"; then say "pair"

    then listen to the instructions

    Also, have your phone ready to enter "search mode"
  • I can't positively tell you how to switch back and forth - I've never tried getting back to the 1st caller until the 2nd caller hangs up - but to pick up the 2nd call, you just hit the talk button. Same as when you receive a call and you're not on the phone.
  • I have an 06TL and have been (randomly successfully) using the Hands Free capability to interface with my AT&T/Cingular 2125 Smartphone. The problem I have is when answering a call, the HFL does not 'engage' or pick-up the call. Sometimes I look at my phone and it seems the call is actually happening, but nothing over the speakers...other times nothing. At times, the caller will call back and it will work. This is very frustrating !
  • I have an '08 TL w/ NAV and I just paired the LG Venus from Verizon with the HFL and so far it works great. The MID displays the battery & signal strenth levels and caller id.
    Also, the phonebook import feature worked perfectly.
    The only thing you must do to pair the phone and the HFL in the TL is to turn off the "HandsFree Auto Pair" feature in the phone. After that, just follow the basic instructions.

    Hope this helps....
  • When that happens, can you hear the caller in the phone (not through the speakers)? If so, something triggerred the car to transfer the call from hte HFL to the phone. Hit the talk buttonon the car and say "transfer" to get it back.

    I've found that some automated phone options trigger this "transfer" problem regularly, and it sometimes happens while a call is ringing, but I've never experienced this problem during a call with a live person.
  • carteachcarteach Posts: 179
    I have a '06 TL. I've been using the bluetooth. But it's time for a phone change. At some point I found an official Acura site that listed what phones worked with the 'O6. I can't find it any more.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Whats your provider? There is plenty of phones that work. Just go to Go to acura and then click on the enter the mini site. You might have to set your pop up blocker to allow it. Then you can choose your model, with or with out navi, Phone provider and more. Hope this helps.
  • slowcarslowcar Posts: 66
    Hi, a question: how do you store a phone number with an extension? Do you just program to dial all digits including the extension or just the digits for the main number then wait for a tone or instruction to punch in the extension digits using your phone? That would be a defeat of the Bluetooth purpose for handfree phone, right? Thanks.
  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    There is a way to program the number with a pause, but I have NOT gotten it to work.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    When you program a number, if you say "pause," it inserts a pause. BUT the pause is the lenght of a button-push (i.e. less than one second).

    For voicemail, where I have a series of numbers, I'll have 1 entry for the number and another entry for the codes needed. For example, I have a "work voicemail" entry and a "work voicemail codes" entry.

    For an extension, I'll enter the number and say "pause" eight or nine times to make sure the receiver picks up the call before the extension goes through.

    If anyone knows how to set an 8-second pause or something like that, please post it.
  • jkisjcajkisjca Posts: 8
    I just bought a '08TL with Navi and HFL. I've had difficulty answering incoming calls. The voice prompt will announce an incoming call and when I press the talk button nothing seems to happen. This has occurred about 75% of the time. Today, I thought I lost an incoming call but after pressing the talk button twice I was finally able to hear the caller. I initially thought that the call was dropped because I heard two beeps after saying hello. The caller thought that I had hung up on her based on what she heard on her end. Placing outgoing calls have not been a problem.

    I called the HFL help desk and went through a checklist with them. Everything appeared to be setup correctly on my phone (Motorola E815/Verizon).

    Any suggestions for how to handle/answer incoming calls?
  • jme470jme470 Posts: 5
    I purchased my TL-S last year and used my verizon LG VX8700 successfully for the first few months. After a few months of use conversations would alternate from my phone to the car speaker back to the phone...very annoying. The phone kept saying "bluetooth disconnected". Dealer feels it isn't the car after testing it although they witnessed the "bluetooth disconnecting". Its Anybody have any suggestions or have experienced this problem?
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 137
    Hey Guys.. on my cell phone, I call my work, and have it programmed to insert a pause, waiting for a voice prompt from the system. So I dial something like, 232-223-4345 (P) Pause 3432 (P) 2212... can I do something like this with the TL? I have not found a way. I can see I can insert a * or a #, but does either one of these insert a PAUSE, for a few seconds, while the system ask's me to enter my extention or password?


  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    I believe when programming, you simply say pause.

    However, I was unable to get this to work for me. I tried all different combinations, lengths of pauses, etc..

    In the end, I gave up. It just got wonky when it tried to insert pauses when calling. I know this probably does not help, but it is supposed to work, so give it a shot. Maybe it was just my LG Chocolate (the newer one).
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 137
    Hey aaargh... when you state, "I know this probably does not help" YOU ARE RIGHT, no help at all - why waste time posting?

    On the phonebook... I have a Toyota Prius (08) and my wife is driving the Acura (08). I must say, the Prius phone book is SO EASY - here are the issues I have, so if I missed something please let me know...

    On the TL - to use the phone book, other than by voice, I have to push INFO, then phonebook, then the phonebook I want to use (in case there are 2 different phonebooks in the system) then I can hit LIST or search for a name. What a PAIN! I want to skip the step where I have to 'select' the phone book I want to use. I have arranged the most common names so they are on the top (first page) of the Acura phone book (did this by placing an "A" in front of the names I want to be on the 1st page). Any way to eliminate pushing the 'select phone book' ?

    On the Prius, it's so 'user friendly' - I can store 'speed dials', 18 of them. I have one page for Family, one page for Friends, and one page of name for Hobby friends of mine. Very cool. Easy to get to or I can voice dial also. WHEN I PUSH the steering wheel 'on hook' buttom, the phonebook pops up on the display, I can easily select who I want to call - 1 button... it works great. I can also place a PAUSE into any number easily!! Acura, you missed the boat on this.

    If I missed anything, please let me know. I continue to research because I don't believe Acura would be so 'behind the times' on this. It's a poor design for a phonebook.

  • aaarghaaargh Posts: 230
    I agree with your assesment of the phone book. I'll go one step further by saying I have been very disappointed with most all facets of the BlueTooth system in the TL. The voice recognition rarely works properly, the sound quality of what others hear is poor (muffled) and as mentioned, the interface is lousy.

    About the only thing I think works well is dialing by number. It recognizes numbers, but not simple things like "call home" or "Mom and Dad".

    As for the helpfulness of my previous reply, as I said, it was not of much help in solving your problem because I could not get it to work properly. That in itself IS helpful in that the system is not good with pauses and you may expect the same. THAT IS WHY I POSTED. Appreciate my time for sharing my poor experience and don't be so darn RUDE. I can think of nastier things to say, but I think my sentiment is clear. :mad:
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 137
    OK, sorry, sometimes I just get frustrated when people reply to posts and there is no helpful information in the post. Verifying what we already know is not any help to me - perhaps others? Anyway, I'll say thanks, and move on.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    The poster had no indication that saying "pause" does not work for you. S/he shared what was *supposed* to work and acknowledged that it did not for him/her, but observed that the problem may have been with his/her own phone.

    Jumping on someone for trying to help is not necessary. This is a public forum and the responses here are available to many, many readers. Just because the information doesn't suit you does not mean it should not have been posted.

    Actually, I think verifying what you and others already know is helpful because it means that your unit is not malfunctioning. That is useful information in problem-solving.

    I hope you find what you are looking for - if we can't provide it and you do find it, I hope you'll come back and share it with the forum.

    Take care and take it easy. Life's short, as they say. :)
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    I have an '04 TL and you cannot insert a "pause" that has it wait until you connect before inserting the following numbers - don't know if they upgraded the phonebook options.

    The "pause" on mine basically takes the place of a number, so think about how long it takes for you the TL to send a single digit and that's about the length of a single pause.

    May not be ideal, but what I do is program a # for my voicemail, then program the codes I want automatically enterred once I'm in the system. Then, once voicemail picks up, I say the code entry word and "send" that.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    I've been fine with the interface - sometimes it doesn't recognize my voice commands, sometimes it doesn't get the #s right, but it usually works most fo the time. I don't know that bluetooth and voice-recognition are technologies in which you can expect perfection...
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 137
    Hey [taxesquire], Please describe again, I'm not sure I understand..

    "May not be ideal, but what I do is program a # for my voicemail, then program the codes I want automatically enterred once I'm in the system. Then, once voicemail picks up, I say the code entry word and "send" that. "


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