I really like the new TL a lot.

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  1. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    I think a lot of it has to do with the styling - I think its lines are extremely sharp, and the OEM body kit really complements the car. The last time I was down here visiting family in South Carolina the car had less than 500 miles on it, so I did not get a chance to really drive it, but even then I could not help but comment on how sharp the car looked.

    Now that I have had some time behind the wheel, I am impressed. I can forgive the FWD and automatic transmission because I never really considered the car a true "sports sedan," but it most certainly has extremely sporty pretensions regardless. The steering is a bit too overboosted for my tastes, but I like the way the car comports itself in a turn, and there doesn't not seem to be much torque steer under WOT.

    The engine is nice, if lacking a bit in the low-end torque department, the power delivery is smooth, and ample once the RPM hits 4000. I like the interior layout, and I find it nicely comfortable for my big frame.

    All in all, good stuff. Acura has built one hell of a sporty cruiser with this iteration of the TL. :bigthumb:

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    Were this my car, the only thing I would add would be a suitable set of wheels and coilovers. And that's it. :bigthumb:
     
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    Why coilovers?
     
  4. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    To rid the car of its wallow. I am used to a much more tightly sprung ride than the stock TL. :dunno:
     
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    Rake your lawn.
     
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    NO A-SPEC NO CARElc
     
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    needs 3 spoke steering wheel...
     
  8. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    :rofl:

    The usual no-consequence 05 dipshit contribution.
     
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    Overkill for what a good set of aftermarket shocks and springs could do, but it'd be your money, I suppose.

    But I would agree that the new TLs are definitely very nice.
     
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    MeAmEddie My car goes Whooosh psst

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    you know it comes in a 6spd too
    I tried to test drive one but the dealer didn't have any 6spds on the lot

    but when I test drove it i was pretty impressed with the way it handled for a big car
     
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    I wish they had put the TL engine in the TSX body
     
  12. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    No thanks. In my experience there is no better ride than a matched set of springs/shocks afforded by a coilover set designed to work in conjunction with each other. But people's demands differ, I suppose.
     
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    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    It does? Well then, in that case, the car is almost perfect. :bigthumb:
     
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    True. I was going to say that it's a waste of a coilover system if corner-balancing is not employed, and if the car's never going to see a track. . . but I simply can't argue your statement that it's a better balance of shock absorbtion and spring stiffness.
     
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    Well, you like it more than I do.
     
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    I really like the overall design of the TL. GM, for example, has never made such a good-looking sedan.
     
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    Better expland that statement to encompass ALL domestic car companies.
     
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    I think it looks like a Dodge. I had the S type for 4 years, enjoyed driving it and would have bought the 2006 but the TL just has no style anymore.

    Who'd wanna drive an overpriced Dodge ????
     
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    I remember your review of it. I was disappointed to read that Honda had somehow missed the mark with the handling. Because I always thought that it was somewhat of a specialty of theirs.
     
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    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    Plus my CT house is less than an hour from Lime Rock Park. I'd have to run there at least once. Hell, I want to run the damn stock car there just to see what I could do with it. :bigthumb:

    I've always wanted to try that Tein suspension with the EDFC in-car command unit. I drove an EVO with the system installed and I loved how much control was afforded the driver with the push of a few buttons.
     
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    The quality wasn't quite as good as I expected. My expectations may have been too high.
     
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    That's the specialty of Lotus and a few other select companies.

    Honda's specialty is economy and wide-spread appeal . . . as are most import models.
     
  24. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    Sounds like it!
     
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    i don't think i like the OEM kit that much. the skirts look good but the front and rear lips look kinda weird. it's a nice looking car though.
     

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