The adult VTEC: 2006 Acura TL

Smooth, and muted. When'll your intake get here?
 
A couple of (poor quality) low light interior pics:

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And a quick 2-3-4 pull in an attempt to capture what the engine sounds like. I'll try to get a better quality video when my dashcam arrives.



In general, the car is virtually silent. Although the engine is muted and below, say, 3500 you don't really hear it much at all, road and wind noise is filtered out so well that virtually all you hear is the muted engine sound. It's a supreme tourer.
Nice! I think it'd sound better with that cigarette lighter sound thing that you and Blaro tested ages ago though.
 
Lovely sound! Any three-spoke steering wheels available for it?
 
Lovely sound! Any three-spoke steering wheels available for it?
The following model year came with a three-spoke but, honestly, I prefer the four-spoke that I have, even though I usually favor three. This was one of several reasons why I was looking an 04-06 car, rather than an 07-08 Type S.

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That three-spoke steering wheel looks overloaded. :| That way I'd rather keep the current one aswell...
 
That "Woo-hohoho-Brrrrup" is veeeery slick. This thing sounds as if nothing really moves it.

Btw, i'd probably lost my license in US, cause rollin thru stopsigns is my favorite felony. :rolleyes:


PPS. Ride videos are the best in the set, cause they show how a car handles itself in casual situations, with different conditions.
 
Btw, i'd probably lost my license in US, cause rollin thru stopsigns is my favorite felony. :rolleyes:
I think the legal three second rule is ridiculous, as is blatantly blowing past the sign without slowing down. I go into neutral and coast to a stop and then just keep going if it is safe to do so; never had a problem but then again I pay more attention than most. I've been accused of running stop signs on here before though :rolleyes:
 
I think the legal three second rule is ridiculous, as is blatantly blowing past the sign without slowing down. I go into neutral and coast to a stop and then just keep going if it is safe to do so; never had a problem but then again I pay more attention than most. I've been accused of running stop signs on here before though :rolleyes:

Most places in the US don't have a three second rule; you only have to come to a complete stop before setting off again if it is clear.
 
Most places in the US don't have a three second rule; you only have to come to a complete stop before setting off again if it is clear.
Just looked it up for MA:
Except when directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign or a flashing red signal indication shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering it. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways.
MA does not have a three second law. I've been lied to :shakefist:
 
Three second rule sounds stupid, but I think we can all agree we must shoot everyone who do not stop for STOP signs. Come on, the sign literally says STOP. I mean if you can't read a four letter word you shouldn't be driving.
 
I think there's a difference between blowing right through a STOP sign like it's not even there, doing a rolling stop, and coming to a crawl before proceeding. I do the third most of the time.

Rolling stop's not all that safe either.
 
Some mixed feelings regarding the TL's powertrain:

On the one hand, although it is by no means F-A-S-T, it is quick enough where you can't really use the available power all that often. It rips through first and even on smooth dry roads traction control kicks in. That means that your "fun gear" is at least 2nd, which takes you past 60mph and does so in a hurry - basically seriously fast (for off-the-highway) and it gets there too fast for you to really bask in the acceleration.

On the other hand, that same power makes the TL a fantastic highway car. Not only is it virtually silent and very comfortable, but it is also fast above 60mph, which is not something I could ever say about my other car. Third gear takes you past 90mph and fourth past 120mph, which means that if you drop down a few cogs, punch it, and shift just once, you're into triple digits. All of that happens pretty quickly and it doesn't even feel all that fast.

Obviously none of this is a surprise - this clearly isn't as tossable and fun as the Miata. It is, however, a fantastic car to just cruise around in. On the highway it even gets 32mpg!
 
Stopped by the local Acura dealer (3min from my house) earlier this week to get the sunroof regreased and realigned. While checking in the service tech informed me that the previous owner took the car to this dealership for its entire life, which means that I now have all the records from when the car was brand new until I bought it. :dance: Turns out the timing belt has already been replaced. :dance:

Today I put about 350mi on the car over a variety of roads while visiting New Hampshire, which, for record, is incredible gorgeous this time of the year. I was utterly comfortable all day and the entire ordeal was just... easy. What a great car to cruise around in! About 250mi coming up tomorrow. :D






edit: nearly 600 miles done now, in just two days. Most of this driving was on backroads so we're talking about 15+ hours of driving. Supremely easy!
 
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I've been having an issue where the transmission pops out of third gear. It's been intermittent, maybe once every two weeks, and I've started moving the lever into gear and keeping my hand on it until I got off the clutch and was back on the gas - not a big deal. It's a tricky manual to drive anyways so this didn't bother me.

Well, last night I accelerated quickly, went for third, and ended up revving it almost to redline when I hit the gas without realizing that it wasn't in gear. A WRX next to me took that the wrong way and tried racing me :rolleyes: Clearly this needs to be addressed. Luckily it doesn't look like I need to worry about the syncho, as Acura forums are full of posters that swear by the GM synchromesh friction modified transmission fluid as the proven go-to fix; apparently even dealerships are aware of this and will happily do the fluid change if you bring in the GM stuff.

Car goes into the dealership Tuesday morning. Will report back.
 
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