Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spied 2009 Acura TL

VTEC.net and LeftLaneNews.com has some photos of a camouflaged 2009 Acura TL.

Rumored to be released in two configurations: a base front-wheel drive car and an all-wheel drive model. The front-driver will have a 280 horsepower 3.5L V6 whereas the AWD model will get a 3.7L V6 producing 300 horsepower.

For more pics and details:
Temple of VTEC 1
Temple of VTEC 2
Left Lane News

Sunday, May 11, 2008

[POLL - Results] What Does Acura Need Most To Improve It's Brand Image?

190 votes later, rear wheel drive is the winner for what Acura needs most to improve it's brand image. To be truthful, Acura as a car manufacturer aiming to become a tier 1 luxury brand should have a rear wheel drive platform in it's lineup. Many critics have also complained that Acura doesn't offer anything bigger than a V6. The option of having a V8 engine captured 14% of the vote. However, that wasn't the second place winner.

The second place winner was the lack of a sports coupe, which got 43 of the 190 votes (22%). It's funny how Honda tries to market Acura vehicles as sports performance oriented, but no longer offers a sports coupe to choose from. Acura missing a sports coupe barely beat "Acura needs a better flagship sedan." As many people know, the Acura RL is not doing very well as Acura's flagship. It's "like it or leave it" V6 and SH-AWD configuration doesn't appeal to many, especially when compared to the Acura TL in configuration and price.

Another interesting note about the poll results is that top 3 "winners" were very close within each other. Unlike other polls where there is one definite winner, which shows what Acura really needs to work on, the results show that there are a lot things Acura needs to work on.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

[TSB] 3rd Gear Problems for some Hondas & Acuras

The 6-speed manual transmission grinds when shifting into 3rd gear, pops out of 3rd gear, or is hard to shift into 3rd gear.

NOTE: These symptoms can be intermittent and sometimes more noticeable in colder climates.

The transmission has a faulty 3rd gear synchronizer or 3-4 shift sleeve.

Replace the 3rd gear set.

2003–07 Accord V6 with M/T: ALL

2008 Accord V6 with M/T 2-Door:
From VIN 1HGCS218.8A000001
thru 1HGCS218.8A003478

2006–07 Civic Si 2-Door: ALL

2008 Civic Si 2-Door:
From VIN 2HGFG215.8H700001
thru 2HGFG215.8H701973

2007 Civic Si 4-Door: ALL

2008 Civic Si 4-Door:
From VIN 2HGFA555.8H700001
thru 2HGFA555.8H702465

2003 Acura 3.2CL with M/T

2002-06 Acura RSX with six-speed

2004-08 Acura TL with M/T

[Source] AutoBlog.com

Link to Honda PDF
/ Link to Acura PDF

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