Acura TL 2005: The Weekly Driver Review

Written by James Raia

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Whilerepparttar vehicle's driving qualities provide plenty to recommend it,repparttar 102761 additional exterior and interior standard features only further distinguishrepparttar 102762 TL.

The leather upholstery is comfortable, attractive and complemented nicely by stylishly contoured aluminum trim. Bright electroluminescent gauges and blue backlighting throughoutrepparttar 102763 cabin provide a sultry night-driving atmosphere.

Individually heated front seats, sunroof, XM satellite radio, in-dash CD changer with an eight-speaker sound system, voice-recognition navigation system, heated power door mirrors and Xenon HID headlights are all standard.

And, of course, cruise control, multiple driver and front passenger seat positions, air conditioning and individual, front-seat climate controls are also standard.

For front-seat passengers there's ample leg room and plenty of overall comfort. Back-seat passengers aren't as comfortable, with head and leg room slightly pinched. Cargo space is also tight, but styled well. The rear seatback doesn't fold, but there's a small pass-through port for skis.

Just like it has been forrepparttar 102764 past several years,repparttar 102765 2005 Acura TL is a nicely combined sport and luxury car with great attention to refinement and workmanship.

It's a perfect car to drive to a late-night jazz club or at to fantasize a similar journey, And it's a perfect vehicle for managing holiday traffic in any kind of weather.

2005 Aura TL

Safety features -- Driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags; Antilock brakes; Traction control system.

Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 20 mpg (city), 29 mpg (highway).

Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 4 years/50,00 miles; Corrosion, 5 years/unlimited miles; 24-hour roadside assistance: 4 years/50,000 miles.

Base price range -- $32,650-$34,850

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The Suspension System On A Car Explained

Written by Kevin Schappell

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The suspension system has two basic functions, to keeprepparttar car's wheels in firm contact withrepparttar 102760 road and to provide a comfortable ride forrepparttar 102761 passengers. A lot ofrepparttar 102762 system's work is done byrepparttar 102763 springs. Under normal conditions,repparttar 102764 springs supportrepparttar 102765 body ofrepparttar 102766 car evenly by compressing and rebounding with every up-and-down movement. This up-and-down movement, however, causes bouncing and swaying after each bump and is very uncomfortable torepparttar 102767 passenger. These undesirable effects are reduced byrepparttar 102768 shock absorbers. The above information is directly fromrepparttar 102769 Auto Insight program, which you can buy online from Common Problems: ˇShocks and struts can wear out and affect handling. If you car bounces excessively over bumps and leans hard in corners, your shocks could be warn. Look behindrepparttar 102770 wheel forrepparttar 102771 shock or strut and look for leaking oil. This is a sure sign of a worn shock or strut. ˇBall joints. Ball joints wear and can cause your car to wander while driving downrepparttar 102772 road. This is dangerous as they can separate and cause you to lose control. Preventive maintenance: ˇCheck your shocks or struts for leakage frequently. Also pay attention to how your car handles. If you noticerepparttar 102773 ride deteriorating take your car in to haverepparttar 102774 struts checked. ˇBall joints should be checked when your car is inspected, if not, have your mechanic check them at least twice a year. ˇAt each oil change make sure you or your mechanic lubricatesrepparttar 102775 ball joints and any other suspension components. Some components cannot be lubricated as they are sealed fromrepparttar 102776 factory.

Kevin Schappell maintains where he gives advice on buying, selling, insurance, and financing. A mechanical engineer and car guy, Kevin has decided to spend his online time helping others learn about automobiles. To learn more about how your car works, Kevin has created

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