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rdowns
Dec 30, 2008, 04:49 AM
How do you like the new TL? I've quickly warmed up to the styling.

I'm probably a little biased as this is my 5th Acura. :D

I had an 2005 TL (last time they changed styling) and I absolutely loved it. As my lease was expiring, I thought it was time for a change after 4 Acuras. Looked at Infinitis, Lexus' and BMW. Went to see the new '09 just for *****s and giggles. Drove it and fell in love. I really like the new styling. I got the tech package and am paying $40 less a month than my 05 (no nav) lease. They're practically giving them away.

puma1552
Dec 30, 2008, 05:16 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2806745171_0ceec69cb3_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3292/2807593716_0770ed1ac6_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3084/2807593294_b0c684d510_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2806743505_c506948173_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3122/2807656792_7a92fb47b8_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3128/2806806547_386c47282b_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3045/2807594238_27a14248ec_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/2806747091_8a54814f4e_b.jpg

neiltc13
Dec 30, 2008, 06:15 AM
This new Asian trend of putting the gearstick half way up the dashboard makes the cars look ridiculous and I bet it is pretty awkward to drive. That thing belongs on the floor!

yg17
Dec 30, 2008, 06:48 AM
This new Asian trend of putting the gearstick half way up the dashboard makes the cars look ridiculous and I bet it is pretty awkward to drive. That thing belongs on the floor!


In an automatic, it's probably not so bad since you're not constantly shifting, but that would probably be very awkward in a manual

neiltc13
Dec 30, 2008, 07:18 AM
In an automatic, it's probably not so bad since you're not constantly shifting, but that would probably be very awkward in a manual

My friend has a Honda Civic like this one:

http://www.neilchristie.com/dump/ZZ68CE5A19.jpg

And yeah, it has the stick in a similar position but it's a manual gearbox.

nipponfan
Dec 30, 2008, 04:24 PM
That's my 1-Series BMW

btw I don't mean to look tough, it comes natural to me :D:D

MacsRgr8
Dec 30, 2008, 04:29 PM
You've got one just like mine!

Got the silver Apple logo on the back too? :cool:

Island Roots
Dec 30, 2008, 06:18 PM
That's my 1-Series BMW

btw I don't mean to look tough, it comes natural to me :D:D

I think I saw that shirt at Baby Gap.



Just kidding...:cool:

nipponfan
Dec 30, 2008, 06:35 PM
You've got one just like mine!

Got the silver Apple logo on the back too? :cool:

Wow, nice - but I think your's is the pre-facelift model, am I right?
And although I like Apple alot I wouldn't put ANY sticker on my car, sorry ;)

yg17
Dec 30, 2008, 06:36 PM
My friend has a Honda Civic like this one:

http://www.neilchristie.com/dump/ZZ68CE5A19.jpg

And yeah, it has the stick in a similar position but it's a manual gearbox.

Yeah, I've seen those before. Haven't driven one though, but it looks like it would be very awkward

nipponfan
Dec 30, 2008, 06:39 PM
[QUOTE=Island Roots;6841214]I think I saw that shirt at Baby Gap.



Just kidding...:cool:[/QUOTE

HAHA

honestly it's size L (european adult), but it seems so small because I'm so massive :D:D

SevenInchScrew
Dec 30, 2008, 08:09 PM
And yeah, it has the stick in a similar position but it's a manual gearbox.
Yeah, I've seen those before. Haven't driven one though, but it looks like it would be very awkward
The reason this is done is to get the shifter closer to your hands. That way your hands are off the wheel for a shorter amount of time. Obviously not a big issue with street cars, since split second reactions aren't super critical. But, in race cars, it is HUGE.

This was most prominently seen in WRC rally cars a few years ago. Since those cars use sequential gearboxes, they need just a push forward, or pull back to change gear. Which is fast. But, if they moved the shifter that little bit closer to the wheel, those 1/100ths of a second they save pay off big. Now, as with most top-endrace series, they've moved on to paddle shifters. But, for a while, it was a common thing. Which in typical fashion, meant that it did trickle down to passenger cars.

But as I mentioned before, it doesn't REALLY help much with the relatively slow paced action with passenger cars. But, it does at least make for a little quicker action in sporty cars. And for other styles of cars with dash shifters, mostly van/suv/crossover types, moving the shifter up there frees up a good deal of space down on the floor for storage and what not.

So, it does look kinda weird. But, in use, it does work quite well. I've driven a friends EP3 a few times, like the one posted above, and it feels good. Here are a couple shots I found of some older WRC cars, to explain what I've been blathering about....

http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/3340/wrc1copyhg3.jpg

http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/175/wrc2copyka4.jpg

kixsand
Dec 30, 2008, 08:25 PM
2008 BMW 328i
Jet Black on Black Leatherette
Premium Package
Sport Package
Manual Transmission

The perfect car really.

kixsand
Dec 30, 2008, 08:28 PM
Oops...posted a thumbnail...here's a bigger pic of my car.

GoCubsGo
Dec 30, 2008, 08:33 PM
It's pretty big inside.... Definitely bigger than it looks from the outside. It's a blast to drive around.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3243/3142447511_1f2dbd8e58_b.jpg

Does it bother you that your ACD is larger than your car? ;)
Those things scare me, really.

TK B$K
Dec 30, 2008, 08:48 PM
Does it bother you that your ACD is larger than your car? ;)
Those things scare me, really.

Does it bother you that if you were to get in a head on collision your car would be reduced to a tuna can?

Ljohnson72
Dec 30, 2008, 11:28 PM
Does it bother you that your ACD is larger than your car? ;)
Those things scare me, really.

Hah. Well, it shouldn't. The car is safer than most people give it credit for.

Does it bother you that if you were to get in a head on collision your car would be reduced to a tuna can?

Actually, if you watch some crash test videos it doesnt, at all. ;) Most people have no idea of how it's engineered and pass it off as a moving coffin. I'd rather be in it then any other compact.

TK B$K
Dec 30, 2008, 11:41 PM
Hah. Well, it shouldn't. The car is safer than most people give it credit for.



Actually, if you watch some crash test videos it doesnt, at all. ;) Most people have no idea of how it's engineered and pass it off as a moving coffin. I'd rather be in it then any other compact.


well... http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a387/moemar/smartcar1.jpg

Ljohnson72
Dec 30, 2008, 11:44 PM
well... http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a387/moemar/smartcar1.jpg



Not a smart car. It's a VW Crossfox. Seen that accident plenty of times. Regardless, you aren't in good shape in ANY car you are in when you go face to face with a Semi.

TK B$K
Dec 30, 2008, 11:47 PM
Not a smart car. It's a VW Crossfox. Seen that accident plenty of times. Regardless, you aren't in good shape in ANY car you are in when you go face to face with a Semi.

true guess i should have done better reasearch. i was just all hyped up on a little Smart Car Vs. Safe Car internet fight. i apologize.

true, id still rather be in my tank Escalade than a smart car in that position!:D

Ljohnson72
Dec 30, 2008, 11:49 PM
true guess i should have done better reasearch. i was just all hyped up on a little Smart Car Vs. Safe Car internet fight. i apologize.

true, id still rather be in my tank Escalade than a smart car in that position!:D



It's ok, I encounter plenty of people who make crazy claims toward/about my car. Ex. "You're going to die in that thing!" - Biker gang, wearing no helmets. That one made me chuckle. :)


I'd rather never get into an accident with a semi!

TK B$K
Dec 30, 2008, 11:51 PM
It's ok, I encounter plenty of people who make crazy claims toward/about my car. Ex. "You're going to die in that thing!" - Biker gang, wearing no helmets. That one made me chuckle. :)
I'd rather never get into an accident with a semi!

Haha well on a differnt note... how is it? like the whole car in general? deep down ive always wanted to know :D

Ljohnson72
Dec 30, 2008, 11:56 PM
Haha well on a differnt note... how is it? like the whole car in general? deep down ive always wanted to know :D

I love it. When I got it, it was pretty slow but I have done some performance mods to it and it has a lot more kick now. No problems getting onto a freeway or anything like that.

TK B$K
Dec 31, 2008, 12:02 AM
I love it. When I got it, it was pretty slow but I have done some performance mods to it and it has a lot more kick now. No problems getting onto a freeway or anything like that.

Kick, you think it would be fast seeing the size and weight it is!
I feel weird tho, like im kinda actuall really interested in it! But it feels like cheating, like my Escalade is gonna come in and catch me looking at Smart Cars on the internet and whoop my ass then leave me.. woah.

Ljohnson72
Dec 31, 2008, 12:09 AM
Kick, you think it would be fast seeing the size and weight it is!
I feel weird tho, like im kinda actuall really interested in it! But it feels like cheating, like my Escalade is gonna come in and catch me looking at Smart Cars on the internet and whoop my ass then leave me.. woah.

I don't know where you live but you could look up the nearest smart center near you at www.smartusa.com . I am 6' 2" and fit with plenty of room in it.

You got the Escalade with the self-driving and emotions package? Nice! :D

MacsRgr8
Dec 31, 2008, 03:08 AM
Wow, nice - but I think your's is the pre-facelift model, am I right?
And although I like Apple alot I wouldn't put ANY sticker on my car, sorry ;)

Yes, you're right. It is the "original".
Normally I wouldn't put a sticker on this car, but these 3D silver stickers are great.

reberto
Dec 31, 2008, 03:24 AM
This new Asian trend of putting the gearstick half way up the dashboard makes the cars look ridiculous and I bet it is pretty awkward to drive. That thing belongs on the floor!

If you've ever driven a Civic Si that has the shifter there, it's amazing. The short distance from the shifter back to the steering wheel makes it easy to make a quick downshift, go into a corner, then make a quick upshift.

nipponfan
Dec 31, 2008, 05:09 AM
Yes, you're right. It is the "original".
Normally I wouldn't put a sticker on this car, but these 3D silver stickers are great.

And how satisfied are you with your model? Which engine does it have in it anyway? I've heard there are some issues with fuel consumption - you don't have efficient dynamics, do you?

KyPosey
Dec 31, 2008, 05:10 AM
Mine is currently out of commission. I hit a dog last night.

yg17
Jan 1, 2009, 10:44 PM
I don't know where you live but you could look up the nearest smart center near you at www.smartusa.com (http://www.smartusa.com) . I am 6' 2" and fit with plenty of room in it.

You got the Escalade with the self-driving and emotions package? Nice! :D


Yup, I sat in one. I'm 6'1" and fat :D and had plenty of room in there, more room than I've had in some slightly bigger cars.

VPrime
Jan 2, 2009, 02:47 AM
Here is my last car couple years ago..
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj208/murtaza911/IMG_0976.jpg

Then last year the trasnfer case (for the AWD) locked up on me...
So I pushed it into the garage for some tearing apart
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj208/murtaza911/IMG_0053.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj208/murtaza911/DSC00003.jpg
Pulled the engine + transmission
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj208/murtaza911/02cba393.jpg

Had to go to Chicago (from Ontario Canada) and pick up the new replacement body(No engine)..
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj208/murtaza911/IMG_0100-1.jpg

Then swapped the engine in and made it run..(that's me under the car ;) )
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj208/murtaza911/2b03b604.jpg

Ignore the uglyness of the replacement. This years goal was just to make it run and move. Need to save up some cash to get it painted, and change the fenders and install the other toys. Will post it again when it is finished (hopefully this summer)

ErikCLDR
Jan 2, 2009, 08:18 AM
well... http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a387/moemar/smartcar1.jpg

Anyone who crashes head on with a semi, or any car for that matter, has a pretty good chance of getting hurt.

I wouldn't want to be in an esclade. I'd take some huge Lincoln or Cadillac land yacht with a 20ft long hood.

Mark-Mac-Attack
Jan 2, 2009, 04:28 PM
Well my car has changed. I'm using this until I get my company car.

Honda Civic 2.2 CTDI

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l235/mdjones3000/DSC08368.jpg

Capt Crunch
Jan 2, 2009, 06:45 PM
Went from this:

http://web.mac.com/capt_crunch/iWeb/Site/Library_files/PICT0111.jpg

to this:

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z290/captcrunchwrx/Sideofcar.jpg

The subaru started life as an 02 WRX. I swapped in a JDM STI Version 7 motor (8k rpm and forged internals), transmission (bullet-proof 6-speed), rear diff, brakes and interior. Some minor mods like KW coilover suspension, an exhaust and tune, and some exterior enhancements :). Ended up around 290 whp and was fantastic around the track. I had big plans (GT35R turbo, 500 whp on race gas) but then I realized it was retarded to be spending so much money on a car at my age. I moved on to Real Life (tm), married my HS sweetheart, and went off to grad school.

I sold the car and used the money to buy a new Mazdaspeed 3 (Mazda 3 MPS for the rest of you). It's bone stock and has stayed that way for a year and a half. You have no idea how much restraint that requires.

RITZFit
Jan 2, 2009, 08:58 PM
man, I would've had a hard time giving up that scooby

diggfandan
Jan 2, 2009, 09:04 PM
My truck by a corn field and no I'm not a redneck.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3202/2861599314_8eb0ca256c_b.jpg

wawanarchist
Jan 2, 2009, 09:57 PM
My Car:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a320/pballfreak34/2063146450084114523pvRqPQ_fs.jpg?t=1230954930

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a320/pballfreak34/2490456080084114523ITVzpa_fs.jpg?t=1230954853

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a320/pballfreak34/2058961940084114523Eadjre_fs.jpg?t=1230954972

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a320/pballfreak34/2297429910084114523IObUjU_fs.jpg?t=1230954960

My (dream) friends car... My photo though, counts for something, right? :rolleyes:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a320/pballfreak34/JeepNJ511.jpg?t=1230955033

drewsof07
Jan 2, 2009, 10:34 PM
NEW THREAD FOR 2009!!!!!!!
Pretty Please??

Educ8r
Jan 2, 2009, 10:52 PM
Picture of Your Car (2009) (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=6858479#post6858479)

JasonS4
Jan 7, 2009, 08:51 PM
Sorry for the front bumper pic. It has been resprayed. It's got 2 turbos and 6 speeds. It's fast.
http://i33.tinypic.com/qqqxw0.jpg
http://i36.tinypic.com/149cg9f.jpg
http://i35.tinypic.com/2jbwn75.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/r9fiuo.jpg
http://i33.tinypic.com/fa801x.jpg
http://i37.tinypic.com/286wtgx.jpg

mikelong622
Jan 7, 2009, 09:01 PM
Sorry for the front bumper pic. It has been resprayed. It's got 2 turbos and 6 speeds. It's fast.
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Yumm...

I am an Audi/VW guy myself. I used to work valet with a guy who had a blue twin turbo S4. Loved driving that thing.

JasonS4
Jan 7, 2009, 09:50 PM
Yumm...

I am an Audi/VW guy myself. I used to work valet with a guy who had a blue twin turbo S4. Loved driving that thing.

Thank you sir. I am moving this to the correct threah the 09 thread.

iJimmy
Feb 3, 2009, 01:10 AM
wrong thread

Jon-Luke
May 22, 2009, 10:02 AM
I bought this car the year it was released in South Africa (2007) It is over two years old now with over 40 000 Km (24 854 Mi) on the clock but I still love it dearly and it goes like a bat out of hell :cool:

billmister
Jun 7, 2009, 12:18 AM
Here is mine.

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p120/billmister/IMG_0057-1.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p120/billmister/SpaceGray335i-49.jpg

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p120/billmister/IMG_0642.jpg

hatehereyes
Jun 7, 2009, 01:15 AM
I've got a question for all you BMW manual tranny owners.


Do you ever accidently put it into reverse when shifting into 1st? or go over too much when going into 2nd?

billmister
Jun 7, 2009, 02:01 AM
I've got a question for all you BMW manual tranny owners.


Do you ever accidently put it into reverse when shifting into 1st? or go over too much when going into 2nd?

Speaking for myself i have NEVER EVER accidently shifted to reverse. It take a good amount of push to get it pass the left (here in the us) to get it into the proper position to slide to "R". It's simple to shift first to six gear, but to put it into reverse, you really have to push it towards you until you feel a pressure just give in, then you slide to the area where there is only one gear "R".

Hope that makes sense. I have however 5 years ago accidently shifted into 2nd while going fast. I was on third and when the RPM's were at 5500 i shifted to second but meant 4th. I heard a loud crank and immediately took it out. Good thing nothing happened. BTW this was a loaner.

pb1300
Jun 7, 2009, 02:30 AM
you really have to push it towards you until you feel a pressure just give in, then you slide to the area where there is only one

We are talking about a car right? :D

hatehereyes
Jun 7, 2009, 02:38 AM
Speaking for myself i have NEVER EVER accidently shifted to reverse. It take a good amount of push to get it pass the left (here in the us) to get it into the proper position to slide to "R". It's simple to shift first to six gear, but to put it into reverse, you really have to push it towards you until you feel a pressure just give in, then you slide to the area where there is only one gear "R".

Hope that makes sense. I have however 5 years ago accidently shifted into 2nd while going fast. I was on third and when the RPM's were at 5500 i shifted to second but meant 4th. I heard a loud crank and immediately took it out. Good thing nothing happened. BTW this was a loaner.

Ah that makes sense. thanks for clarifying that.

billmister
Jun 7, 2009, 04:22 PM
We are talking about a car right? :D

:D:D yeah lol

spencers
Jun 7, 2009, 06:59 PM
I've got a question for all you BMW manual tranny owners.


Do you ever accidently put it into reverse when shifting into 1st? or go over too much when going into 2nd?

Nope! It's utterly impossible to do so. Reverse is spring-loaded, per-say.

BSchorr
Jun 7, 2009, 10:43 PM
Mine! 2000 Cadillac STS sittin' on 20's w/ Nitto 255x35x20's

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee137/BSchorr86/2000%20Cadillac%20Seville%20STS/STS_001.jpg

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee137/BSchorr86/2000%20Cadillac%20Seville%20STS/05c2805e.jpg