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Old 01 Apr 2004, 05:32 pm
Chris C
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Default TL G35 of S60???

I am looking at the Acura TL, the Infinity G35 and the Volvo S60. The TL is
already at the top of the list simply because loaded it's closer to 30k but
the others are closer to 35k.

But I'd like to hear opinions from anyone who has them or has been in them.
Likes, dislikes, etc....people seem to love them....Your thoughts would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 01 Apr 2004, 07:44 pm
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Default Re: TL G35 of S60???

Chris C wrote:

> I am looking at the Acura TL, the Infinity G35 and the Volvo S60. The TL is
> already at the top of the list simply because loaded it's closer to 30k but
> the others are closer to 35k.
>
> But I'd like to hear opinions from anyone who has them or has been in them.
> Likes, dislikes, etc....people seem to love them....Your thoughts would be
> greatly appreciated. Thanks!
>
>


I love the TL. It's a terrific car. Besides being fast, fun, and chock
full of amenities, you might be surprised to learn that it is classified
as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. That many not mean much to you; it was
one of the (but certainly not the only) deciding factors for me.

Not only that, but it also has received the best rating possible by the
IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) in a frontal offset crash
test, and a 5 star driver and front passenger rating from the NHTSA
(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_rat.../html/0404.htm
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/NCAP/SList2.cfm

So, cheaper and as fast or faster than similarly equipped competitors,
ultra low emissions and a high level of crashworthiness. What's not to love?


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Old 01 Apr 2004, 08:15 pm
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Default Re: TL G35 of S60???

If you go to www.acura-TL.com, you will see an extensive and heated debate
going on related to this topic. You can get more opinions than you probably
want.

In the Car & Driver 2004 Buying guide, they don't even compare the TL with
many of the cars some consider competition. They catagorize it as a "Luxury
Car".

I shopped seriously for five months and did my research on the Internet.
For me, it boiled down to BMW 5 series, M-B 320E, Infiniti G35 Coupe, and
Acura TL.

My main criteria were reliability, image, performance, quality, and bang for
the buck.

M-B lost out because of bad ratings in CR for reliabilty and little bang for
the buck.

BMW 5 series comparably equiped to the TL was $20,000 more money. Scratch
that.

I was torn between the TL and the G35 Coupe. I let my sensitive side over
rule my animal nature. I know the G35 is marginally better in acceleration
and handling because of RWD. But we are talking 1/10th of a second here.
And the TL is faster in the quarter mile than the G35 (both automatics).
But whichever side of my brain loves semetry, design, form, color,
organization, comfort, textures- went with the TL unhesitatingly.

One of these days, I may have a stoplight shoot-out with a G35, and, should
I accept a challenge and lose by a hair, I will be pissed for about 3
minutes. Then I will voice command my surround sound system to play my
Eagles DVD Audio in 6 channel pefection and get over it.

"Chris C" <fish-1@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:yq6dnYIX4o_iBfHdRVn-hw@comcast.com...
> I am looking at the Acura TL, the Infinity G35 and the Volvo S60. The TL

is
> already at the top of the list simply because loaded it's closer to 30k

but
> the others are closer to 35k.
>
> But I'd like to hear opinions from anyone who has them or has been in

them.
> Likes, dislikes, etc....people seem to love them....Your thoughts would be
> greatly appreciated. Thanks!
>
>



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Old 01 Apr 2004, 08:18 pm
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Default Re: TL G35 of S60???

BTW, I rented a Volvo S60 when I was in Nashville recently on business.

I was VERY impressed. They've come a long way. Then I rented an S40 and
found it to be very nice also.

I wasn't ready to roll the dice on a "fringe" marque that I didn't know much
about. But that's just me. I can't knock the car.


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