Comments on: Piston Slap: A High Mileage Tale to TL http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/ The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:08:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: dvdlgh http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2197001 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:17:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2197001 Golden2husky stated mid-1980′s to 2000′s Honda AC’s were notorious for problems. 87 Accord traded at 138k, my son’s 1988 Accord sold at 122k and a 1990 Accord traded at 127k. Never an AC (nor any other) problems. So I call bullshit!

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By: jz78817 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2162097 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:46:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2162097 If you put off a timing belt replacement, you deserve what you get.

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By: neonturbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2161977 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:25:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2161977 Are you kidding me? Three transmissions in 200K miles? That is abysmal. How much did these 3 trans replacements cost? I suspect they were far from inexpensive being it is a Honda/Acura.

If this was a Chrysler I doubt I would see a sentence like “Honda/Acura has treated me right over the years”. What a double standard from some people.

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By: joeveto3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2157233 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:19:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2157233 Don’t forget the Fit with its penchant for using the front end as a rock catcher to destroy the unprotected condenser.

Hey Honda, A couple of dollars for a protective grill is too much? Would have made the car uncompetitive?

Some sound deadening would have also been nice. Oh, and an evaporative emissions system that doesnt pop the check engine light after EVERY fuel-up. Dealer actually told me to rotate the gas cap 15-20 times to make sure it’s tight. Yeah, I’ll do that. No problem.

Other than that, my first Honda automotive product is a dream….cough.

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By: jz78817 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2157001 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:51:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2157001 What did you replace for $150, the capsule or the ballast? ‘Cos the ballast is generally a lot more spendy.

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By: jmo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156425 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:45:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156425 Not even that. My first car hit 100k and was side swiped (not too bad) kept the insurance money and didn’t repair it. Then it got rear ended at 120k (kinda bad) kept the insurance money. Then at 125k it died on me so I had it towed to the dealer and traded it in.

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By: NormSV650 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156337 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:25:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156337 3 years for Buick depreciationm I got my 2013 Verano Turbo for $23K with 6) miles in May, based on $31K optioned car. It does have a manual 6-speed transmission which very unBuick like.

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By: jmo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156329 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:22:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156329 You also need to consider wear per mile. Some folks are putting 40k a year on their cars but all at 65mph on smooth Southern highways.. At 5 years they are at 200k and going strong.

At the other extreme, you have someone who has been commuting into Manhattan from Long Island for 15 years. They may have 120k, but that’s a HARD 120k.

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By: RS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156281 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:10:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156281 If he can tolerate that kind of maintenance cost, it’s time to consider a BMW or Mercedes…and save a little bit of money.

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By: David Holzman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156193 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:29:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156193 Since 2007, Honda and Acura transmissions have had a “much better than average” frequency of repair according to Consumer Reports.

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By: David Holzman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156137 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:19:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156137 Yeah, but a transmission can gain a notorious reputation even if the actual rate of failure is, say, 10-15%. If that’s the case–and I would suggest the writer go to truedelta.com to check out what owners are finding–then keeping the TL until the new TLX–the car he really wants–comes out, is a small risk. I mean we’re talking 7 months, which at the rate this car has been driven, means about 9,000 miles–how likely is the tranny to go in the next 9,000 miles? And go easy on the TL in the meantime.

And by the way, if you are going to insist on a slushbox for the new car, looking at Consumer Reports back to ’07, Acura and Honda transmissions are almost all “much better than average.”

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By: golden2husky http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156113 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:15:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156113 How true. I can’t help but wonder why they decided to be in between Lexus and that “B” make that somebody keeps bringing up.

That “B” brand is highly underrated in my opinion. It makes a phenomenal three year old buy.

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By: golden2husky http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156073 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:46:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156073 How worn the car is at 200K depends a lot on how it is used, where it is used, and how it is cared for. A car driven 150 miles each way on a southern interstate five days a week is not going to wear out for a long time…

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By: golden2husky http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2156025 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:32:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2156025 Honda A/C compressors from the mid 80s through the early 2000s were pretty notorious for short lives. That said, Honda owes nobody any apologies for overall reliability.

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By: billchrests http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2155937 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:06:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2155937 Driving Cars costs money in payments vs repairs! It is time to get rid a car when repair costs equal payment costs of newer auto. This car needs a honest estimate of maintenance to last another 1-2-3 years and see if equal to 1-2 -3 year cost of new car including purchase taxes and increased insurance. My experience of keeping cars on road for 20 years and 500,000 km is monthly repairs average $200. Long term car ownership involves you in your car. If you like the car, keep it – billchrest

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By: 28-Cars-Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2155673 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:57:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2155673 Just curious, did he say which model it was?

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By: 28-Cars-Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2155665 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:57:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2155665 The brand chooses not to compete, its not as if Acura is some fledgling make just trying to keep the lights on.

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By: TEXN3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2155641 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:53:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2155641 I’ve been reading the same sentiments about Acura for 20-yrs or ever since the Lexus LS took off and it was obvious Acura wouldn’t compete.

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By: jimbob457 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2155289 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2155289 I would not normally presume to comment, but I happen to be the long-time owner of a 2002 TL3.2 and, uhh…. dare I say it, a Panther. Imo, my skinny Panther with aftermarket improved suspension and good tires is 90+% as good a driver as an Acura of similar mileage and condition, it costs maybe half as much, and it rarely, if ever, eats major drivetrain components.

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By: GiddyHitch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2155169 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:42:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2155169 “There are FAR worse things than allowing some emotion to creep in to a car purchase.”

There was a study mentioned on this very blog that people made “better” car purchases when buying with their heart rather than their brain, letting emotion rule more than logic. This makes some intuitive sense – 95% of commuters would be condemned to daily driving a Prius for 20 years if logic overruled all else.

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By: GiddyHitch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2155121 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:34:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2155121 Which is probably less than the first year depreciation on any new car that he buys.

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By: azmtbkr81 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2154953 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:04:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2154953 After 140k it usually doesn’t make sense to pay a mechanic to make repairs.

For those that aren’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty a high mileage vehicle can theoretically be kept in like-new condition indefinitely for a modest amount of money. I’ve replaced damn near every bushing, bearing, hose, and gasket on my Bronco and it truly drives like a new truck. If I had paid a mechanic to do the work I would have been out a huge heap of money that would have been better spent on a newer vehicle.

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By: KixStart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2154833 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:36:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2154833 That would be different. I was thinking $1K or so.

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By: Ryoku75 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2154785 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:24:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2154785 Sell it for $5k-$3k, buy a 90′s Accord sedan, and use the leftovers for gasmaintenence. You won’t be fixing transmissions every 75k miles on one of those.

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By: Firestorm 500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-a-high-mileage-tale-to-tl/#comment-2154777 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:19:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513217#comment-2154777 Money is the magic thing that those lights need.

I replaced one of the HID lights in my wife’s Cadillac STS for about $150 parts & labor.

Buy ‘Murican!!!!!

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