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My prior car was a 2006 TL.

Only had the TLX a few days so far, so quick impressions:

  • Its beautiful. I got the silver slate w/ ebony interior.
  • Smooth, quiet & quick. The ride feels far more premium than my TL
  • Love the seats
  • I hate, hate, hate the push button gear selector. After decades operating AT gear levers, I need to learn a new paradigm, and its hard, especially under pressure (trying to parallel park on a busy street). This morning I thought I was engaging the parking brake (by feel) and instead engaged R gear. I hope I get used to this quickly. But why did Acura do this in the first place?
  • I love all the music options - Pandora, USB stick, iphone/ipod (either bluetooth or plugged in), XM, etc. I just stuck a thumb drive with about 20 Grateful Dead concerts in there and will be set for a loooong time.
  • FCW is too sensitive at default setting, hopefully will be fine at Long setting.
  • Electronics overall are way too complex. I think of myself as fairly tech savvy and I was overwhelmed at first by the electronics. So many different settings, screens, different ways of doing the same thing, etc. After spending a couple of hours in my driveway with the owners manual, I feel a little better about it. I would not recommend this car to someone who is not good at understanding electronics (or not willing to spend a lot of time with the manuals). The fact that the owners manuals are too big to print and instead are on a CD tells you a lot.
  • I count 6 different ways to unlock the car and 5 to lock it.
 

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Congrats on your new TLX!! IMO you made a very wise colour choice :). I think you may really enjoy the push button gear selector in time. I know I like it a lot after using it for a while now. There is definitely a lot of tech in the car. I have only had mine a few weeks so I am still learning. Every so often, I still mess up when I am parking and the engine stops and then restarts on me before I can turn it off.
 

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Thanks! Overall I'm very happy with my car. Can't wait for a chance to take it on a long drive. So far haven't noticed any of the harsh gear shifts that others have complained about.

Regarding my complaints: complexity in interface for Nav or Audio is one thing, having a complex interface to operate something as fundamental as the gear selection is something else entirely. You shouldn't have to stop and think about how to shift your car into R or D. If I could have gotten the V6 with the traditional gear select lever of the 4cyl, I would have jumped at it. But like I said, I'm sure I'll get used to it in time. I've only had it since Saturday.
 

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Welcome to the Forum!

My prior car was a 2006 TL.

Only had the TLX a few days so far, so quick impressions:

  • Its beautiful. I got the silver slate w/ ebony interior.
  • Smooth, quiet & quick. The ride feels far more premium than my TL
  • Love the seats
  • I hate, hate, hate the push button gear selector. After decades operating AT gear levers, I need to learn a new paradigm, and its hard, especially under pressure (trying to parallel park on a busy street). This morning I thought I was engaging the parking brake (by feel) and instead engaged R gear. I hope I get used to this quickly. But why did Acura do this in the first place?
  • I love all the music options - Pandora, USB stick, iphone/ipod (either bluetooth or plugged in), XM, etc. I just stuck a thumb drive with about 20 Grateful Dead concerts in there and will be set for a loooong time.
  • FCW is too sensitive at default setting, hopefully will be fine at Long setting.
  • Electronics overall are way too complex. I think of myself as fairly tech savvy and I was overwhelmed at first by the electronics. So many different settings, screens, different ways of doing the same thing, etc. After spending a couple of hours in my driveway with the owners manual, I feel a little better about it. I would not recommend this car to someone who is not good at understanding electronics (or not willing to spend a lot of time with the manuals). The fact that the owners manuals are too big to print and instead are on a CD tells you a lot.
  • I count 6 different ways to unlock the car and 5 to lock it.
Welcome to the Forum! I see you made your first posts.

Congratulations on the new TLX. You have a lot to learn. Don't feel bad. It took most, if not all, of us some time to figure things out. Some things are not intuitive. Some things are bassackwards.

I figured I could not handle the electronic gearshift. It's not "second-nature" at this time to use it without looking at it. I guess you can train yourself just like typing on a keyboard without looking.

What bothers me with the electronic gear shift is car wash mode and how automatic it can act. But again, learning new tricks is a good thing.

FCW along with other options can be adjusted or turned off entirely.

Enjoy your time reading the forum posts. I found a lot of good information here. Also, good luck and enjoy your new TLX. After 4,300 miles I still enjoy driving to work and going home. :)
 

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Thanks! Overall I'm very happy with my car. Can't wait for a chance to take it on a long drive. So far haven't noticed any of the harsh gear shifts that others have complained about.

Regarding my complaints: complexity in interface for Nav or Audio is one thing, having a complex interface to operate something as fundamental as the gear selection is something else entirely. You shouldn't have to stop and think about how to shift your car into R or D. If I could have gotten the V6 with the traditional gear select lever of the 4cyl, I would have jumped at it. But like I said, I'm sure I'll get used to it in time. I've only had it since Saturday.
I would suggest that if you learned this system first you might think the reverse versus conventional auto stick. Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to shift perspective. In my case I have only ever had MT so I was surprised to find how easy I transitioned.
 

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Congrats and welcome!

This car was built for me and there is very little that I would have changed if I had been part of the design team. The push button gear selector was actually one of the selling points. There are lots of options and different ways to do the same thing, a choice for everyone. Just pick one or decide which works best for you.

Yes there is a bit of a learning curve but anything new has one. Just like going from a feature phone to a smart phone there is a lot to learn.
 

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I too miss the shift knob. Didn't realize how much I leaned on it. I love all the techy stuff ut it is quite overwhelming. I take one component at a time. .
It is an awesome car.
Best of luck to you.
 
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