Replayman:Only 150km on it, but I feel obviously the learning process is very important (I tried to do as told by ZF and what I was able to read in this forum). I think learning is not done, but I only have the little 2-3 shift hesitation (seems more a not-enough-pressures 2nd gear making a harder shift in 3rd gear). For that, it lost 1 star for me But every other driving conditions are clean and very pleasant to ride. I can't say about sport and sport+ as I am in early breakin phase...
You should pursue the Lemon-Law. I do not know all the details, but if a car cannot be repaired after so many attempts, that law kicks in.I want to love my TLX, and when I'm on a twisty road I do. But after half a year, I still can't get in the car without thinking about the part that I like the least: the transmission.
My TLX completely died (read me every error code in sequence) at 880 miles. Had it towed to the dealer (thanks, AcuraLink...) and it ended up being the transmission, which the dealer eventually replaced after a number of calls with Acura Support. I was happy, because the original trans was very buggy (even with the first updates installed before I got it...) and would take f o r e v e r to shift from R to D. The new trans is worse - sometimes indicating that it's changed from R to D, but actually going into some sort of purgatory that it only leaves when you give it gas. The resulting jerk makes the abrupt shift from 2-3 seem like a minor problem, although it's not something that we should have to put up with in an Acura. Finally, the lag when trying to accelerate is better with this trans versus the first one (which was abysmal), but it's still annoying. All thee problems seem to be consistent for this car/engine/trans combo, although I'm hoping that Acura doesn't just give up and accept them as "normal" - which is my worst fear.
If this car had even an AVERAGE transmission then it would be a winner. As it is, I'm not even sure I would sell it to a private party without feeling like a crook. I honestly hope that Acura gets this fixed or this will be the last time that I feel I'll be able to trust the brand.
10 months of use, and still surging on downshifts. Continue to use the car in Sport +, the only IDS mode that makes the car feel anything like a sports sedan.
Initially I was also bothered by the sensitive throttle, especially when decelerating, but have adapted to this and now pride myself on smooth wobble-free halts.
What I remain deeply disappointed about is the 'surging' effect experienced when downshifting - I cut my driving teeth on manual transmissions and sporty cars, and they all shared one characteristic - engine braking when downshifting.
This continued when I moved to cars that didn't offer manual gearbox options, with engine braking still occurring - even with my '06 TL and '10 TSX V6 Tech.
My question is why have Acura not maintained this? I was always happy in the knowledge that Honda were Engineering, rather than Marketing-focussed, but now I'm not so sure..........
Thanks, ALman, I'll give your suggestion a shot and let you know - I also know what you mean about alternative tyres - currently running Pirelli P Zero Neros, and they stick to the road like flies to fly paper...........I agree about the feeling associated when downshifting. There is one "trick" that works really well in the TLX 9AT in Sport + mode:
Instead of tapping down gear by gear, use a triple-tap in quick succession from 6th to 3rd. Assuming you are at about 40-45 mph e.g. approaching a corner, do the triple down tap from 6th to 3rd and your engine revs should be approx 4500 rpm just shy of the i-VTEC threshold. For some reason, this seems to be more instantaneous even though 3rd and 6th are across one of the 9AT's dog clutches than going one at a time down through 5, 4.
I've found that this is a really good way to get the engine braking on a corner approach, and have the revs up near VTEC threshold to power in and through the corner with the SH-AWD. Mine has Michelin Pilot A/S 3's which help the cornering capabilities more than the stock tires also.
The 9AT isn't perfect, but you might try the triple down tap and see if that helps where appropriate. I'd like to see a manual or a DCT on the V6.
Let me know if you get the effect you are looking for with the 6th to 3rd trick. It also works in modes other than Sport +, but response is slower.