Picking Up The New Car

Last June, John Chow posted about his new car.. Given his infatuation with sports cars, I expected something exotic. I was a bit let down when I found out that he bought an Acura TL, and not even the Type-S variant!?

I guess the Type-S may not be the best option in snowy Canada, but I’ve never let the weather influence a decision before. That’s why God invented snow tires. (And having lived in Buffalo, I’m plenty familiar with snow!)

In any event, fast forward to a few weeks ago. I’m in NYC for the Affiliate Summit Social Media conference, and my wife calls complaining about the transmission in her car. She wants a new car. We had already been casually looking at cars, so we had a short list of contenders. The BMW’s suspension was too rough, Audi’s Quattro system was very “mechanical” feeling, the Infinity didn’t impress her, and the Mercedes-Benz was ugly. She all but had her mind set on a Lexus IS250. But lo and behold, there weren’t many 2008s left on the lots, and the dealer wanted FULL STICKER on the 2009s, and bank-rate financing!. The BMW dealership 500ft away were doing 0.9% financing and willing to deal on the prices.. No wonder there were NO CUSTOMERS at the Lexus dealership.

On a lark, we decided to check out the Acura TL. The 2009 models are ugly as sin, but they still had a TON of 2008s on the lots. And they were blowing them out at invoice price! She loved the car, and even drove a Black on Black TL Type-S (which downright SCARED her, too much power on tap).. Too bad, as that car is just sinister!

We end up driving off with a 2008 Acura TL w/ Navi.. Black on Grey, fully loaded. Enough power to keep me interested, and enough gadgets to keep the wife entertained. It’s our first Acura, but I have a feeling it won’t be the last.

Now if Porsche would step up and offer some of these gadgets.. Backup camera, bluetooth, voice activated functions, etc.. My cars seem so “basic” now. 🙁

Some pics of the car:




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3 Responses to “Picking Up The New Car”

  1. Just hit here accidentally… The accura looks deadly 🙂

    Cheers,
    Ajith

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  2. BMW Man says:

    Acura makes great cars, but nothing compares to a BMW. The suspension may be rougher, but its about the handling.

  3. BMW lover says:

    Hi BMW Man,

    we are in the same boat . I agree with you 100% . Just as you told Acura too nice. But not like BMW

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