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I guess our outside temperature guage tops off at 113. Outside thermometers were showing 117 and I read somewhere that a fellow member also showed 113 on his guage and nothing higher.

Leaving your car parked outside during the day (no cover in Las Vegas heat) for 5 hours will do 2 things.
#1 My engine belts started to squeek
#2 The AC could NOT keep up. We must of had it on for 10 minutes at LEAST after we started the car and it was still spitting out hot air. (comming back from the water park on the strip)

I've never seen people run red lights as often as I've seen in vegas. People must think red lights = stop sign. Once they check that it's clear, they'll go right ahead EVEN if it was a red light.

I got beat on the freeway by 8 cars.
#1 A riced out corvette C5 (This dude high beamed me...I moved over, then he took off. I had it in 3rd when I moved over lol...I didn't even have a chance).
#2 An unmarked police interceptor (He had 4 people in it (so did I) so I thought it was a normal car. Tried to cut me off but I floored it. Eventually both our lanes cleared and we both gunnned it. He was pulling on me hard but once I saw the red and blue lights in the back of his window I cut it off. Top speed did not exced 90-95).
#2 Audi TT
#3 Dodge Intrepid (very agressive driver...I tried to keep up, but he would cut people off every chance he got so I couldnt keep up)
#4 Audi TT
#5 BMW 540i (Snuck up behind me and passed...never even saw him comming)
#6 Audi TT
#7 Some pickup truck. (I was doing a fuel efficiency test and didnt want to downshift...kept it in 5th the whole time, but it was the weaving in and out of traffic that got me beat again.)

I tried to keep up with these guys cuz they were clearing out the trafic and I figured they'd be good bait for instant on radars. I was trying to keep a 1.5-2 second gap behind them, but when it comes down to cutting people off I just didn't have the guts like they did.

People I beat.
Lots of mini-vans that would try to pass me (I was like WTF, I'm doing 90!)
Lots of Dodge intrepids (these people seem to be just as agressive as minivan drivers)

At 2k RPM (or below) the thermal R&D axlebacks are loud. Just like the comptechs, there is a drowning hum to it when you set it to cruise at 70. I had to cruise to at least 85 mph to have the RPMs high enough to get rid of it.

PS.
Dont you hate it when people choose YOU to be the radar bait?
I had minivans, intrepids and jeep cheroke's tailing my ass (but don't want to pass) for miles. I would have to floor it to get away from these fools so I could blend in the next pack. I guess thats how bait feels :)
 

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holy cow, it's so hot over there? damn.... it's like almost 100 here and i think it's very hot already..... man..... could it be that your car is black interior and the AC can't keep up? i can't figure out why it's blowing hot air though. it could be that the interior isn't cool, but it should be blowing cool air right?!

and you mean when you engine run there is squeak from the timing belt?
 

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rominl said:
holy cow, it's so hot over there? damn.... it's like almost 100 here and i think it's very hot already..... man..... could it be that your car is black interior and the AC can't keep up? i can't figure out why it's blowing hot air though. it could be that the interior isn't cool, but it should be blowing cool air right?!

and you mean when you engine run there is squeak from the timing belt?
The AC cant keep up because although the air temperature is 113 (or above) the metal and asphalt that surrounds the car is ALOT hotter (I couldnt even touch my momo shift knob).

As for the belts. I'm not sure which one it is...but that's what it sounded like. It's not making that noise anymore, so I think it was just the heat that expanded it or something.
 

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LOL, passed up by aggressive Intrepid drivers? I had one prior to my TL, they drive as if they are much smaller. Even the base cars have wide (225) tires, and are rather wide. They are actually quite fun to drive; once you get around the fact that the base model has 0-60 time of around 10 seconds, they handle beautifully in the curves. They are also popular rentals, which is why people were probably driving them hard.

I'm glad you got your car back and it's functional....I know you've had it a while, just haven't said much.
 

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Hey edgalang--sounds alot similar like my trip during the July 4th weekend, although I spent most of it in Death Valley (I was the one with the 113 temp, and yeah I think it maxes out at 113 'cuz it definitely felt a lot hotter than that outside). Didn't get beat by the expected cars (Vettes, etc.), but then again I drove down US 395--a much nicer, albeit longer (both in time and distance) drive. Hit 140 mph in Death Valley, maybe not impressive until you consider that I did it in 100+ degree temps at roughly 2000-ft altitude with passengers and luggage; 125+ mph on the back roads (probably averaged close to 100 mph the entire drive) for the one day I did go to Vegas (not much choice when it comes to meals in Death Valley) so that our family could have a decent dinner (seafood buffet night at MGM).

My AC took a bit longer to get going but nowhere near as long as what you experienced--remember, I had to park my car outside in Death Valley! You shoulda parked yours at one of the casino garages! Didn't hear any belt squeeks from my car though...:D

Had a little fun doing some passing on 2-lane and/or uphill roads; there was this riced-out Civic passing cars although he was either chicken-sh!t or didn't have the power to pass more than one car at a time. OTOH I showed him what a TL-S can do and passed 3 (and sometime 4) cars at a time with ease, including his--not because there wasn't any oncoming traffic (no challenge in that). Also showed a late-model C280 what fast is--he was doing at least 90 when I passed him like he was standing still. Also passed a few Hardly Ablesons on some of the mountain roads--either they're just weekend wannabe motorcycle cruisers who think they're hot sh!t on the straights but ride slower than a granny on the curves, or perhaps just enjoying the scenery. I think one of them was of the former, as he was barely leaning in many of the turns. Needless to say, I blew by him on the turns although I had to be a bit careful too since the stock Michelins can't grip worth squat--felt my car sliding just a bit on some of the more tighter turns.

Like you, I did let some cars take lead--so that I could cruise for a bit, plus they could be point for possible CHP.

Maybe one of these days you should take the back roads to Vegas--there are plenty of roads out there that don't see too much traffic, and the roads themselves have plenty of long straights ideal for top-speed runs, and enough curves to test your suspension setup. Just make sure that you have enough gas right before you get to Death Valley or somewhere like that--premium unleaded in DV is $2.65/gallon, and between doing high-speed runs and keeping the AC on, your car will drink gas like a mofo!

Tony

P.S.--did you have one of your lady friends with you on your Vegas trip??:D
 

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P.S.--did you have one of your lady friends with you on your Vegas trip??:D
Wow...sounds like you had a GREAT driving experience. After my accident I've been too scared to take my car to its limits on turns now, so I doubt I'd be trying any high speed runs beyond what 3rd gear can do. As for my lady friend...well YES! But I guess I've kept it out of the loop because one of them became permanent and now I don't go anywhere without her. This one is pretty cool because when I do go fast, she becomes VERY VERY quiet like she wants me to concentrate or something (that's when I slow it down cuz I know she's scared).

As for the gas...you are right. I stopped by this unknown area to let one of my passengers go to the bathroom and 91 octaine costed $2.65. Thank god I didn't have to get gas there.
 

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edgalang said:


Wow...sounds like you had a GREAT driving experience. After my accident I've been too scared to take my car to its limits on turns now, so I doubt I'd be trying any high speed runs beyond what 3rd gear can do. As for my lady friend...
First off, didn't mean to bring your lady friend into the conversation; it's just that I get a laugh from your posts 'cuz it seems that every time you post about one of your excting trips a "lady friend" is usually along for the ride.:D

Anyways, I can understand the hesitation to push your car to its limits, especially after your accident; heck I worried a bit sometimes when I was doing my desert runs--one little swerve at triple-digit speeds and unless you know exactly what to do, you're probably screwed. And out in the desert area where there are rocks and gullies alongside some of the roads, and the nearest repair station (let alone Acura dealer) is hundreds of miles away--you don't wanna wind up losing it in there.

Funny thing is that my wife doesn't like/want me to speed when we're on the freeway (mostly because she doesn't want me to get a speeding ticket, but of course not the only reason) but she hardly objected when I was driving 130+ in the desert (when safe to do so, although some people may argue even with that); she even videotaped some of my runs without objection when I asked her to. Unfortunately--all those high speed runs, having the A/C on constantly, and having to drive a bit to get from one part of Death Valley to the other gulped up all my gas so I had no choice but to pump in that expensive gas. Oh well--no one said going on vacation was cheap, and I had fun anyways. Glad you had a great trip too!
 
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