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Acura TSX - Body Side Molding

mib1997mib1997 Posts: 1
edited March 7 in Acura
I am seriously looking at buying a TSX, probably a new 2005. I get conflicting info from 2 dealers re. availability of body side molding. One says no, the other, yes. The literature from Acura does not list it as available (while it does for the TL) leading me to think that the "no" is the truthful answer. Anyone have personal experience with this question? To me, it seems like something important to have to protect against dings, etc. in a parking lot.
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  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    Hi. I was searching the web for what I can use to protect my new TSX from door dings. I did a search for "magnetic door trim" and it came back with this PVC product that pretty much magnetically sticks to the door. Its huge and clear so it will kinda look funny sticking it while parked and then removing it when you leave. Ha... ha... I just hope people don't steal it. Anyone seen this or have used it?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    sounds like a product that will introduce more paint scratches taking it on/off (especially when the car is dirty) than just parking "unprotected".
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    I know... I thought about it too late. Spent $77 for 4. I guess I can always give it as a late xmas gift. Heh.. heh..
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,611
    It's probably a dealer installed accessory. More than likely it's not a Honda product.
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    Hi. Im in the process of buying a new TSX and just noticed this car doesn't have any body side door trim to protect it from other people opening their car doors. I live in NYC and door dings are very common. How does the body hold up in your experience? Remember that Saturn commercial with the supermarket cart? Thanks.
  • be325be325 Posts: 91
    Spoke with Acura dealer in Clearwater (Florida) and was told that "body side molding" is a dealer installed option and is available.
  • baldzorobaldzoro Posts: 5
    Spoke with three So Cal Acura dealers today about body side moldings. All claim that they don't exist. One called after market dealer and was told they don't exist. That's crazy. These cars will be dinged within days. Surprised that the European Accord body (TSX in the States) does not come with side moldings. I get crazy over door dings so it's a show-stopper for me. Really stupid of Acura not to offer anything. I was ready to buy TSX today, but not any more. Anybody know if the dealers are wrong and they really are available somewhere?
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    There are no TSX moldings, but the TL molding will fit apparently -- if the colors match. I know the silver color is the same on both cars, what about the other colors?? Worst case, you can have a body shop paint moldings for you, costs about $200 or so.

    I have had three cars without moldings -- 97 Honda Prelude, 03 Subaru WRX, and now the wife's 04 TSX. I can't say these cars were any more prone to damage than others. Heck, my 05 Outback has very wide moldings and I have already picked up 3-4 dings in 8 months of ownership (no dings on the TSX in the same amount of time). The moldings can't provide full protection, so lack of a molding is not a huge deal.

    Craig
  • baldzorobaldzoro Posts: 5
    Thanks, Craig. My concern stems from driving a TSX last fall as a loaner while my MDX was in the shop. When I first went to get in the TSX I noticed the car had numerous dings, cuts in the paint and blemishes on both sides. I spoke with the Service rep to make sure he was aware of the damage and to avoid any hassle upon returning it. He was aware of it. I got in the car and noticed that the odometer had only a few hundred miles on it. I remember thinking," what a shame", this new car is virtually brand new and it's already beat up.

    I know dings still occur with side moldings, but without them, I'm afraid the car would be a mess within a few months. It took me over two years before my MDX got its first one, and that was my fault all the way. I'm careful but not a fanatic. It just seems that the TSX's appearance will be prone to rapid, premature deteriation. Besides, everyone sais the TL is the better car.

    baldzoro
  • copseyalcopseyal Posts: 36
    I'll have to agree about the scratching problem. I have had my TSX since May 04, and this past weekend I hand washed it for the first time since last summer (or the last time it was warm in MD anyway). Anyway, I could not believe the number of scratches dings and dents in it! And I have to admit, I typically am very careful around this car not to scratch it, cause boy does it scratch easily!

    My TSX is Carbon Grey, and unless you are right on top of the vehicle, they are tough to notice, but I have never had a car accumulate so much scratching over such a short period of time. I still love the TSX, but this is the one complaint I have, but again to the person on the street, probably not even noticeable. Knowing what I know about the scratching, I still would buy this car all over again, it just would be nice to know of a fix.

    I am not familiar with the body side moldings. Are they specifically installed to avoid such effects, or is it more for appearance.
  • tommyijrtommyijr Posts: 56
    Being careful what parked situations I put my TSX in has kept it complete ding free for almost two years now. I will say though, everything about this car has met and exceeded all of my expectations with the exception of one thing, the ease in which the paint job will chip. I had an Accord before this and never had the extensive chipping that I do with this car, oh well, nothing is perfect, most of the time I don't even think about, it's lease is almost up anyway........I am just saying, this paint will frustrate most people....
  • johnny420johnny420 Posts: 473
    Having frequented many car enthusiast forums, including many here at Edmunds, I have found that, almost across the board, you will find complaints about newer cars experiencing paint chipping.

    You will find explanations like the EPA no longer allows a certain chemical to be used in modern paints, so paints are less resistant to chipping because of it. I don't know one way or another. What I do know is that this problem is hardly limited to Acura.

    Your Accord may not have had the problem, but my 2000 EX-V6 certainly did. When I traded it in on my TSX, the front end looked like it had been sand blasted.

    Johnny
  • ggthomas47ggthomas47 Posts: 2
    We just bought a 2005 TSX. The dealer told us we could find side molding on the internet but, like others in this forum we have been unable to find it. One post said that the TL molding would fit. Has anyone tried that? Were you happy with it?
  • I have TL body side molding dealer-installed on my 05 silver TSX at the time of purchase. Looks great and fits perfectly. However, not all TSX ext. color mach TL's color - so you are limited only to those ext. colors that are shared between two models. Don't let dealer charge you $289 as he tried me. I paid like $200 extra for moldings installed. Side moldings will save a few dents especially on the large grocery stores parking lots, like Jewels/Dominicks. Enjoy your TSX!!!
    Because of large increase in traffic in northwest Chicago area and my 50 mile daily commute to work streets/hwy, I wish I had purchased TSX with auto trans. :(
  • chas8167chas8167 Posts: 1
    www.sportwing.com
    They have Body Side Moldings and factory style Spoilers. I put their body moldings on my wife's RSX and they look very professional. Highly Recomend.
  • tblazer503tblazer503 Posts: 620
    i have one door ding in my TSX in 16 mos ownership(knock on wood) and that one wouldn't have been avoidable anyway because it is on the upper 4" of the door... dang trucks.. =o( ... that being said... IMO, they may help, but I think that subconciously, people are more careful around lux cars than non-lux... it seems that way to me anyways... also, you have to realize that people don't care for loaner cars like their own... they don't care about them...
  • ggthomas47ggthomas47 Posts: 2
    Dear chas8167,

    Do you have a link to the place that sells the body side moldings. I couldn't make the link in your last post work. Thanks!

    ggthomas47
  • www.sportwing.com has exact fit bodyside moulding for the TSX but doesn't list it on their website for some reason. You'll have to call them and order by phone. I got mine that way and it is an exact fit for my '05 TSX in the correct carbon grey pearl. Some people use mouldings intended for the TL. They apparently fit, but the colors don't match.
  • Could you post a picture somewhere? Also, what's the sportwing part number?

    Thanks,
  • The Sportwing part number is FE-TSX-NH658P. I don't know is any part of that number refers to the paint code. This is something they will ask for. The following link is a picture of my '05 TSX with the mouldings installed. I did the installation myself. Not hard, but it takes a little planning. The moudings cost $139. ">http://img302.imageshack.us/img302/8881/acura21yw.jpg
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