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Acura TSX Owners: Meet the Members

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,023
edited March 14 in Acura
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your TSX!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owners Clubs. Please let me know what discussions
you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other
clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS/Host/Owners Clubs

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

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Comments

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I'm Brian and I've been around the Edmunds.com boards for a couple of years now (mostly in the SUV area until recently). I live and work in the Seattle area and have been a car enthusiast (and sometime autoXer) for most of my 30 something years.

    I bought my Milano Red 6-speed last weekend (June 2nd) after my 3rd test drive.

    I tested the 325i, G35, Saab 9-3, IS300, etc. several times over the last few months and ultimately, didn't feel that any of these machines had as complete a package as the TSX.

    Sure, some were a little more stylish, and some were marginally quicker, but overall, the TSX had the best combination of performance, style, comfort, amenities, and value of them all...plus Honda quality and reliability.

    My favorite things about the TSX?

    Driving dynamics (precise gearbox, light accurate steering) and the cockpit (tan leather/wood trim, purple instruments, quality materials and switchgear).

    This is one terrific car!

    I am also the proud owner of a 2002 Buick Rendezvous, which is a comfortable and luxurious family hauler, but not the most thrilling driving machine. The TSX is the perfect 2nd car for me.
  • geoschageoscha Posts: 3
    ...and this new TSX owners' board prompted me to join in. I picked up my black on black 6-speed (non-navi) on 5/31.

    I too drove the 3-series, A4, G35, 9-3, and IS, and I agree that the TSX offered the best combination of quality, reliability, features, performance, and cost. And there's something to be said for its uniqueness; there aren't hundreds of them driving around (yet).

    Just wanted to say thanks to all you posters for your opinions. The discussions on the TSX (and other Edmunds boards) were very helpful in my shopping and negotiations, and I got a great car for a great price.
  • icstarsicstars Posts: 18
    I researched this purchase extensively. Some might say I tend to overdo things like this, but I'm so thrilled with my TSX that all the time and effort was well worth it.

    I originally started looking at Camry, Accord, Altima...disheartened, I moved on to other areas of the car market, driving A4, 9-3 vector, WRX. I almost bought the vector before the TSX was available; I'm glad that didn't happen now.

    After two test drives, I knew the TSX was the car for me. Stylish, unqiue, elegant, sporty and fuel efficient. I was thrilled to find a dealer that actually had six manual trans TSXs on the lot to compare.

    I have a meteor silver (quartz interior) 6-speed with nav. The nav is quite useful. Having survived the first few weeks (during which it's easy to become momentarily engrossed with the screen instead of the road), I now pay no more attention to it while moving than any other control, and the world is a safer place ; )

    I might have traded it in had I been offered a decent price (which no dealer came close), but I still own my 93 Jeep Wrangler 5-speed (stock I4 engine). I'll probably keep it for muddy outings to the state park with my dog and snowstorms.
  • id888id888 Posts: 12
    but I don't care. My nighthawk black pearl/parchement TSX 6MT non-navi is a pleasure. After testing the A4 and 93 Arc, the TSX had the whole package for the best value.

    It certainly has more pickup than the 1.8T Passat I am coming from.
  • ben810ben810 Posts: 3
    It was really tough to decide between the Black one and the Carbon Gray Pearl TSX. But, the fact that the dealer lied about the Black having a Navigation System made it an easy choice in the end. Here's a profile of my TSX!

    My TSX:
    -6MT
    -Carbon Gray Pearl Exterior
    -Ebony Interior
    -Navigation System

    Accessories:
    -Wheel locks
    -All season floor mats
    -Trunk tray
    -Cargo net

    That's it. Simple and clean. I've had my TSX for almost a week now and I still can't believe it's mine. I just filled up my first tank today... awww. Well, for all those who own a TSX, congratulations!
  • aaaaaqaaaaaq Posts: 3
    picked up my car yesterday afternoon

    Carbon Grey, Black interior, no nav, wheel locks, and mud guards...it's so cooooool

    took it out for a spin last night (see how it looked at night)

    three initial thoughts come to mind
    - cool bright dash display
    - strong headlights
    - interior lights pop on when the car is unlocked

    one question i do have. when i test drove the car the salesguy made this big deal about the extra stuff built into the undercarriage to curb road noise etc. I test drove on mostly side streets so i didn't hear much

    when i drove it on the highway yesterday there seemed to be a good amount of hum or road noise...i need to listen to it some more to tell if it is continuous noise or if it comes in pulsating frequency

    do others find this? do you think there is a chance that the mud guards are actually causing it?

    thanks
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Compared to the other 2 vehicles we own (93 Accord EX coupe, 97 Pathfinder LE), the TSX is the quietest. The road noise you're hearing is usually a combination of tire tread pattern and highway surface, not due to wind or drag. Some road surfaces are noisier than others. If the pitch of the humming noise increases or decreases, it's probably your tires, not the mud guards.

    As for the undercarriage panelling, the salesguy was partially correct- a lot of it is designed to reduce drag and wind noise.

    Check out this informative article (including a video) discussing the undercarriage design features of the TSX.
  • pkrbkrpkrbkr Posts: 6
    I have a TSX automatic with Navi on order. Has any run their TSX on regular grade fuel? If so was there any engine knock or affect on performance?
  • I've not run my TSX on regular fuel, but the consensus on these boards seems to be that modern engines all have knock sensors that retard ignition timing as soon as they sense anything. As a result, you won't notice any knock, but you are likely to see a slight loss of performance.

    Mileage may also be affected downward slightly; that is likely to wipe out any cost savings from the cheaper gas.

    My take is - you're buying a great, fun to drive car, may as well get all the performance out of it that Honda designed into it. Next to the extra $ you are spending on the TSX compared to, say, an Accord, the premium gas shouldn't be a major expense.

    Squirrel
  • uncledaviduncledavid Posts: 548
    I did notice a drop in performance when I went down to 87 octance. When I go down to 89, I don't notice any loss of acceleration at all.
  • If I buy this car, that's what I would probably do, hoping that this would be a decent compromise.

    yes, call me cheap.

    I don't mind spending splurging on occasion, spending more money to get something better (TSX vs. Accord, for example), I just hate paying for ongoing higher costs, such as premium fuels.

    notice any difference yet with mileage yet, uncledavid??
  • subtonesubtone Posts: 16
    I did my second test drive tonight, I still love it! I think I can pick one up (without nav) for $25k + Tax & Tags... not bad?

    This would be my first new car and the first car I ever spent more than $10k for (major purchase for me) is this car worth the $$, I was looking at used Accords V6 (1999-2001) for around $18k-$20k … this would be a big step up… financially I think I can do this car.

    Thanks,
  • johnny420johnny420 Posts: 473
    I just picked up my 6 sp TSX on Tuesday, and I haven't stopped grinning yet!

    It was also my first new car. I traded in a 2000 Accord V6, and while Accords are great cars, the TSX is a real step up, IMO.

    The new Accords are outstanding vehicles, and I strongly considered one, but if you want a more enthusiast-oriented car, get the TSX.

    $25K sounds like an excellent price. Just beware of the salesman trying to pad his profit with extraneous fees. Catching you on the backside, so to speak.

    The TSX is an absolute blast to drive, and yet it still functions well as a daily driver. Extremely solid.

    YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY BUY THIS CAR!

    There. See how easy that was? ;-)
  • williamwilliam Posts: 5
    i got my tsx in january test drove alot of cars
    new 04 models but was most impresed by the tsx.
    its fun every day to drive it. It handels great and its got a good engine in it compared to other cars and a sleek look.
  • dx2edx2e Posts: 5
    Hi, my wife and I just got our TSX today. This is our first ever new car purchase and neither of us is at good at bargining (not even close). But thanks to all the posts and discussions on the board, we had a very good idea what to expect before contacting the dealerships. Our new TSX costs $25,050 (price + all fees) and we love every bit of it. (In fact we had another offer of $24,700 + $150 fees, but decided to pass on it because that dealer is a little farther - 50 miles versus 15 miles where we bought the car.) Thanks ALL for all the postings. They sure are very helpful.
  • members78members78 Posts: 130
    That is a really good price, makes me think I paid way too much for mine, and I only bought it one month ago. When you say all fees included, does that mean tax, title, and tags? Is the 25k the OTD price? I paid a little over 26k OTD! And where do u live, maybe that plays a factor in the price?

    Dave
  • dx2edx2e Posts: 5
    Dave: the 25k includes everything but not TAX. I did notice a big discussion in this forum about what OTD should include (tax or not), and I avoided using that term. (Our beloved Rhode Island charges 7% for tax, so go figure how much we paid for that!) Anyhow, a little over 26k OTD for you is a fantastic price, I would say.
  • members78members78 Posts: 130
    yes that makes much more sense, and i feel much better now, thanks for clarifying. and 7% is really high, wow!
  • mlcmlc Posts: 1
    hi bought my tsx from inskip two weeks ago.
    paid 25.6 w/tax what acompany to do busines with!!! car is carbon w/ quartz . best car i ever drove. i tested rx-8 and 328 beamer. good luck w/ your car. ihave'nt seen another one since i bought mine
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