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Acura TSX Owners: Meet the Members

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  • phkckphkck Posts: 185
    Dec 28th I made the purchase of an 05 Grey TSX 6MT non-navi.

    My wife and I were looking for a third car to help reduce the number of miles we are putting on our Suburban (18K annual). My current ride is an 04 TL.

     

    We looked at the New Beetle Convertible but scratched that off the list because our kids are 2 and 4 1/2. My wife pictured having to have the kids wear football helmets with eye protection just to be safe. Loaded as we wanted $29,500 MSRP!

     

    So we looked at Saab. 9-5 out of our price range, 9-3 in our price range until you add any options. Plus, reliability was off putting for us.

     

    SO, looked at competitive cars on edmunds.

     

    TSX looked like the bargain of the decade.

    Long story, but TSX is mine for commuting 58 miles a day and the wife gets the TL with Navi as the daily driver for the girls.

    TL get to sit in inclemet weather (good thing as standard tires are not great in the snow).
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Cool! I think the car is a bargain too -- we paid $25K for our 5AT no-nav and it was a steal at that price. Very compelling choice compared to the Accord.

     

    If Acura ever brings the wagon model to the US, I will strongly consider one. That would be sweet.

     

    Craig
  • ceeececeeece Posts: 14
    Hello everyone,

     

    I bought my '04 satin silver TSX on Jan 1, 2005! It is a dealer used car that had 26,900 miles on it. It is automatic and has black leather interior and Nav. I paid $24,300 after trade in of my Mitsubishi Mirage. This is one sweet ride. I test drove a Honda Accord and Honda Accord V6. I felt the V6 was just a little too small and the Accord too big. This car fit me just right. I am a little nervous about upkeep because it seems like a lot (20,000 mi. tire change???!!) I wish I had found this message board first but I think I got the best vehicle regardless.
  • pantjipantji Posts: 13
    Just bought the 2005 TSX 6MT, No Nav, Silver with Quartz interior.

     

    The overall impression; Car handles, feels like worth at least 10K dollars more than what it costs. Everything is so well though out. Styling, inside out is so much to the point and precise that even after 5 -6 years it will still look new...

     

    Driving & other initial impressions; Very eager engine. You will be surprise how much power this engine can pack in just 2.4 Litres and with 4 cylinders. Power delivery is smooth in all the gears. Even on overpasses the 6th gear delivers with amazing grace. The raod feedback is precise, steering is tight and razor sharp. I have mostly driven my first 100 miles with VSA on. The transmission is a real gem. Seats are perfect for my height and built. I had read in one magazie review that all controls feel as if coated in vaseline; yes it is like that; the sound of door-closing, the door handle grip, the transmission gear changes, radio controls...list can go on.
    The interior space is more than enough for 4 passengers. Actually it has 91 Cubic feet, same as a Pontiac Grand AM, a little more than the Benz C Class.

     

    I have tested many cars including;

     

    Audi A4: nice interior, but not so nice mechanically anymore. 3.0 litre is better but so much more money. 1.8T does not offer good power and tends to be noisey. Poor tranny compared to TSX, even the 6 speed that comes with Quattro.

     

    ES330 (diffrent category however): Just like camry, found the tranny a little confusing.

     

    Saab 93: A little more noise, less refined, not so much well put together, not so impressive - general interior in the base trim.

     

    Acura TL: Liked the car with Auto tranny. The 6MT does not suit this car. Too much power for this front heavy design.

     

    Infiniti G35: Very nice ride, not so great interior, uniques design (good or bad?). Can not get the 6Mt with AWD, and RWD is no choice for my geograohical area, so not a choice. This would still be my second choice even if prices were same for TSX and G35.

     

    To sum up; Its a handsome car and perhaps the best Acura till date, be it craftsmanship / driving charactaristic / sportiness / fit and finish and the value as well.
  • I appreciate your feedback, both initial driving impressions and comparos to other cars you shopped as I am a couple of months away from my decision. The TSX is my car of choice today. With time on my hands until I decide, naturally I am investigating other options. If I decide to spend more money on more power, I am inclined to go RWD with the G35. However, in my area, there is basically one Acura dealer and one Infinity dealer. Granted, I have been working the Acura dealer harder but he has responded with multiple test drives and the order of my spec car without a deposit. The I guys have been negligent in their inattention to my overtures. Puzzling really how they expect to actually sell cars. Maybe since they are a joint BMW/Infiniti dealer, they assume the world will come to them and pay list price. Not this buyer.
  • I put a deposit down last night on an early 2004 tsx with 18,000 miles. silver w/black leather, 6MT, no nav. I'm up in montreal and paid $28,000 Cdn before taxes, which amounts to roughly $22,700 USD. as rare as new TSX's seem to be in these parts, cherry used ones are even rarer, so i'm pretty stoked on the deal.

     

    I spent 4 months researching and driving cars, and it ended up being between this car, a 2003 audi a4 1.8t quattro and a loaded new mazda 3 sedan - i opted out of the audi because their spotty reliability record was too much of a detractor. the mazda 3, while not in the same class, held a lot of appeal for me, a single guy in his mid-20's. the car is fun to drive, fairly responsive, quite safe, stylish, and was generally a good value. but local mazda dealers' reluctance to deal on this very hot car made the price diff. between the mazda and acura about $4000 U.S., and when you factored in resale value, i was sold on the acura.

     

    i also checked out the new vw jetta at the auto show, and while i'm sure the high performance gli version will rock, i found the exterior styling to be ugly, and the car would not come out until the fall anyway. I will look forward to posting on this board in the future - it definitely helped me out with my decision. enjoy your cars!
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Cool! I agree with your observations on the other cars 100%, by the way -- would have said the same exact things!

     

    CRaig
  • Got my 6 speed white/black Oct 2003. No squeaks, rattles, or any other significant issue. Great interior, exterior, room is sufficient, and drive train excellent. Got back from Italy a few weeks ago and drove a Alfa sedan of approximatly the same size (156?). The Alfa probably cost 2x as much as the TSX, but is half the car. Only saw about 4 TSXs (Accords there) in italy, including the wagon. Might switch to the 2.2L diesel if they ever had enough insight to bring it over. We did a group purchase when the car came out - something like 10-16 of us in Toronto got ~2500 off MSRP at that time.
  • mhixmhix Posts: 1
    I know this group is all TSX, and i have been a honda guy for many years. I am looking to trade my 98 accord in on a TSX. I love this car but Im still in the porcess of checking a few out.
    The legagy GT ''05 (not '04) (250 hp turbo) is sticking with me and giving the TSX a run for the money (moslty),
    I especially loved the power and the AWD handling.. this thing is fast. more so that the TSX, not that it is a slouch either
    Its Styling (other than the front) and options are not as good as the TSX.
    Audi A4 $$$ too much, Altima (goofy interior), Jetta (blah), Mazda 6, nice but no GOTTA HAVE IT FACTOR.
    just wondering if anyone else compared the two.. Road and track did and each auther picked one of the 2.. some help they were..
  • bob67bob67 Posts: 2
    I am trying to decide between an automatic or manual '05 tsx. The official rating is 29 v. 31 mpg highway for stick. Is this accurate and why the difference?

    Are there any drawbacks (besides price) for nav? How accurate and reliable? What about a portable such as Garmin?

    Need to decide quickly. Would appreciate hearing thoughts/experiences.

    Thanks.
  • rko2rko2 Posts: 40
    While there is another discussion on just his topic, I'll respond with the chance it will get moved to the TSX vs. Legacy GT discussion.

    The Legacy GT manual and the TSX manual were the final two contenders for me. While the speed of the GT was awesome and the awd would come in handy sometimes, those were the only 2 things that mattered to me over the TSX offerings. In fact I was having a hard time justifying AWD when I would really only need it a few days a year in really bad weather. The TSX stability control works very well anyway.

    I prefered the TSX 6 sp manual feel, interior layout, leather interior, sunroof, exterior styling, trunk volume, and fold down rear seats (which the legacy surprisingly doesn't offer). Plus, the gas mileage is much better and the Acura reliability and value retention is fantastic.

    After driving my TSX for a while and then getting behind the wheel of the Legacy again, I am really happy with deciding on the TSX. I think the only way I would have chosen the Legacy is if I lived in a mountainous region where I would encounter snowy slopes frequently. But either way they are both great cars. However, I would have to recommend the TSX. :shades:
  • zeke6zeke6 Posts: 1
    Just read your note: Laughing about your comment on pricing paid. I think you did darn well; at least a lot better than I did. What I did was find the car, decide that was the car for me, and then bought it, bought it from a very reputable dealer locally.
    Here's the laugh. Trusting in "mankind", and not shopping the dealer charged me an out the door price of over $32,000. That did of course include the maintenance plan, and the extended warranty. Even on the warranty they put a $100 deductible on it instead of the "zero", which I now know is available.
    Go you one better. Never questioned the financing, and found when I went home that they financed it with "xyz" bank, and at 6%...way above generally available, even directly thru Honda....plus...it is a compound note, which can bury you alive with interest.
    Horrible shopping experience...
    Great car...
    Morale...ala, watch who you buy from, and "read" the contract...before you sign it. Oh, ps: For a better laugh the dealer had given me 2 baseball caps/acura, and a keychain; and then...they billed me $120 over everything for that. Plus, forgot...had fog lights installed before I picked it up and they charged me another $500 over and above for that.
    Just one more...Had to call Honda. The dealership; yes, the same was not putting an approved oil in the vehicle, and it took a letter directly from Honda to get that taken care of.
    Count your blessings; and yes...No I don't have navi in the car either...
    I tried to cancel the contract but they refused. They offered me $23,000 back for the car if I didn't want it. That was with 100 miles on it.
    Grin and bear it.
    Zeke6
  • storymanstoryman Posts: 17
    Karen,

    Have you considered a SCAM category?

    Recently we purchased a new TSX and although we paid cash were briefly ensnared by an attempted scam. As we started asking around we discovered that a fair percentage of people have been victimized by scams (mostly when they finance a car).

    The attempted scam was familiar to my attorney, but not one that I've seen posted anywhere. Of course it would be a good idea to avoid any reference to a specific dealership or person. Just the scam, mam.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
    This type of topic might be more appropriate in Smart Shopper. That way it could benefit all who are seeking to purchase and not just one specific make/model. The fourth discussion from the top is for topic suggestions.

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • fred25fred25 Posts: 79
    Karen,

    Perhaps, you can develop a live weekly chat such as the one Subaru has in which we can discuss such timely topics as dishonest dealer as the concern of storyman, and other topics quickly. The Subaru chat has been very successful.
    Let us know your ideas

    Fred :)
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
    I'll forward your request to the Community Manager. :)

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • im getting a tsx...

    my friends are suggesting i put cold air intake in it yet i dunno exactly what it dos outside of a slight increase in hp... any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated

    -Daniel
  • Well after some extensive reading and research the TSX is the winner for me....so in a few months I'll be purchasing a 2006 TSX, my wife and I are very excited. I have seen very few people driving a TSX in my city and especially found no one around my neighborhood to have own one yet. It came down to a very few select cars Acura TSX, M-Benz C class, Lexus IS and the BMW 3 series to choose from. The Acura TSX won me over and presented the best balance price wise, driving dynamics, quality (fit and finish), economy of a 4 banger (gas wise) and styling. The M-Benz is a very nice vehicle but it was out of my price range although it was one of dream cars to have. I may have swing my choice on the LEXUS IS but upon seeing the rear of the 2006 Lexus IS it just didn't jive with the overall style of the car. The new BMW 3 series front and rear styling was :sick: ugly they ruined it, I liked the previous years style. Well I'm off to the dealership in a few months to get the TSX.
  • Congrats! Enjoy your car when you get it. Be sure to post your impressions of it. :D
  • Thanks dude!...just have to wait for few months to get the TSX since a lot of people are snapping them up of the stealership :D . Additionally I checked the stealership in my area (there are only two) and currently they don't have any 06 yet in their inventory....I'll just wait a few months to get mine.
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