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Acura TSX: Accessories & Modifications

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
What accessories/modifications have you added to your TSX?

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  • sdradioguysdradioguy Posts: 101
    Today, I got an internet quote for a TSX, 6sp, non-NAV. It was for full list price PLUS $395.00 for what the salesperson called the Acura Protection Package -- the wheel locks, trunk tray, and mud flaps you described. So, apparently, the three things are sold together often enough that they have a pkg. name.

    Another dealer gave me an internet quote with the flaps, locks, and tray for about $200 below list. Not great, but much better than full list plus $400.

    Thanks for the hondacuraworld.com reference. I'll check it out.

    xplorx -- have you had any luck getting an insurance quote yet? I take it you're near the Bay Area. What's the range to insure TSX up there?
  • uncledaviduncledavid Posts: 548
    I have the TSX and the fogs. I got the dealer to install them as part of the purchase price and it wound up being a good deal.

    Anyway, I live in Los Angeles and we don't have all that much fog. But, in ordinary conditions, I notice absolutely no benifit from the fogs, other then looking nice. The Xenons are much, much brighter.

    A lot of TSX drivers complain that the dealer installed fogs look cheap. However, I really like them.

    BTW, the rubber mat for the trunk is a really nice accessory to have. Try to get the dealer to throw that in as well.
  • sdradioguysdradioguy Posts: 101
    I figured the xenons by themselves would probably be just as good, if not better, than the fog lights. Besides, if I've made it this long with conventional lights, xenons are going to feel like getting a new pair of glasses (at least, from all the hype I've read).

    Just about every dealer who has quoted me a price so far has included mud flaps, wheel locks, and the trunk tray -- the nice, rubber trunk tray. Why more cars don't come with those, I don't know. But anyway, it seems most dealers sell those three things together as an "Acura Protection Package". I feel better protected already.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Fog lights: on the TSX, fog lights are probably more for looks than anything else. The Xenons are incredibly bright all the way up to their very sharply defined horizontal cut-off, which often is just below the side-view mirror height of most cars. (I sometimes wonder if the guy in front of me thinks I'm flashing my brights at him when I hit a bump!)

    With that being said, I think I still want the fog lights, but I don't really think getting them thrown into a purchase deal is going to gain you a lot. If you want to spend a few hundred more later, have them installed post-purchase after you've had a chance to evaluate driving with the Xenons.

    I concur about the trunk tray. It's pretty nice. You can work the dealer to have that added for minimal or no added charge. The cargo net is also something you might work into the deal, since it requires minimal installation.

    This page features installation guides (in PDF format) for many TSX accessories, including fog lights and the cargo tray. Read the guides to see if you think the procedure warrants "professional" installation or not.
  • sdradioguysdradioguy Posts: 101
    Thanks again for the hondacuraworld.com link. I don't think I'll have much trouble getting the accessories I want without getting gouged too badly. Good to have all this info as I get into negotiating prices.
  • kivigkivig Posts: 3
    I think the TSX is a fantastic car except for a problem that may cause me not to get it. It's only 4.7 inches off the ground!! If i need to get out in 5 inches of snow i wouldn't be able to. My current car is 6.5 inches offf, and has awd. This has none of that. Is there anyone who has owned a tSX over a winter that can comment or explain this?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,746
    They went on sale in April.. Maybe our friends in Nome can chip in with their experience.

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  • detpadetpa Posts: 3
    just wondering if anyone out there has had any luck with finding a trailer hitch for the tsx or knows about one coming available in the future. thanks in advance!
  • I purchased and installed a set of mud flaps that I got of off EBAY, they were only $65, they were authentic and actually came to me from an Acura dealership in CA. They were easy to install and look good.
  • I would love to get the TSX all weather mats, but can't bring myself, in principle, to spend $100 on four square feet of rubber. I've checked out some generic mats, but can't find any that fit right.

    Does anyone know of any non-Acura brand that fits well (especially the driver's seat)? Some are trimmable, but the fit is still not good. Better yet - has anyone found prices lower than $90 plus shipping on the Acura product?
  • I have the Milano Red w/ Parchment interior so getting the mats was a must, like you the price from Acura was a bit out of line ($120.00). I found them on Ebay for $80.00. Funny thing was they came to me from an Acura dealership in CA, I live in Virginia. They are so worth the money, and I like the way they look with the parchment carpeting. Good Luck.
  • redkey1redkey1 Posts: 270
    I read somewhere that the factory fogs can look cheap. Has anyone had experience with them?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    What do you mean by "cheap"? I have a pair of fog lights installed on my TSX, and they don't look cheap. They don't look as blue and bright as the HIDs, but I like the fogs lights better than the plain plastic covers.The bulbs can always be replaced to improve the light color temperature, too.
  • aardvarkaardvark Posts: 3
    Looking to get a TSX with the protection package of the trunk tray, flaps, etc. That sounds fine.

    The fog lights sound like they're almost unnecessary given these types of headlights. I'd get them only if it's a good deal.

    But how about the moonroof visor? Salesman says it is critical for cutting down on noise. True?
    I'm not real keen on their looks so will bypass if it really doesn't do the job.

    Does it do the job, and is it worth getting?
  • tommyijrtommyijr Posts: 56
    forget that stupid looking visor, kills the lines of the car.........get the all weather floor mats, far better investment...
  • williamwilliam Posts: 5
    my tsx
    ive added a injen cold air intake, i love it makes car sound agressive yet calm
    ive also added green neon underglow to it and i am waiting for dc to come out with catback exhaust system.
    <djp2104>
    the garage door thing is a pain... ive had my tsx for about 5 months and havent been able to get it to work yet
    tblazer503
    try autozone or preformance store they would mostlikely have what your looking for
  • members78members78 Posts: 130
    are there any laws about neon lights underneath the car, and is it a state thing, or what? also, how much does it cost to install neon lights?

    i live in northern va, and yes there are lots of gray and silver tsxs. i bought a blue one a couple days ago, and so far i love the color. i was afraid i would wake up the next day and hate it! carbon gray is very flattering for this car, no doubt about it, but i wanted to stand out a bit and be different. plus the blue reminds me of a racing color, not unlike the m3 blue... though i wont pretend that it's in the same league as the bimmer.
  • tommyijrtommyijr Posts: 56
    Blue stands out? Well yes, especially when you read that most of the TSX owners buy the Silver or Grey.....ME, I love my Milano Red, now that stands out and really looks good with the partchment interior.
  • members78members78 Posts: 130
    yeah that's true, the red is bright candy red. some kid at my school drives one, and i like its looks.

    my coworker sells rims, so i might buy some from him. phat rims would look real nice on a tsx!
  • Anybody hook up a Bluetooth handsfree set? Any suggestions?
  • I picking up my TSX Monday and wanted to know if I should get the moon visor as an option. I was told it cut down alot on the noise while driving with the moon roof open.

                                  Theresa
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    If I were you, I would try the car without the moonroof deflector first and see what you think -- noise is a subjective thing. Our TSX seems pretty quiet without the deflector, and personally, I don't like the way they look.

    We did have a deflector on our previous car -- a Subaru Forester -- and it really made the car quieter with the roof open. Note that the Forester has a huge moonroof, however, about 3 times larger than the small one on the TSX.

    Craig
  • Has anyone added heated mirrors? I saw that the Canadian version has heated mirrors and I assume that one of the switch blanks next to the moonroof switch is for them.
  • So the TL comes available with this HandsFree link which allows you to use bluetooth to connect to your phone ... very slick. I read somewhere that this is actually a non-acura part that Acura was putting in the TL. Any idea if we can install it on a TSX?
  • node8node8 Posts: 4
    Anyone have more information on this? The Euro Accord shows a new Bluetooth add-on available in April on their website and on this pdf http://www.honda.co.uk/brochure/download/cars/hondaAccord.pdf - Page 30
  • bluetsxbluetsx Posts: 1
    I have been through my first winter with my tsx and it was great. The VSA worked great and was very usefull as road condition changed. I didn't really experience any problem with snow height. I also know someone who has the tsx lowered with body kit, and he had no prolem either. I think the weight of the car has a lot to do with the handling also. I thnk you will be fine.
  • I was wondering if the acura tl a-spec rims which are 235/40/18. would fit on a tsx?
  • neo662neo662 Posts: 1
    Hey guys,

    just wanted to put a GREAT word in for myradiostore.com and dicsountcarstereo.com. They have the greatest customer service and they have some great products for MP3 playback for my '04 Acura TSX with Navi. Ask for Ralph at tech support discountcarstereo.com and mention this. he's a cool guy. he hooked me up with some cool stuff for my ride.
  • Does anyone know if i can get some of the 2006 features installed in my 2005 TSX? Looking at the hands free phone and the IPOD link.
  • Dont know about Acura,but was in Best Buy last night and noticed they are now installing a bluetooth kit for cars at around $400.
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