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Acura TSX Exterior

icstarsicstars Posts: 18
edited May 2014 in Acura
On the front of the car, where the chrome-like emblem appears in front of the grill, is that chrome paint, plating or what?

At my first oil change, I'll ask the dealer if it can be touched up...But on my second washing I encountered a particularly difficult bit of bug juice and rubbed a bit hard (okay, I was using the edge of a fingernail, but gingerly)....and suddenly a tiny shiny silver spot turned black. I didn't purse the matter as I assume a bit of chrome paint came off and I didn't want more to come off.

Would it be better to dab a bit of fresh wax (or something else) on the spot in the meantime or just leave it alone?

It's really a tiny spot, but the first flaw (especially caused by me) hurts!


  • chiggy45chiggy45 Posts: 10
    So far, I keep reading that the Acura TSX has a bland exterior compared to the C class, A4, BMW etc... But, what these writers don't see is that if you put a rear spoiler, and an underbody spoiler on the Acura TSX, it looks sexy. Also, you could probably add a navigation system, and still spend less than you would have at the German competitors. If anybody thinks that the TSX doesn't look good, go to an acura dealership and see if they have a fully loaded version for you to look at. I saw one in a beautiful grey color, and I'm sold.
  • icstarsicstars Posts: 18
    I have a "stock" (sounds funny saying that about a fully loaded car) meteor silver 6-speed with nav. I can't think of anything it needs.

    I didn't get a spoiler because I think the car is more elegant yet still sporty without. Didn't personally like the "ground effects" packages, but I wouldn't knock anyone who did like them. In fact, I can see how the car can appeal to a diverse group. The aftermarket underbody is expensive though! I thought the optional aluminum wheels were also quite expensive and not necessarily any better looking--since the car already comes with stock alum wheels, that'd be the only reason to go with a wheel option, right?

    Guess I'm a wet blanket in this discussion! Sorry!

    By the way, if you like the grey, look at both silver metallic and meteor silver metallic. I like them both but am very happy I got the meteor silver (and it has nothing to do with being an astronomer--honestly!!).
  • geoschageoscha Posts: 3
    with icstars about the spoiler. Having seen the car with and without the add-ons, I think it works really well without. Nice, sharp, clean lines.

    There are some cars that, IMO, really need the rear spoiler; I traded a '99 Maxima SE for my TSX, and the spoiler made that car look a lot better than the "plain" Maximas (not that any of them were that stunning...). Likewise, I think the new 9-3 Vectors really benefit from the ground effects. But for every car out there whose looks improve with these add-ons, there are two that look cheapened by 'em.

    Boy, talk about subjective!
  • gburtongburton Posts: 4
    Anybody put after market mags on their TSX ????
  • First, I don't own an Acura. Not yet. Am curious about the upcoming '04 TL.

    Seems to me that your warranty will easily take care of the minor problems you are experiencing.

    I'm surprised that some of you are not happy with the audio system. I agree that for the price you pay it should be at least better than the new Accords and RSXes'.

    As for nicks and scratches, I had to LOL about the person using the finger nail. I've done that so many times to my own car to check if someone scratched my black car. Turns out I'm the one leaving the fine scratches.

    Enjoy your TSX. They look nice and dependable. Wish they were just a tad sportier for me to buy one though.
  • sdradioguysdradioguy Posts: 101
    How do I find out fair prices to pay for Acura dealer-installed accessories? I plan to get a TSX around the end of the month, and am interested in adding the following:

    Splash Guards
    Fog Lights
    Trunk Tray
    Car Cover
    Cargo Net
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    If you check, you'll find the lowest prices for TSX accessories I've found. These prices beat local dealers by over 25% or more.

    I attempted to negotiate the vehicle with the fog lights, spoiler, cargo tray, and cargo net, but even at "dealer cost" they could not match the parts prices I got. I doubt you'll find a local dealer who will match those prices.

    I ended up negotiating for the vehicle (which already had wheel locks and mud guards pre-installed) plus the cargo tray.

    Calculate your offer price on the vehicle only, then add $100 for the splash guards (but no more), provided they're already installed. You might be able to get the cargo net or tray thrown in as well, but there's no way you'll get a good deal on the fog lights.

    If your dealership is unwilling to negotiate (sometimes the sales dept is at the mercy of the parts department, so their hands are tied anyway) you can probably buy the other accessories at a substantially lower price than you'll get at your dealer, who will be happy to install the parts post-purchase, even if you didn't buy them there.

    And the best part is that they'd still be covered under warranty!

    Call your local dealers for labor estimates to install the fog lights and cargo net. Pretend that you already own a TSX and have the parts already.
  • sdradioguysdradioguy Posts: 101
    Okay, so I just checked out -- and the same three things one of the local Acura dealer wants to charge $350 for -- the mud flaps, wheel locks, and cargo tray -- can be found at that site for $176. Of course, that's parts only, no labor.

    The cargo net was only $25, should not require professional installation. The car cover was just shy of $180. And the fog lights were a heart-stopping $276 -- so I can believe it when I read about dealers trying to get $500 for them.

    Here in San Diego, overnight and early morning fog is pretty common. Are the xenon headlamps enough by themselves to cut through it? Or am I really better off trying to get fog lights? Anyone who has a TSX, and regularly drives in foggy conditions, please respond.
  • ben810ben810 Posts: 3
    Anyone have suggestions for some good car care products like Meguiar's?
  • kman12kman12 Posts: 6
    The dealer I'm buying my TSX from wants to charge me $148 for mud flaps. He claims that's the wholesale price. Is that a fair price? Also, I went on but there was no link for the TSX.Plaese advise.
  • That is an absolutely ridculous price. On all of my Hondas and my latest Acura, I told the dealer I wanted the mudflaps thrown in for free, and they all did it.

    Anyway, to see the price at click on the "click here" button on the left of the screen (where it says online store) - not on the right of the screen (where it says "aftermarket accessories"). You'll then see the screen with various models, including the TSX.

    The price listed for the mudflaps is $63.00

    Here is the link: amp;Category_Code=ATSX

    Moderator, this site does not compete with EDMUNDS in anyway (no forums, etc).

    My Acura dealer had a strange setup with the sales department and service dept being independent. The Sales department couldn't give me a good deal on accessories, because they had to pay the price set by the service department. So, my salesperson introduced me to somebody over in service who was able to get me really good prices on everything I wanted.
  • They charge $60-$80 for the mud flaps and about $100 for labor.

  • kenk25kenk25 Posts: 16
    I'm interested in purchasing the TSX car cover from the hondacuraworld website. Does anybody know the specs? 3, 4 or more layers, type of material, good for weather or is it for indoor dust protection, etc. Thanks.
  • djp2104djp2104 Posts: 11
    Hey folks! Just helped a friend buy a TSX and had a pleasant experience doing so. (Hope to buy myself a TL in June.) The only minor glitch was they only have black splash guards for both cars. Neither she nor I like them -- feel they cheapen the car (personal opinion). Any idea where we might find body colored guards for both cars? Many thanks.
  • mulifatmulifat Posts: 26
    Have you actually seen the splash guards on the car? I do not think they look cheap at all. They are subtle, and the black especially looks real nice with my Marino Red TSX
  • tommyijrtommyijr Posts: 56
    Ditto, I like the look of the black splash guards on my Milano Red TSX, any more red may be a bit too much.....what's Marino red?
  • mulifatmulifat Posts: 26
    Marino Red is a color I made up due to a typo. I meant Milano Red. By the way, when I got this color I was worried I would get tired of it quickly. I like this color more and more as time passes. It literally puts a smile on my face
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Yup, I originally thought Milano Red was too flashy but my wife talked me into it. Now I love it.

    Just say no to mudflaps...
  • tommyijrtommyijr Posts: 56
    What first drew me to the Red car (my first) was the way the interior played off of it, now I am hooked. Not only for how good it looks after a good wash and wax, I have only seen a few other TSXs around Virginia and none of them are Red, everybody seems to get the Gray......
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    All I knew was - I had to have the parchment interior. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it.
  • djp2104djp2104 Posts: 11
    Thanks all. Guess I'll recommend she skip the splash guards. Now on to figuring out how to program the garage door opener!
  • tommyijrtommyijr Posts: 56
    Having just purchased the bra for my TSX and never having one before I had a few questions that might get answered here. I know that when I wash the car it is advisable to remove it, how about when it rains? If I leave it on while it rains is it advisable to remove it afterwards? Does it dry under the bra or does it stay moist? Will leaving it on cause the finish to fade? Any other bits of info would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • tblazer503tblazer503 Posts: 620
    Personally, I don't use car bra's... unless you don't care for the car's finish. Unless they have changed something in the design in the last few years, they have generally caused more damage than they save, because the dust/pollen/rocks get under the bra and when you drive, the wind causes the bra to vibrate/move and when you remove it, you have lot's of problems. the paint under the bra will also fade at a different rate, making it pretty obvious 5 years down the line if you remove it...

    They do make a 3m style clear tape that goes on the clearcoat and acts like a bra to protect from rock chips...
  • tblazer503tblazer503 Posts: 620

    sometimes they are slightly cheaper than hondaacuraworld...

    IMHO, put the fog lights in, and put some real fog bulbs, that's what I plan on doing... Does anyone know where I can get the foglight switch that goes by the VSA? seems kinda dumb to replace the light stalk and kinda extra cost as well...
  • tommyijrtommyijr Posts: 56
    Thanks, I actually purchased it for longer road trips, I live on the East Coast and my parents are a spell down I-95 in South Carolina...lots of iffy road surfaces between Richmond and Hilton Head. As far as the quality, it isn't bad, it is from Acura, fits very snug and I can get it on and off in less then 10 minutes. It is certainly something I wounldn't leave on for more than a few days at a time, but it really looks good against the Milano Red TSX I drive.
  • glovesgloves Posts: 20
    My white TSX is 2 months old. A little touch parking took the paint right off the bumper. The paint seems to come off easy leaving the surface black. It looks like it can be pealed right off. I'm developing little black marks here and there that's very annoying.

    Anybody else have problems with the finish?

  • bt8755bt8755 Posts: 1
    Any luck with your paint problems? I'm in the market for a TSX and I've read other forums complain about the paint and it makes me a little nervous. Premium white pearl is in my top 3 color choices.

    Jax TSX
  • glovesgloves Posts: 20
    No luck, but the dealer explained the problem. The bumpers are made out of a very flexible material. They flex on the slightest pact, don't dent, but there's a good chance the paint will come off. Try pushing one in with your hand - quite surprising. There's no protective piece around the bumper to protect it. It can't be touched-up because the touch-up paint is for metal surfaces. I tried. The cost to re-paint is $135 (the cost is a little more for the white - it's what they call a "3 stage paint"). It'll happen regardless of the color because of the bumper materials.

    Bottom line is expect to have the problem if you touch park, or someone does it to you. I put a decal over it. Rotten situation. The other problems I had were also on the plastic-like materials, and the dealer will re-paint for me at no cost.

    Frankly, I can't say that I would have bought the car had I known the effect of the bumper design. The TSX is a nice car, but I probably wouldn't have. I drive the way I drive, can't control others from tapping into me, and have not had the paint problem with other cars.

    Good luck,

  • jselingojselingo Posts: 9
    I just bought a TSX and live in a state that requires a front license plate. I also occasionally park the car on the street. I'm looking for a heavy duty and deep front license plate holder so that if someone backs into the car they hit the plate before the actual bumper. Anyone know where I could get one?
  • members78members78 Posts: 130
    I want one of those license plate covers that prevent the red light cameras from obtaining a picture of my license plate number. I know theyre illegal but I've already gotten 2 camera tickets.
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