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Acura TSX



  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 854
    Can anyone advise on how easy/difficult it is to change the oil and oil filter on the TSX? Thanks
  • It's not really anymore difficult than other cars, but you'll either have to get the car up on jack stands or gain access to a hydraulic lift. If you're not that big, you may be able to get under the car without raising it. I can't @ 6'1" 200 lbs.

    After that, there's an access panel to open to get to the drain plug. You can get the filter from the bottom, too. I reccommend a filter wrench. :shades:
  • I just test drove the IS250 at the Lexus driving event and I came away pretty impressed. It was equipped with the 6sp auto (all cars at the event were autos) with possibly the premium pkg. and navi system. The track they set up for the IS and the BMW 330i had some straight away for acceleration followed by some small turns and then a fairly sharp U-turn to come back to the boarding area. I was able to snap out the rear end of the car at this U-turn and power out (so this is what rwd is good for). I thought theh 2.5L V6 would be weak with the auto but I thought it had pretty decent power through the rev range, with the exception of off the line acceleration.

    Anywho, I just want to get some opinions on this comparison. The Lexus does have a higher sticker price, but I suspect by next summer, you might be able to deal down near invoice, which makes it pretty close to the TSX in price (maybe $1 or 2 grand more?). The way I see it, the extra dough goes to a better looking exterior and at least as good an interior, if not better than the TSX's, some cool, but expensive optional features not available on the TSX, such as backup camera, MP3 player aux input, and 18" rims, not to mention a bit more power (probably offset by the higher weight), better gas mileage (with the auto), and better dealer services. Any thoughts?
  • toscitosci Posts: 18
    Does anyone know when the 2006 TSX will be available? Any word on pricing?
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    The way I see it, the extra dough goes to a better looking exterior and at least as good an interior, if not better than the TSX's, some cool, but expensive optional features not available on the TSX, such as backup camera, MP3 player aux input, and 18" rims, not to mention a bit more power ...

    The 2006 TSX has an aux jack to plug in an MP3 player.
  • Well right now I am really really interested in the TSX without a doubt but my mind is more on the Lexus IS 350. Well my question is to EVERYONE is that what are some pros and cons about this car. Since if I do get some good feedback I will for sure buy the TSX. And this might have been answered but is there a 2006 TSX?(and whats new about it.) Since I havent been caught up lately (Oh and Johnny420 I would especially like your feedback since I read your post over the Lexus vs. BMW and I liked what you said.)!!
  • I think comparing the TSX to the IS350 would be a bit unfair as there is about a $10K difference in price between the two cars. With that said, I think the handling limits will be quite similar between the two cars, but there is a major discepancy in the straightline performance, especially if you want the 5sp auto in the TSX (0-60mph in ~8.5sec. for the auto TSX, but a blazing 5.3sec. for the IS). Other than the performance numbers, I think these cars are on par with a lot of the luxury features. As I mentioned before, there are some features on the IS that are optional that aren't offered in the TSX. For the money, I think the TSX is a very nice car, but you might be comparing apples to oranges on this one.
  • laineylainey Posts: 62
    Pricing is out on the website as of an hour ago!!! Kind of a bigger increase than I expected for some reason. $27,890 non-navi MSRP, $29,890 navi the increase in destination from $570 to $615! $745 more! I'll probably get one anyway because I actually like the refresh alot.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Yeah, that $750 gets you more horsepower and torque, electronic brake assist, standard fog lights, 2-position memory driver seat w/power lumbar adjust, power passenger seat, aux audio jack, new colors, redesigned front/rear fascias, new wheels. Don't forget all the subtle chasis inprovements designed to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

    I'd say $750 is a bargain.
  • Tosci, '06 TSX's should be on the lots today. Pricing is available on Acura's website, or about three posts down from yours. ;)
  • laineylainey Posts: 62
    I agree, it is a great bargain for all of the awesome extras! I can't wait to see it in person! I've already got my loan approved. Hopefully I'll be in a shiny new TSX by the end of the year!
  • 151ranch151ranch Posts: 109
    I also went to the taste of Lexus - the IS350 is almost enough to make me drive an automatic. :)

    I love the TSX, but it is in no way comparable to the IS350, and against the IS250 I still think the Lexus is ahead. But personally, I love to shift so much that the TSX wins, anyway....the IS250 manual was not as "slick". Also, to get the same stuff in the IS250 as the 2006 TSX is about $4k more.

    My major differences between the two are:

    1. the doors and especially the trunk on the TSX are just cheap feeling/sounding. And the noise insulation is crappy compared to my 10 year old Volvo.

    2. the stock tires/brakes on the TSX (like all normal trim Hondas) are a joke. I have owned 7 Honda products and if I were queen for a day this would be the first thing I would change! Well, actually it IS the first thing I change when I buy a new car.

    3. goodies on the IS - ventilated seats, key, etc. But no XM yet?

    4. these are sedans - why can't you sit in the back of the IS? :mad: No leg room whatsoever.

    5. Just stating the obvious here, only people who keep their foot on the floor will be happy with the power in the TSX compared to the 6cyl in the IS250.

    I am in no way a fan of Toyota products (except the little trucks, I love those) - Hondas have always felt more sporting and "fun to drive". But since I am apparently the only person remaining that think a sports sedan means I should be rowing the gears, I will admit that Lexus definitely has a home run here. If I could get an IS350 with a manual, I would cut someone a very good deal on my TSX.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I'd like to see the new Deep Green Pearl w/parchment color combination in person. I might like it even more than my current (perpetual) favorite, Milano Red.
  • Hey thanks alot! Yeah I was some what thinkng to buy a TSX since at the same time my older is going to buy her TL and told me "why not buy that TSX, its cute! lol :blush: So yeah but I am waiting for the IS 350 convertible to come next summer and by then I hope to decide what car to drive. Thanks!
  • Hey folks, just thought I'd mention that Acura has updated their website and transformed it into a very nice flash website. It's got all the information on the '06 TSX plus new pictures and virtual tour of the TSX. With the new features, it looks like Acura has done a much better job of enticing us buyers. I also like how they included a lot of standard features that are not available in its Accord cousins to further differentiate itself. I still wish Acura did more of a cosmetic make over to make the TSX flashier and tell the rest of the world that it's not just a shortened version of the Accord.
  • I am in no way a fan of Toyota products (except the little trucks, I love those) - Hondas have always felt more sporting and "fun to drive". But since I am apparently the only person remaining that think a sports sedan means I should be rowing the gears, I will admit that Lexus definitely has a home run here. If I could get an IS350 with a manual, I would cut someone a very good deal on my TSX.

    No, you're definitely not the only one. If Lexus has sporting intentions for the IS350, then the lack of a manual tranny is curious at best.

    This continuing comparison of a ~$28,000 car (TSX) with a ~$40,000 car (IS350) seems strange to me. Completely different price point. Compare the IS to the excellent new E90 and you're talking apples to apples. I still say that, for the money, the TSX is tough to beat, especially in its latest version.

    OK. The TSX doors don't sound like a bank vault when you close them. So what? They're certainly not as bad you make them out to be. All I know is, after two years, I still really look forward to driving my car. Driving, not slamming the doors or boot.

    The TSX fills a market niche, and fills it very well. For drivers seeking something to satisfy their desire for spirited excursions, with a dash of sedan practicality thrown in, the TSX cannot be beat at its price point. I think any marque would be happy if they could achieve this. :shades:
  • 151ranch151ranch Posts: 109
    I think all of my points apply to the $30k IS250. Regardless, when I bought the TSX, I DID compare it to $40k cars - and if I could have seen the time/money being available to maintain a 330 I would have bought that. I'm really happy with the TSX, and if they put a stick in the IS350, my husband will be really happy to inherit it. ;)
  • I heartily agree with fedlawman. I test drove the manual '05 TSX and loved everything about the car except for shifter which seemed notchy. It was difficult to get smooth upshifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. The '06 website seems to suggest that the manual transmission has been reworked. Does anyone know if this is true or not?
  • As I understand it, nothing has changed for the MT for '06. Since the TSX MT is universally acclaimed as one of the best available, you are in a small minority of folks who find it notchy.

    If it was notchy, it will only get better as the car is run in. At 12,800 miles, mine is as smooth as silk. It was never notchy, though. I've never rowed a tranny like it.

    I do agree about the 1-2 shift. It's a bit tricky until you get used to it, due as much to gearing ratios as anything, I suspect. :shades:
  • toscitosci Posts: 18
    I went to an Acura dealership on Saturday and was told that the new 2006 TSX will not be on dealer lots until the 1st or 2nd week of December. Does anyone know if this is correct, or is it specific to Southern California, because I thought they were suppose to be on the dealer lots on Nov. 9th?
  • It appears the same thing is happening in the Seattle area. I also thought we'd see them 11/9, but I've yet to see any on the local lots, and I've been looking. Haven't asked a dealer directly, though, 'cause I can't stand talking to them.

    Maybe early December is more realistic.
  • mldj98mldj98 Posts: 378
    This is just my .02....

    I have owned two of the TSX's....04 and an 05....long story...anyhoo....I was really impressed with this car....power, all the standard money can buy.....the 200 hp was quite good....but you must not be afraid to press the gas pedal until the power band kicked in....everything was pretty solid on the TSX.....
    Now the bad....about the only real problem I had in both cars was some serious, having said that I am not a real picky person....but having spent that kind of money on a luxury line car you would think they can do better....especially since these cars are made in Japan...
    Look on the problems board for the TSX....rattles everywhere...some are getting fixed....some are not....

    Two days ago I test drove both the IS250 and the IS350....and to sum it up in one word.....WOW!!!!!!!!
    Pure luxury.....the 250 has okay the TSX you have to remember to push down the gas pedal...don't be shy!
    The a whole new beast! Power, Power, Power....smooth!!!! The one major drawback is price....they have an extreme mark up on these cars....invoice to MSRP (about $4K)....they are hot sellers now since they just came out.....prices will fall once it has been out a the IS...forget about the back seat unless you only plan on having kids ride in the is not a family car.....but for me, I have an SUV for that...the TSX can be somewhat of a family that's one up for the Acura's come well equiped from the get go.....another one up for the TSX....
    Bottom line is this....I really like Acura line allot....BUT the IS250....against the TSX.....I will take the Lexus....more $$$$ I know....but if your going to spend that kind of money on a car you should be totally satisfied.....Now the IS can have some problems down the road as all new re-models bad they are....time will tell......Even the TL has had some real issues for the past couple of it looks like Lexus is going to get my $$$$ this time (all be it....more $$$$).
    But I still like the Acura line...Acura or Lexus....can't go wrong either way......again, just my .02
  • If the TSX and the IS250 were equally priced, then I personally would probably go with the IS250 myself. As it stands now the IS250 is about $7K-9K more expensive when equipped the same way as a TSX. IMO the price to performance difference isn't worth it nor is the "Toyota reliability" factor. These are all very good cars and the faults are generally overstated and exaggerated IMO on the forums. The TSX probably performs a bit better while the IS250 has a few extra luxury features.

    Comparing a IS350 to the TSX is no comparison though. In performance is blows it away in pretty much every area more likely than not. A more fair comparison to the IS350 would be a Infiniti G35, MB C350, BMW 330i, or even the TL if you require interior space. They all of course command similar prices as well.
  • Hello, I'm from the Chicago area and I called 3 suburban dealers today to find out when the 2006 TSX will be at the dealerships. I was told sometime in December=no specific date. I've decided to wait until after winter probably March to buy my 2006 TSX ;) Does anyone think I'll be able to get invoice pricing in 3-4 months on the 06 TSX :confuse:
  • I check the TSX Central page everyday and the 2006 TSX is finally posted!! :D This brightened my evening because I took it as a sign that the 06's should arrive at the dealerships soon. I'm looking forward to test driving the 2006 TSX :shades:
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    And right now the IS250 is about the cheapest way to get an imported RWD sport sedan right now. Whether you like the price or not, there no cheaper way to get there.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    It's really sad that the only RWD performance sedans on the market are soft and overweight luxury cars.

    If you want RWD performance and a back seat, BMW and Lexus are the only game in town - and both cars are about 500 lbs. too heavy and $5000 too expensive.

    If someone would build a modern day Ford Cortina or Datsun 510, it would sell like hot cakes.

    How about a RWD only Subaru WRX? I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 94,242
    You left out the G35.. but, I agree with everything you said...


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  • I'm in the same situation, I'll wait until around March/April 2006 time frame to look/buy a 2006 TSX. A check on the 2 dealersahip in my area so far no 2006 TSX in their inventory. I'll just have to wait...
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    You're correct. I did forget the G35.
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