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Acura TSX



  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    You keep saying that. Thank you... :blush:

    As a side benefit, I'm also growing more enthusiastic about another hobby I'm now enjoying - basic auto maintenance.

    It's fun to get the Bentley Manual and a few simple tools and perform basic electrical repairs (window switch and cruise control so far) and change your own brake pads/rotors, brake fluid, oil/filter, etc.

    I'm learning more about my car and getting a deeper understanding of how the parts make up the whole - which I think will also make me a better driver. I should have done this years ago...

    I take it you haven't found that special 318i yet?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    If you get any more enthusiastic about DIY auto maintenance, you might find one of these useful:


    ;) Looks like you've got ample garage space for one! :shades:

    I used to use basic auto ramps to change the oil on my TSX, but even with the ramps, there was barely enough clearance for me to slide under the car on my creeper and easily drain the oil and reach the oil filter.

    Now, stuff like oil and tranny fluid changes, suspension work, brake jobs, and tire rotations are a breeze. It cost me just under $1500 (got it at, and I figure it's paid for itself already.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 91,447
    No... and, now that the wife has a new car.. I may be "looking" for a long time..


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I must admit, when I try to imagine your disappointment, all I see is you behind the wheel of a 330Ci - smiling.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 91,447
    Yeah.. but, that is the wife's car...

    And.. amazingly enough... since it snowed 4" last night.. She has left for work, and the convertible is still in the garage..

    So, today.. I get to drive it..

    No matter.. in four years, my son turns 16, and we'll be driving beaters until he gets out of college and off of our insurance... ;)


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • Yesterday I drove my TSX home in a raging snowstorm. It was lightyears better than my Accord V6 in the snow. The VSA and the manumatic made all the difference.
  • I am still in my honeymoon, with my '06 black TSX. I love the features and the small premium I paid vs. an '05 are well worth it. The handsfree system is awesome, memory seats means no more adjusting seats after my wife drives it. The car is fun to drive, a great bargain, and very luxurious.

    On the down side:

    I have to buy a new cell phone!!. My Palm Treo 600 does not support Bluetooth. I am thinking of upgrading to the Treo 650, but have heard that Acura's Handsfree does not support the 650 using Cingular. Any help here from Bluetooth gurus out there would be appreciated.
  • I needed to ugrade my phone recently and wanted bluetooth (tho it's not yet paired w/ any car) I have the LG VX8100 and it has great reception thru verizon. I also have a plantronics bluetooth headset that I use and it works really well.
  • I'm currently thinking about purchasing a TSX, but I noticed that it uses premium fuel.

    I put a lot of miles on my cars and if I have to put premium in, I'm going to have to axe it from my list.

    Some cars that I have read about recommend premium, but upon slight knock/detonation, the computer backs off the timing and you end up with a few less hp. Is this true of the TSX, or does it have a "dumber" system?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 12,500
    in addition to the knock/detonation that ends you up with a few less hp, you will also certainly get worse gas mileage which will pretty much negate the fact that you use regular instead of super. Premium is $.20 more per gallon than regular. You're pinching pennies here.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    In general, if a car was meant to have a certain grade of fuel, put in a lesser/cheaper grade does not get you any overall savings.

    If milage on regular grade gas is your main priority stay away from any of the luxury makes or higher performance engine equiped cars - they all use premium.

    Having said all of that - you will be hard pressed to find many other cars with the combination of performance, reliability and overall fuel cost as the TSX.
  • As far as I know, every premium make requires premium fuel. The reason being is they try to get everything they can out of the engine (easiest with higher octane). So you won't have any better luck in an Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, or Lexus. They all use premium fuel.

    If you want something that uses regular fuel, you're better off getting a 4-cylinder Accord EX-L (166hp).
  • The 6cyl Accord EX uses regular as well
  • I'm thinking of purchasing as new 06 TSX in the next few days. I wanted to know if anyone
    out there has gotten their ipod to work? Does the dealer provide the cable? Also, how has your experience been with the car and all the features, blue tooth etc.
  • Be aware that for 2006 Acura has greatly reworded that premium is required anything less will cause engine damage.
    I suspect performance pump has made premium mandatory to the tune that sensors cannot degrade performance enought to compensate. With that warning who would use less. The old warning was regular OK but will degraded performance. Not anymore. Got info from 2006 Brochure.
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    That's what happens when lawyers get involved.
  • I use a tank of gas a week in my TSX driving about 350 miles - burning about 15 gallons. Using premium vs. regular unleaded gas costs me about $3.00 more per tank. That's $156 more per year.

    That's $13 per month, or pocket change - viewed in the context of a $27K car....
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    My sentiments exactly.

    If 87 octane cost only $1.00 and 91 were $1.20 then buying premium be more of an issue, but alas, we don't have to worry about that now, do we? ;)
  • My buddy has a 2004 TSX. The lease expires in May and he offered to sell it to me. What is a conservative purchase price if the car has 21,000 miles and all the goodies? I was thinking of buying a new (manual tran) from the dealer also. Any advice on a reasonable price would help a great deal.
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    It's up to the leasing company to sell it to you - your buddy doesn't own the car. The offer would have to be to the leasing company - just ask what the residual is to get an idea for the price.
    If he owned the car a reasonable price would be 1/2 way between trade-in and private sale price on KBB or NADA.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    The leasee would have to buy the car at the residual and then resell it to his friend. Not sure, but I think in this situation, each has to pay sales tax so the state is the big winner!
  • To avoid the double tax have a dealer do the transaction for you. Most will do it for a small fee $200-$250. Some will do it free if the leasee is buying a car from them at the same time.
  • I'm want to purchase a new automatic 2006 tsx within the next few months. Can any new TSX owners tell me what's a good price to pay for one? (Navigation isn't important) I'm a female and most car salesman try to take advantage of women.
  • tawneycattawneycat Posts: 114
    I ran into this situation when I bought a TSX from a guy who just came to States from HI. A 2004 manual with 17k mi.
    Two years old--hard short trips I would recon but nice overall. Anyway a lease and each state is different. In HI, owners name is registered owner adn title shows lien holder as Honda. So when he paid it off, Honda sent title, with lien removed and he as able to sign to me. HI does not tax sales but you pay hefty reg fee based on weight each year. I believe in many states you would have to use a dealer to avoid the double tax. Leasing is always bad. Honda's leadership purchase gives all same benefits with now lease hang ups.
    I would pay for a nice TSX 20,000 for manual with 20k miles or 20,500 for an automatic assuming no problems--and those are real high prices. Wonder what a residual value was three years ago. 3 yr leases will be up soon and market price will go down.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi brownsugar, welcome! Let me give you links to a few of our resources that should help you out.

    First, you should have a look at the posts in the Acura TSX: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion. There's a search box just above the first post and just below the last one that should help you.

    Also, we have numerous helpful consumer discussions ocurring over on our Smart Shopper board. And there are lots of good articles and tips here: Tips & Advice.

    Enjoy! Good luck and keep us posted on how it goes.
  • tcwattcwat Posts: 10
    Don't forget that the prices are higher during the first month the new model is on sale. By waiting a few months, you should pay less. And try to negotiate online or with a female salesman, that should help avoid the "mere woman buyer" syndrome.
  • dc_davedc_dave Posts: 52
    Anyone use their iPod on the new 2006 TSX yet? I'm wondering how it works and what equipment is needed??

    Dave in VA
  • crissmancrissman Posts: 145
    Just get a stereo patch cord (WalMart, Target, etc., about $5) and run it from the headphone jack of iPod (or anything else) to the radio's auxillary jack. Hit the AUX button on the radio. At least this is how it works on my new Civic.
  • bz2bz2 Posts: 15
    I sat in a new 2006 TSX but couldn't find the aux connector. where is it?
  • crissmancrissman Posts: 145
    Sorry, but I don't know, since I don't actually have the car (almost got one for my wife). On the Civic it's behind a little door under the radio. Just looks like a headphone jack. I think there's one there somewhere.
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