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#4314 of 5069 1st oil change
Aug 24, 2005 (11:23 am)
I purchased a 2005 AT TSX 3 months ago and have driven roughly 2000 miles so far. I know I have time, but I have to ask what the real timeframe is regarding oil changes? Acura says to service every 10k miles and the dealer told me to have it done every 5k. Then I am reading about certain break in additives in the oil that should be left in the car for the 1st 10k miles. Does anyone know what is the most prudent thing to do to ensure longevity of the car? Thanks for the help.
#4315 of 5069 Re: 1st oil change [nyer]
Aug 24, 2005 (12:44 pm)
Personally I would change the oil and filter in a new car every 3-5 thousand miles. I have two older cars but I still change every 3000 miles. It is cheap insurance. If your car does highway driving exclusively then you could extend a couple thousand to 5000. Even if the initial oil has additional additives in it, 3000 would be sufficient for its break-in. This is my opinion.
I am not a mechanic nor am I an expert on oil or the Acura TSX. The TSX is on my short list for my next new car as is the Camry. What kind of mpg are you getting? I hear that the ride of the TSX is a bit rough. Do you find it that way? Did you compare the ride of the TSX to any other cars?
#4316 of 5069 Re: 1st oil change [fredvh]
Aug 25, 2005 (4:24 am)
"The TSX is on my short list for my next new car as is the Camry."
Now I know I'm not the only one who looked at a TSX but went with the Camry
I loved the TSX 6-sp but thought the auto was a little wimpy. Beautiful interior and nice looking exterior. In the end, the lack of a local dealer and the fact that I didn't want to go back to shifting for myself steered me the the Camry SE-V6.
The Camry has a better ride though gives up some handling prowess. I'm a little disappointed in the highway mileage which is only averaging around 26 mpg. But I love it none the less.
#4317 of 5069 Re: 1st oil change [fredvh]
Aug 25, 2005 (5:41 am)
I appreciate your thoughts and will consider them. Regarding my experience with the TSX. I drove and owned a '98 Passat V6 before buying the TSX. One of my concerns was the power of the engine, especially when needing to jump from 40 to 70mph in certain highway situations. So far I have been pleasantly surprised. This car is tighter and it's power is sufficient to suit me. Gas mileage is a plus, since I am getting roughly 24 mpg in around town driving and 26-28 in mixed conditions (hway/local). I am taking a 200 mile mostly highway trip in a week, so I am curious to see what kind of mileage per gallon I will get.
Definitely, the ride is stiffer in the TSX than the Passat, but that is because it is a sports car. I personally did not drive the Camry, but don't think it will be as sporty as the TSX. With all the options included and purchasing the Navigation system, I find the TSX to be extremely good value for the money.
#4318 of 5069 Re: 1st oil change [nyer]
Aug 25, 2005 (6:27 am)
I just rolled up 27K miles on my 2004 TSX, and have nothing but great things to say about the car thus far. As far as the oil changing goes, I have been doing every 5K and rotating the tires ever 10K. The manual actually says it doesn't need the oil changed but every 10K miles for normal driving, and about every 5K I believe for rougher driving. Just been goin with the 5K to this point, but may go to every 3K as the car gets more miles on it. Been having nearly identical fuel mileage as Nyer in my TSX to date. Now if gas could just come down. I paid $2.97 gallon this morning for premium!!!
#4319 of 5069 Re: 1st oil change [copseyal]
Aug 25, 2005 (8:24 pm)
Are you changing your own oil and filter and, if so, how difficult or easy is it?
#4320 of 5069 oil and filter changes
Aug 26, 2005 (10:44 am)
Changing the oil and filter is quite easy. Getting to them is another story.
Even using a floor jack or ramps, I found there just wasn't really enough clearance between my face and the undercarriage to make oil changes a pleasant experience. This isn't to say it can't be done, it's just a pain in the butt.
I eventually purchased a mid-rise scissors-lift for my garage to make working on my family's cars easier. Here's a photo. A mechanic's creeper makes things easier, too.
In addition to an oil-collection container, you'll want a 10mm socket to remove a small plastic cover beneath the oil pan, and a 14mm (or maybe 17mm) socket to remove the oil drain plug. You'll also want a wad of shop towels to clean up when you remove the filter, which will pretty much drip all over the place, since it's mounted horizontally.
Aug 27, 2005 (1:46 pm)
I don't know if the TSX engine is exactly the same, but I reach the oil filter on our 99 2.3 CL by removing the left front tire. I can then easily reach up to the filter.
I just use the jack in the trunk, and then place a jack stand under for safety.
#4322 of 5069 2006 changes ? talk or hype
Aug 27, 2005 (5:10 pm)
Went by a dealer and asked about the 2006 changes i read about on the web, the guy said only color choice is the big change, he knew nothing about any other substantial changes. How do we confirm this besides someone finding a web page that says there will be changes.
#4323 of 5069 Re: 2006 changes ? talk or hype [wrjoyce]
Aug 27, 2005 (5:29 pm)
Acura and honda have yet to annouce anything. But I've found that generally the dealers don't know crap. Even if they did, they'd still try and get you to buy now.