Last post on Oct 07, 2013 at 7:06 AM
You are in the Prices Paid - Buying & Leasing Experiences
What is this discussion about?
Acura TSX, Sedan
#1945 of 5064 Re: TSX 6-Speed with Navi - Chicago Suburbs [bunybutt]
Sep 20, 2005 (5:14 am)
I bought my Acura at Napleton in Elmhurst in the Chicago suburbs. I dealt with the Internet sales manager and had the deal nearly closed over email. Focus on getting it close to the 25,400 number as possible before Tax & Title. Try to make sure the 25,400 comes with the protection package (wheel locks, mud guards, mats) and includes destination and doc fees.
With the new 2006's on their way in only a matter of weeks, the dealers are anxious to get their existing 2005 inventory off the lots. Use this to your advantage. Good luck! The effort is all worth it!
#1946 of 5064 Re: TSX 6-Speed with Navi - Chicago Suburbs [mhasan]
Sep 20, 2005 (7:03 am)
I visited Napleton Acura in 1996, seeking a new CL coupe, with a 5-speed manual transmission and black paint. No Chicago dealer could get me the car. (My car, a 1983 Saab Turbo, had broken down. Needing a car, I bought a new 1996 Saab, which I still have.)
The sales manager at Napleton was a courteous young man, who quoted me a price, despite not having the car. He said, "That's not our last shot, but we're comfortable with that, and we think you'll have trouble doing much better. We think we're reputable, I showed you our service department, and we wash your car whenever you're here, no questions asked."
I haven't visited Napleton since, and their website always shows no TSX's with manual transmissions, but I won't buy an Acura without visiting them, because they earned my respect.
Those of you who don't live in Chicago might not know that Chicago proper has no Acura dealers. They're all in the suburbs, although I'm told that routine Acura maintenance can be performed by any Honda dealer.
Thank you for your helpful post.
#1947 of 5064 Re: TSX 6-Speed with Navi - Chicago Suburbs [gkg680]
Sep 20, 2005 (8:14 am)
Napleton Acura seems to have it together; they were professional, courteous, and I felt like they weren't trying the 'usual tricks.'
I can't say the same for Acura in Palatine however.
Sep 20, 2005 (10:58 pm)
From a driving experience perspective, what do the people of the board feel about the TSX vs TL. Which is better?
#1949 of 5064 Re: TL or TSX [rajeevpsft]
Sep 21, 2005 (8:33 am)
Define better. The TL is bigger, has more power and a few more interior amenities. The TSX is smaller, has a tighter chassis, quick ratio steering, an outstanding drivetrain with nowhere near the power of the TL
If you value sharp handling and a real fun-to-drive factor, I'm of the opinion that the TSX is the better car. The TSX fits more like a glove and has outstanding out-of-the-box handling performance.
If sheer HP and straightline performance are important to you, the TL is probably the better choice. It will not handle as well as the TSX. Torque steer will also be an issue with this car.
I've had my TSX for ~19 months, and still look forward to driving it all the time. That's testimonial enough for me.
#1951 of 5064 Re: TL or TSX [johnny420]
Sep 21, 2005 (8:45 am)
HP is not as important as the fun to drive factor. I was curious that the TL was rated at almost the same gas mileage (21 - 30) as the TL (20 - 29) inspite of being a smaller car and 4 cylinder. That made me curious to see if there was something else about the TSX that I didn't catch. I see that the TSX is slightly smaller but not a whole lot.
What interior amenities does the TL have that the TSX doesn't? I did a compare on Edmunds and didn't see much of a difference in that area.
Sep 21, 2005 (1:56 pm)
I'm thinking about buying a TSX. It's a six speed and the charcoal color. No Nav. The list price is around $27,600.
I'm trading in a 2002 Z28 that I am upside down on. I owe $15,200 and the dealer is offering $13,300, which is a little above what Edmunds says the trade in value is. What I'm asking for is suggestions on what to offer them for the TSX. Am I screwed as far as negotiations are concerned because I have a trade in?
It's been a long time since I traded in a car and I am not well informed on how to deal with a dealer on this. Any help would be appreciated.
#1953 of 5064 Re: Buying a TSX [marko959]
Sep 21, 2005 (3:20 pm)
If you get the price of the TSX under 26K you're doing quite well. Get a quote from CarMax on your trade, otherwise take their deal.
#1954 of 5064 Re: TL or TSX [rajeevpsft]
Sep 22, 2005 (7:44 am)
The fuel economy of Honda V6's has always been good. I think maybe the TSX and TL are close in EPA ratings for a couple of reasons.
First, the I4 in the TSX is in a fairly high state of tune (not to say that the TL's V6 is not) and can be a tad on the thirsty side when pushed. This is not to say that it's bad at all. I still get well over 30 MPG on pure freeway driving. You can drive it hard, or you can drive it sedately, the car performs well either way.
Second, I think the TSX is geared a little lower than the TL, which would contribute to fuel economy also. It also makes the TSX quite spirited to drive in its 6 MT form. The AT version is geared a little taller, so may get slightly better fuel economy.
I believe for the '06 TSX's such features as Bluetooth wireless will be available. I think memory drivier seating will also be available. These are things that were only available previously on the TL. Thus, the gap between the two cars has been closed a bit. The TL will still have a superior sound system (5.1 DVD). Both cars have very nice interiors, and which is better is mostly a matter of opinion.
The TSX also gets a slight bump in HP for '06.
The TSX isn't that much smaller than the TL, you're right, but its quick steering, and tight chassis make it feel more nimble and tossable, thus giving the impression that it's smaller. So, while it may not be dimensionally that much smaller, it drives that way.
Bottom line, both are great cars, but the TSX may be a better value. Just my opinion.
Hope this helps.