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#1 of 48 Acura TSX Owners: Meet the Members
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jun 06, 2003 (5:17 am)
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your TSX!
My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owners Clubs. Please let me know what discussions
you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other
clubs to get ideas for discussions.
Looking forward to meeting everyone!
#2 of 48 OK, I'll start things off
Jun 07, 2003 (2:55 pm)
I'm Brian and I've been around the Edmunds.com boards for a couple of years now (mostly in the SUV area until recently). I live and work in the Seattle area and have been a car enthusiast (and sometime autoXer) for most of my 30 something years.
I bought my Milano Red 6-speed last weekend (June 2nd) after my 3rd test drive.
I tested the 325i, G35, Saab 9-3, IS300, etc. several times over the last few months and ultimately, didn't feel that any of these machines had as complete a package as the TSX.
Sure, some were a little more stylish, and some were marginally quicker, but overall, the TSX had the best combination of performance, style, comfort, amenities, and value of them all...plus Honda quality and reliability.
My favorite things about the TSX?
Driving dynamics (precise gearbox, light accurate steering) and the cockpit (tan leather/wood trim, purple instruments, quality materials and switchgear).
This is one terrific car!
I am also the proud owner of a 2002 Buick Rendezvous, which is a comfortable and luxurious family hauler, but not the most thrilling driving machine. The TSX is the perfect 2nd car for me.
#3 of 48 Long time listener, first time caller
Jun 10, 2003 (2:14 pm)
...and this new TSX owners' board prompted me to join in. I picked up my black on black 6-speed (non-navi) on 5/31.
I too drove the 3-series, A4, G35, 9-3, and IS, and I agree that the TSX offered the best combination of quality, reliability, features, performance, and cost. And there's something to be said for its uniqueness; there aren't hundreds of them driving around (yet).
Just wanted to say thanks to all you posters for your opinions. The discussions on the TSX (and other Edmunds boards) were very helpful in my shopping and negotiations, and I got a great car for a great price.
#4 of 48 love my TSX
Jun 25, 2003 (3:31 pm)
I researched this purchase extensively. Some might say I tend to overdo things like this, but I'm so thrilled with my TSX that all the time and effort was well worth it.
I originally started looking at Camry, Accord, Altima...disheartened, I moved on to other areas of the car market, driving A4, 9-3 vector, WRX. I almost bought the vector before the TSX was available; I'm glad that didn't happen now.
After two test drives, I knew the TSX was the car for me. Stylish, unqiue, elegant, sporty and fuel efficient. I was thrilled to find a dealer that actually had six manual trans TSXs on the lot to compare.
I have a meteor silver (quartz interior) 6-speed with nav. The nav is quite useful. Having survived the first few weeks (during which it's easy to become momentarily engrossed with the screen instead of the road), I now pay no more attention to it while moving than any other control, and the world is a safer place ; )
I might have traded it in had I been offered a decent price (which no dealer came close), but I still own my 93 Jeep Wrangler 5-speed (stock I4 engine). I'll probably keep it for muddy outings to the state park with my dog and snowstorms.
#5 of 48 They say a black car shows dirt
Jul 08, 2003 (10:31 am)
but I don't care. My nighthawk black pearl/parchement TSX 6MT non-navi is a pleasure. After testing the A4 and 93 Arc, the TSX had the whole package for the best value.
It certainly has more pickup than the 1.8T Passat I am coming from.
#6 of 48 Glad to be a TSX owner!
Aug 19, 2003 (3:15 pm)
It was really tough to decide between the Black one and the Carbon Gray Pearl TSX. But, the fact that the dealer lied about the Black having a Navigation System made it an easy choice in the end. Here's a profile of my TSX!
-Carbon Gray Pearl Exterior
-All season floor mats
That's it. Simple and clean. I've had my TSX for almost a week now and I still can't believe it's mine. I just filled up my first tank today... awww. Well, for all those who own a TSX, congratulations!
Aug 20, 2003 (3:55 am)
picked up my car yesterday afternoon
Carbon Grey, Black interior, no nav, wheel locks, and mud guards...it's so cooooool
took it out for a spin last night (see how it looked at night)
three initial thoughts come to mind
- cool bright dash display
- strong headlights
- interior lights pop on when the car is unlocked
one question i do have. when i test drove the car the salesguy made this big deal about the extra stuff built into the undercarriage to curb road noise etc. I test drove on mostly side streets so i didn't hear much
when i drove it on the highway yesterday there seemed to be a good amount of hum or road noise...i need to listen to it some more to tell if it is continuous noise or if it comes in pulsating frequency
do others find this? do you think there is a chance that the mud guards are actually causing it?
#8 of 48 road noise
Aug 20, 2003 (1:58 pm)
Compared to the other 2 vehicles we own (93 Accord EX coupe, 97 Pathfinder LE), the TSX is the quietest. The road noise you're hearing is usually a combination of tire tread pattern and highway surface, not due to wind or drag. Some road surfaces are noisier than others. If the pitch of the humming noise increases or decreases, it's probably your tires, not the mud guards.
As for the undercarriage panelling, the salesguy was partially correct- a lot of it is designed to reduce drag and wind noise.
Check out this informative article (including a video) discussing the undercarriage design features of the TSX.
#9 of 48 Owner to be
Aug 28, 2003 (11:25 am)
I have a TSX automatic with Navi on order. Has any run their TSX on regular grade fuel? If so was there any engine knock or affect on performance?
Aug 28, 2003 (1:20 pm)
I've not run my TSX on regular fuel, but the consensus on these boards seems to be that modern engines all have knock sensors that retard ignition timing as soon as they sense anything. As a result, you won't notice any knock, but you are likely to see a slight loss of performance.
Mileage may also be affected downward slightly; that is likely to wipe out any cost savings from the cheaper gas.
My take is - you're buying a great, fun to drive car, may as well get all the performance out of it that Honda designed into it. Next to the extra $ you are spending on the TSX compared to, say, an Accord, the premium gas shouldn't be a major expense.