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Acura TL, Acura TSX, Sedan
#312 of 386 Why I decided on a TSX . . .
Mar 11, 2007 (5:51 am)
I just traded my 2001 PT Cruiser, 6 years old, for a 2007 new TSX.
Why? I was considering a new hardtop retractable Mazda Miata XM-5. But my wife had problems getting in and out of it for health reasons. Only could take one other person of course. I have wanted a Miata for years. Deam gone . . .
So I began to look and look. Note: we also have a 2001 MDX Acura with navigation and love that car, it has 105,000 miles on it and we will trade it when the 2008 autos come out.
So, after looking hard at a Prius (Toyota, I would have gone there but when my wife drove the car, she did not like looking out the rear view mirror with the "bar" across the back and she really did not care for the ride), a Mini Cooper, and others I had a vision . . .
So I went to our Acura dealer and said, "Let me look at your small car." I did not want "my fathers sedan" -- to have a car to feel like I was sitting in my living room feel to it. I wanted a car that felt good in my hands and under me.
The sales guy (showing me the TSX), started with the motor, then took me around the entire car, slowly. Then we went for a drive. As soon as I took the wheel, I knew this was all of the car I needed. Smaller, quick, and it had the things I really wanted as extras that most of the other cars I had been looking at did not have: navigation and XM Radio (I like baseball, and Sirius does not have that). And voice activatived. Great.
I considered looking at a Camery (owned a 1996 one a while back) -- but realized that cars like the Toyota Camery -- were big lease cars, fleet cars, rental cars -- they are all over and the value in the future would probably be less than an Acura.
The final kicker -- our Acura dealer service department is tops here. With Starbucks coffee and fresh donuts all of the time. Plus, I get free wash and vac. any time I bring my car in -- servicing it or just for the wash.
Plus, I love the way the TSX feels on the road. Added a spoiler on the back, extra decor. pieces inside, light strips on the side -- and it is red. Looks great and feels great -- oh, I am 65 and watch me go.
I did not want the TL or a larger car -- it is for me, not a family car -- and it cost a lot less than a TL.
#313 of 386 Re: Why I decided on a TSX . . . [rsobin]
Mar 11, 2007 (6:09 am)
good choice-especially the color. I own an 06 Milano red with ebony interior 6 spd w/nav for 4 months now. Love it. I was thinking about getting a spoiler but decided not to. I did get the trunk tray, mud flaps, door edge guards, wheel locks and black and light gray painted on pin-stripes. My good friend is the service manager so I know I will be getting excellant service. He helped me get the car at a good price. Happy motoring. I am ten years younger than you. It is not that often I can say that anymore. If things go as planned xm and sirius will eventually merge. My husband prefers sirius so he has it in his car.
#314 of 386 More on my TSX
Mar 11, 2007 (7:06 am)
Great. I love clicking the button on the wheel, and saying: XM 175 -- and getting Home Plate, the baseball discussion channel. Or . . . one of the other channels I like --
I have 135 miles now on the car. Or, also got wheel locks, mud flaps, and the light interor color. I also had them do the paint / inside coating -- for the 5 or 6 years coverage. No fading, or spilling of stuff, or pen marks ont he seats (I do that a lot) -- if I cannot get it back to normal, they come out and do it, if they cannot get it out or fix it like new -- they replace the carpet, seat covers, or fix the paint on the outside.
I want that Milano red to look like new as long as I have it.
Can you say -- geatty up . . . and go.
#315 of 386 Re: Why I decided on a TSX . . . [rsobin]
Mar 11, 2007 (9:17 am)
Interesting that some of us ageing babyboomers like the TSX, as opposed to something bigger,more powerfull.
I would like some more power I was somewhat underwhelmed with the test drive of the auto. I will need to test drive again on an expressway without the salesman. I like the looks both inside and outside. The ride might be a little stiff for some, but I have been driving a Jeep GC for the past 10 years so the ride is fine for me. I don't need a big car just me and the wife, kids are grown. I could do fine with an Accord or Camry V6 much more value. I still have many cars to look at before my lease is up. One other thing is that I can get supplier discounts for Nissan,Ford,GM,Chrylser, but I don't believe Honda, will have to check into that.Old Mike
#316 of 386 Re: More on my TSX [rsobin]
Mar 11, 2007 (10:22 am)
"want that Milano red to look like new as long as I have it. "
Then I suggest you visit zainostore.com.
Someone just contratulated me on my shiny "new" Abyss Blue TL. Why, thank you! It's a 2005 that I bought over 26 months ago with about 18 coats of Zaino. Last coat about 5 months ago and after a quick wash the glassy, mirror-like finish is once again dazzling me!
#317 of 386 Keeping the care shinnnnie
Mar 11, 2007 (5:51 pm)
Hey laurasdada -- which of the zainostore products do you use -- they have a bunch? Any secrets in applying it?
What else does this car need ???
#318 of 386 Re: Keeping the care shinnnnie [rsobin]
Mar 11, 2007 (6:57 pm)
The products I use (currently as I may order some of the newer stuff. I may be addicted...):
Z2 (ultimate shine)
Z5 (for light scratches and swirls as my TL is Abyss Blue)
-both of these with ZFX
Z6 between coats of Z2 & Z5 and sometime after a wash
I basically follow the instructions provided by Sal. No secrets, fairly easy though time consuming. One trick is to first wash with Dawn dishwashing liquid to remove any other waxes (and you can clay, I haven't done that...). You only Dawn once, don't use Dawn again or you'll remove all the Zaino!
Actually, besides zainostore.com, there is a discussion here in the Town Hall, just search for Zaino, much real world info there.
May buy the Z7 wash, I'm told the leather stuff is fab. The new Z-aio sounds intriguing.
Great stuff, smells good too...!
#319 of 386 Re: Keeping the care shinnnnie [laurasdada]
Mar 12, 2007 (2:32 am)
WOW! You sure do a great job keeping your car clean. I use a power-washer (karcher 1650 psi) It is doesnot have very much pressure, cannot clean the siding on the house very good) It is good enough for the car. Use blue coral wash, then mother's california instant detailer and also blue coral wheel magic. We have owned many red cars, most of them having to be parked outside and they always had a great new looking finish. Our tsx is spoiled as it is in the garage.
Apr 04, 2007 (11:21 am)
I had an 06 TSX (with 10k miles) as a loaner last month when my o6 TL was in for service. The TL is more luxurious and has more hp and a much better sound system. The TSX is slightly better in turns, probably because of its lighter weight and smaller turn circle. Too bad the loaner did not come with a navi so that I could compare it against TL's navi. Both cars are a lot of bang for the buck in their respective segments, and you cannot go wrong with either, depending on your taste and affordability.
#321 of 386 Re: TL v TSX [kennyg8]
Apr 20, 2007 (12:50 pm)
I just traded in my 06 TL for an )& TSX. The TSX is peppier, and much more nimble. Likely because of all the armor on the TL. As for me the TSX is much more fun to drive as well as, look at.