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Nov 17, 2012 (10:10 am)
Car sounds and drives like new again. The fourth mount was in perfect condition so we left it alone. Will fix the a/c if and when it finally conks out and will wait to buy a 2014 model. Wife wanted things this way...she's happy, I'm happy! Luckily the tires we installed last year look brand new but i rotate religiously and keep the car aligned. The 2nd three year alignment policy expires in two weeks so must decide what to do. Probably will just re-up for both cars, my Civic has one also, as they are transferable to another car...the lifetime alignment policy's are not. Probably should've gotten the lifetime one for my Civic back in '07 since I plan to keep it for as long as I can!
#28179 of 35372 Re: Ticket Punched [jayrider]
Nov 17, 2012 (10:17 am)
Nice choice! I parked next to one yesterday and gave it looking over and I was totally impressed.
I've always been a Buick guy and I would hate to see them go the way of Oldsmobile and Pontiac.
Hard to believe that more buicks are sold in China than here!
#28180 of 35372 Re: Ticket Punched [isellhondas]
Nov 17, 2012 (10:35 am)
I parked next to one yesterday and gave it looking over and I was totally impressed.
IMO its probably one of the nicest cars GM has made in the last 20 years. I'm also impressed with GM's 3.6 DI V6. It's very refined and smooth. It could use a touch more low end torque but otherwise a solid powerplant.
If the LaCrosse could use anything its a diet. It is a heavy car (over 4K lbs), that would certainly help FE a little.
#28181 of 35372 Re: Ticket Punched [tjc78]
Nov 17, 2012 (1:27 pm)
Going back monday to finish the deal so hopefully the tech stuff will get resolved. The navigation announces construction zones ahead [loudly] which scared the **** out of us first time. Feeling a little vibration in the steering wheel on the highway so will have the tires rebalanced. Don't know if the AWD has an effect on handling or not. Bought from a big family dealership in St. Louis. Isell, you would love working there. Everyone gets along with the GM who was with us every step of the way. They treat customers and staff well and it shows. The place was packed --- the other places I went were pretty empty. I asked my sales rep if you could make a living off walk-ins or did you have to prospect among friends and family. He said the floor traffic is is strong and steady and he's done well in his first 4 months. The old man who started the business had such a great reputation for fairness that he was a legend and people still remember him. His family is still running the dealerships the same way.
Nov 17, 2012 (5:05 pm)
Looks like a few people are getting new cars.... the economy must be picking up!
Nov 17, 2012 (7:09 pm)
Congrats on the new ride! Enjoy it!
#28184 of 35372 Re: Jayrider [nyccarguy]
Nov 17, 2012 (10:01 pm)
Nov 17, 2012 (10:06 pm)
A good friend is selling his 2002 Z3 2.5. Black with Impala Brown leather, 43k, H-K sound, sport seats, ///M steering wheel, heated seats, power top, 25% locking diff, cross-spoke wheels... Immaculate and Gorgeous!
Except for one thing:
It's a slushbox...
#28186 of 35372 TSX Wagon
Nov 18, 2012 (7:29 pm)
Wife and I went out car "looking" Saturday - looked at the TSX Wagon, a 2011 328 wagon and the Jetta Sportswagen TDI. Surprisingly, we weren't all that into the BMW - I think we're both liking the size, feel and design of the F30. The Jetta is a pretty fun drive - particularly considering the MPG you're getting. And it was the only manual trannie wagon we could find.
But the big surprise was the TSX. I had an "original" 2004 TSX and really enjoyed it - in fact I pointed out to my wife that I had kept that car 3-4 years . But then I moved on to my first BMW and never really looked back.
But just as you would expect, and as I remember, the Acura offers so much for the money. I really like the traditional wagon style of the TSX (as opposed to something like the Crosstour). I wasn't expecting much from the 5-speed auto and the 201 hp 4-cyl, but it had plenty of pickup - it just lagged a bit when passing on the highway. But as a practical choice for hauling the kids around to school and sports, we both thought it'd be a fun and stylish choice.
What really got my attention was that a local dealer had several low mileage, CPO TSX wagons available. So a 2012 model with something like 3,000 miles, with the tech package was being offered for $30k, $27k without the tech package. A different dealer that we had initially visited had the same thing for $33k, and politely said that if this other dealer really had it for $30k, that we should go there. So we did, and I pushed it a bit to see if they would come down to $28k for the tech package example, but they stuck with their $30k and let me walk.
So I'll think about it - I like the reliability and practical nature of the Acura. Sort of "offsets" the risks and uncertainties of the BMWs in the garage.
nyccarguy - you just recently had a TSX right? How did that treat you?
#28187 of 35372 Re: TSX Wagon [breld]
Nov 18, 2012 (8:49 pm)
Breld - my ownership experience with my wife's 2010 Acura TSX Tech which subsequently became my 2010 TSX when we made the decision (and were blessed) to have a 3rd child was a good one. August 29, 2009 - March 19, 2012. 49,000 miles.
I absolutely LOVED the engine/transmission combination. Drop the transmission into (S)port mode & it won't shift until it hits the redline. Flick a paddle shifter for a downshift & the car will bounce off the redline all day w/o upshifting. Power & Acceleration were adequate. The car was fast enough to get me an 81 in a 55 ticket. However, I can see it becoming a bit wheezy if you are talking AC pumping & Denver's high elevations.
Lots of tech goodies which I LOVED. Excellent NAV, Boomin BOSE 10 speaker stereo, backup camera (which I miss), Bluetooth, voice activated everything (I worked ok, but it was cool).
The interior was well finished, front seats were thickly bolstered & heated. Trunk was HUGE, the backseat was roomy enough for 2 full size adults (when we took the car seats out).
It handled well for a nose heavy, fwd car. Comfortable on the highway. I could sit in traffic & then floor it to 80 mph + once conditions permitted & average 24 - 25 mpg.
The cons: the brakes just sucked. Like they were just lifted straight from an Accord LX.
The electric power steering was flat out lifeless. Completely lacked feel & feedback. Over posted at low speeds. Artificially firm at big speeds. The only way I knew the wheels were spinning with snow on the ground is the fact that the VSC light flickered on the dash.
When I was originally shopping for a replacement for my wife's 2007 X3 (leased, chock full o miles), I figured wagon was the only way to fly. I needed room for infant car seats, a double stroller, & diaper bag among other things. I found most wagons were marketed as "sport" wagons. While their steeply raked rear ends looked great, their cargo room wasn't that great.
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