Last post on Aug 31, 2008 at 6:55 PM
You are in the Acura TSX
What is this discussion about?
Acura TSX, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA6, Sedan
#105 of 114 Re: Help Me Decide! [contralj]
Aug 29, 2007 (5:20 am)
Anyway, let's just forget about the transmissions for a while; all other things being equal which would you go with?
Well, I can't give you an answer to that without being unbiased, since I'm a VERY happy owner of a '04 Mazda6S with a V6 and manual. With over 54K miles, the only issue has been a faulty gas cap that tripped a Check Engine Light, replaced under warranty. I still smile when I walk out to my car every morning, and I plan to well after the car hits 100K miles.
I did test-drive the TSX a few times, and it was a very nice car, especially with the 6-speed. I couldn't swallow the $26.5K price for a 4-cylinder though, compared to a V6 that I got for $4K+ less than that.
My opinion? Don't settle for the automatic if a manual is essential for you (as it was for me). BTW, a 4-cylinder Mazda6i can be had with a manual for the same price as the used 6 (or even less), brand new...
#106 of 114 Re: Help Me Decide! [contralj]
Aug 29, 2007 (4:23 pm)
They are both good cars. When we shopped for my wife, the finalists were the TSX, Mazda6, and Audi 4. We eliminated the TSX (2004 model) because the front passenger seat wasn't right (I think it was kinda low) and the dealership had an attitude ("if you are lucky we will sell you one at list plus price"). We eliminated the Mazda6 (2004 also) because the interior looked cheap. When I shopped for a new car for myself, I went to the MazdaSpeed6; less expensive than the TSX with as many goodies as the Audi. But again, they are all good cars; any particular feature may be critical for you. That 6 speed on the TSX was about the smoothest I have ever shifted.
#107 of 114 Re: Help Me Decide! [contralj]
Aug 30, 2007 (4:40 am)
I test drove both a V6 Mazda6 with manual before deciding on purchasing my TSX with manual. I thought the Mazda6 was a good car, but if you are a manual transmission lover, there really is no comparison in the shift action of the two cars. The TSX has a great shifter (as I'm sure you've read and experienced), but the mazda6 shifter was closer to a truck I used to drive for work than the TSX - really notchy and a lot of play in the clutch. On the other hand, if you could live with an automatic, I'd go with the 6 - the auto on the TSX significantly diminshes the power and "fun ratio" of the car.
#108 of 114 Re: Help Me Decide! [dynatsx1]
Aug 30, 2007 (5:08 am)
i agree with you 100%-i was not impressed with the way the mazdaspeed 6 shifted. the tsx is smooth and easy. I thought I could live with an automatic 4 years ago-WRONG- went back to manual.
#109 of 114 Re: Help Me Decide! [contralj]
Aug 29, 2008 (7:33 am)
I was in the same position back in late 2004. I loved the TSX with the stick, but it was like $28K. Went over to Mazda and really liked the 6s Sportwagon and settled with the autostick tranny. What pushed me to the Mazda was a $6,500 rebate paying $21.5K total. I couldn't justitfy the price difference for the TSX. As others said, if you can get that price lowered on the used TSX by another $1K then I would go for it. It's a higher quality vehicle and you won't regret it. To this day I walk by TSX's sometimes wishing I had bought it.
Aug 29, 2008 (10:54 am)
And I wish Acura still sold the RSX.
#111 of 114 Re: RSX [moparbad]
Aug 29, 2008 (4:00 pm)
They do - it's called the Civic.
#112 of 114 Re: RSX [fedlawman]
Aug 30, 2008 (2:07 am)
I was thinking the same-the civic si coupe
#113 of 114 Re: RSX [fedlawman]
Aug 31, 2008 (3:55 pm)
No hatch, no RSX.
Great thing about Mazda6 GT was availability of hatch.
#114 of 114 Re: RSX [moparbad]
Aug 31, 2008 (6:55 pm)