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#6 of 35 Re: Body side molding? [baldzoro]
Apr 16, 2005 (7:58 pm)
There are no TSX moldings, but the TL molding will fit apparently -- if the colors match. I know the silver color is the same on both cars, what about the other colors?? Worst case, you can have a body shop paint moldings for you, costs about $200 or so.
I have had three cars without moldings -- 97 Honda Prelude, 03 Subaru WRX, and now the wife's 04 TSX. I can't say these cars were any more prone to damage than others. Heck, my 05 Outback has very wide moldings and I have already picked up 3-4 dings in 8 months of ownership (no dings on the TSX in the same amount of time). The moldings can't provide full protection, so lack of a molding is not a huge deal.
#7 of 35 Re: Body side molding? [c_hunter]
Apr 18, 2005 (5:23 pm)
Thanks, Craig. My concern stems from driving a TSX last fall as a loaner while my MDX was in the shop. When I first went to get in the TSX I noticed the car had numerous dings, cuts in the paint and blemishes on both sides. I spoke with the Service rep to make sure he was aware of the damage and to avoid any hassle upon returning it. He was aware of it. I got in the car and noticed that the odometer had only a few hundred miles on it. I remember thinking," what a shame", this new car is virtually brand new and it's already beat up.
I know dings still occur with side moldings, but without them, I'm afraid the car would be a mess within a few months. It took me over two years before my MDX got its first one, and that was my fault all the way. I'm careful but not a fanatic. It just seems that the TSX's appearance will be prone to rapid, premature deteriation. Besides, everyone sais the TL is the better car.
#8 of 35 Re: Body side molding? [baldzoro]
Apr 19, 2005 (5:07 am)
I'll have to agree about the scratching problem. I have had my TSX since May 04, and this past weekend I hand washed it for the first time since last summer (or the last time it was warm in MD anyway). Anyway, I could not believe the number of scratches dings and dents in it! And I have to admit, I typically am very careful around this car not to scratch it, cause boy does it scratch easily!
My TSX is Carbon Grey, and unless you are right on top of the vehicle, they are tough to notice, but I have never had a car accumulate so much scratching over such a short period of time. I still love the TSX, but this is the one complaint I have, but again to the person on the street, probably not even noticeable. Knowing what I know about the scratching, I still would buy this car all over again, it just would be nice to know of a fix.
I am not familiar with the body side moldings. Are they specifically installed to avoid such effects, or is it more for appearance.
#9 of 35 Re: Body side molding? [baldzoro]
Apr 21, 2005 (12:22 pm)
Being careful what parked situations I put my TSX in has kept it complete ding free for almost two years now. I will say though, everything about this car has met and exceeded all of my expectations with the exception of one thing, the ease in which the paint job will chip. I had an Accord before this and never had the extensive chipping that I do with this car, oh well, nothing is perfect, most of the time I don't even think about, it's lease is almost up anyway........I am just saying, this paint will frustrate most people....
#10 of 35 Re: Body side molding? [tommyijr]
Apr 21, 2005 (5:30 pm)
Having frequented many car enthusiast forums, including many here at Edmunds, I have found that, almost across the board, you will find complaints about newer cars experiencing paint chipping.
You will find explanations like the EPA no longer allows a certain chemical to be used in modern paints, so paints are less resistant to chipping because of it. I don't know one way or another. What I do know is that this problem is hardly limited to Acura.
Your Accord may not have had the problem, but my 2000 EX-V6 certainly did. When I traded it in on my TSX, the front end looked like it had been sand blasted.
#11 of 35 tsx side molding
May 01, 2005 (5:36 am)
We just bought a 2005 TSX. The dealer told us we could find side molding on the internet but, like others in this forum we have been unable to find it. One post said that the TL molding would fit. Has anyone tried that? Were you happy with it?
#12 of 35 Re: tsx side molding [ggthomas47]
May 02, 2005 (8:28 am)
I have TL body side molding dealer-installed on my 05 silver TSX at the time of purchase. Looks great and fits perfectly. However, not all TSX ext. color mach TL's color - so you are limited only to those ext. colors that are shared between two models. Don't let dealer charge you $289 as he tried me. I paid like $200 extra for moldings installed. Side moldings will save a few dents especially on the large grocery stores parking lots, like Jewels/Dominicks. Enjoy your TSX!!!
Because of large increase in traffic in northwest Chicago area and my 50 mile daily commute to work streets/hwy, I wish I had purchased TSX with auto trans.
May 02, 2005 (5:36 pm)
They have Body Side Moldings and factory style Spoilers. I put their body moldings on my wife's RSX and they look very professional. Highly Recomend.
May 02, 2005 (7:17 pm)
i have one door ding in my TSX in 16 mos ownership(knock on wood) and that one wouldn't have been avoidable anyway because it is on the upper 4" of the door... dang trucks.. =o( ... that being said... IMO, they may help, but I think that subconciously, people are more careful around lux cars than non-lux... it seems that way to me anyways... also, you have to realize that people don't care for loaner cars like their own... they don't care about them...