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Acura TSX, Sedan
#167 of 241 Re: Reliability Studies VW GTI verses Acura TSX [miamicrv1]
Feb 01, 2010 (3:28 pm)
Hey there miamicrv1 and ingvar. I thought that after reading the preceding posts it would be acceptable to go in this direction. Everyone has had a car before that was recommended by someone else or touted as the greatest thing ever and wound up with a lemon. It does not matter what manufacturer it is. Not every Honda or Acura will be 100% problem free forever. It is assinine to think that is possible. Same thing in the BMW and VW brands.
Now about the electric steering in the TSX. When I first drove one it was a 2009. I HATED it. I started shopping for a 1st gen TSX. But I kept coming back to the 2nd gen because I wanted something with 0 miles on it and brand new so I was stuck with the 2nd gen. I went back and drove a 2010. The steering was still a little something to get used to because it is a bit of a change from the traditional setup but other than that it was dead on straight and rock solid. I loved it. So I thought it was just the other car that was having an issue. I found out after I bought my 2010 that for the 2010 model year they revised the programming that would help give the vehicle the solid straight line drive instead of constantly having to compensate to keep it going forward. Lucky me. But that definitely changed my tune about the car. I'm not sure anyone has recognized this step by Acura to fix that glitch yet but it seems to me that the steering is now just something to get used to as with any dramatic change to anything you do.
Finally, Japanese reliability vs. sports car fun = it is all up to you on what you are willing to put up with. It really doesn't matter what you get. It is your tolerance to b/s. It should be a car that fits your personality. It should all but speak to you. And in some cases it will, at great length. The TSX was perfect for me. It did all of that and it has reliability. If it breaks, I have a warranty. Good luck with your choices.
#168 of 241 Re: Reliability Studies VW GTI verses Acura TSX [tannis]
Feb 01, 2010 (4:01 pm)
We've had 2 Minis for a combined 5 + years, about the same period we've owned our TL. The Minis have been no more troublesome than the TL, if not slightly less.
And before you dismiss the BMW leatherette, have you actually personally had one with the leatherette. It's probably a higher-quality material that some of the crap leather Honda puts in their cars.
#169 of 241 Don't want to start a war here
Feb 01, 2010 (9:07 pm)
between the 2 marquees that I actually own, a 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH, a 2007 BMW X3 3.0si, & a 2010 Acura TSX.
BMWs N54 fuel pump failures are well documented. They realize a problem & have replaced the twin scroll turbo with a single scroll turbo pumping out the same HP & Torque #s as the N54.
Our '07 X3 has been the absolute pinnacle of reliability. In a little over 2 & a half years it has only been back to the dealer once (unscheduled) - wouldn't start one am. The dealer took me right away & put me in a loaner vehicle. BTW, the leatherette is awesome.
My Dad also had an '04 X5 3.0 & is currently coming to the end of his lease on an '07 X5 3.0 that were dead reliable. My Mom had an '05 530i & currently drives an '08 328xi that have been absolutely fantastic.
Our '10 TSX Tech is a fantastic car for the money. It has drives great, gets stellar gas mileage, has a huge trunk, every option imaginable, and has probably the best slushbox I've ever driven. The electric power steering works well driving on the highway, but get out of the TSX and into a 3 series or even my Prelude or X3 & you notice a big difference.
#170 of 241 Re: Reliability Studies VW GTI verses Acura TSX [nj2pa2nc]
Feb 02, 2010 (6:06 am)
On 335 I have almost 70K problem free miles.I love my car, but hate run flats. Had to replace it immediately with a new summer and winter tires.
My sister is looking for a new family car, so today we are going to test drive a 2010 TSX.
#171 of 241 Re: Reliability Studies VW GTI verses Acura TSX [bodble2]
Feb 02, 2010 (6:51 am)
Leatherette wears better too. Really doesn't mean anything to me. Not a big deal. But, can understand having leather too. It does feel a bit better.
#172 of 241 Re: Reliability Studies VW GTI verses Acura TSX
Feb 02, 2010 (6:58 am)
"On 335 I have almost 70K problem free miles.I love my car, but hate run flats. Had to replace it immediately with a new summer and winter tires."
What was the problem you had with your run flats?
#175 of 241 Re: Reliability Studies VW GTI verses Acura TSX [tannis]
Feb 02, 2010 (1:48 pm)
I came very close to buying a 2009 TSX, but my wife could not tolerate the jittery ride. Consumer Reports & some other reviewers have also commented on this problem. What are your thoughts on the 2010 TSX? I have been hoping they would improve the ride.
#176 of 241 Re: Reliability Studies VW GTI verses Acura TSX [bvdj84]
Feb 02, 2010 (2:30 pm)
I like the smell of leather, but Honda leather doesn't even have much of the leather smell. As for comfort...leather, leatherette, same difference. And you're absolutely right about the durability and low-maintenance of BMW's leatherette. We think nothing of throwing a wet coat or dripping umbrella into the Mini. Try that with leather! Of course, I understand that if you spend $40K+ on a BMW, there may be some stigma attached to having leatherette.