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#55 of 241 2010 Acura TSX
Jul 06, 2009 (8:16 am)
Just sold my 2006 Honda Accord over the weekend . Wife and I now in market for new car. Was looking at Acura TSX . Acura now has prices for V-6 posted its a 5000.00 dollar premium for the V-6.over 4CYL version. I think that's about 3000.00 on the high side. I think that when supply catches up with demand they will have trouble moving them. We will look at 4CYL version.
#56 of 241 Re: 2010 Acura TSX [radar6]
Jul 09, 2009 (4:44 am)
Yes, see! I think they might have put them off the map a bit on the V6 model. It is making those the would normally upgrade to the V6 or an option, think before buying it. Its too big of an expense.. To me, the 4cyl will suffice. I honestly think you'll still enjoy the car just as much. Its not a V6, but you are getting a nice car!
Perhaps, this was their plan? Too limit the amount of V6's out, as it would go right in the TL territory. Making the 4cyl still very attractive. Some will still opt for it, but we will know they paid way too much for it. Not when I can get a loaded Accord, and still lease it for slightly under $400. Its not a TSX, but its still an Accord, both are.
#57 of 241 Re: 2010 Acura TSX [radar6]
Jul 09, 2009 (7:16 am)
No doubt that Acura has blown the TSX V6 out of the market with the $5500 premium over the TSX I4. I was expecting the TSX V6 Tech to come in at that mark, assuming about a $2500 mark up on the TSX V6 w/o tech....now the TSX V6 Tech comes in at a whopping $37 large !
According to the first test run it isn't even that great a drive (Motor Trend) for the dollars over the 4 cyl.
#58 of 241 Funny How Things
Jul 12, 2009 (6:41 pm)
Come around full circle. When I first started my research to use my 1990 E30 325i as a "Cash for Clunkers" credit, I wanted to look at a MINI Clubman S & the new 2010 VW GTI as a 2nd car for myself to supplement my '01 Prelude Type SH (113,000 miles). Drive the new car a few days a week, then drive the Prelude a few.
Then I said to myself, well maybe I should buy a car for my wife whose X3 lease is upnext July (2010). So I considered a Passat Sedan, A4 Avant, & TSX V6. Drove the A4 and was very impressed with the interior materials, the Audi Turbo 4 is smooth & quiet (very short test drive). The Audi was nice, but didn't blow me away (got back in our X3 and liked it better). Plus the rear is so raked that it barely has more cargo room than the sedan.
After driving the A4, I decided to check out the MINI & the GTI for myself. I drove the MINI yesterday & thought it was a nice car. Very fast. I looked down and realized I was going 75 in 4th gear at one point. The MINI has blind spots galore & I had to look up & under the windshield at every stoplight. The clutch takeup is very abrupt too. Great handling, great brakes, solid little car. Definitely a FWD BMW. I got back in my Prelude afterwards and just felt so much more connected to my car than the MINI. I didn't LOVE it. The sales manager came out to talk to me when I left and commented that my Prelude looks a lot nicer than some of the 3-4 year old cars that he appraises. He was even shocked when I told him the car had been hit a few times.
So I start reading up on the 4cyl TSX last night. The 4cyl you say? Well that's the only way you can get it with a 6-speed manual transmission. People simply gush about this car. The consumer reviews are ALL so positive.
I said to myself, for the past 7+ years and 113K+ miles I've been and continue to be really happy with my Prelude...Why not check it out? I know it is wrong wheel drive (front) & is very nose heavy (60/40 f/r), but the test drive shall set it free.
I walked into the dealership (Curry Acura - Scarsdale, NY) and was greeted my a salesman who immediately commented on my Prelude. Wow, nice car, you trasding that in? I told him no way (he said he'd personally buy it in a heartbeat). He said he'd be right with me, then another salesman came and asked me some questions. "Will you be looking for a car with or without navigation?"
I replied "Navigation with 6-Speed Manual Transmission." He told me they didn't have any of them in stock (shocker). He went and got the keys to a SLUSHBOX TSX & we were off.
Here's what I took away on my short test drive. Beautifully crafted interior. Very high quality materials. The center stack with the NAV controls is a little busy for my tastes, but I'll eventually figure it out. Perfectly sized steering wheel. I love the thick bolstering on the front seats. The car has a phenomenal driving position. The engine was very responsive and the steering felt very direct. The suspension transmitted a really nice amount of roadfeel (more than the MINI). The whole time I'm driving the car I'm saying to myself, this thing drives like my Prelude with 4 doors & a bigger trunk. It is the first car short of an E90 3 series (too small & too $$$ for a second car) or G37 sedan (VERY IMPRESSIVE, but doesn't meet the fuel economy requirements for me to get $3500 for my BMW & too $$$) that I really ENJOY driving.
I left the dealership thinking this is the car I'm going to buy. I just have to wait for the cheap financing to pop up & find a good dealer with an EXCELLENT service department who can get me a TSX with a 6-speed manual transmission (unless my wife decides she really likes the car, then we'll go with the 5-spd autobox).
Does anybody know if the engine is chain driven or belt driven?
#59 of 241 Re: Funny How Things [nyccarguy]
Jul 12, 2009 (6:45 pm)
Wait until you drive a 6-speed TSX. Better yet, find a left-over 2006. It's the closest thing to a modern day E30 you can get.
#60 of 241 Re: Funny How Things [fedlawman]
Jul 12, 2009 (7:51 pm)
As long as it is as smooth as my Prelude's 5-speed...sold! I don't think there are any leftover '06s out there in 2009 with 2010s on the lot
#61 of 241 Re: Funny How Things [nyccarguy]
Jul 13, 2009 (3:34 am)
Thanks for sharing your research experience/process. I would deeply analyze the TSX forums before buying that car. I was once SOLD on the 2009 TSX 4-cyl. Although, after reading the forums, I noticed a good percentage of drivers were getting annoying engines noises and rattles that couldn't be repaired by the dealer. I personally couldn't buy a luxury-branded car knowing that it would rattle within a year - and engine pinging definitely broke the deal for me.
After much soul searching, I bought the 2010 Fore Fusion Sport model (front wheel drive version - there's AWD too). It's not as sporty (handling) as the TSX, but its fairly close for a good price. I didn't read anything about engine noises, etc. As for technology, the Microsoft Sync is a winner. I would at least try it out.
Just trying to help a fellow astute car buyer
#62 of 241 Rattles & Engine Noises?
Jul 13, 2009 (6:44 pm)
Does the TSX motor have counter rotating balance shafts like my Prelude does?
Thanks for the advice. I'm glad you're happy with your Fusion, it seems like a good car that gets great reviews. I see a ton of them on the road.
#63 of 241 Re: Funny How Things [nyccarguy]
Jul 14, 2009 (4:23 am)
Very nice review of the cars! Thank you!
I am really thinking I could be totally happy with a 4cyl TSX.
#64 of 241 Need advice - In the market for 2010 TSX V4 with Tech pkg
Jul 14, 2009 (9:49 am)
I was browsing among these forums 2 yrs back when I bought MDX. We are thinking of buying a second car and we have zeroed in on 2010 TSX v4 with Tech. So far we have a quote of 200$ below invoice + Destination charge + Taxes + free all season mats.
I was wondering if anyone out there has a better price quote and suggestions. I am in the tri state and can buy it from any where pretty much.
Thanks bunch folks